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Herbert Smith Freehills is on the lookout for Australian founders, entrepreneurs and business enthusiasts to take part in the second round of its Startup School, which kicks-off in Melbourne next month.

The Herbert Smith Freehills Startup School aims to educate entrepreneurs on areas of key legal risk that impact investment opportunities, and provide mechanisms for early intervention and prevention. It also provides founders with legal triage skills so that they can identify material legal issues as they arise.

The Startup School, which runs throughout June and July, consists of six practical workshops led by experienced lawyers from the firm along with a number of its preeminent partners, including Culture Amp, Cannings, NAB Labs and Square Peg Capital.

The workshops will cover a range of topics including tax structuring and Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), employment practices, intellectual property and brand management, privacy and data protection, contracting, commercialisation, preparing for investment and strategic communications.

Herbert Smith Freehills partner Peter Dunne said: “We’re thrilled to be running our Startup School in Melbourne again this year. Having advised many of Australia’s most successful startups, it’s really exciting to be able to share our expertise with a new generation of inspirational entrepreneurs and introduce them to peers and mentors to help them throughout their journey.

“In every session, participants will hear from founders and other experts about some of the pitfalls and challenges of running a startup. They’ll have the opportunity to share their experiences and learn from the best in the business.”

Twenty two startups participated in the inaugural Startup School held in 2017. One participant said of the experience: “What I really enjoyed was being able to connect with other founders that have encountered similar problems to us, and being able to share perspectives. It was a really great way to gain comradery and build experience.”

Applications for the Herbert Smith Freehills Startup School close Thursday 24 May 2018. For more information visit

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