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Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic Receives Grant from Missouri Technology Corporation

February 11th, 2016

Hulston Hall

The School of Law’s Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic (ELC) has been awarded a grant by the Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC) as part of the Missouri Building Entrepreneurial Capacity program, which seeks to enhance the capacity of organizations like the Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic to support entrepreneurs who are commercializing new technologies.

MTC is a public-private partnership created by the Missouri General Assembly to promote entrepreneurship and foster the growth of new and emerging high-tech companies, focusing on bioscience industries that build on Missouri’s history in agriculture and technology.

“MTC plays a critical role in supporting entrepreneurship throughout Missouri,” Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic Director, Jim Niemann, ’93, says. “We are thrilled to add MTC as a supporting partner in our effort to start new businesses while providing law students with unique opportunities to represent entrepreneurs.”

This $70,000 grant adds to a similar grant of $45,000 which MTC awarded to the Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic last spring through a partnership with Regional Economic Development and the Small Business Technology Development Center, organizations which seek legal resources from the School of Law and provide client referrals for the Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic.

During its first semester of operation, the ELC represented more than 40 entities and started 17 new businesses, while reworking more than a dozen others. Clients include faculty, staff and student entrepreneurs from units across the University of Missouri campus, including the School of Journalism; the College of Engineering’s Department of Computer Science and IT; the School of Medicine; the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; and the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business, as well as innovators from the local community. More than one-third of the Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic’s clients are minority- or women-owned businesses.

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