Eqvista is easy to use when issuing shares and adding a vesting schedule. Here is how you can easily implement a vesting schedule while issuing shares to your employees.

Step 1: First log into your account, select the company account to issue shares, and add a vesting schedule. 

Eqvista login

On the dashboard, click on “Securities” and then on “Equities” from the left-side menu to reach the following page. From here, you now need to start the process of issuing shares to the shareholder or employee. 


Step 2: From here you will see all the equity classes that you have already created in the company. 

equity class

Note: On this page, click on “Create New Class” to create an equity class and if you have created one, you can issue shares and implement a vesting schedule. 

create new class

In this case, we already have the equity class created – Series B. We are going to issue options to an employee from Series B. To do this, click on “Series B” from this page.

Step 3: Once you do this, all the issuances from this class and its details will show up as shown below. From here, select the equity class and click on “Issue Grants” from the top right-hand side of the page.

issue grants

Step 4: Once done, you will reach the following page where you need to look for the shareholder’s profile.

Here, you have the option to search for a shareholder or to add a shareholder from here directly. 

Note: You need to have the shareholder profile already created. Check out the support article to add a shareholder. If you do not have it created, you can choose the option “Add New Shareholder” here too. 

In this case, we already have the shareholder profile and are using that. Type in the name of the shareholder in the search field and the name will appear on the right side with a “Select” button. Click on this.

select shareholder

Step 5: When you do this, a new panel will appear where you can now add the details of the issuance.

Add in the details and when you reach the last option – where you need to select if you need a vesting schedule or not, click on “Yes”.

Note: You can add a vesting schedule while issuing shares, options, and warrants. Check out the respective support articles to learn about this.

add vesting schedule

Step 6: When you do this, one more option will appear where you need to select the vesting schedule you have already created to add it to this issuance process.

Note: You can create your vesting plan or choose from six default plans. To know more about vesting plans, check out the support article here!

select vesting plan

Step 7: With this, two more options would show up.

vesting restrictions

One is the vesting restriction and the second is the vesting start date. Choose the vesting restriction that you want from the list available and then add the start date as shown below.

Note: If you have issued equities, you need to choose Restrictions – No restrictions, Restricted Stock Units, Restricted Stock Awards, and Phantom Stock. In case of options, you can enable Early Exercise option. Check out the respective support articles to learn about this. 


When done, click on “Submit”.

Step 8: You will then be redirected to the equity class page where you can see that the shares were issued and the vesting schedule has been implemented.

equity class

To see how the vesting schedule has been implemented, click on the certificate name, which is “SB-003 here.

Step 9: This will take you to the page where you can see the details of the issuance. This would also include the vesting schedule that was added. You can easily see how many shares are vested as per the plan.

equity grant details
vesting schedule

From the above, you can see that the shares have been issued with the vesting schedule implemented as well.  You can follow the same steps for any other employees/shareholders for whom you want to add a vesting schedule while issuing shares to them.

If you have any doubts or want to know more, check out the other support articles here or contact us!

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