Are you a startup addressing justice problems and want to grow into an impactful business? Do you want to be part of a unique ecosystem of justice innovators?
The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) is looking for startups that are developing sustainable, scalable solutions to pressing justice need to apply for the HiiL Innovating Justice Challenge 2020 across East Africa, West Africa, Southern Africa, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Ukraine.
Winning ideas will be selected to attend the HiiL Justice Accelerator. The accelerator offers a four-month programme that provides €10 000 non-equity, non-debt, funding, business development support, access to a global network, international exposure, and connections for further investment opportunities for startups.
HiiL is looking for promising innovations that are already showing measurable impact, have the potential to become financially sustainable and have the plans and ambition to scale across different markets. These enterprises should furthermore be led by a strong team with experienced and inspiring founders.
Applications close at 23:59 Central European Time on 5 August.
This year, as a result of Covid-19, it’s become even more important to identify and support those startups and organisations which are modernising access to justice, and help them to reach more people, more quickly.
HiiL has supported more than 110 justice innovations worldwide since 2011. Some of those have impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and scaling to a regional level with the potential to become global players.
Previous HiiL Justice Accelerator cohorts have included well-known innovators such as Kenya’s Usalama, Sauti Africa and Mulika Hongo. From across Africa and the world, dynamic projects improving access to justice such as LawForMe from India, Citizen Justice Network from South Africa and DIY Law from Nigeria have gone through the HiiL Justice Accelerator.
HiiL offers a carefully tailored acceleration program that draws on its in-depth knowledge of successful legal innovations, and a global network of like-minded organizations and investors. The organization works to create partnerships that will help budding legal-tech startups achieve success, and assist established innovators to scale.
Examples of startups that we have supported in the past include a mobile app that educates people about their employment rights, a website with automated contracts for SME’s, a mobile application to anonymously report a crime, and a website that explains how to purchase and transfer land titles. All were able to grow into successful businesses with the HiiL Justice Accelerator.
HiiL will hold a webinar on 17 June to discuss what makes a good justice innovation and answer questions about the HiiL Justice Accelerator.