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Innovating Justice Challenge 2020 is open

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The HiiL Innovating Justice Challenge 2020 is on the look out for game-changing justice innovations who need help to grow an impactful business. 

We are looking for the most promising innovative enterprises from East Africa, West Africa, Southern Africa, MENA and Ukraine. Innovations with a focus on impact that help preventing and resolving justice problems, e.g. by providing access to justice, access to financial services, and preventing digital fraud. We seek 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 are led by a strong team with experienced and inspiring founders.

Innovating Justice Challenge

The Innovating Justice Challenge scouts and selects the most promising justice innovations for the Justice Accelerator programme. Between 10 June and 5 August, justice entrepreneurs can apply for the Challenge via

The Justice Accelerator
 HiiL’s Justice Accelerator offers startups a four month programme that provides 10,000 EUR non-equity funding, business development support (which includes training, coaching and mentorship), access to a global network, international exposure, and connections for further investment opportunities. When needed, HiiL has other products and services that provide support to the startups, e.g. Justice Research and Development and its Justice Needs and Satisfaction Surveys.

HiiL’s Justice Accelerator is the only accelerator that focuses on preventing and resolving justice problems. We look for startups that can grow and scale to impact thousands and potentially millions of people. HiiL has supported more than 110 justice innovations worldwide since 2011. Some of those have become big, impacting the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and scaling to a regional level with the potential to become global players.

HiiL user-friendly justice
HiiL (The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law) is a social enterprise devoted to user- friendly justice. That means justice that is easy to access, easy to understand, affordable, and effective. We will ensure that by 2030, 150 million people will be able to prevent or resolve their most pressing justice problems. We do this by stimulating innovation and scaling what works best. We are friendly rebels focused on concrete improvements in the lives of people. Data and evidence is central in all that we do.

The startups we 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 crime, and a website that explains how to purchase and transfer land titles.

Applications and deadline

To submit an application, entrepreneurs should visit The Call for Applications closes at 23:59 CET on 5 August 2020. 

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Additional information
How do we select? We look for innovations that: focus on resolving or preventing a justice problem have the potential to grow and scale nationwide or internationally are already showing demonstrated impact have the potential to become financially sustainable or already have a solid business model in place are led by a committed CEO and a dedicated team.

Source: HiiL - innovating Justice

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