Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Australia’s leading independent law firm, is proud to announce the partnership between its pioneering CorrsEdge initiative and entrepreneurial students from the University of Technology Sydney’s start-up course, Launchpad.

CorrsEdge has been designed specifically by Corrs to meet the unique legal needs of the start-up community, and is a specialist service that offers entrepreneurs online tools and the active support and advice necessary to manage their legal needs across the entire business lifecycle.

Launchpad is a 12-week course to provide students with the ability to grow and develop an already proven business idea and transform it into a start-up enterprise in just one semester. Developed by UTS, in partnership with the directors of executive education at Stanford University’s Institute of Design, it aims to develop an entrepreneurial mind set in business founders and provide support as they launch a real business.

The relationship has already gotten off to a great start with Corrs’ Special Counsel Felicity Saxon speaking at a special introductory session where she provided students advice on the knowledge and tools they need, via CorrsEdge, to ensure their start-ups are legally compliant and ready to receive investment.

The 14 students enrolled in UTS Launchpad, which have a total of nine start-ups to develop, will have access to CorrsEdge during the length of the course and for six months following the end of classes. Each start-up will have access to a special 30-minute general information session with one of Corrs’ specialist lawyers to discuss their business.

CorrsEdge will also provide guidance to each founding team through one-on-one consultations to advise on their businesses' unique legal challenges, along with free-access to an online platform with ready-to-use legal documents that founders can use in the early stages of their business (eg, company constitution, employment contracts, website terms of use and many other documents).

”We are delighted to work together with this motivated and enthusiastic group of entrepreneurial students and help give them the opportunity to bring their business ideas to life,” said Corrs Partner Jonathan Farrer, who leads the national CorrsEdge start-up program.

“They have some truly exciting business concepts which deserve to have their potential explored – from sport benchmarking and baby equipment sharing to niche job advertisements and online mathematics training, just to name a few,” said Corrs Special Counsel Felicity Saxon.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth, through its CorrsEdge initiative, is actively exploring opportunities to help support universities and accelerators across Australia and currently has relationships with other organisations, including the Wade Institute, Melbourne Accelerator Program, Springboard (for female entrepreneurs) and Flux in Perth.

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