Ryerson University’s Legal Innovation Zone has teamed up with Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP to provide startups at the incubator with access to feedback and resources of big law.
As a founding partner of LIZ, Osler will support the innovative startups working out of Canada's first legal incubator, which is creating a space for entrepreneurs, lawyers, students, tech experts, government players, and industry leaders to drive innovation.
“I think it’s enormously important for startups to see that the big legal institutions value innovation. The biggest challenge for startups is getting someone to actually try their product, try their innovation,” says Chris Bentley, executive director of the LIZ at Ryerson. “When you start getting major, well-established law firms saying ‘Hey, innovation is important,’ you’re going to send a message to the broader legal and business community that maybe it’s time to take another look at the innovation happening not only in our zone but in the broader Toronto community.”