The Series Seed Term Sheet provides a summary of major deal points. Most negotiations between the entrepreneur and the investor will happen at the term sheet. If the investors are aligned on the term sheet, the drafting of the documents goes much smoother and quicker. Below is the standard term sheet. We will break down each term in the following sections.
TERMS FOR PRIVATE PLACEMENT OF SERIES SEED PREFERRED STOCK OF
[Insert Company Name], INC.
The following is a summary of the principal terms with respect to the proposed Series Seed Preferred Stock financing of [___________], Inc., a [Delaware] corporation (the “Company”). Except for the section entitled “Binding Terms,” this summary of terms does not constitute a legally binding obligation. The parties intend to enter into a legally binding obligation only pursuant to definitive agreements to be negotiated and executed by the parties.
|Securities to Issue:||Shares of Series Seed Preferred Stock of the Company (the “Series Seed”)|
|Aggregate Proceeds:||$[_________] in aggregate|
|Purchasers:||[Accredited investors approved by the Company] (the “purchasers”)|
|Price Per Share:||Price per share (the “Original Issue Price”), based on a pre-money valuation of $[____], including an available option pool of [___]%|
|Liquidation Preference:||One times the Original Issue Price plus declared-but-unpaid dividends on each share of Series Seed, balance of proceeds paid to Common. A merger, reorganization or similar transaction will be treated as a liquidation.|
|Conversion:||Convertible into one share of Common (subject to proportional adjustments for stock splits, stock dividends and the like) at any time at the option of the holder.|
|Voting Rights:||Votes together with the Common Stock on all matters on an as‑converted basis. Approval of a majority of the Preferred Stock required to (i) adversely change rights of the Preferred Stock; (ii) change the authorized number of shares; (iii) authorize a new series of Preferred Stock having rights senior to or on parity with the Preferred Stock; (iv) redeem or repurchase any shares (other than pursuant to employee or consultant agreements); (v) declare or pay any dividend; (vi) change the number of directors; or (vii) liquidate or dissolve, including any change of control.|
|Documentation:||Documents will be identical to the Series Seed Preferred Stock documents published at SeriesSeed.com, except for the modifications set forth in this Term Sheet.|
|Financial Information:||Purchasers who have invested at least [$________] (“major purchasers”) will receive standard information and inspection rights and a management-rights letter.|
|Participation Right:||Major purchasers will have the right to participate on a pro rata basis in subsequent issuances of equity securities.|
|Board of Directors:||[___] directors elected by holders of a majority of common stock, [__] elected by holders of a majority of Series Seed and [___] elected by mutual consent.|
|Expenses:||Company to reimburse counsel to purchasers for a flat fee of $10K.|
|Future Rights:||The Series Seed will be given the same rights as the next series of Preferred Stock (with appropriate adjustments for economic terms).|
|Key Holder Matters:||Each key holder shall have four years vesting beginning [_______]. Full acceleration upon “Double Trigger.” Each key holder shall have assigned all relevant intellectual property (IP) to the Company before closing.|
|Binding Terms:||For a period of 30 days, the Company shall not solicit offers from other parties for any financing. Without the consent of purchasers, the Company shall not disclose these terms to anyone other than officers, directors, key service providers and other potential purchasers in this financing.|
You can find and read the whole guide on SEED funding here.