Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM) has announced the second edition of Prarambh, its mentoring programme for legal tech startups. The selected startups will enter a 10-week incubation programme and develop solutions that align with the practical requirements of law firms, corporate legal departments, judiciary and independent practitioners.
“We are likely to select between two to four startups,” said Rishabh Shroff, a partner at CAM and the key sponsor of the programme.
“We expect quality applications from across the country, and maybe even abroad, especially given that the programme is virtual this time, and does not require relocation to Delhi.”
The startups will be mentored by a panel of innovators, industry experts and lawyers from the firm. The focus of the second round is to build business solutions relevant for the post-covid world.
“For example, we are looking at applicants who can offer solutions in accessing government programmes and reforms, or enabling remote workforce operations,” said Shroff. “This shows that we want to focus on the areas that will affect users in the legal sector and our clients both.”
The other focus areas the firm is looking at are transactional efficiencies, improvement of law firm operations, and litigation competencies.
“Remote working is going to be the new normal for the world and we want to be ahead of the curve in addressing challenges in this field,” said Shroff.
The first edition of Prarambh was held in February 2019, following which three startups were selected to be part of the CAM’s legal-tech incubator and housed at the firm’s Delhi office.
The companies were: JRTC Intern, a talent management platform that connects prequalified law students with internship opportunities; Leegality, an e-signing and digital document workflow platform; and LegalMind, an artificial intelligence-based legal research platform.