The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) has announced the start of the Innovating Justice Challenge 2022 and interested parties are being requested to apply.
In short, HiiL is basically searching for justice innovators across Africa and the Middle East. The platform is targeting innovators from Kenya, Ethiopia, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda and Tunisia.
The firm is looking for the best innovations with a focus on preventing or resolving a justice problem for a wide pool of people, including small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
“We scout the next generation of promising justice innovators to improve access to justice for millions of people,” reads a statement from HiiL.
The scouting exercise seeks to resolve issues including crime, land, employment, family, tenancy, and neighbour issues. In 2021, HiiL supported startups such as Upesy in Kenya, Chaya Legal in South Africa, and Civitas in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa).
The best innovators will then be invited to join the HiiL Justice Accelerator program.
If innovators showcase notable growth, then they stand a chance to receive the following:
- Up to 10K Euros non-equity funding
- Full training program delivered by industry experts in marketing, impact measurement and more
- Coaching sessions on topics of their choice
- Mentorship session
- Access to HiiL’s global network of legal leaders, legal tech companies and leading researchers
- International exposure and potential investment opportunities
- A chance to win up to 20K Euros at the pitch event of the Demo Day
“At HiiL, we focus on innovative people-centred and user-friendly solutions that enable ordinary people governments and innovators to prevent and resolve some of the world’s biggest justice problems. A key component of this has been HJA which finds, funds and supports young social entrepreneurs in emerging markets refine, improve and scale their business models to serve more people who are affected by injustice every day,” said Eric Mwangi Kariuki, Innovation Hub Head-East Africa.