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In a joint pro bono initiative Hogan Lovells, Amazon and PayPal have recently partnered to support the finalists of Youth Business International’s (“YBI”) Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year Europe Award 2020. YBI supports young people around the world to start, grow and sustain businesses, leveraging entrepreneurship to create decent work and drive inclusive economic growth, whilst transforming livelihoods and strengthening communities. 

Nine volunteer lawyers from across Hogan Lovells’ Continental European network, our London office and a volunteer from Irish firm A&L Goodbody, worked with 24 inhouse counsel from Amazon and PayPal to provide legal advice to six of the Award finalists:

  • Mariia Plotkina, founder of Geek Teachers, which has helped teachers in Russia adopt digital technologies to improve teaching and learning;
  • Giulia Pettinau, founder of Orangogo, an online search engine for sports in Italy;
  • Mathilde Cortinovis, founder of the eco-responsible Équilibres Café in France;
  • Emma Dungan, founder of Pawfit, which provides busy working people in Ireland with the opportunity to have their dog exercised and pet sitting services;
  • Lara Prendes, founder of Despensa 77, the first zero waste mini market in Galicia, Spain, and which promotes healthy eating, a healthy environment and a reduction of plastic waste;
  • Christina Plaka, founder of I am mangaka, a school in Germany which introduces manga to children through school projects, including editing and printing their own manga short story book.

The programme with YBI is one which we as a firm will continue to expand going forward and many of the lawyers who participated indicated their willingness to continue to be involved.