The (Amsterdam) Law Hub at the Roeterseiland Campus, specifically focuses on incubating social enterprises that solve real-life societal justice challenges and problems. Their innovative enterprises focus on themes such as migration and refugees, employment, housing disputes, (cyber)crime, children’s rights, civic engagement, and more.
Besides hosting legal tech start-ups, the Amsterdam Law Hub also hosts innovative human rights organizations and facilitates connections between the academic world and the legal profession. Adding to this, it has a direct impact on improving access to justice in society by hosting organizations such as Lawyers4Lawyers and Bureau Clara Wichmann, as well as a Free Legal Advice Centre where citizens can get legal assistance from law students.
The Amsterdam Law Hub works closely with partners such as law firms, legal insurance companies, the Ministry of Justice & Security, municipalities and civil society organizations, to help solve important societal problems that have a justice component. However, we don’t think lawyers can tackle such issues alone, so we focus on connecting interdisciplinary teams of social scientists, lawyers, entrepreneurs and techies.
The Amsterdam Venture Studio within the Law Hub has set up a Start-up Fund specifically focused on supporting legal solutions that are developed by UvA students, researchers and young alumni. The seed funding provided through the fund is 2500 EUR and is evaluated on a rolling basis. The Law Hub also provides a tailor-made Market Launch program to mentor start-ups in the legal industry. How to apply for our Start-up Fund
In the last two years we’ve observed that NGOs in their start-up phase are often not aware of the criteria and needs to start an NGO. Because of this, these NGOs come back with multiple requests at different stages. These requests could have been handled at once if the NGOs had more guidance from the start. To provide this guidance, we have developed a new project: Project Foundation Start-up Clinics. In cooperation with one of our partners, Pro Bono Connect, 16 Zuidas law firms and Uber, we will organize monthly (themed) NGO start-up clinics. Through these clinics we aim to more efficiently match the organizational (start-up) requests to our affiliated law firms and other actors: academics, students and legal counsels.
Every clinic will with the legal basics of setting up an NGO or start-up in the Netherlands. After that, a seminar will be provided on one or two legal themes (the themes will be announced through the agenda soon). After the seminar, there is room for Questions & Answers and we end the day with a lunch.
Starting in October 2021 until June 2022, the clinics will take place once a month on a Thursday morning from 9h00-13h00 at the Amsterdam Law Hub. Interested attending? Sign up now! Sign up for this clinic!
Within this program, 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 program 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.
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 program can be made directly to the program director, Frances Singleton: email@example.com.
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