The first participation financing event can be in common or preferred shares. In the United States, it is often in preferred shares. With the triggering of the SAFE conversion, the investor becomes a shareholder and his name is displayed in the stock register. SAFE agreements have a lot to offer. But what benefits the startup, such as the lack of standardization, can also hurt the startup if the contract is not developed and negotiated in a professional and strategic manner. If you are a start-up and looking for alternative and creative ways to find investors, contact Mohsen Parsa today. Our first safe was a “pre-money” safe, because at the time of its launch, startups collected smaller sums of money before collecting a funding cycle (typically a Preferred Stock Round Series). The safe was a quick and simple way to get the first money into the business, and the concept was that safe owners were only early investors in this future price cycle. But fundraising, staged early on, grew in the years following the introduction of the initial safe, and now startups are raising far more money than the first “seeds” funding cycle. While safes are used for these seed rounds, these towers are really better regarded as totally separate financing, instead of turning “bridges” into subsequent price cycles. The exact conditions of a SAFE vary. However, the basic mechanics[1] are that the investor makes available to the company a certain amount of financing at the time of signing. In return, the investor will later receive shares in the company in connection with specific contractual liquidity events.

The main trigger is usually the sale of preferred shares by the company, usually as part of a future fundraising cycle. Unlike direct equity acquisition, shares are not valued at the time of SAFE signing. Instead, investors and the company negotiate the mechanism with which future shares will be issued and defer actual valuation. These conditions generally include an entity valuation cap and/or a discount on the valuation of the shares at the time of triggering. In this way, the SAFE investor participates above the company between the signing of safe (and the financing provided) and the triggering event. As a start-up, you come in agreement with other companies, suppliers, contractors, investors and many others. A lesser-known agreement is the Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE). These agreements can be important for the success of a startup, but not all SAFE agreements are equal. If there is a capital financing event before the maturity or end of safe, the entity will automatically issue to the investor: the due date is a registration in the Canadian SAFE and is not included in its U.S. counterpart. Based on the construction of a safe, it could be waiting for a relatively long period, as it only expires if the investor receives equity or cash.

To improve investor protection in the Canadian market, NACO proposes a specific maturity date. Another new function of the safe concerns a “prorgula” right. The original safe required the company to allow holders of safes to participate in the financing round after the financing round in which the safe was converted (for example. B if the safe is converted into series group preferred actuators, a secure holder – now holder of a Series A preferred share subseries – is allowed to acquire a proportionate portion of the Series B preferred share). While this concept is consistent with the original concept of safe, it made no sense in a world where safes were becoming independent funding cycles. Thus, the “old” pro-rata right is removed from the new safe, but we have a new model letter (optional) that offers the investor a proportional right in the preferential financing of Series A on the basis of the converted safe property of the inves