Aird & Berlis Partners with University of Toronto to Offer Startup Legal Advice

Aird & Berlis LLP (A&B) has become the sponsoring legal partner to the University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology Program (UTEST).

UTEST is a 12-month incubation and acceleration program co-managed by the University of Toronto and MaRS Innovation that allows selected school-affiliated early-stage startup companies to incorporate, use office space, receive mentorship and access $30k in funding, with opportunities for follow-on funding from MaRS Innovation.

“We are thrilled to partner with A&B and leverage their legal expertise for our startups and emerging companies,” said Kurtis Scissions, UTEST co-director.

“To date, 17 companies, including Granata Decision Systems, Whirlscape, Crowdmark, eQOL and TrendMD, have successfully graduated from our program. We look forward to adding A&B’s Startups Team of lawyers to our mentorship group for the UTEST program, beginning in 2015.”

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A&B’s Startups Team, led by Rebecca Kacaba and Mat Goldstein, offers a range of legal services to new companies in the technology, digital or consumer application spaces.

The A&B Startups Team advises on all aspects of capital raising – including seed, angel and venture capital – as well as corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, product and technology licensing, privacy, anti-spam and other commercial considerations.