What is Frank Lab?

Frank Lab is our 12-month program that offers legal support and networking opportunities to help 12 selected start-ups grow their business.

Applications for this year’s Frank Lab program have closed, however, you can still be a part of our Frank community.

I want to be a part of the Frank community

Frank Lab overview

As part of the 12-month program, participants will receive:

  • $5000 to spend on legal services/documents.
  • Allocation of an experienced lawyer as your own trusted advisor.
  • Quarterly meetings for us to assist in prioritising your legal and commercial needs.
  • Access to our space, our technology and our Smarter Law solutions.
  • Access to our networks e.g. accountants, investors etc.

Frank Lab is for you if you are a start-up (for profit or for impact) and you:

  • Have demonstrated that your idea solves a genuine problem or serves a genuine need (which definitely includes social impact focused start-ups).
  • Have traction with customers or market validation.
  • Are preparing for fundraising.
  • Are looking to scale or move into other markets.

Applicants will be assessed based on the following broad criteria:

  • The problem you are solving / your value proposition.
  • Your team and people.
  • Traction and customers.
  • Legal and other professional support likely to be required in the next 12 months.

Frank Advisory Board members

Nathan Merzvinskis
Peter Williams

Nathan Merzvinskis is the CEO & Co-Founder of Everproof, the Melbourne-based start-up that is digitising the world’s identity documents.

Since launching in 2016, Everproof has grown to more than 1000 organisations and 50,000 users with customers in education, healthcare, sports & recreation and local government. Their initial growth came off their ability to digitise Working With Children Checks, providing a safer environment through enabling these documents to be verified weekly in a digital format. They now have over 7000 different types of documents stored on their platform and are expanding both in Australia and the US after raising a $1.5 million seed round from Reinventure and Allectus Capital.

Nathan is a constant learner and thrives off the opportunity to absorb the knowledge of others. He is also an active participator in the Australian start-up community as a mentor in the Startmate accelerator program, writer for The Startup and advisor to several pre-seed companies.

Peter Williams is a recognised thought leader and practitioner in Innovation. Peter started working with internet technologies in 1993 and in 1996 founded an eBusiness Consulting group, Deloitte Australia. Since that time Peter is the CEO of the Eclipse Group, a Deloitte subsidiary, and then founded Deloitte Digital. He is also the Chairman of Deloitte’s Innovation Council and the Chief Edge Officer. He is recently named as one of Australia’s top Digital Influences and is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT.

Clare Harding

Clare is an independent consultant who works with complex organisations to create, refine, and measure their purpose agendas and their innovation agendas. She also works with founders of a range of startups in advisory and coaching roles.

Clare’s professional experience is wide-ranging and spans blue-chip organisations and leadership roles in the corporate, government, non-profit and start-up sectors. She was Deputy Director at the Melbourne Accelerator Program at the University of Melbourne, ranked 8th best in the world, where she helped increase the number of start-ups supported intensively by over 400%, and led the charge to integrate social impact throughout the program.

Clare is co-founder of a social enterprise that launched Australia’s first environmentally responsible transport and logistics company; consulted with McKinsey; has held executive government and not-for-profit NED roles; and studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford.

How to apply

Applications have closed.

The program kicks off in October 2018 and runs for 12 months. Successful applicants are expected to attend three Frank Lab events throughout the 12 months and generally throw themselves into the program’s learning and networking opportunities. The three events will be held in Melbourne but other program benefits, such as quarterly meetings and the provision of legal services, are certainly not restricted to Melbourne.

The Frank community

Frank Lab is capped at 12 start-ups. By applying, you automatically become part of our Frank community. If we are unable to offer you a place in this intake of Frank Lab, you can still benefit from our Frank offerings, which include:

  • An obligation-free meeting to prioritise your business needs.
  • Access to our dedicated team of industry experts.
  • A commitment to fixed fees and cost certainty.
  • Access to our network of connections (eg investors and accountants).
  • All the benefits of being part of the Frank community – networking with like-minded start-ups, invitations to events and access to useful materials.