The EU wants to fund pro bono “law incubators” for startups

Every law school has some kind of legal clinic where students give free advice about rent problems, or other important issues.

Now the EU is calling for proposals to start so called ‘law incubators’, where young entrepreneurs and startups can get advice on the legal issues regarding IT and technology.

As the European Commission says, the idea is not to substitute professional legal advice with pro bono advice, but rather they “ aim at building the ecosystem for potential and emerging European tech companies by:

  • providing tech start-ups with legal support to start them off as viable and job-creating businesses;
  • providing practical training to the next generation of lawyers to address the broad and evolving needs of tech ventures.

If you’re interested, the Commission would prefer that you are a consortium composed of a group of European universities plus “entities with direct access to start-ups, tech entrepreneurs, spin-offs and research centres, etc.”


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