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.
We offer a loan or investment of 2,500 EUR for viable ideas for legal solutions.
Start-up & Stichtingen Law Clinics
Dutch NGO's and start-ups often turn out to be unaware of the criteria of their foundation in their start-up phase. As a result, they reach out to our partner, Pro Bono Connect, at various stages of their entrepreneurship. Applications that could have been handled in one go if they had had more help from their start-up. To provide this guidance, we join forces with Pro Bono Connect on a regular basis. Each time from a different legal angle, but each time under the same name: Start-up & Foundations Law Clinics.
For these clinics, we collaborate with Netherlands' largest law firms, legal advisers, and academics and law students from the UvA. Based on the legal questions you need to submit in advance, we make sure you are matched with the right professional for one-on-one advice. In addition, there will also be a seminar on the relevant legal topic and we will end with networking drinks.
During the clinic on 24 November 2022, we will delve deeper into the topic of Intellectual Property Law.
How to sign up
You can find all clinics in our agenda. 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:
Business plan & Operations
Marketing & Sales
Impact & Success metrics
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: email@example.com.
- 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.