The LawTech Hub by Lander & Rogers, Australia's first legal tech accelerator, is now open for applications for the 2024 program with a special focus on artificial intelligence (AI). Having recently concluded their 2023 programme, five legal tech startups notably made significant progress towards transforming the legal industry. "With the support of Lander & Rogers we went from having some nicely designed screens to having launched our fully functional first version of Deeligence that is already in use at major Australian law firms," stated Justin Hansky and Elena Tsalanidis, co-founders of Deeligence and part of the 2023 LawTech Hub cohort.
The successful startups from the 2023 program worked side-by-side with attorneys and technologists from Lander & Rogers for the past six months. Selected for their novel ideas and execution ability, the teams hailed from different parts of Australia, with one team joining from Silicon Valley in the U.S. The programs included Deeligence, Disclosure Ready, Halisok, My Life Capsule and Oddr, which all brought unique and transformative solutions to various aspects of legal operations.
The LawTech Hub by Lander & Rogers was first introduced in 2019, aiming to unite legal professionals and entrepreneurs in a shared mission to innovate the legal technology landscape. On a parallel note, Lander & Rogers also carried out Australia's first AI clinical program in collaboration with leading research institution, Monash University. Following on from this, the firm is launching an AI Lab in 2024, in recognition of the momentous impact AI can make in jurisprudence.
Aligning with its strategic focus on AI advancement, the 2024 LawTech Hub will run alongside the AI Lab and will centre on AI-integrated solutions. Lander & Rogers' chief executive partner, Genevieve Collins expressed anticipation for the forthcoming programmes. She said, "I'm excited about the opportunities that will be created through the seventh edition of our LawTech Hub focusing on artificial intelligence, and the simultaneous launch of our new AI Lab and firmwide AI program."
The annual six-month program is equity-free and allows startups to refine their problem statements, pilot their technology, gain exposure to venture capitalists and industry pioneers, and fast-track their business competencies through masterclasses. Upon completion, the teams are recognised as alumni, offered continued engagement, and also mentor incoming LawTech Hub participants.
Sincere it began, The LawTech Hub has seen the graduation of over 25 startups, with a stellar 96% still in operation. Included in their alumni are some of the leaders in legal tech, including Josef, DraftWise, Syncly, and 6clicks. Courtney Blackman, Lander & Rogers' head of partnerships and director of the LawTech Hub, said: "It's fantastic to mark another year in legal technology through the LawTech Hub. There is quite a lot happening in the legal-tech-meets-AI space and it will be incredible to work with some of the brilliant minds that are driving the industry forward."
Applications to join the seventh LawTech Hub intake, focusing on AI, open on Friday, 15 December 2023.