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Intl law firm CMS launches global tech startup programme

Intl law firm CMS launches global tech startup programme Source: SeeNews

SOFIA (Bulgaria), February 4 (SeeNews) - International law firm CMS launched a first-of-its-kind global tech incubator programme, equIP, designed to nurture the development of tech start-ups across the world, it said on Monday.

EquIP will operate out of 19 countries, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Slovenia, with plans to expand to Latin American before this summer, the law firm said.

CMS will offer start-ups, regardless of where they are in the world, access to legal advice, training, mentoring and networking opportunities. As part of the programme, CMS will provide start-ups with access to investors, exclusive training and mentoring opportunities and an active peer network.

Members will have access to industry-focused legal advice across all areas of law at discounted rates from lawyers highly experienced in working with entrepreneurial companies.

The programme, which has been running in the UK since 2015, has previously worked with over 100 companies including, Sonalytic, Appyparking, Crowdicity and Passle. During its time in equIP, Sonalytic was acquired by Spotify.  

“Starting and building a successful business requires much more than a good idea. In today’s competitive landscape, it’s never been more important for start-ups to have access to the right opportunities, the right people and ultimately the right advice at a global level. That’s why we started equIP," Anthony Waller, partner at CMS said. "We can provide a programme that stretches beyond legal advice, to finding the right investment partners and expanding internationally”.