Legal giant, Dentons, partners with Techstars, to support global startup community

  • January 31, 2018
Toronto, January 29, 2018 – Dentons and Techstars are proud to announce their strategic partnership that will further help entrepreneurs grow their businesses around the globe.

Techstars is a US-based, worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Dentons will be one of the preferred law firms for startups in the Techstars program in six jurisdictions around the world: Canada, Dubai, Europe, France, Germany and Singapore.

“We are excited to be collaborating with Techstars, a leading organization in the tech community with the outstanding support they provide to founders of emerging companies,” said Andre Garber, Director of the Dentons Canada Startup Program.

“Our team at Dentons is invested in the success of early-stage companies as well as investors and entrepreneurs active in this space,” added David Little, Chair of the Venture Technology and Emerging Growth Companies Group at Dentons Canada. “Our partnership with Techstars is another example of our commitment to companies early in their lifecycle.”

Dentons joins a distinguished list of organizations that work with Techstars to provide valuable educational content, mentorship and business advice, helping entrepreneurs fuel business growth and achieve their innovation goals. The Techstar Accelerator is a 3 month, mentorship-driven program culminating in a Demo Day where participating founders pitch their innovative ideas to investors.

“Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed,” said Amy Smith, VP of Partnerships at Techstars. “A key component to this success is giving entrepreneurs access to resources. Through this new partnership with Dentons, Techstars portfolio companies will have access to legal services in nearly every region of the world."

“With a team of more than 150 lawyers around the world focused on advising founders and funders, Dentons is ideally placed to support Techstars in leading startups through global expansion,” said Joe Andrew, Global Chairman of Dentons. “We will add value to their global ecosystem by being able to service startups locally as well as globally.”

“Dentons has become world-renowned as an innovator in the legal profession through a number of our initiatives designed to disrupt, differentiate and deliver, including our creation of Nextlaw Labs," said Elliot Portnoy, Global CEO of Dentons. "Techstars is perfectly aligned with our goal to drive innovation across all industries around the globe."

This mutually-beneficial strategic partnership between Dentons and Techstars reinforces the Firm’s advanced capabilities in support of the global startup community. The partnership was finalized on January 11, 2018.

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For further information, please contact

Hazel Harding
Public Relations Specialist
Dentons Canada LLP

Joanie Kindblade
Marketing Director

About Dentons

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons' polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.

About Techstars

Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Techstars founders connect with other entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, alumni, investors, community leaders, and corporations to grow their companies. Techstars operates four divisions: Techstars Startup Programs, Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Programs, Techstars Corporate Innovation Partnerships, and the Techstars Venture Capital Fund.

About Nextlaw Labs

Nextlaw Labs is an industry-leading legal technology accelerator and global legal innovation consultancy. Nextlaw Labs is an autonomous, wholly owned subsidiary of global law firm Dentons and the first legal tech venture created by a law firm. Nextlaw Labs' vision is to reinvent the business and practice of law via technology and deliver innovation as a service.