Skip to the main content.

Manage your portfolio with ease and evaluate potential investments.

The platform is fully synced with Companies House, to provide you with accurate, real-time insight.

Request a demo

manage iconManage

Add your investments for complete visibility of your shareholdings. View cap tables and detailed share movements.

organise iconOrganise

Organise investments by fund, geography or sector, and view your portfolio as a whole or by individual company.

scenario iconModel

Explore future value scenarios based on various growth trajectories, to figure out potential payouts.

streamline iconStreamline

Remove friction and save time. Action shareholder resolutions via DocuSign, access data rooms, and get updates from founders.

SPVs iconSPVs

Set up and manage new SPVs without leaving the platform, then invite co-investors to fund and participate.

capterra rating
The Joy of Enterprise Management Incentives
Read our free guide to the UK's most tax-efficient share scheme.
Get the guide

2 min read

Calculate how many shares to give the team with our free tool

Calculate how many shares to give the team with our free tool

Table of Contents

We’ve devised a new calculator to help you calculate how many shares to issue to employees, key players, basically, anyone who helps your business grow and succeed.

It’s a question we get asked every day. And the thing is, there’s no one right answer. Deciding how much equity to give is a commercial decision that will differ from business to business.

What’s normal?

That said, the average amount companies tend to set aside for an employee option pool is 10-20% (excluding cofounders). But that’s not to say that within that everybody should receive the same number of shares.

Let’s say you allocate 10% to critical early hires, those who lay the foundations, like COOs, CTOs and CMOs.

And the remaining 10% is earmarked for future hires. Perhaps each new batch of recruits receives a different amount depending on when they join.

But tenure and seniority shouldn’t be the only measures for deciding who gets what. That’s why we created Agile Partnerships to help you devise flexible frameworks that release equity in line with people’s actual contributions.

Learn more about categorising team members, allocating shares and setting strategic conditions.

How you choose to slice the pie ultimately is up to you. But when we can offer some guidance, we will. Cue the equity sharing calculator!

Introducing our new equity sharing calculator

Our equity sharing calculator is a free tool we’ve built to help you visualise company ownership and what each person’s stake could be worth in the future.

The first step is to input details of current shareholdings, including all the shares already in issue. Then, things get interesting. You can use our equity sharing calculator to allocate shares to specific groups:

  • Cofounders
  • Key early hires
  • Senior management
  • Employees
  • Investors

Before revealing what the final shareholding will look like in your ideal exit scenario, based on whatever exit valuation figure you put in. You can then download a CSV file of the results for free.

Should I give everyone in the team shares?

It’s common for founders to only issue shares to the C-suite rather than the whole team. But those founders are missing a trick. Numerous studies show that employees with skin in the game perform better than those who don’t. And that they’re financially better off.

When designed correctly, share and share option schemes can be a long-term incentive, which not only helps attract the best talent but also encourage employee retention. Providing there’s a vesting schedule in place and equity is released over time, subject to conditions.

How do I issue shares?

Allocating and issuing shares might sound like a monumental task. But there’s an easy way to manage equity, and that's digitally. That way, you’re not relying on spreadsheets, paperwork, lawyers and accountants, as is often the case. And costly.

Book a call with one of our equity consultants to see how Vestd can help you take care of all of this in one place. And don’t forget to give our equity calculator a go!

Digital equity management: the new way to share ownership

Digital equity management: the new way to share ownership

The founders we talk to want to share equity with some or all of their team. They agree that it’s the right way to go, that everyone benefits when...

Read More
One in four UK SMEs motivate employees with equity

One in four UK SMEs motivate employees with equity

One in four UK-based SMEs now share ownership with some or all of their employees, according to an independent study commissioned by Vestd and...

Read More
A real conversation between two CEOs about shares and equity

A real conversation between two CEOs about shares and equity

There’s a lot to consider when you’re trusting a company to handle the shares and equity of your business. It’s a big deal and no one wants to be in...

Read More