What is Frank Lab?
Frank Lab is our six-month program that offers legal support and networking opportunities to help selected startups (for profit and for impact) grow their business.
Applications for our 2020 program are now open.
I want to be a part of the Frank community
Frank Lab overview
As part of the six-month program, participants will receive:
- $5000 to spend on legal services/documents.
- Allocation of an experienced lawyer as your own trusted advisor.
- Regular meetings 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 startups (for profit or for impact) that:
- Solves a genuine problem or serves a genuine need (which definitely includes social impact-focused startups).
- Has traction with customers or market validation.
- Are preparing to capital raise.
- 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
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 has been 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 was recently named one of Australia’s top Digital Influencers and is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT.
Nathan Merzvinskis is the CEO & Co-Founder of Everproof, the Melbourne-based startup 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 and 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 startup community as a mentor in the Startmate accelerator program, writer for The Startup and advisor to several pre-seed companies.
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 startup 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 startups 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 non-executive director roles; and studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford.
Marketing, brand strategy, and working with teams and individuals to bring their brands alive is the space Peter been consulting in for more than 20 years. Peter’s work has been defined by his sixth sense in unearthing brand propositions that are differentiating and inspiring. He has an excellent understanding of marketing, branding and strategic theory gained from his formal studies (B.Ec, MBA (Dux)) and his work as an academic in the early ’90s teaching Monash University MBA students Marketing and Strategic Marketing.
He has had the pleasure of working with a diverse range of organisations and individuals in sectors as varied as food and wine, place branding, utilities, education, financial services, professional services, celebrity chefs, sporting organisations, entrepreneurs and individuals on their career journeys.
He established Brand DNA in 2000 and, in 2010, merged with design specialist Storm to become the creative brand design agency Truly Deeply. In the past few years, Peter sold down his equity in Truly Deeply and established Singline & Co to focus on brand strategy and personal branding consulting – and a little more horse riding!
Frank lab cohort - 2019
a crowdfunding platform for the agriculture and energy sectors. Using equity crowdfunding, it enables sustainable technology companies to raise capital from retail and wholesale investors.
a technology company offering corporate lawyers cloudbased software to efficiently and accurately verify investor disclosure documents.
aims to become a Neobank, combining traditional and digital banking services, that offers a full suite of banking products and services online only.
the manufacturer of an Australian-made, sugar-free ice-cream.
the creator of a new condom that utilises innovative hydrogel technology and will improve global sexual health and contraceptive outcomes.
connects the best of breed compliance providers to provide one API, one platform, one unifying view for KYC onboarding and AML monitoring.
Australia’s first online platform to empower volunteers, particularly from the Baby Boomer generation, to lead and manage their own community projects.
a digital finance assistant that automates bill payments using artificial intelligence for households and small businesses.
an online wine retailer that gives away 50% of its profit to charities and has already raised almost $250,000.
a social enterprise providing busy parents with ‘moncierges’, all-in-one personal assistants who combine housekeeping and nannying tasks into one role.
a pioneer in aerospace technology that has developed bleeding-edge reusable rocket engines for small satellite launchers.
a managed cybersecurity service provider and security product development enterprise.
How to apply
Applications are now open.
Closing date for applications is 17 January 2020 with successful participants being announced in February 2020. The program will kick off in March 2020 and runs for six months. We are taking applications from all over Australia.
Successful applicants are expected to attend regular Frank Lab events throughout the six months and generally throw themselves into the program’s learning and networking opportunities. Whilst events will generally be held in Melbourne, other program benefits such planning meetings and as the provision of legal services are delivered nationally.
The Frank community
Frank Lab is capped at 10 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 access the following services:
- 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.