On September 10, the Merrimack Valley Sandbox held the 2013 Sandbox Summer Accelerator Awards Ceremony
, with over 100 people in attendance. This event marked the conclusion of the Sandbox Summer Accelerator, a three month program that has helped sixteen early-stage entrepreneurs move their businesses and non-profits forward through workshops, mentors, space, and funding. Edwards Wildman
presented a $5,000 award in legal services to UberSimple, a software company that has developed "AppPack" (a mobile app and website), to make it quick and easy to give out referrals. Akiyo Fujii and Sean Doran, Boston-based attorneys in Edwards Wildman's Business Law Department, have been involved with the Sandbox since its inception. In addition, Fujii and Doran conducted a seminar for the accelerator participants on legal issues facing start-up companies.
Edwards Wildman has long supported entrepreneurs through its Helping Innovators Thrive (HIT) program, which enables affordable access to strategic legal advice for entrepreneurs and emerging companies. A $2 million annual commitment by the firm, the HIT program provides flexible billing arrangements in the form of discounts, deferrals and grants of legal services to promising innovators. With more than 50 clients, HIT has advised companies in all stages of its life cycle, including formation, protecting its intellectual property, financing, licensing and strategic alliances, and preparing for exit.
A leader in Boston’s venture capital industry, Edwards Wildman has sponsored the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, a forum for students and researchers in the MIT community to act on their talent, ideas and energy to launch tomorrow’s leading firms. The firm has taken office space in the Cambridge Innovation Center, a flexible office facility dedicated to growing technology and life sciences companies in the Greater Boston area, and is a Platinum Sponsor and exclusive law firm for LabCentral, the first large scale, fully equipped and resourced life sciences shared lab facility in Kendall Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts.