The “Legal Aspects of Startup Funding” workshop is designed to educate startup founders and participants in the zero21 Accelerator program about the essential legal considerations and requirements associated with securing funding for their startups.


Dr. Oliver Völkel, LL.M. (CLS), is a founding partner of the Vienna law firm Stadler Völkel. His main areas of expertise include banking and capital market law as well as digital asset law. Oliver Völkel regularly publishes articles in relevant legal journals and gives lectures on the legal aspects of the blockchain technology at several Austrian universities. He has particular experience in the application of the blockchain technology in connection with the capital markets. His clients include numerous renowned Austrian and international corporations and banks. Oliver Völkel studied law at the University of Vienna and at Columbia Law School in New York. In the past, he has worked in the field of criminal law at the University of Vienna and in international corporate law firms in Vienna.


1. Introduction to Legal Aspects of Funding

  • Welcome participants and introduce the workshop’s focus on legal considerations in startup funding.
  • Emphasize the importance of legal compliance and protection during fundraising.

2. Funding Stages and Legal Framework

  • Explain how the legal framework for startup funding varies at different stages.
  • Discuss key legal milestones and requirements at each funding stage.
  • Highlight the role of legal documents in securing investments.

3. Equity Financing and Investor Agreements

  • Describe equity financing and the issuance of shares or ownership stakes.
  • Discuss the importance of investor agreements, including term sheets and shareholder agreements.
  • Offer insights into negotiating fair terms for both founders and investors.

4. Regulatory Compliance

  • Explore legal and regulatory requirements related to fundraising.
  • Discuss securities laws, crowdfunding regulations, and investor protection.
  • Provide guidance on navigating regulatory challenges.

7. Due Diligence and Disclosure

  • Describe the due diligence process from a legal perspective.
  • Explain the importance of transparent and accurate disclosure to investors.
  • Provide tips for preparing due diligence documentation.

7. Q&A Session

  • Open the floor for questions and encourage participants to seek legal clarification on startup funding matters.