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DUE DILIGENCE

DATA // BUSINESS STRUCTURE // DOCUMENTATION

Are you pitch ready? Ready to enter into virtual, physical and metaverse rooms to present your pitch? Then you will need a variety of data, documentation and business structure or regulation in order to pass due diligence with an investor, fund or syndicate.

- Your Data Room is where you tell your startup's story via datA -

The better you are at getting ready before an investor decides to invest, the faster the decision process will flow if you have all pieces lined up to present.

Organizing your Data Room is simple.

- You may have it stored as an extension or private page on your platform or website, or use popular free tools like Google Drive or Dropbox.

- Encrypt or apply read-only rights to the documents to ensure that they aren't duplicated or downloadable.

In the same way we advise having different versions of a pitch deck and pitch process for investors versus partnerships, we advise you to have two different data rooms:

1/ one for investors who are potentially ready to invest in your round

[this file/page includes all your sensitive financial models, IP/proprietary agreements, trademark/copyright documents]

2/ another for investors who are still on the fence about investing and simply contains your pitch deck, business structure and financial models - nothing proprietary

Compile your documents depending on the geographical jurisdiction that you are based in and operating from, as well as round raising. For example, the SAFE as a fundraising instrument is standard, but may be recognized in different forms in your home country.

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COMPANY STRUCTURE/REGISTRATION

Articles of Incorporation

Board of Directors' documentation

Board meeting minutes, actions

Bylaws

Voting agreements

FAST Agreements [for advisors]

Cap Table

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CONTRACTS

Partnership contracts/agreements

Customer contracts/agreements

Investor contracts/agreements

Shareholders agreements

Supplier contracts/agreements

Contractor contracts/agreements

Consultant contracts/agreements

Employee contracts/agreements

Employee list - titles and compensation

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OPERATIONS/PITCH PROCESS

Pitch Deck

Whitepapers

Competitive Analysis

Marketing Materials/Campaigns

Go-To-Market [G2M] Strategy

Office/Factory/Storage Leases

Investor Updates

Legal Documentation [disputes, paperwork, if any]

Profit & Loss Statements 

Vesting Schedule

Tax Returns

Monthly Proforma/Financial Statements

Annual Proforma/Financial Statements

Line of Credit/Loan Agreements

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Trademarks

Proprietary Software Licenses

Pending patents

Filed patents

Open Source Software

IP Strategy

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TECH

API Documentation

Tech Stack

System Architecture

Technology Investments [Server integration, additional software, etc]

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