This is an agreement between a consultant and a company for venture capital
consultation services. This agreement can be customized to provide for the specific
duties of the consultant. These duties can include determining appropriate individuals
or entities for investment capital and developing a procedure implemented by the
company to approach such individuals or entities. Additionally, this document includes
the length of the agreement as well as providing compensation details. This agreement
should be used by small businesses or other entities that want to engage the services of
a consultant to attract venture capitalists.
THIS CONSULTING AGREEMENT (“Agreement”) is made and entered into as of the ___
day of _____, 20__, [Instruction: Insert date.] by and among _____ [Instruction: Insert
company name.], a _____ [Instruction: Insert company formation information.]
(“Company”), and _____ [Instruction: Insert consultant’s name.] (“Consultant”).
WHEREAS, Consultant is recognized as having expertise in the area of targeting and
approaching appropriate capital investors for companies seeking capital investments
[Instruction: Insert area of expertise.]; and
WHEREAS, Company desires to retain Consultant to provide services related to and in support
of efforts in which Consultant has expertise; and
WHEREAS, Consultant is in the business of providing such consulting services and has agreed
to provide the services in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of this Agreement and other good and valuable
consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, the parties agree as
1. Consultant shall furnish Company with his best advice, information, judgment and
knowledge with respect to the services related to and in support of efforts in which
Consultant has expertise which is to be provided in accordance with this Agreement.
Specifically, Consultant shall _____. [Comment: Insert specific duties Consultant
shall have under Agreement.]
2. Consultant will _____ [Instruction: Insert broad details of what Consultant will do,
e.g., assist Company in determining appropriate individuals or entities for
investment capital and develop plan to be implemented by Company to approach
such individuals or entities.]
3. The term of this Agreement shall begin on _____ [Instruction: Insert commencement
date.] and shall, subject to the provisions for termination set forth herein, continue until
and terminate on _____ [Instruction: Insert termination date.].
4. For all services that Consultant renders to Company during the term hereof, Company
will pay Consultant $_____. [Instruction: Insert applicable payment agreement,
including any revision to the hours/days of services. Please note that this type of
agreement is usually performed with Company stock as payment. If same is to be
the payment method, revise accordingly, and delete reference to late payments.]
Late payments by Company shall be subject to late penalty fees of _____% [Instruction:
Insert number.] per month from the due date until the amount is paid.
5. [Optional: If expenses are to be paid, same should be carefully set forth in this
paragraph.] Company also agrees to pay Consultant’s fees for all third party charges
incurred on Company’s behalf at our net cost. Company shall reimburse Consultant for
all travel expenses, including but not limited to hotels, meals, etc., in connection with
servicing Company’s account. Such reimbursement shall not be limited to the above, and
may include special services and charges originated on Company’s behalf by Consultant,
incurred in servicing Company’s account.
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6. Confidential Information and Intellectual Property.
a. Consultant shall maintain in strict confidence, and not use or disclose except
pursuant to written instructions from Company, any Company Trade Secret (as
defined below), for so long as the pertinent data or information remains a Trade
Secret, provided that the obligation to protect the confidentiality of any such
information or data shall not be excused if such information or data ceases to
qualify as such as a result of the acts or omissions of Consultant. For purposes
regarding Company’s Confidential Business Information and Intellectual Property
rights, "Company" shall include Company and all of its direct and indirect
subsidiaries and any predecessors of Company. [Comment: Parties may wish to
consider include predecessors of Company’s direct and indirect subsidiaries
for fuller protection. Consideration should also be taken with respect to
inclusion of any assigns of any of the above.]
b. Consultant shall maintain in strict confidence and, except as necessary to perform
his duties hereunder, not to use or disclose any Company Confidential Business
Information (as hereinafter defined) during the term of this Agreement and for a
period of one (1) year thereafter, so long as such Confidential Business
Information remains Confidential Business Information during such term. The
obligation to protect the confidentiality of such Confidential Business Information
shall not be excused if such Confidential Business Information ceases to qualify
as such as a result of the acts or omissions of Consultant.
c. Consultant may disclose Trade Secrets or Confidential Business Information
pursuant to any order or legal process requiring the disclosing party (in its legal
counsel's reasonable opinion) to do so, provided that the request or order to so
disclose the Trade Secrets or Confidential Business Information is provided to
Company pursuant to the notice provisions of this Agreement in sufficient time to
allow Company to seek an appropriate protective order.
7. “Trade Secret” shall mean any information, including, but not limited to, technical or
non-technical data, a formula, a pattern, a compilation, a program, a plan, a device, a
method, a technique, a drawing, a process, financial data, financial plans, product plans,
or a list of actual or potential customers or suppliers which (i) derives economic value,
actual or potential, from not being generally known to, and not being readily
ascertainable by proper means by, other persons who can obtain economic value from its
disclosure or use, and (ii) is the subject of efforts that are reasonable under the
circumstances to maintain its secrecy. “Confidential Business Information” shall mean
any nonpublic information of a competitively sensitive or personal nature, other than
Trade Secrets, acquired by Consultant in connection with performing services for
Company, including (without limitation) oral and written information concerning
Company's financial positions and results of operations (revenues, margins, assets, net
income, etc.), annual and long-range business plans, marketing plans and methods,
account invoices, oral or written customer information, and personnel information. (b)
All original works of authorship resulting from Consultant’s performance of his duties
hereunder, are deemed to be “works made for hire” under the copyright laws of the
United States, and will be and will remain the sole and exclusive property of Company.
