Addleshaw Goddard launches 2021 AG Elevate programme

10 December 2020 – High-growth technology companies are encouraged to apply for a place on the Addleshaw Goddard AG Elevate programme – a unique fast-track legal mentoring scheme.

Designed and delivered by leading lawyers at Addleshaw Goddard, successful applicants will receive 10 months of free dedicated support from legal professionals, as well as access to industry networks and the opportunity to work alongside like-minded business professionals in the tech ecosystem.

Now in its fourth year, the programme has supported around 30 fintech entrepreneurs and for the first time, Addleshaw Goddard has opened the programme to all high growth technology business.

Also unique to the 2021 programme, up to one third of spaces on the programme have been reserved for businesses which have a dedicated sustainability focus.

David Anderson, Corporate Partner at Addleshaw Goddard, said: “It’s now more important than ever to recognise the scale of opportunities tech companies in Scotland bring to the table. The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the digital innovation within the majority of businesses, making the AG Elevate programme an exciting option for a mass of high growth companies. We expect to see an increase in entries this year as we open the scheme to tech businesses across the board in addition to Fintech businesses specifically, so we’re encouraging relevant firms to get their applications in as soon as possible.

“With our extensive experience in the sector, we are one of the only law firms to offer a dedicated programme of this nature and we’re really looking forward to getting the opportunity to work with more outstanding home-grown talent over the next year.”

Scottish founded start-ups including Tumelo – an impact investment platform helping retail investors build stock market portfolios aligned with their values – and Trace which streamlines GDPR compliance documentation and enables organisations to identify and mitigate legal and privacy risk gaps have been recent successful candidates on the AG Elevate programme.

Open Banking Reporting (OBR) – a data tool which provides predictive data analytics to improve decision making and intervention strategies by SME lenders to reduce impairments and improve relationship management – has also benefited from the 2019 scheme.

Applications to the scheme will close in late January 2021 with successful applicants notified at a launch event in late February. For more information or to apply, visit: www.addleshawgoddard.com/en/ag-elevate.

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