Black and other entrepreneurs of color. WE HEAR YOU. WE SEE YOU. McDERMOTT IS COMMITTED TO DOING MORE.

BLACK AND Other EntrepreneurS of color. WE HEAR YOU. WE SEE YOU. McDERMOTT IS COMMITTED TO DOING MORE.

ABOUT THE McDermott Rise PROJECT

About the McDermott Rise Project

The playing field for Black and other entrepreneurs of color is systemically unfair—and we’re committed to taking an active role to change that. That’s why we’ve launched McDermott Rise: to combat inequality and promote fairness while helping bridge the gap for Black founders and founders of color. Through this program, we will provide a set of free legal and business services to 20 Black founders and other entrepreneurs of color, to help them launch and scale their endeavors with every expectation of success.

We aim to work with both early-stage and emerging companies that have an innovative plan and are solving an important problem, but that could use a boost from an experienced legal team from a top-ranked international firm. McDermott Rise is led by a dedicated global team of McDermott lawyers with deep experience handling issues vital to the success of innovative endeavors, including:

  • Formation
  • Capitalization
  • Equity compensation
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Employment matters
  • Other areas pertinent to business growth

WE RECOGNIZE THAT WE CANNOT WAIT ANY LONGER.

WE RECOGNIZE THAT WE CANNOT WAIT ANY LONGER.

WHAT MAKES A GREAT APPLICATION

WHAT MAKES A GREAT APPLICATION

DIVERSE LEADERSHIP

Your core leadership team includes at least one Black founder or founder of color. We particularly welcome applications that represent diversity across additional intersections, including gender and the LGBTQIA community.

Strong Business Plan

Your vision matters, and so do the details. You don’t just have a great idea—you’ve built a solid strategy for bringing it to market.

Deeply engaged management team

You’ve put together a team of dynamic leaders who share your passion for the problem you are working to solve, and the communities and customers you are seeking to benefit.

Disruptive business model

This program is open to any idea, any industry—what matters is that you’ve identified an innovative solution to a problem, and you aren’t afraid to upend the status quo to get the job done.

Intellectual property or technology

This is the heart of your business—your know-how, your tech, your IP. You’ve taken initial steps to develop it, realize it and keep it secure.

FACT SHEET

Learn more about the McDermott Rise program including; who should apply, application steps and more.

Ready to Apply

Ready to Apply

If you think your business would be a good fit for McDermott Rise and you’ve reviewed our terms and conditions we encourage you to submit an application using the below link.

 

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