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Ryerson Innovation Zone launches free program for legal tech entrepreneurs

Thursday, June 25, 2020 @ 12:20 PM | By John Chunn

The ​Legal Innovation Zone​ (LIZ) at Ryerson University announced that it is launching a new program to support legal tech entrepreneurs anywhere in the world. Launching this fall, Sprint Studio​ is an interactive online, free, 12-week intensive program that helps entrepreneurs develop their proof of concept into a market-ready product.

“Having successfully launched and hosted two cohorts of the Concept Framework program with participants from over 10 countries, the LIZ is now helping legal tech entrepreneurs take the next step,” said Chris Bentley, co-founder and managing director of the LIZ. “Building a successful product with international reach requires constant iteration, mentorship and engagement with potential clients. That’s the type of support we’re looking to provide.”

According to the LIZ press release, Sprint Studio​ will help early-stage startups develop innovative legal tech products and validate their business model. It focuses on initial customer development and building a marketable minimum viable product (MVP). The cohort will engage with online content developed by industry experts, while working closely with various LIZ mentors to progress through program milestones.

“As the legal industry navigates the challenges and opportunities of remote work, legal tech entrepreneurs have the ability to build and offer solutions that address these challenges and improve upon the current state of legal services delivery,” said Hersh Perlis, co-founder and director of the LIZ. “Sprint Studio will help bring more legal tech solutions to the global legal market.”

The first cohort of Sprint Studio starts on Sept. 15, 2020. Applications to join the program close on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. More information about the program and a breakdown of the 12-week program is available here.