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Helping Michigan Entrepreneurs Put Their Bright Ideas to Work

MiSpringboard is Varnum’s statewide initiative designed to remove some of the barriers associated with starting a business by providing free legal services to Michigan startups.

We launched the MiSpringboard program in 2011 as a way of helping Michigan’s then-struggling economy. A giveaway of $1 million in free legal services, MiSpringboard was our way of helping the economy by doing what we do best – provide high quality legal counsel to businesses and individuals.

After five years, we renewed our commitment to Michigan startups by dedicating a second $1 million in free legal services through the MiSpringboard program. We look forward to working with the innovative entrepreneurs and referral partner organizations who are creating a vibrant startup community in Michigan.

Steps to Free Legal Services

Ideal participants should be located in Michigan, have a written business plan and demonstrate a need for Varnum’s legal support. They will have the potential to drive Michigan job creation and growth.

MiSpringboard Services You May Need
  • Corporation and limited liability entity formations
  • Equity investments and securities offerings
  • Capital structure planning
  • Trademark registration and acquisition of domain names
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Licensing
  • Joint venture agreements
  • Nondisclosure agreements
  • Employment agreements, compensation planning and non-competes
  • Compliance with employment laws
  • Employee benefits
  • Research collaboration agreements
  • Distribution agreements
  • State and federal tax planning and compliance
  • Immigration
  • Privacy and security issues
  • Introductions to accountants, lenders and other resources

Varnum works with state and regional business and economic development organizations, such as business incubators, private investors and angel funds to recommend businesses for participation in MiSpringboard. 

Participants meet with a Varnum attorney to assess their business needs and are assigned a single point of contact at Varnum, even if their legal needs require attorneys from more than one practice area. Participants will receive at least $2,500 in free legal services, although it may vary based on the need of the individual business.

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