Founders Shareholder Agreement Template
A founders shareholder agreement, also known as SHA (in some cases in the U.S. referred as a stockholders' agreement) is THE key tool to use to get your startup team to commit to the shared venture as co-founders - to start making your startup more than just an idea or a dream. Use it as a tool and a foundation of your startup venture, to move it beyond ideation (-2) or concepting (-1) phase to commitment phase (0). It will have a big impact on your startup credibility and valuation.
If you are still only brainstorming with your idea or concept and looking for co-founder(s) to join you or going to participate to startup weekend or similar event, please see also our pre-shareholder agreement template.
As a startup team or organization supporting startups in your ecosystem, you are free to use and also republish this agreement template (or modified versions of it) on your blog, website or tools archive. If you do, we kindly ask you to link to this page as the original source.
If you find this useful, check out also the list of other resources.
As a startup you are free to use and edit this agreement for your own needs as you like, but please note this is meant to be used only as a sample agreement and not a recommendation or legal advise. You can use it as a framework to come up with your own version of founders shareholder agreement. Please seek legal advise before signing any agreements.
If you plan to republish this document, please do note that Startup Commons take no legal responsibility from any use of this agreement, so you should include a disclaimer and seek further legal advise for using or making modifications for this template.
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Founders Shareholders' Agreement & Team Building Workshop
For startup founders, founding team members and other team members looking to join an early stage startup.
Duration: 2h 50min
+ presentation materials and editable Shareholder's Agreement template for private use.
This is a recording from a live webinar held on 22nd of August 2017, with 35 registered attendees.
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