News Wrap: Freshfields, Simmons + MDR LAB

News Wrap: Freshfields, Simmons + MDR LAB

MDR LAB Welcomes Six Entrepreneurs to its New Launch Programme


The incubator of Mishcon de Reya, MDR LAB, has brought in six people with startup ideas as part of the group’s Launch support programme.

Following the incubator’s revamp in 2020, MDR LAB now has several streams for startups and people with ideas that they’d like to develop.

In this case, Launch is a six-month project that helps individuals build new ventures in, or adjacent to, the legal industry.

They are:

Cristian Gherhes: Cristian is a social scientist with a specific interest in Artificial Intelligence and its impact on next generation professional services. Cristian is looking to mitigate the litigation risk that companies are exposed to through email exchanges.

Jasmine Gavigan: Jasmine has a decade of experience automating processes at law firms as well as e-commerce, where she has worked as a ‘Guru’ at Shopify. Jasmine is looking to use this experience to help law firms re-imagine how their lawyers and legal staff operate and to take on the billable hour.

Co-founders Jeremy Bormann and Chris Thittayil: Jeremy studied Law in the UK and Germany and Chris studied MA, Business and Management in the UK. Both have recently completed an Entrepreneurship programme at CERN. Jeremy and Chris are passionate about optimising pre-trial litigation strategies and preparation.

Mohamed Aboshanab: Mohamed is an international lawyer and serial entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience in the immigration and mobility space. Mohamed is looking to build a next generation travel company and transform the way that travellers apply for and obtain visas around the world.

Sonia Hadjadj: Sonia is a qualified Lawyer with international experience who held positions at both Big Law and in-house at FTSE100 companies and a high growth SaaS startup. Sonia is passionate about the intersection of law, technology and futurism and wants to help legal departments make faster data driven decisions and unlock further value for the business.’

Launch is run in collaboration with Founders Factory, and participants of the programme will follow ‘an immersive learning experience to access the tools, frameworks and support needed to build a backable business’.

Founders that make it through the mid-way investment committee stage will receive an initial investment from Mishcon de Reya to support product development and they can also access a further £100,000 ($137,000) of pre-seed funding to help them go to market, the firm said.

Good luck to the first intake of entrepreneurs! It will be very interesting to see what comes out of this.