The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law, with the generous support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other partners, has opened it 2018 Call for Applications. HIIL funds startups, projects and ideas (with up to 2 million KSH each) seeking to ensure access to justice for people in need.
Moreover, the winners receive business development support and all-expenses paid trips to both the Hague (in the Netherlands) and Nairobi to pitch their ideas and train with experts. Semi-finalists get all-expenses paid trips to Nairobi to pitch their innovations and train with experts.
This year, the firm is searching for great startups, ideas and projects to support with up to 2 million KES (20,000 EUR) per project in equity-free funding — innovators tackling the biggest legal issues in their community. These issues include, but are not limited to, themes such as fair employment, law enforcement/crime, land disputes, and others. Each year Hill selects ideas or startups from around the world to support with funding, business development services, access to an international mentor network, and potential access to future funding.
The Call for Applications is currently open for both individuals and groups to apply. Below are some of the themes we’re interested in this year.
- Crime and Law Enforcement — innovations improving relations between citizens and police or improving crime reporting
- Family Justice — innovations helping families solve disputes or injustices around, for example, divorce, birth, child rights
- Land and Neighbor Disputes — innovations solving land disputes over title/ownership or improving protection of property rights or innovations creating efficient, effective, and fair ways to solve disputes between neighbors
- Employment Justice — innovations addressing employment disputes, business formalization, work conditions or job security
- Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) — innovations addressing challenges that business face and make it easier for business to register, operate and resolve disputes
Kindly note that the Call for Applications is open to any startup or idea that improves access to justice, and the application deadline is 31 May 2018 at 5 p.m. East African Time.