Startups Academy

Faculty Sponsor: Dean D. Gordon Smith 


The BYU Law Startups Academy is a rigorous transactional lawyering program focused on supporting startup businesses in their corporate transactions, including incorporations, founder relationships, early-stage financings, and intellectual property. Students will gain experience conceptualizing, negotiating, and drafting documents relating to startup issues. The Startups Academy will be held in the Palo Alto offices of Wilson Sonsini, the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide, and students will receive instruction from experienced startup attorneys. Instruction will include group sessions, team and individual mentoring, and document analysis.

A Word from Our Firm Sponsor:

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As the country’s leading firm representing venture-backed enterprises, Wilson Sonsini has been privileged to help lay the groundwork for some of the world’s most innovative technology, life sciences, and growth companies. Apple.  Netscape.  Pixar.  Google.  Twitter.  DoorDash.  We have counseled thousands of start-ups, advising them on company formation, equity structures, investor negotiations, IP rights, and other issues. In 2021, Wilson Sonsini’s emerging companies practice established Neuron, a new platform that streamlines, automates, and digitizes the typical legal processes along a start-up’s journey – from incorporation to fundraising to exit—whether that’s a blockbuster mergers and acquisition event or an initial public offering. We have also advised hundreds of non-U.S. companies that have elected to enter the U.S. market, whether for expansion, fundraising, or other key transactions.