With the objective of “establishing a European network of law incubators that bridge ICT Entrepreneurs and Start-ups with Law Students“, iLINC was established as a project funded by the European Commission under Seventh Framework Programme.
iLINC has four ‘Core Partners’ who are responsible for establishing the network: Queen Mary University of London, the Universities of Amsterdam and KU Leuven, and the Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research. The Brooklyn Law Incubator and Policy (BLIP) Clinic from Brooklyn Law School has been an invaluable source of inspiration as an ‘Associate Partner’ and is helping to establish iLINC as part of global network of law incubators together with EshipLaw in the US.
A key aspect of iLINC’s mission is to create an open network of law incubators. This means that iLINC has a growing number of ‘Active Network Partners’, some of whom are already in a position to provide legal services to start-ups, and some of whom are in the process of establishing their own legal incubators.
Finally the iLINC Network is building a strong portfolio of strategic alliances with ‘Strategic Network Partners’, organisations that are important players in the ICT start-up ecosystem.