Brussels / 4 & 5 February 2017


Panel of European legal entities for Free Software projects

As a FOSS/OSHW project grows, at some stage it often reaches a point where it requires a legal entity for better operation – whether this be to gather donations, pay for development, handle finances, organise events, consolidate rights, better governance or other reasons. So far in Europe there were no alternatives to setting up your own legal entity, and with it a huge tonne of work and obligations.

But finally three host/umbrella organisations have just emerged in Europe and aim to offload this overhead from your projects.

Join our panel to learn if and which of these organisations could help your project flourish best, as well as pose any open questions or concerns you may still have.

Panelists include

  • Simon Phipps, Founder of Public Software CIC
  • Michiel Leenaars, Chairman of The Commons Conservancy
  • Moritz Bartl, CTO of Center for the Cultivation of Technology
  • Karen Sandler, Executive Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy


Photo of Simon Phipps Simon Phipps
Photo of Tom Marble Tom Marble
Photo of Karen Sandler Karen Sandler
Photo of Moritz Bartl Moritz Bartl
Photo of Michiel Leenaars Michiel Leenaars