TR Ignite

Thomson Reuters is looking to partner with technology startups in Asia-Pacific

Applications are now closed.

The closing date for applications was 11:59 PM Friday 16 August 2019 (Singapore time).

This is an opportunity for startups in Asia-Pacific to tap into Thomson Reuters technology innovators, deep industry insights and market reach via a tailored partnership programme.

If you are an innovator, ready to take the next step in realising your vision in collaboration with one of the world’s leading providers of solutions to the legal and regulatory industries, we want to hear from you.

Have an idea?

Turn it into reality with us

For more than 150 years, businesses around the world have trusted us to be their partners in the increasingly complex world we live in. This trust is the force behind our constant drive to innovate, to deliver solutions designed to solve business and workflow challenges lawyers face.

To achieve our goals, partnering with the right people is critical to success. Together with the Singapore Academy of Law and TechLaw.Fest, Thomson Reuters is searching for the next legal and reg tech superstar start-up.

What Thomson Reuters loves and why:


because it enables and transforms …

AI & Machine learning

  • Finding the relevant in large volumes of potentially noisy information to help advise clients 
  • Support summarisation and classification of information in legal, tax and accounting or news
Natural Language Processing
  • Support workflows in legal, tax and accounting or news production that involve creation or review of language
  • Assessment and prediction of impact of news or potential changes in the legal landscape 
  • Support knowledge management
  • Finding related legal news, cases, regulatory information as well as guiding material and client notes

Distributed ledger

  • Trusted source to track contractual agreements
  • Automated execution of lawyer / client interactions
  • Business development
  • Simplification of transactions
Data analytics
  • Insights from complex and voluminous legal information and matter relevant information
  • Faster decision making on complex legal questions


Why enter?

A strategic partnership to take you to the next level, and an opportunity to pitch for an investment of up to US $250,000

This is your chance to secure a strategic collaboration with Thomson Reuters. You get to access our global customer footprint, partner resources (AWS/Oracle credits), and Thomson Reuters technology, data, and Innovation Labs mentorship to help bring your idea to fruition. Qualifying startups will have the opportunity to participate in an investor pitch at TechLaw.Fest in September, through which you could get an investment of US $250,000. 

Winners will also join Singapore Academy of Law’s GLIDE, Asia’s first legal-tech accelerator.

You can see the full TechLaw.Fest programme here.

Competition Criteria

  • You are a founder of an early stage technology startup (pre-series A funding)
  • Your organisation has been created in the last 5 years
  • You are aligned to the legal or regulatory industries
  • You have at least a prototype ready to demo, or you are working towards a prototype
  • Your startup is funded for (minimum) the next 6 months
  • Technology: Thomson Reuters is interested in a wide range of technologies that could enhance legal and regulatory work, however favourability will be given to individual items or combinations listed below:

    • Artificial intelligence – machine learning, NLP, expert systems, planning/scheduling algorithms applied to legal data and task flows
    • Distributed ledger technologies – particularly related to business of law activities including client engagement and retention and/or payment for legal services
    • Big data – technologies for ingestion, abstraction, learning, characterisation and evaluation where you can evidence data at scale issues impacting legal practice; technologies for improving the pace of decision making, risk and opportunity assessment in legal practice
    • Advanced analytics – applied to data used in practice and business applications by lawyers and their clients 
    • Concepts and solutions which can leverage Thomson Reuters data and existing solutions
  • You are available to present in person at TechLaw.Fest in Singapore from 4-6 September 2019.

TR Ignite

Driving innovation in Asia Pacific

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