Free Legal Counseling for Start-Ups
If you’re at the initial stages (alpha/beta/before launch) of a technological oriented start-up, you may be eligible for free* legal services from the Gladstone-Nir Legal Clinic for Start-Ups at IDC Herzliya.
* The services are provided free of charge, nevertheless, there is a “sponsorship fee” should your venture raise funding above a certain amount.
Who can apply for the program?
Application to the program is open to Israeli citizens and/or residents who meet the following 2 conditions:
A. Is part of one or more of the following groups:
- New Immigrants
- Residents of peripheral areas.
- Minorities (Ultra-Orthodox, Arab, Druze)
- People with physical disabilities
- People with a proven low socioeconomic status
B. The venture / project must be technologically orientated (mobile app, software, technological product or service, website, etc.) and preferably in the pre-seed investment phase.
* Preference is given to women and social ventures.
Who provides the legal services for your Start-up?
The Legal services are provided by top tier 3rd & 4th year Law students who have undergone extensive training and are supervised by the clinic director – an experienced lawyer, together with 2 leading law firms .
What kind of Legal services are included?
How long does the program last?
The services are provided for an academic year, so usually between beginning in November and ending in August the following year.
How do I apply?
If your Venture meet the above requirements, please send us a 1-4 page executive summary about the project/venture, C.V.s of the team members and a brief explanation of why you should be excepted. Our email address is: Legalstart [at] idc.ac.il
When should I apply?
The application period begins on the 1st of September and ends on the 11th of December. Interviews will be held towards the end of October – specific dates will be published in advance. Application results will be given shortly after the interviews. The legal counsel will begin around the beginning-middle of November. Even if you’ve missed the official deadline, feel free to contact us and we will do our best to assist.
* Due to the large number of applications, only suitable candidates will be notified. We apologize in advance.
** The clinic may refrain from providing its services to a Start-up in its sole discretion. The amount of clients are limited.
** Any information submitted to the clinic, whether verbal or in writing, will be disclosed to the clinic team. All team members have signed confidentiality agreements.
You are not legally obligated to provide the information – by doing so you are explicitly permitting the clinic to use and store the information for the purpose of considering your application, providing you with legal support (if applicable), academic/statistical research and other related usage. The clinic will do its best to protect the information but we take no responsibility for the information disclosed. Please do not disclose sensitive information.