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Seed Stage Milestones 
Milestones and Stepping Stones in the Seed Stage of a Startup's Development

The seed stage is the earliest stage for a technology startup. This is when the idea is formed, the company is formed, the team is assembled and the foundations of the business are put in place. You'll see from these milestones that there's a great deal to do in the seed stage. The most significant milestones are designing the invention, writing a convincing business plan, securing seed funding, filing patents and trademarks, and assembling a team. Raising seed funding is very challenging, as most investors prefer to wait for the company to reach the early or expansion stage before they are willing to inject capital.



Notes about Milestones

Milestones have to be achieved in parallel—when reviewing these milestones, it's important to recognize that the process is not entirely serial. Management has to work on several milestones in parallel. Milestones are different for every company—the list of milestones has to be tailored for each company to reflect its specific market, technologies and challenges. Milestones have dependencies—some milestones cannot be commenced until others have been successfully completed.