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The Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE) at Brooklyn Law School invites New York area law school students to compete in its 9th annual Stanley M. Grossman Innovators Invitational on April 14, 2022 to help launch legal tech ventures. Competitors are invited to develop and pitch their legal technology startups to an esteemed panel of judges to compete for $12,000 in prize money to launch their ventures. This year’s Invitational builds on CUBE’s annual Innovators Invitational competition and is a virtual event.

In order to enter, student teams will need to submit an application consisting of a 150-word explanation of their legal tech idea.

Teams that are invited to participate will have the opportunity to pitch their startup ideas to a panel of seasoned industry professionals, entrepreneurs, and investors at the CUBE Innovators Invitational.


  • March 6, 2022: Initial Applications Due by 11:59 p.m. EST
  • April 7, 2022: Final Applications Due by @ 11:59 p.m. EST
  • April 14, 2022: Competition

Congratulations to our winners!

First Place ($9,000) — Winners of the Manne Prize

Pace Law School
Access to Justice Project

Team Members: Gabriella Mickel, Daniel Guarracino, and Lili Caparosa

Project description: Access to Justice Project, a low-cost, mobile-friendly web application meant to help low-income tenants and their advocates in Westchester address habitability issues.


Second Place ($4,000)

Brooklyn Law School
ESI NFT Licenses

Team Members: Don Irwin and Moritz Stilz

Project description: A web application for NFT artists and creators to assemble IP license terms into a customized IP license, which will then itself be hosted fully on the Ethereum blockchain.


Third Place ($2,000)

Brooklyn Law School
Court Conscious

Team Members: Jessica Flaherty and Shayna Goldberg

Project description: This program seeks to to help further accountability in our judicial system by creating open access to credible information tracking a wide spectrum of courtroom data.

Judging Criteria

Judges’ Review of the competitors’ submissions will assess the following:

  1. How clearly and concisely the proposal states a problem and a proposed solution
  2. How feasibly and effectively the proposal addresses the stated problem
  3. How well the problem and proposal presented are supported by analysis and research
  4. How innovative the proposal is, as compared to existing or analogous solutions
  5. How well the presentation demonstrates competence and capability to implement the proposal, including but not limited to how well the seed money, if won, would further the venture’s mission


We are honored to have outstanding leaders in law and technology serve as judges. Each entry was scored for concision, effectiveness, ambition, innovation, competence, and student/team presentation. Judges include:

Bob Manne (BLS ’77), Founder, The Bob and Grace Manne Family Foundation
Andrea Markstrom, Chief Information Officer at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP; Founder/CEO at i.WIll (Inspiring Women Igniting Leadership & Learning)
Christopher Doyle, Partner, Stroock, Stroock & Lavan LLP
Chynna Foucek (BLS '21), Associate, Allen & Overy LLP
Craig A. Cook, General Counsel & Secretary, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
D.K. Smith, Managing Director; Founding Member; CMO/Co-Founder, Brooklyn Innovation Center; Brooklyn Angels; dxDigital
Dave Ugelow (BLS '11), SVP of Legal & Business Affairs, Group Nine Media
Fred Rosen (BLS ’69), President and CEO, Red Carpet Entertainment
Leo Kittay (BLS ’08), Partner, Fross Zelnick
Jason M. Sobel, Partner, Brown Rudnick LLP
Jeffrey Berkowitz (BLS ’92), CEO and Director, Real Endpoints
Kevin Mulcahy, VP of Education & Community Programs, Neota Logic
Lili Rogowsky (BLS '16), VC Associate, Atypical Ventures
M.J. Williams (BLS '09), Partner, Wissing Miller LLP
Sydney Abulaly (BLS '21), L3X Ops Commander, LeXpunK


The Stanley M. Grossman Innovators Invitational at CUBE would not have been possible without the vision, generosity and faith of our sponsors. These include:
  • Stanley and Nancy Grossman Family Foundation
  • The Bob and Grace Manne Family Foundation
  • Stroock, Stroock & Lavan LLP
  • Fross Zelnick
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Brown Rudnick LLP
  • M.J. Williams, Partner, Wissing Miller LLP
  • Neota Logic
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Fross Zelnick
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