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Market Impact

Within our Market Impact programme we support entrepreneurial students and researchers of the Amsterdam Law School in developing, testing and bringing justice solutions to market.

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An incubator for innovative ideas

We believe that entrepreneurship plays an important role in fostering change within the legal industry. The legal tech market in the Netherlands is still small and there are few places where people or companies with innovative concepts can meet and collaborate. It is this gap that the Law Hub hopes to fill. The Law Hub is an incubator where new lawyers, students and researchers can bring solutions for legal problems to light. Innovative business ideas that contribute to this can expect both financial support and guidance from us. Read below to find out exactly what researchers and students can expect from us.

Start-up Fund

We offer a loan or investment of 2,500 EUR for viable ideas for legal solutions.

Start-up & Stichtingen Law Clinics

In the past two years, one of our partners, Pro Bono Connect, has found that NGOs and start-ups in the Netherlands in their start-up phase are often unaware of the criteria for their establishment. As a result, these organizations return to them with several questions at different stages. This while these applications could have been dealt with immediately if they had had more help from the start. To provide this guidance, we have joined forces with them and developed this new project called: Start-up & Stichtingen Law Clinics.

Monthly start-up law clinics  

In cooperation with joint partners such as Uber and 16 of the Netherlands' largest law firms, we will therefore facilitate monthly clinics on a different theme each time. Through these clinics, we want to match requests more efficiently with our member law firms and also involve academics, students and legal advisors.

Each clinic will start with the legal basics of setting up a start-up or foundation in the Netherlands. This will be followed by a seminar on one or two legal topics, see all topics below. In addition, there will be room for questions and answers and you will be paired with a lawyer or legal advisor. We will end the day with a lunch. (Of course, it is also possible to attend only your own consultation).

How to sign up

Each clinic includes a new topic, so please register by filling in the form for the relevant topic. Please keep in mind the indicated deadline.

Market Launch Programme

Within this programme, custom-made coaching over the course of a year is offered to teams that have specific plans to launch a product or service for legal or justice solutions. The programme is designed to work with start-ups or non-profit solutions to identify their challenges. On the basis of a design thinking methodology, these challenges are then translated into an incubation plan, in which the start-ups work one on one with the Hub.

Support and mentorship is offered on the basis of nine major modules:

  • Product

  • Market Fit

  • Business plan & Operations

  • Funding

  • Marketing & Sales

  • Impact & Success metrics

  • Scaling

  • Civic Innovation

For each of these modules, the Hub has developed a network of mentors, and in-house expertise to guide entrepreneurs along the incubation process. 

Applications to join the programme can be made directly to the programme director, Frances Singleton: f.c.singleton@uva.nl.

Current start-ups

  • Legal Crowd; Founded by Gabriel Poltorak and Joost Jansen. 

Legal Crowd is a crowdfunding initiative for important legal cases. Joost and Gabriel began their business together during the Master course in Justice Entrepreneurship and went on to win investment from the start-up fund, our Law Hub pitching competition and were nominated for most innovative students in the Netherlands. Their first case will go live on the platform in December.

  • Damsco; Founded by Olele Akhile and Daniel Ten Tusscher.

Currently in development, Damsco is a legal advocacy and contracting service designed to support creatives. The goal is to provide understandable contracts at a low price-point to support the underserved community of freelancers. They are currently completing their user research phase and are happy to talk to any creatives who wish to take part in their pilot.

  • Eternal Contract; Founded by Jan Swoboda

An NFT powered tool to save documents eternally in a blockchain. Currently in the market testing phase, this tool is designed to reduce the fall-out post data hack by retaining full access to documents. 

  • pAItent; Founded by May Lee

pAItent is an AI powered tool designed to support IP lawyers in identifying ‘inventive step’. The platform will be able to identify prior art and assess its relative closeness to the existing application through clustering. May Lee is currently developing the MVP and is looking for a co-founder.