Clio opens applications for $100,000 legal tech contest

Clio, a Vancouver-based company offering cloud-based software for law firms, announced its second annual Launch/Code Contest, in which the winner will receive $100,000.

“As consumer expectations evolve, these innovations are what will help lawyers meet client needs.”
 -Co-founder of Clio, Jack   Newton
 

Entrepreneurs interested in applying must design and develop an app that integrates with Clio Manage, the company’s legal practice management software. Clio said entrants must provide a solution to a problem that legal professionals face daily while managing firms.

The finalists will be invited to the 2019 Clio Cloud Conference in San Diego to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. Only the winning business will receive the $100,000 grand prize, but all entrants that complete the requirements will be featured in Clio’s App Directory.

“It’s an honour to support entrepreneurs working to solve the types of challenges unique to the legal industry,” said Jack Newton, CEO and co-founder at Clio. “In hosting the $100,000 Launch/Code Contest, we hope to inspire innovations that will shape the practice of law. As consumer expectations evolve, these innovations are what will help lawyers meet client needs.”

The Launch/Code Contest is only open to companies in the US and Canada. The contest is not open to the general public.

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Last year, the Launch/Code Contest received over 50 submissions. Finalists presented a three minute pitch noting integration, level of innovation, and market impact to industry experts. Portland-based Tali, a startup that developed a hands-free time tracking software, took the $100,000 grand prize.

In 2012, Clio announced it had raised a $6 million Series B funding round. Two years later, the SaaS tech company raised a $20 million Series C round led by Bessemer Venture Partners.

“Technology is the key to transforming the practice of law, for good, and we are proud to support the innovations that help improve people’s lives,” said Newton.

The contest opens for entry on February 25 and ends on September 1. Those interested in applying can find more information here.

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