Seven startups from Southern Africa have been selected to take part in the regional semi-finals of The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) annual Innovating Justice Challenge which will be held at the OPEN Maboneng in Johannesburg on 13 October.
The seven startups will have the opportunity to present their ideas to a panel made up of representatives from HiiL’s Bootcamp, legal and innovation experts. They were chosen from 80 applicants from the Southern African region.
They include South African startups Lady Liberty, NuvaLaw, Comic Contracts and MoLLy and Zimbabwean startups Road Rules, Transparency International Zimbabwe, together with the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association. Their solutions range from an online dispute resolution systems to chatbot interfaces for legal information.
HiiL’s Innovating Justice agent for Southern Africa, Adam Oxford said the winner of each region will be awarded €5000 and a chance to compete at the global final which takes place at The Hague in December.
The 10 finalists will also get a zero-equity grant of up to €20 000 and entry into a six-month business development programme at the Hiil Justice Accelerator, which is aimed at assisting startups and innovators with innovative solutions to justice and legal problems.
The HiiL Justice Accelerator finds and supports the world’s best justice entrepreneurs in order to create access to justice for all.