The beginning of 2019 saw the worldwide roll out of our unique tech incubator programme, equIP, designed to nurture the development of tech start-ups.
Unlike other programmes, equIP is global and will operate out of more than 20 countries, including Singapore, Austria, France and Dubai, with plans to expand to Latin America this year. We offer start-ups access to legal advice at discounted rates, training and mentoring as well as investor and networking opportunities, regardless of where they are in the world.
The programme, which has been running in the UK since 2015, has previously worked with over 100 companies including, Sonalytic, Appyparking, Crowdicity and Passle. During its time in equIP, Sonalytic was acquired by Spotify.
CMS London partner Anthony Waller said, “Starting and building a successful business requires much more than a good idea. In today’s competitive landscape, it’s never been more important for start-ups to have access to the right opportunities, the right people and ultimately the right advice at a global level. That’s why we started equIP.”
Following rigorous testing last year, we have released our CMS Dawn Raid app which is now available to all clients and the public via app stores.
This is the first app of its kind for CMS and includes guidelines and checklists in the event of an unannounced inspection by the European Commission or national competition authorities.
The app currently covers the 27 jurisdictions where CMS operates.
Key features include:
— Guidelines on how to react in the event of dawn raids by the European Commission and/or national competition authorities taking into consideration national legal requirements.
— Checklists in 23 languages for in-house compliance teams or legal departments, covering the most important rules on how to organise and run the in-house dawn raid team.
CMS Stuttgart partner Harald Kahlenberg said, “Users can choose to access the content for 27 countries in their local language or in English, a function that sets it apart from other apps in the market.”