Legaltech Venture Day
Cape Town
April 2nd - Legaltech Venture Day Cape Town

Legaltech Venture Day Cape Town

Law is undergoing a true revolution due to globalization and technology. Legaltech is booming and new players and startups focused on legal technology are disrupting the industry in incredible ways, providing powerful opportunities for law firms, corporations, private and public institutions.
With the aim of connecting and fostering this global, legaltech ecosystem, the Law Schools Global League, University of Cape Town, IE Law School and law firm ONTIER, launch the Cape Town Legaltech Venture Day. This cutting-edge, highly competitive global competition is designed to identify and support those startups that have the ability to have a positive impact on major challenges faced by legal operators—whether private or public—as well as legal systems, so as to improve their operations thereby furthering the cause of justice.
In the upcoming months, we will select startups based on their originality, financial viability, and ability to have a positive impact on major challenges faced by the legal sector.
If you are a startup working on developing solutions, improving substantially the normal operation of legal systems and actors—whether public or private—take part in this Legaltech Venture Day!

About this year’s host:
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is home to Africa’s top law school, and one of the top 100 law schools in the world. The UCT Faculty of Law is 160 years old and has grown from one part-time professor back in 1859 to being the home of South Africa’s most sought-after law graduates. In the process of establishing a Centre for Law & Technology, UCT Law already houses a number of cutting edge legaltech initiatives. These include (amongst others) AfricaLII, an online legal information institute and significant tool for social and legal change in sub-Saharan Africa; and the LawTechLab, created for collaborative research, project development, and teaching and learning at the intersection of law and digital technology.

About Global Legaltech Venture Days:
This year we will embark on an epic journey and travel across eight countries (Brazil, Italy, UK, Spain, Africa, Netherlands, India and Australia) to discover the next generation of the most innovative legal tech startups. Winners of the eight Legaltech Venture Days will compete in the final global competition in Madrid, Spain (Spring 2020) where a panel of judges will select a final winner.

The Competition

  • Criteria to apply

    Who can pitch?

    Criteria to apply
    Inclusive innovators and start-ups that are using technology to solve important legal challenges faced by companies, governments, public institutions and civil society in a wide range of areas.
    We are particularly interested in projects that innovatively tackle issues in the operations of legal practice.

    Who can participate?
    The startups participating in the competition must meet the following criteria:
    • Constituted or being constituted startup
    • Innovation: product/service, business model, and/or route to market
    • Scalability: international commercial potential and scalable business model
    • Team: relevant skills and experience mix
    • Market: clear and large market opportunity

  • What's the prize?

    The winner of the Legaltech Venture Day will be invited to participate at the Global Legaltech Venture Day final taking place in Madrid (Spring 2020), where all seven winning startups will present their projects to a mix of investors, business pioneers, and representatives of the legal industry.

    Each winner will also get access to real networking and investment opportunities that can push their startups to the next level, benefiting from the global network of the Law School’s Global League, IE, South Summit and partner institutions.

    The winner will have a 30% scholarship in the Master in Legaltech.

    IE is pleased to announce a new partnership with Amazon Web Services. Through this collaboration the winner of each Venture Day will receive: 

      • $10,000 in promotional credits to use for any Amazon Web Services, valid for two years
      • $5,000 in premium support, valid for one year
      • 80 credits to access labs (valued at $80)

    For each finalist in each Venture Day:

      • $3,000 in promotional credits to use for any Amazon Web Services, valid for two years
      • $5,000 in premium support, valid for one year
      • 80 credits to access labs (valued at $80)

    For all startups that complete the formula for the Startup Competition:

      • $1,000 in promotional credits to use for any Amazon Web Services, valid for two years
      • Free premium support subscription, valid for two months
      • 80 credits to access labs (valued at $80)

    The winner of each Venture Day will also have the opportunity to pitch on IE’s stage in the South Summit in order to win a full Pass to the Event (Access to the investor Den, conferences in all stages, one on one meetings and matchmaking service with investors and big corporations, etc) taking place in beginning of OCTOBER 2020. The winning team will also have the opportunity to go to Madrid the week prior to South Summit for a one week intense acceleration program featuring IE’s own mentors and experts in order to prepare for South Summit and advance in multiple areas of their business.

    What is the South Summit?

    South Summit is the Leading Event from the South, connecting the most innovative entrepreneurs with the most important investors in the world and the corporations seeking to improve their global competitiveness through innovation. Keynote talks and debates with worldwide innovation leaders, meetings with the largest business angels and VC firms, Startup Competition with the best success stories and Business & Networking opportunities in every corner. Every year, more than 650 investors, 3000 startups and more than 12500 people participate to the South Summit. For more information:

    What does that imply for my startup ?

    The winning startup of the each Legal Tech Venture Day will be invited to Madrid on IE Business School’s campus for a 4 days acceleration program in order to prepare their pitch for the South Summit.

    They will then be pitching with the winner of each & every Venture Day organized worldwide.



Javier De Cendra

Dean of IE Law School

Speakers and Jury Members

Profile - Javier de Cendra Javier de Cendra

Dean IE Law School

Profile - Hans Munthe-Kaas Hans Munthe-Kaas

Associate Director IE Entrepreneurship & Innovation Centre | Venture Capital at K Fund

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Don’t miss out the opportunity to attend or to pitch at the Startup Competition!!

Attend the event


Hans Munthe-Kaas

IE Entrepreneurship

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Hans Munthe-Kaas

IE Entrepreneurship