An estimated 4 billion people worldwide lack access to justice. Long court procedures, expensive legal help, discrimination, infringement of intellectual property and others contribute to challenges that people in Kenya, including entrepreneurs, face in their daily lives
Since 2009, the Hague Institute for the Innovation of Law (HiiL Innovating Justice) has funded justice entrepreneurs looking to make a global impact. Besides funding, winners receive training in entrepreneurship in the Hague and gain from mentorship and acceleration support after winning. This year HiiL is offering up to 2 million KSH, per start-up, to start-ups that innovate in the field of justice.
According to Ahmed Farah, HiiL Innovating Justice’s liaison in Kenya, “Social enterprises are the new frontier in sustainable development. We’re keen on supporting scalable, sustainable companies keen on making an impact.”
Farah adds that the rise of the Silicon Savannah may be the answer to many of these issues with tech playing a major role in bridging these gaps in many parts of the world. Selected for their uniqueness, sustainability, scalability and the strength of their teams, innovations sought after, in this competition, differ from NGOs in the sense that they are businesses, like any other, but with the goal of making a positive societal impact.
Applicants are particularly encourage to explore innovations in areas such as family justice, employment, neighbour disputes, land disputes, crime & law enforcement and migration & human trafficking. Applications in other themes will be accepted as long as they have a justice component.
To date, through 40 of its best innovations, HiiL Innovating Justice has provided access to justice for 1.4 million people worldwide. Will you be the next big justice entrepreneur?
The application deadline is June 30th 2017.
Apply at innovatingjustice.com
Contact ahmed.f[email protected] for queries, feedback or advice.