Early stage funding for start-ups is getting complicated. For many years, companies have raised initial seed funding through convertible loans instead of selling shares. In this type of funding, the loan, together with interest, automatically converts into the shares a company sells in its next funding round at either a discount (ranges are between 10% and 30%) or the lower of a discount or a valuation cap. There also may be specific limitations on the size of that funding. In recent years, following on to trends in the US with the Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE) and Keep it…
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