We In Social Tech Partner Stories: Joelson On Legal Support And Helping Businesses Achieve Their Goals
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“Women network differently, talk to each other more and tend to be more open and honest about what they are going through. We can all utilise that to support each other as a community”
Q & A with Philippa Sturt, Managing Partner at Joelson
Q: Tell us about your business and your purpose
PS: Joelson is a full service law firm that aims to provide all the legal services that a business needs, from corporate and commercial advice, to employment and immigration, commercial property advice and litigation (if you can’t avoid it!). We work with a wide range of founders, entrepreneurs, SMEs and some bigger and listed companies, helping them to achieve their goals on a day-to-day basis and with bigger projects. We are primarily UK based, but have a network of like-minded law firms in the EU and US that can help us with our clients’ international needs. We are sector agnostic, but do a lot of work in the tech and leisure spheres, from FMCG business to well-being and events.
Joelson likes to work with founders and the individual inspirations behind businesses, rather than corporate investors. We particularly love working with early stage businesses because of the enthusiasm of founders and feel we are able to add a lot of value at that stage.
Q: Why are you supporting the We in Social Tech programme?
PS: Because the statistics show that the playing field is still anything but level. We believe that women need extra support if they are going to get the investment they deserve to build successful enterprises.
Q: What support have you been / are you providing to the female founders in the programme?
PS: We have provided a number of workshops on funding, intellectual property and GDPR rules as well as specific advice to individual Accelerated businesses in the programme.
Q: What general advice would you provide our female founders applying to the accelerator, to help improve their chances of growth and success?
PS: It is demonstrably harder for women to start a successful and meaningful business and to raise capital. Being a founder can be a very lonely businesses.
Try to take advantage of everything that is offered, such as the We in Social Tech Accelerator.
Seek out good advice and talk to as many people as you can. Getting an influx of new ideas can only be good.
Q: What potential do you see for women-led, social tech businesses in today’s market and how in comparison to traditional businesses?
PS: It possibly shouldn’t be but is the case that people see social enterprise businesses as more likely to be run by women. There is potential to use the fact that society tends to see women as more compassionate to boost the status of women-led social tech businesses and get them a higher profile within business as a whole.
Q: Are you able to share any other comments, thoughts or insights that could be of value to our readers/future participants?
PS: I echo what I say above about there being lots of isolation in the start-up community. I think women network differently, talk to each other more and tend to be more open and honest about what they are going through. We can all utilise that to support each other as a community by spending time just talking to each other.
We in Social Tech runs weekly business growth programme sessions, held at Wood Green Works where co-working space is offered FREE to participating businesses. Organised workshops, talks, seminars, speakers, training and expert visits are designed to address the specific challenges that hold women-led and social tech founders back from achieving their ambitions, and to help each business reach its full potential
Philippa Sturt is Partner for Corporate and Commercial at Joelson. Her main practice areas include acquisitions and disposals, MBOs, AIM work and company reorganisations as well as company law, shareholder matters and commercial agreements. Philippa focuses particularly on investments and fundraisings as well as shareholder arrangements and has recently acted on several company and limited liability partnership reorganisations. In particular, she has acted for a number of start-up businesses in the food and beverage, and FMCA sectors. She has experience of drafting all manner of commercial contracts both in respect of UK transactions and overseas matters in Europe and beyond. Read more
Applications to the second cohort of We in Social Tech are open now until 19 May 2019.