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For investors

Save time and effort when investing in start-ups, by simplifying the legal due diligence process and dramatically reducing the negotiation cycle.

Why FounderCatalyst for investors?

As an investor considering a start-up investment, you know that both the legal and commercial due diligence is often a time-consuming and expensive process, leading to lengthy delays. One major challenge is the cycle of time it takes for the legal documentation to be produced, reviewed, amended and agreed by all parties. You also need to quickly understand the commercials and have all related documents securely stored in one place.

FounderCatalyst was borne out of a desire to help start-ups on their funding journey. Ultimately, FounderCatalyst simplifies and manages the entire funding process for both investors and founders, raising everyone's chances of success.

Your investor journey in 4 steps

Invitation

Founder defines round and invites investors.

Sign-up

Create account, and sign NDA, FCA investor disclaimer.

Review

Review founder documents and negotiate.

Success

Agree terms and sign electronically.

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Six reasons why investors use FounderCatalyst

No charge for investors

There is no charge for signing up and using the platform as an investor.

Invest more in the start-up

The most cost-efficient method of completing deal legals – more of your investment goes to the start-up rather than lawyers.

Time is risk

Changes can be made dynamically to documents on the platform, with updates in minutes, reducing your legal due diligence / negotiation cycle dramatically.

Completion bible included

At the end of the funding round, all founders and investors receive a full completion bible containing all signed documents and the agreed disclosure information.

Investment ready

By being on the FounderCatalyst platform, start-ups are much more likely to be investment ready.

SEIS and EIS advance assurance

FounderCatalyst's advance assurance package is included within a founder’s legal funding round at no extra cost.

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What documents are produced?

The platform will produce and automatically populate the following legal documents:

Initial Term Sheet

Founder Service Agreement

IP Assignment Letter

Subscription and Shareholders' Agreement

Articles of Association

Cap Table: one for before the investment, and one for after it

Final Term Sheet, summarising all key points agreed with confirmed investors

Resolutions for both shareholders and directors

Disclosure Letter (with the disclosure bundle also managed on the online platform)

Share Certificates.

So, how does the platform work?

Once a founder has defined a funding round on the platform, they have the option to invite potential investors to sign up to FounderCatalyst and securely review their documentation. Once you have registered and electronically signed an NDA and FCA disclaimer, you can view the start-up’s pitch and other supporting documentation, together with a term sheet and all the legal documents produced by the platform. These can be found in the company’s Intelligent Data Room. A useful summary index of all documents contained in the Intelligent Data Room is also provided.

  • FounderCatalyst has created an impressively efficient and cost effective way of managing funding rounds.

    David Blayney KC
    Founder
    Associo
  • All I can say is ‘WOW!’, the FounderCatalyst team provided copious assistance to prepare my SEIS and EIS advance assurance submission. HMRC replied the very next day with our advance assurance

    Chloe Sweden
    Founder and CEO
    The Green Shoot Inst. Ltd
  • The best investment we made was using FounderCatalyst for the legal work. It's really good value, the platform was easy to use and we had amazing support throughout from their CEO, Sam Simpson. I would absolutely recommend it to all founders!

    Guy Thurlow
    Founder
    Target Student
  • I sent FounderCatalyst my pitch deck and forecast model. They gave me feedback and then prepared a pack to submit to HMRC for EIS advance assurance. I was amazed that HMRC responded with confirmation of advance assurance before 9:15 the next working day!

    Sarah Cudmore
    Founder and CEO
    Homegrown Learning Ltd. Collage - The App for Home Schooling
  • The whole experience from entering details and completing EIS advance assurance forms to signing the final legal documents was so simple and intuitive.

    Dr Thomas Bartley
    Founder
    Barbal Limited
  • The FounderCatalyst team turned my advance assurance application around in just 2 working days and we had a positive response back from HMRC within a week. Their assistance with preparing my Investors Deck and forecast model was invaluable. We highly recommend using FounderCatalyst to other founders!

    David Ortega PhD
    Founder
    Phase Biolabs Ltd
  • I am doing a funding round using another legal paperwork provider but hit an issue with our SEIS/EIS advance assurance being queried. I wasn’t entirely confident in the proposed response to HMRC and someone recommended I speak to the FC team. They helped me to improve my response and their support led to a positive response. Amazingly helpful and knowledgeable team, even for someone who wasn’t a customer. I've recommended them to colleagues already and will be switching to FC for our next round!

    Nicola Telford
    CEO & Co-Founder
    Views For Change
  • FounderCatalyst has proved an outstanding solution for our fundraising efforts. Being new to the entrepreneur world and indeed that of raising investment, the FounderCatalyst platform takes all the headaches (and cost) out of the legal and admin side of the raise, so I could focus on communicating with our investors. The support received from the team was second to none and the instant build paperwork and cap table forecasting made the whole process incredibly organised and clear. While I may not be a fundraising novice anymore, I wouldn't hesitate to use FounderCatalyst again when the time comes for a future investment round.

    Barry Klipp
    Founder and CEO
    InterLnkd
  • Founders seeking to raise equity finance - use this service! It is simple to use, reliable and secure, and provides unrivalled value for money. You're in complete control of your fundraising process and timescales.

    Jules & Charlie
    Founders
    The Nue Co
  • FounderCatalyst is simply brilliant. Not only is the platform powerful & user-friendly; the team have a huge amount of real-world experience and go the extra mile to make your round a success. You'd be mad not to use it!

