In the Amsterdam Law Hub, students and staff of the UvA Law Faculty collaborate with social partners, legal entrepreneurs and institutions to develop legal solutions and innovations which meet the needs of a rapidly evolving society.
They strive towards three key aims: innovation in law; co-creation with academic talent; and to develop a connection with society. By joining forces, they look to facilitate the development of innovative solutions which can make an impact within the legal or justice sector. They do this through their projects:
For each project we go into detail about how we develop and facilitate impact.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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