MEDIA ADVISORY: CBA Legal Conference features first-ever legal innovation startup competition

  • August 10, 2016

OTTAWA - Five early-stage legal technology startups will compete at the Canadian Bar Association’s (CBA) 2016 Canadian Legal Conference in Ottawa on Aug. 12 for a residency with LegalX at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto and the attention of investors. Called The Pitch, the event is the first-ever legal innovation startup competition.

Quick facts:

  • The Pitch takes place starting at 3:15 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12 in the Confederation Room of the Westin Hotel in Ottawa in front of professionals from the legal and startup communities, as well as potential partners and investors.
  • The five finalists were chosen by a panel of experts from a list of 31 bids. They are, in alphabetical order: Beagle, Blue J Legal, Knomos, Loom Analytics and Rangefindr.
  • Each startup will get seven minutes to present their ideas, plus five minutes to answer questions from the panel of judges.
  • The winner will receive a two-week residency at LegalX, plus mentorship and introductions to the kind of people startups need to know.
  • All five finalists will also be guaranteed an interview with the Chinese Angels Mentor Program following which, if selected (and pending due diligence), they will receive an equity investment of no less than $200,000.
  • The Canadian Legal Conference takes place at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa Aug. 11-14, and most sessions are open to the media. For accreditation, please contact Hannah Bernstein.

Associated links

Canadian Bar Association
CBA 2016 Legal Conference
The Pitch

About the CBA

The CBA is dedicated to support for the rule of law, and improvement in the law and the administration of justice. Some 36,000 lawyers, notaries in Quebec, law teachers, and law students from across Canada are members.