    Adam Collingburn
    Founder
    Wuzci
  • Prior to working with FounderCatalyst, we had conducted the legalities of our first funding round via accountants and lawyers and found a real disconnect between the two. We reached out to FounderCatalyst for round 2 and couldn’t be happier with the service. They are on hand to personally deal with any requests or questions - there is a real accountability of the full process and depth of knowledge that you’re able to leverage. We would not go elsewhere for another round.

    Jake Hardy
    Founder
    Sokito
  • We met FounderCatalyst through the Startup 2 Standup Community, and were immediately impressed with their proactive approach to supporting founders. Their guidance from the very start with the advance assurance submission to closing our initial tranche has been truly invaluable, combined with the auto-documentation and flexibility the platform gives you at every stage in the round, makes FC the best choice for pre-seed startups.

    Stuart McDonagh
    Co-Founder
    RoaRi
  • FounderCatalyst has been absolutely superb in helping me navigate the SEIS/EIS advance assurance process. My business certainly was not vanilla in its application process, but they took the time to brainstorm the best way to conduct our application. The team always act in a very timely manner, with a knowledgeable understanding of the process. Certainly would recommend the FounderCatalyst to any start-up!

    Max Robins-Burnard
    CEO
    Sirius Cove Capital
  • It was a pleasure working with FounderCatalyst. As of the first meeting, Sam was very involved in the whole process and made it very easy for us to get us investor ready faster than we could have ever imagined. We can only recommend the service and are about to use his services soon again.

    Lynn Rosenberger
    Co-Founder & CEO
    Vite
  • This is the first time we have raised investment for Trove. It can be daunting to keep on top of all of the requirements and documentation. We are so happy to have the support of FounderCatalyst - their technology is user friendly for both founders and investors. Moreover the team are so responsive in supporting any questions. It is clear they understand founder needs having been successful entrepreneurs themselves. We would highly recommend FounderCatalyst and look forward to working together on future funding rounds.

    Felicity Beasley
    Founder and COO
    Trove
  • FounderCatalyst's services and support has been instrumental in guiding us through the intricacies of SEIS/EIS advance assurance and our legal paperwork, including clarifying the legal jargon. This has significantly contributed to our early stage growth.

    Taliesin Horton-Horsman
    Co-founder
    TouchImmersion Limited
  • FounderCatalyst were first class from start to finish. The help provided in navigating the minefield of SEIS/EIS advance assurance and fundraising legal documentation has been invaluable. They never tired of answered my questions enabling a smooth process for us founders and our investors in as far afield as Australia. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

    Stuart Rex
    Founder
    OMNI Money Solutions
  • Our experience using FounderCatalyst was quick and easy. FounderCatalyst have turned the onerous task of raising funds into an easy process for not only ourselves, but our investors too. I would recommend FC to anyone raising their seed round.

    Holly Gardner
    Founder
    Ēstra Home London Limited
  • FounderCatalyst could not have been more helpful and supportive throughout our SEIS process.They worked diligently to help us get advance assurance much faster than we thought was possible. They went above and beyond the basic advance assurance process, and played a crucial role in helping us to secure funding. I can not recommend FounderCatalyst enough.

    Dan Yates
    Co-Founder & CEO
    Greener World
  • FounderCatalyst have been excellent in supporting us with our first round of fundraising. The specialist knowledge of the team is exceptional, and the customer service is second to none. It has made what can normally be a painful process, simple. I would highly recommend to any fellow founders.

    Olly Rodriguez-Ballinger
    Founder and CEO
    YesRef
  • FounderCatalyst was an excellent choice, we were delighted with the platform throughout our funding round. From term sheet, legals, due diligence to data room, the process was faultless, keeping deal momentum and presenting a professional interface to our investors.

    Neil Morris
    Co-Founder & CEO
    Kelpi
  • I had no idea about SEIS/EIS and the team clearly explained the process and took the hassle away by managing it end to end. They turned our deck and financial plan into an SEIS/EIS submission in less than a day and managed to get HMRC approval within two days enabling me to focus on my fundraise.

    Kath Clarke
    Founder and CEO
    BlckBx
  • I had little knowledge of the legal processes of raising investment. Our CCO recommended FounderCatalyst and we have both been very glad we chose this route. The FounderCatalyst team led us through the system personally and the online portal, including electronic document signing, was fantastic.

    Dr Nick Gompertz
    Founder and CEO
    EarSwitch
  • I've got a background in law, so I'm comfortable with the mechanics of a funding round. The FounderCatalyst service is unique though - they give you personal support and use their experience to guide you through the key decisions - something only exited founders and angels investors can provide.

    Jennifer Button
    Founder & CEO
    Emm Technology
  • The FounderCatalyst team were on hand every step of the way during the funding round. Unlimited support and entirely responsive. This really helped us closed the funding round swiftly.

    Shiv Misra
    Co-Founder
    Roots & Hoots
  • We were referred to FounderCatalyst and told that they were good, but our advance assurance submission received a positive response from HMRC in 25 hours – that is better than good!

    Geoff Revill
    Co-founder & CEO
    Safe Space One
  • I am a distiller of award-winning gins that are stocked in places like Harrods, but I know little about the funding paperwork and requirements.  FC helped me to efficiently produce my funding paperwork in 2 days and I got SEIS advance assurance in less than two weeks.

    Pete Lumber
    Master Distiller and Founder
    Lumber Distillers Limited
  • A big thank you to the FounderCatalyst team for all their help, particularly in light of literally moments before submitting for our SEIS advance assurance, HMRC totally changed the submission format and method. Their team didn’t miss a beat and sorted everything. We received our confirmation of advance assurance in less than a week. Delighted is an understatement!

    Paul Marchant
    Founder
    Stroli