Building a business can be daunting. DLA Piper can ease the process with a variety of tools and tips.


Being an entrepreneur is not easy, we get that. You have product to build, partnerships to secure, and teams to hire. Capital raising is time consuming and requires focus. There is nothing more satisfying for us than helping our clients secure capital to grow their business. We work hard so that we can see our clients efforts turn into mainstream successes.



If your company is currently raising money and you would like DLA Piper to share your executive summary/investors deck with investors in our network, please submit to our Venture Pipeline group.


Download these resources to assist in your startup process:

Pitchdeck handbook
Executive summary template | form
Sample cover email for investors


DRAFT enables you to generate various documents that a typical startup company would find useful. You choose which document to create, and DRAFT. will automatically generate a customized document based on your responses to an online questionnaire.

Please be aware that these forms of documents are intended only as a starting point for documenting the intended business relationship and that before you use any document created using DRAFT, you should review it carefully and discuss its terms with a qualified lawyer. Using any of the documents generated with DRAFT inappropriately or without understanding its terms may have detrimental and unintended consequences.

Please direct any questions about completing the form or other legal issues related to DRAFT to your DLA Piper relationship attorney.

For technical issues, please contact the DLA Piper Help Desk at or 866.270.4114.


The Incorporation Kit will allow you to create formation documents for a simple and basic Delaware corporation, including:

- Certificate of Incorporation
- Bylaws
- Action of incorporator
- Founder stock purchase agreement
- Initial board action


This Basic Contracts Kit will enable you to generate basic agreements that a typical startup company would find useful:

- An Employee Offer Letter
- An Employee Proprietary Information and Inventions Agreement
- Various forms of nondisclosure agreements
- A Consulting Services Agreement


What is Carta?

Carta allows private companies – from formation to IPO – to manage their equity electronically with the participation of their shareholders, employees, auditors, and legal counsel. With Carta, your company legally issues electronic stock option grants, and other securities. From collecting signatures to transferring funds, Carta creates a single source of truth for all things related to your company's equity.

What is included?

Features Carta Launch* Carta Premium Plans**
Electronic Issuing X X
Cap Table Summary X X
ACH Exercise X X
409A Valuation   X
Form 3921   X
Full Reporting Suite   X
Onboarding Manager   X

*Only available for up to 25 stakeholders
**Any company referred through the DLA Piper referral link or to will receive 20% off their first year and 100% waived implementation fees (typically 20% of first-year contract) on any premium planCarta Total Compensation, and Carta Tax. Please note this offer is available to new customers and will not be applied retroactively to existing customers.

How is Carta different?

Not just record
keeping software
All-in-one solution Leading cap table platform
Consolidate and execute all equity documents and transactions. Every security is linked to the transaction that created it. Issue equity electronically, automate cap table management, process ACH exercises, close financings, and run liquidity programs Trusted by over 13,000 leading venture backed companies, their investors, and their employees
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Ask your DLA Piper contact to add your company to the platform.


Book a call through the DLA Piper referral link or email