Morrison & Foerster Launches Black Venture Accelerator

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Black founders and Black-owned businesses will receive pro bono legal services and additional business support and counsel to scale their ventures; applications are open through March 19, 2021

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Morrison & Foerster, a leading global law firm, is pleased to announce the launch of “Black Venture Accelerator,” a new pro bono program that will offer Black founders and Black-owned businesses pro bono legal services tailored to help their company progress to new heights, and additional business support and counsel to help them scale their ventures.

The Black Venture Accelerator’s goal is to foster financial inclusion by providing access to sophisticated legal services as well as opportunities for growth. In addition to pro bono legal services, the inaugural program will offer creative and practical solutions to business challenges, mentorship, educational resources, networking opportunities, and connections to other needed professional services.

Led by a steering committee comprised of partners, associates, and diversity and inclusion specialists, lawyers from the firm’s breadth of practices will provide holistic, comprehensive advice on issues typically faced by emerging companies across many industries, including Technology, FinTech, Life Sciences + Healthcare, Consumer Products + Retail, Food + Agriculture, Media + Entertainment, Energy + Infrastructure, and Real Estate.

“Black entrepreneurs have had to confront economic under-inclusion and unfair obstacles to full participation in the economy for too long. We believe access—not just to legal or professional services, but also networks—is a cornerstone of inclusion,” said Morrison & Foerster corporate partner and leader of the Black Venture Accelerator Dario de Martino. “Morrison & Foerster has a longstanding commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, within the firm and in our communities. The Black Venture Accelerator will build on this commitment as we work together to demonstrate the importance of shaping a culture that respects and celebrates differences.”

Applications to the program will be accepted starting today, with a submission deadline of March 19, 2021. Eligibility criteria and the application form can be found on our website. The MoFo Black Venture Accelerator team can be contacted at BlackVentureAccelerator@mofo.com. Additional resources for founders and businesses can be found on our Scale Up website.

Learn more about Morrison & Foerster’s longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion and our response to racial injustice.

ABOUT MOFO

We are Morrison & Foerster—a global firm of exceptional credentials. Our clients include some of the largest financial institutions, investment banks, and Fortune 100, technology, and life sciences companies. The Financial Times has named the firm to its lists of most innovative law firms in North America every year that it has published its Innovative Lawyers Reports in the region. In the past few years, Chambers USA has honored MoFo’s Privacy and Data Security, Bankruptcy, and IP teams with Firm of the Year awards, the Corporate/M&A team with a client service award, and the firm as a whole as Global USA Firm of the Year. Our lawyers are committed to achieving innovative and business-minded results for our clients, while preserving the differences that make us stronger. The firm also has a long history of commitment to the community through providing pro bono legal services, including litigating for civil rights and civil liberties, improving public education for poor children, advocating for veterans, promoting international human rights, winning asylum for the persecuted, and safeguarding the environment.

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