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Glossary Accelerated Vesting

Accelerated vesting describes a contractual right by which the vesting schedule for equity will be sped up based on the occurrence of certain events. For example, an accelerated vesting clause could provide a contractual right for shares to fully vest upon the sale of the company.

In a startup context, the two most common types of accelerated vesting clauses are known as "single-trigger acceleration" and "double-trigger acceleration."