The Prizes


The first place winner will get a career changing prize package, including:

  1. A sought-after opportunity to get in front of the Lex Machina leadership – home of the LexisNexis Legal Tech Accelerator program. This expansive offering includes:
    • Roundtrip airfare for one to Silicon Valley
    • 2 nights hotel accommodation
    • A meeting and tour of the Lex Machina California headquarters, which hosts the LexisNexis Legal Tech Accelerator program
    • The chance to present their pitch to the Lex Machina CEO Josh Becker and/or Lex Machina Chief Evangelist and Legal Counsel Owen Byrd
  2. A coveted opportunity to pitch their idea to a Nextlaw Ventures Managing Director, and demo their offerings to selected NLV subject matter experts for valuable input
  3. Access to great benefits provided by IBM Canada to help build, launch and scale their company, including:
    • Up to $120k of free IBM Cloud and Watson Cognitive Computing services for 12 months. This significant cost saving will allow the winning startup to spend elsewhere, such as hiring developers, investing in marketing and acquiring new customers. 
    • Go-to Market & New Customer Acquisition: Connect with enterprise customers, open new markets and distribution channels with promotion in the key markets. 
    • Business Mentorship: You’ll be paired with expert mentors from IBM and their network of serial entrepreneurs to accelerate the growth of your startup – no matter what stage of the journey you’re in.
    • Technical Support: Consult in-person or virtually with technical experts who will guide you through applying IBM Cloud and Watson technology to your ideas and help you migrate from your existing infrastructure or platform.
  4. An innovative 2-in-1 laptop/tablet Surface Pro 4 i5 (128 GB) from Microsoft,  a retail value of $1,200.


The other four finalists will each receive a state-of-the-art Xerox Versalink C405/DN colour multifunction printer, valued at nearly $1,000 each.


Mobile voting will allow audience members a chance to also pick their favourite startup. The winner will receive a Gowling WLG Legal Health Check Up.


All five finalists will be offered an interview with Nextlaw Ventures, a globally active early stage venture investor that focuses exclusively on legal technology. This is your chance to get in front of investors and media, test the market and connect with industry influencers who can help your company grow.