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Founder Institute Lagos partners law firm to support early-stage startups



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From left to right: Regional Director, Founder Institute Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr; Associate, Benchmac & Ince, Eteobong Tom; Senior Associate, Benchmac & Ince, Ifeyinwa Ufondu; Managing Partner, Benchmac & Ince, Ike Ibeku and Director, Founder Institute Lagos, Ifedy Eze - Credit: FI Lagos
The Founder Institute, the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator, and Benchmac & Ince, a bespoke law practice established to meet the dynamics of modern-day businesses and to deliver prompt, efficient and personalized services have agreed to collaborate in helping early-stage startups currently enrolled at the Founder Institute Lagos.

“Benchmac & Ince believes that startups play a very vital role in the economic growth of any society, by spurring innovation and injecting competition, thereby making positive investment.

In the words of the Managing Partner, Ike Ibeku, “many businesses in a bid to spur innovation and competition sometimes are confronted with challenging legal needs and the absence of proper legal advice. Our experience has shown that some of these innovators for one reason or another jumpstart their business without recourse to existing regulations guiding their business practices and, in most cases, the consequences of these actions become very dire. Our collaboration with the Founder Institute Lagos comes out of the need to provide the necessary legal tools that the innovators at the Institute will need to make them investment ready to scale.”

Founder Institute Lagos and Benchmac & Ince will collaborate to support and provide resources for the 40+ startups joining each cohort of the navy-seal programme. In addition to supporting startup founders throughout Lagos, a goal of this initiative will be to limit risk exposure at the critical early stage, facilitate regulatory compliance and ensure good corporate governance, thereby increasing the success potentials of investors and founders alike, and generally enhancing the growth of the local startup ecosystem.

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According to the Director, Founder Institute, Ifedy Eze, “access to legal advisory and support is one key factor critical to the success of a startup, especially at the pre-seed stage when founders are bootstrapping and not able to afford the high cost professional services. This partnership offers founders in the programme access to free legal advisory and a robust bouquet of legal services ring fenced within a deferred payment plan that ensures that they are not asphyxiated by the usually capital intensive legal demands of building a technology enterprise. Benchmac & Ince have a demonstrated history of providing cutting-edge legal services that empowers their clients to win many times over, and that is the magic we are excited to bring to the table via this partnership.”

For early-stage founders and teams up to the challenge, the Founder Institute’s comprehensive step-by-step program provides the structure, mentor support, and global network of entrepreneurs needed to start an enduring company.

The Founder Institute is the only program of its kind that focuses on people versus ideas, accepts founders with day jobs, and shares equity with all participants.

Founder Institute Graduate companies include fast-rising startups across 6 continents like Udemy, Realty Mogul, Travelcar, goplaceit, Appota, and many more.

Speaking further about the partnership is Founder Institute’s Regional Director for Africa, Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr, ‘this collaboration with a reputable law firm such as Benchmac & Ince is indeed one of the ways FI is contributing to building a more sustainable ecosystem’.

Learn more about the Founder Institute’s program HERE.

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