Startup Incorporation:
Build strong from the start

Are you a serious entrepreneur starting a groundbreaking company?

At California Counsel Group, we specialize in helping passionate founders like you navigate the legalities of launching and scaling their ventures. We understand the unique challenges faced by new businesses, especially those in the tech and biotech spaces. When you work with CCG, you can be certain that your startup has been structured properly by a team of experienced startup attorneys who have your back.

Your challenges:

  • How should I structure my company to ensure correct equity ownership?
  • How do I protect my key intellectual property?
  • What’s better, a corporation or a limited liability company (LLC)?
  • How do I secure the right to my company’s corporate name?
  • What is a stockholder agreement and do I need one with my co-founders?
  • How do I capitalize the company initially, with a founder loan?
  • How do I structure my company now if I plan to seek external funding later?

Start with a solid legal foundation

Your startup needs a solid legal foundation for what comes next.

We have helped thousands of businesses with startup incorporation and the funding and growth stages that follow. We know the critical issues, steps and documents necessary to ensure that your company is set up for success now and in the future.

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Your startup incorporation journey

Who owns your company? How is your company structured?

Launching a startup is an exciting endeavor, but it also comes with legal complexities. Along with questions like how and when to incorporate a startup, you must consider how to structure your company and its ownership, navigate startup legal documents and more.

Here are some common challenges you might face, and how the team at California Counsel Group can help:

  • Structuring Your Company: We help you determine the optimal structure (corporation or LLC) to ensure clear ownership and control, considering factors like future fundraising, qualified small business stock (QSBS), liability protection and long-term business goals.
  • Building Your Team: We help you and your co-founders put in place an ownership structure and contracts that align commitment with long-term success. We also guide you through capitalization tables, founder vesting schedules, 83(b) elections, stock options and director and officer roles and responsibilities.
  • Protecting Your Intellectual Property (IP): Your ideas and technologies are your competitive edge and drive your company’s growing value. Our team will help you secure ownership of your inventions and other IP from the founders, team members and strategic third parties.
  • Capitalizing Your Company: We help you navigate initial funding for your company through founder loans and seed investments, considering future financing plans such as angel and venture capital investments.

By addressing these challenges upfront, you lay a solid legal foundation for your startup's success. Let California Counsel Group be your trusted legal partner, guiding you through every step of the journey.

Forward-thinking startup incorporation

At California Counsel Group, we launch your startup with an eye to the future, so that it’s ready on day one to take in money from investors, onboard the team and get down to business.

Having worked with thousands of companies, we know what works and what doesn’t and what investors and acquirers want to see in place. You benefit from our collective experience advising and running successful startups.

Startup incorporation services:

Business structuring.

  • Plan founder ownership, contributions, duties and responsibilities
  • Build startup equity ownership and financing models
  • Outline future legal steps to achieve business plans and goals
  • Detailed discussion about legal structure and why it matters

Launching your company.

  • Incorporation vs. LLC formation
  • Structure stock ownership with vesting
  • Capture necessary contributions and IP
  • Protect your personal assets from business risk

Building your team.

  • Bring employees, advisors and consultants into your company
  • Clear contracts to cover duties, compensation and IP ownership
  • Grant stock options to compensate and motivate
  • Advisory board formation and advisory board member agreements

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Launch for scientific leap.

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See how we helped RhoDx start,
fund and grow into a biotech success.

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When you envision your own business journey, it helps to see what others have done at each stage along the way.

There is absolutely no one I would recommend above Carlos for startups. This is his sweet spot. He gets it. He has the experience, expertise, insight and practicality to best support companies and individuals in their early days and beyond.

Christina E. Huben, BioConsortia, Inc.

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