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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the process?

    The programme has four stages:

    1. Apply
    2. Pitch Day
    3. 10 Week Programme
    4. Demo Day

    See our timeline for more information.

  • When is MDR LAB?

    MDR Lab will run from 7th May to 12th July 2019

  • When is the deadline for applying?

    17th February 2019

  • Where is MDR LAB?

    MDR LAB will be hosted at Mishcon de Reya’s offices in central London (UK).

  • Is MDR LAB like other accelerators?

    Unlike an accelerator, MDR LAB is not simply about investment. Instead, we want to work with a few select start ups in a mutually beneficial programme. In this way it has more in common with an incubator, giving you opportunities to:

    • Pilot your product with Mishcon de Reya
    • Receive mentoring from legal experts at Mishcon de Reya
    • Gain insights from subject matter experts through a top-quality education programme
    • Access funding from Mishcon de Reya

  • Is my business right for MDR LAB?

    We are interested in all start-ups in one or more of the categories described. Your business need not be at the very beginning of its journey. Maybe you have a product already, maybe you even have paying customers. If you feel that your start-up could benefit from working with Mishcon de Reya then we’d love to receive your application.

  • What information do I need to provide in my application?

    We want to know about your product or service, your team and your company. Don’t hold back. The more we know the better equipped we are to make a decision.

  • Is there a minimum age?

    You must be at least 18 years old to apply.

  • I don’t live in the UK - can I apply?

    Of course. Bear in mind that you will need to travel to the UK and may need a visa to participate in the programme.

  • Where will the mentors come from?

    Mentors will include legal and business experts from Mishcon de Reya, entrepreneurs and external subject matter experts.

  • How much will Mishcon de Reya invest in my business?

    We are looking to make early-stage investments. Each participant will receive a bespoke investment offer before joining the programme.

  • How much equity will Mishcon de Reya take in my start-up?

    There is no minimum equity requirement tied to the programme. The terms of each investment will be made using a mutually agreed valuation of your business.

  • Do I have to agree investment terms before joining the programme?

    Yes, we’ll ask that you come to an agreement with us before the start of the programme.

  • When will I receive investment from Mishcon de Reya?

    Investments will be finalised at the end of the programme.

  • Will Mishcon de Reya invest in every company that joins the programme?

    Investment terms will be agreed with all the participating start-ups, however we will decide which start-ups we will invest in at the end of the programme.

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