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What Is WTF: Startup Equity?

What Is WTF: Startup Equity?

A one-day event/workshop that aims to enable founders and core team members to understand term sheets, ESOPs and valuations and get actionable insights to implement them.

We are putting together a stellar lineup of founders, experts and ecosystem influencers for a series of fireside chats, masterclasses, panel discussions and more to help you gain an in-depth understanding of how these work.


Why WTF: Startup Equity?

For any founder, understanding term sheets, ESOPs and valuations is both crucial and complicated. These three terms are an essential part of the startup financing process, and founders must understand what is good or bad for them. The one-day event will enable you to delve deeper into your startup’s growth process as the experiences and insights from industry experts, founders and investors guide you along.





Stalwarts from the industry will discuss how to calculate your startup’s valuation, the terms and clauses to focus on or stay away from in a term sheet, how to build and evolve your ESOP policy and much more!

Understanding, drafting and evolving the ESOP policy for startups

Understanding ESOP buybacks and accounting

How valuation works and how to go about it

Unravelling the terms and clauses in a term sheet

Knowing which clauses to focus on in the term sheet, applying the investor and the founder lens

The working and terms of seed-stage valuation and dilution

Viewing valuations from the viewpoint of investors — angel investor, family offices and VCs

Decoding the exit and liquidation rights

Who Should Attend WTF: Startup Equity?

Who Should Attend WTF: Startup Equity?

Anyone who is part of an early to growth-stage startup, whether they are employees, core team members or the founders themselves, and wants to understand term sheets, ESOPs and valuations!

Early-stage to Series A founders
Senior VP and above at early to growth-stage startups
HR Professionals
Employees of early/growth-stage startups
That's Not All

That's Not All

Apart from various sessions, you will also get access to the Founders’ Guide To Building ESOPs that will take you through every aspect of ESOPs, right from various clauses in the ESOP policy to the ESOP process flow and much more. 

The guide is the ultimate resource for formulating your ESOP policy and evolving it at later stages of your startup.

The Founders’ Guide To Building ESOPs

  • How to draft an ESOP policy
  • How to grant ESOPs at your startup
  • How to evolve the ESOP pool across stages
  • How ESOP vesting works
  • How taxation works
  • ESOP templates and more
And There Is More...

And There Is More...

Get access to the Inc42 Plus guide Decoding Term Sheets For Early Stage Startups. The guide will help you get familiar with the first document a startup receives from an investor as an offer to invest in the company. 

Reading this will prepare startups raising seed or Pre-Series A funding, helping them navigate the most commonly used terms, the process involved and the typical questions an investor asks!

Decoding Term Sheets For Early Stage Startups

  • Understanding how to structure terms to meet the interests of both startups and investors
  • Crucial terms included in early-stage term sheets and their impact
  • The process involved and typical investor queries
  • The importance of various types of shares, capitalisation table and other key terms
  • How ‘iSAFE’ works
  • Along with term sheet templates and more


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