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Pro Bono: Foundervine

Pro Bono: Foundervine


Providing a platform for innovative young people from under-represented communities, Foundervine are at the forefront of changing the face of entrepreneurship.

This social enterprise focuses on running immersive startup acceleration programs that help individuals  start, develop, and grow new ventures.

Foundervine's programs combine digital skills, business training and stakeholder introductions, using cutting edge technology and interactivity tools.


Less than 1% of venture capital funding goes to black founders globally. Less than 2% goes to women.

The programs established by Foundervine help early and revenue stage founders enhance and grow their investor networks, get their business operations off the ground, and benefit from mentorship and the development of business know-how from leaders in their fields.

Travers Smith has been involved with Foundervine since March 2019, providing mentors for their events including hosting an Africa Tech hub over a weekend in October 2019 to support 60 aspiring tech entrepreneurs build start-ups from scratch. 

We have appeared at numerous other such events and will be the sole legal mentors in the pending 12-week Barclays Black Founder Accelerator programme hosted by Foundervine. This will offer 25 Black-founder led businesses a series of masterclasses and is an excellent opportunity for Travers Smith to support this cause.

A growing number of Travers Smith lawyers have participated in the start up mentoring program at Foundervine. Recent volunteers have included James Ravden and Evander Obi. Here are their thoughts on Foundervine and pro bono more generally:


It is a privilege to support such an impressive social enterprise. Having worked with Foundervine for almost two years, I look forward to seeing the partnership develop. If anyone is thinking about getting involved in pro bono, Foundervine events are not to be missed!

James Ravden

Initiatives like Foundervine are so important for a society that strives to be inclusive and progressive. If each member of society does what they can to help and assist initiatives like Foundervine I have the utmost faith that we can get closer to a state of true inclusivity and progress.

Evander Obi

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