On the first day, the research group “Innovation and Entrepreneurship” illustrated how they do research on the hindering and enabling factors of startup ecosystems by means of their Startup Clinics Berlin, covering challenges related not only to law but also to finance, marketing, human resources, business model innovation and process management. Two Berlin-based entrepreneurs showed how the interdisciplinary research approach helped them to tackle the uncertainty of a startup’s daily life and even to influence the legislation process for the European General Data Protection Regulation: Dr. Tim Polzehl gave with his Mobile Crowdsourcing Marketplace Crowdee the example of an university spin-off and Marc C. Lange, an Innovation & Business Acceleration Consultant, Serial Entrepreneur and a Google Head Expert in this field, demonstrated how legislators can learn from startups operating in an interactive and non-linear innovation environment.
On the second day, the iLINC members elaborated in several workshops on the future of the international network:
- The University KU Leuven presented together with the Brooklyn Law Incubator and Policy Clinic BLIP on the progress in thought leadership;
- The University of Cumbria showed how to setup a virtual law clinic;
- The special guest Prof. Karl Okamoto from the Drexel University in the US gave (via videoconference) an example of how law students can be trained by means of supra-regional MOOT Court Competitions.
Last but not least, for anybody who is interested in privacy and law, do not miss the Amsterdam Privacy Conference on the 23rd to 26th October.
Startups and the law – the future is wide open!