Law students trained to help entrepreneurs

Joe Sekhon and the Minister for Intellectual Property, Baroness Wilcox
Joe Sekhon and the Minister for Intellectual Property, Baroness Wilcox
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LAW students at the University of Portsmouth will set up their own drop-in centre to give free advice on entrepreneurial ideas, thanks to a new pot of funding.

Joe Sekhon, a senior law lecturer from the Portsmouth Business School, has won £30,000 to set up a free intellectual property clinic for all students and graduates starting their own companies or inventing new products.

His bid was one of 13 to get cash from the Intellectual Property Office’s Fast Forward Competition. Law students are being invited to volunteer as ‘iPass champions’ and receive intensive training in an ‘iPass boot camp’.

Mr Sekhon said: ‘This funding will provide our growing student entrepreneur community with the very best in advice and guidance on how to use the UK’s intellectual property laws to potentially transform their start-ups into the high-growth, job creating ventures of tomorrow.’

Mr Sekhon says the scheme has come at an excellent time when the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer are personally endorsing start-up initiatives including Tech City UK, Google Campus and Entrepreneur First.