Entrepreneurs from six companies pitched their ideas to investors and industry experts recently at the 2016 graduation of the Ballard Academy for Student Entrepreneurs (BASE) program in Philadelphia. Program leaders are now accepting applications for next year’s class.

The nine-month program offers selected student entrepreneurs pro bono legal assistance in addition to academic training in areas such as intellectual property protection, branding, human resources, tax, accounting and financing. Clients accepted into the BASE program are assigned to Ballard Spahr attorneys who guide them through the startup process by providing legal advice on corporate governance and structure, negotiating leases, finance and contract matters. In addition, the clients gain access to the firm's educational programs and networking opportunities.