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Hogan Lovells has partnered with SPRING to provide access to legal advice and support on the ground in East Africa, as well as pro bono advice and mentorship through its global network of specialist lawyers to SPRING’s 18 business entrepreneurs across Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.

SPRING is a five-year programme, its mission is to enable ventures to reach 200,000 girls with products and services that enhance their economic empowerment by 2019, with the ultimate goal of empowering our businesses to reach 50 million girls by 2030.

“Hogan Lovells is delighted to be offering legal pro bono and business services support for SPRING participants. The firm has undertaken a commitment to action as part of our Empowering Girls and Women Initiative, offering all Hogan Lovells staff an opportunity, as part of their normal duties at the firm, to engage in programs that empower, protect and advance girls and women globally. Our work with SPRING is a wonderful opportunity to mobilise the enthusiasm we have for this initiative, to work closely with the Nike Foundation, DFID and USAID, and other sponsoring organisations, and to engage the wider contacts we have through the firm’s Africa practice.”  Kathryn Hellings, Hogan Lovells

Sachin Gupta, SPRING Project Director and Director of Economic Growth and Livelihoods at The Palladium Group said:

“A robust legal structure is fundamental to ensure the brightest business innovations succeed. As we work with our 18 SPRING participants to support and guide them in the next stage of their development, we are delighted to have the invaluable expertise of Hogan Lovells, donating time and services to provide our entrepreneurs with access to an incredible pool of top-tier legal talent.”

SPRING began in May with Selection Camp for 50 shortlisted entrepreneurs from Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda who were invited to pitch to the SPRING judging panel. Following deliberation, the final 18 businesses were selected and invited to join the 2015 SPRING cohort.