Cofounding is a set of tools (Book and Cofounder Agreements templates) and Services build around a proven Cofounding framework, developed by me, Jana Nevrlka. I am driven by the mission of “No more failed business partnerships!” and focus on helping founders build cofounding teams that win and last.
Who is Jana Nevrlka?
And how does she know about cofounding?
It all started when I simply realised that there must be a better way to do business partnerships.
Since I had not found much knowledge or support available, I decided to fill the gap myself.
With one successful and one failed cofounding experience behind me, I have spent past 5 years learning what’s required to build better business partnerships. Now I use this knowledge to help cofounders across the world to build successful and lasting businesses.
Combining my legal and business background with the entrepreneurial experience, I write and speak extensively on the subject. I work as a cofounding expert for a number of startup accelerators, universities and VC's.
In addition, I coordinate the development of dynamic equity split templates in Europe, in direct cooperation with Mike Moyer, author of the Slicing Pie! Scroll down to learn more about Slicing Pie.
Qualified in European and International law with an executive MBA
CEDR accredited mediator
15+ years of international legal and strategic consulting experience (Clifford Chance, Deloitte, EY)
3+ years of entrepreneurial experience with successful from start to exit cycle
7+ years of start-ups coaching experience
Life experience – one successful and one failed cofounding team
Founded a strategic consultancy supporting cofounders across Europe
Coordinating the development of dynamic equity split templates in Europe
Wrote a Cofounders’ guidebook: Cofounding The Right Way
Developed standard and localized Cofounder Agreements templates
Cofounding expert, lecturer and jury judge – currently at Kickstart Accelerator, F10 and Masschallenge
Founded and successfully sold a Swiss, Zurich-based, company in the wellness space - achieving a ROI of over 150% within three years
Founded and led the Swiss Startups Club - entrepreneurs networking and knowledge sharing platform
Fluent English, Czech and Slovak, almost fluent German and Dutch, and not even close to fluent yet but ambition is there – Spanish (¡Hola! ¿Cómo estás?)
Originally Czech-Slovak (half / half), lived in the Netherlands, Ireland and Germany and worked in almost every country we have in Europe – from Finland to Greece
Love entrepreneurship, travelling, mountains, good wine, guitar around a campfire and serendipitous way of life
Favorite quote: “You should never hesitate to trade your cow for a handful of magic beans.” (Tom Robbins)
Cofounding in Press
Why “cofound” in the first place?
Business partnerships make a lot of sense. They create more innovation, growth and prosperity than any solo individual.
But they are very hard to get right. 70% of startups fail because of disagreements between founders.
Why? Because cofounding isn’t as simple as drawing up an agreement and shaking hands on it. Get your cofounding team right, and you’ll be in the best possible position to handle any challenge that’s thrown in your direction. Get it wrong, and not even the best business idea will be able to survive. So why not to maximise the chances of your company to succeed?