Providing legal consultation to forward-thinking startups is the motivation behind Goodmans LLP’s partnership with the DMZ at Ryerson, an university-based incubator for emerging tech startups.
As part of the new partnership, Goodmans will be the DMZ’s official legal counsel-in-residence providing on site legal guidance and mentorship for the 72 startups in the space.
“We are happy to partner with Goodmans as many entrepreneurs are grappling with the problem in accessing legal consultation and affordable, high-quality legal services,” says Abdullah Snobar, executive director of the DMZ. “This partnership will foster the improvement in legal support for startups and will contribute to improving access to legal services for all entrepreneurs.”
Currently, startups with a lack of legal advice are at a higher risk of failing to comply with regulations and laws including those related to incorporation, branding, patents and intellectual property ownership, says DMZ.
Goodmans LLP will also host four “Investor Nights” at the DMZ. These pitch sessions and curated networking events connect investors to high growth startups building disruptive technologies and seeking capital.
“Goodmans is thrilled to partner with the DMZ at Ryerson by providing mentorship, connections and the legal know-how that a startup needs to succeed,” said Allan Goodman, partner at Goodmans LLP and co-chair of the firm’s Technology practice. “We are very excited to be joining the dynamic environment at the DMZ to further Canadian innovation by helping these emerging companies get to the next level.”