Consultant, at Company's request and sole expense, will assign to Company in perpetuity
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all proprietary rights that he may have in such works of authorship. Such assignment
shall be done by documents as prepared by Company. Should Company elect to register
claims of copyright to any such works of authorship, Consultant will, at the expense of
Company, do such things, sign such documents and provide such reasonable cooperation
as is necessary for Company to register such claims, and obtain, protect, defend and
enforce such proprietary rights. Consultant shall have no right to use any trademarks or
proprietary marks of Company without the express, prior written consent of Company
regarding each use, except as otherwise set forth herein.
8. Any material or ideas prepared or submitted to Company, which Company has chosen
not to produce will remain Consultant’s property (regardless of whether the physical
embodiment of creative work is in your possession in the form of copy, artwork, plates,
recordings, films, tapes, etc.) and may be submitted to other clients for their use, provided
that such submission or use does not involve the release of any Confidential Business
Information. For purposes hereof, “produce” shall be defined as any material which is
created in tangible form pursuant to a signed production estimate.
a. In the event Consultant shall violate or threaten to violate the Confidential
Business Information and Intellectual Property provisions of this Agreement,
damages at law will be an insufficient remedy and Company shall be entitled to
equitable relief including but not limited to injunction, monetary damages,
punitive damages, and specific liquidated damages in the amount of $_____
[Instruction: Insert dollar amount.] for disclosure of such information and/or
for unauthorized use of such information. In addition, other remedies or rights
available to Company and no bond or security will be required in connection with
such equitable relief.
b. The existence of any claim or cause of action that Consultant may have against
Company will not at any time constitute a defense to the enforcement by
Company of the restrictions or rights provided herein, but the failure to assert
such claim or cause of action shall not be deemed to be a waiver of such claim or
cause of action.
9. Consultant shall at all times refer to Company and its operating units, if any, in terms that
further its business objectives. Consultant shall not at any time refer to Company or its
operating units, if any, in a manner that damages Company's position in the marketplace.
Any such reference shall be deemed a material breach of this Agreement.
10. In no event shall Consultant be liable to Company for Company’s lost profits, or special,
incidental or consequential damages (even if Consultant has been advised of the
possibility of such damages). Further, in no event shall Consultant be liable to Company
for failure to obtain any venture capital. Consultant's total liability under this Agreement
for damages, costs and expenses, regardless of cause, shall not exceed the total amount of
fees paid to Consultant by Company under this Agreement. Company shall indemnify
Consultant against all claims, liabilities and costs, including reasonable attorney fees, of
defending any third party claim or suit, other than for infringement of intellectual
property rights, arising out of or in connection with Company’s performance under this
Agreement. Consultant shall promptly notify Company in writing of such claim or suit
and Company shall have the right to fully control the defense and any settlement of the
claim or suit.
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11. Optional language: This Agreement shall terminate in the event Consultant
voluntarily ceases performing his/her duties and such cessation continues for a
period of more than thirty (30) days after notice from Company, if Consultant
becomes physically or mentally unable to perform his/her duties. In such event, the
termination date shall be deemed to be the date on which such services ceased to be
performed. [Comment: If this language is used, and Company stock is exchanged as
the method of payment, please state here how payment will be determined.]
12. In the event of a breach hereunder and a failure to cure such breach within thirty (30)
days of written notice of such breach, this Agreement may be terminated by either party
upon written notice. [Comment: If Company stock is exchanged as the method of
payment, please state here how payment will be determined upon termination.]
13. The provisions of this Agreement are severable, and if any one or more provisions may
be determined to be illegal or otherwise unenforceable, in whole or in part, the remaining
provisions, and any partially enforceable provision to the extent enforceable in any
jurisdiction, shall nevertheless be binding and enforceable.
14. The rights and obligations of Company under this Agreement shall inure to the benefit of
and shall be binding upon the successors and assigns of Company. The rights,
obligations and duties of Consultant hereunder may not be assigned or delegated without
the Company's prior written consent except that Consultant may assign its interest to a
company formed by Consultant for the purpose of providing such services.
15. Company and Consultant are independent contractors. Both parties acknowledge and
agree that Consultant's engagement hereunder is not exclusive and that either party may
provide to, or retain from others similar services to those provided hereunder by
Consultant, provided that it does so in a manner that does not otherwise breach this
Agreement. Neither party is, nor shall claim to be, a legal agent, representative, partner
or employee of the other, and neither shall have the right or authority to contract in the
name of the other nor shall it assume or create any obligations, debts, accounts or
liabilities for the other.
