One of the barriers to data sharing is a fear of legal complications. At Data Pitch we worked closely with startups and providers to understand the challenges they face and to help overcome them. Most data-led startups are too small to have legal resources in-house and do not feel able to confidently negotiate and draw up legal contracts. Larger organisations are often reluctant to share data due to a lack of understanding and a fear of repercussions if the data were to be misused. In this article, we unpack some of the problems and explain how programmes such as Data Pitch can help, as well as sharing links to various toolkits and guides that can help you through the process.

Understanding the legal landscape: how startup programmes can help