16. Consultant represents and warrants to Company that he/she is under no contractual or
other restrictions or obligations which are inconsistent with the execution of this
Agreement, or which will interfere with the performance of his/her duties or provision of
services hereunder. Consultant represents and warrants that the execution and
performance of this Agreement will not violate any policies or procedures of any other
person or entity for which he/she performs services concurrently with those performed
17. In performing the services, Consultant shall comply, to the best of his/her knowledge,
with all business conduct, regulatory and health and safety guidelines established by
Company for any governmental authority with respect to Company’s business.
Consultant shall utilize its best efforts to find the target company and negotiate terms on
behalf of the company to the most benefit of Company.
18. Consultant represents and warrants he is aware of restrictions on the use and publication
of material non-public information.
19. All information provided by Company to Consultant is and shall hereafter be true,
complete and accurate in all material respects and shall not omit information material to
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the operations of Company. Company agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Consultant
and each of its officers, directors, and agents, employees and controlling persons (if and
as to the extent any exist) to the fullest extent permitted by law, from any losses, claims,
damages, expenses, actions, proceedings, or investigations, or threats thereof, actually
incurred by Consultant as the proximate result of the company providing Company
inaccurate, incomplete and/or false information.
20. Pursuant to this Agreement, Consultant shall have no right to receive any Company
employee benefits including, but not limited to, health and accident insurance, life
insurance, sick leave and/or vacation.
21. Consultant acknowledges and agrees that it shall be solely responsible to pay any and all
incomes taxes on any moneys earned from Company while performing services
contemplated under this Agreement. Consultant further acknowledges that Company will
not at any time withhold any taxes from Company’s payments to Consultant under this
Agreement for the purposes of income tax or any other applicable taxes.
22. [Comment: This language is optional, but also should be carefully reviewed if used
to ensure the drafter language is correct as applied to the particular situation of the
parties.] Company acknowledges that this Agreement was prepared by counsel for
Consultant and that it may contain terms and conditions onerous to Company.
Company expressly acknowledges that Consultant has given it adequate time to
review this agreement and to seek and obtain independent legal advice, and
represents to Consultant that it has in fact sought and obtained independent legal
advice and is satisfied with the terms and conditions of this Agreement. Any terms
herein which may be determined to be ambiguous shall not be construed against
Consultant. Rather, the parties shall be deemed to have equal bargaining power
and such terms shall be deemed to have been negotiated by and between the parties.
23. Any notices or other communications required or permitted under this Agreement shall
be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given and delivered when delivered
in person, two (2) days after being mailed postage prepaid by certified or registered mail
with return receipt requested, or when delivered by overnight delivery service or by
facsimile to the recipient at the following address or facsimile number, or to such other
address or facsimile number as to which the other party subsequently shall have been
notified in writing by such recipient:
If to Company:
[Instruction: Insert Company notice information here.]
If to Consultant:
[Instruction: Insert Consultant notice information here.]
24. Either party's failure to enforce any provision or provisions of this Agreement shall not in
any way be construed as a waiver of any such provision or provisions as to prior or future
violations thereof or of any other provision of this Agreement, nor prevent that party
thereafter from enforcing each and every other provision of this Agreement. The rights
granted the parties herein are cumulative and the waiver by a party of any single remedy
shall not constitute a waiver of such party's right to assert all other legal remedies
available to him or it under the circumstances.
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25. This Agreement will be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the substantive
laws of the State of _____ [Instruction: Insert state.] without reference to conflicts of
law. [Comment: Parties may wish to consider including alternative dispute
26. The various captions and section headings contained in this Agreement are inserted only
as a matter of convenience and in no way define, limit or extend the scope or intent of
any of the provisions of this Agreement.
27. The pronouns used herein shall include, where appropriate, either gender or both,
singular and plural.
28. The terms of this Agreement are confidential and no press release or other written or oral
disclosure of any nature regarding the terms of this Agreement shall be made by either
party without the other party’s prior written approval; however, approval for such
disclosure shall be deemed given to the extent such disclosure is required to comply with
governmental rules or a valid court order.
29. With respect to its subject matter, this Agreement constitutes the entire understanding of
the parties superseding all prior agreements, understandings, negotiations and discussions
between them whether written or oral, and there are no other understandings,
representations, warranties or commitments with respect thereto.
30. This Agreement may be signed in one or more counterparts, each of which when
exchanged will be deemed to be an original, binding upon the parties as if a single
document had been signed by all, and all of which when taken together will constitute the
same agreement. Any true and correct copy of this Agreement made by customary,
reliable means (e.g., photocopy or facsimile) shall be treated as an original.
31. No modification to this Agreement, nor any waiver of any rights, will be effective unless
assented to in writing by the party to be charged.
32. The person(s) executing this agreement hereby represent and warrant that each
respectively has the authority to execute this agreement on behalf of the party for which
he is executing.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Agreement effective as of the date
first written above.
[Instruction: Insert Company signature block.]
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