HiiL (The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law) is an organisation that
seeks to facilitate justice through new technologies, knowledge on
conflict resolution, and new forms of organisation and governance. They
work with courts, legal aid boards, NGOs, ministries and companies
responsible for innovative solutions that can cause systemic change.
Through their justice innovation challenges, they have funded various
startups with ideas that can empower sectors in Africa.
Applications are invited from qualified candidates for:
2016 Innovating Justices Challenges Competition
HiiL Justice Accelerator, in collaboration with Ford Foundation, has
announced that submissions are now open for this year’s "Innovating
Justices Challenges Competition". This competition occurs yearly and it
funds the brightest ideas and businesses centred on access to justice.
The last we heard of this competition was when three ladies won the
competition for their idea in SME empowerment. This year, the Challenge
will focus on 'SME Empowerment and Family Justice'.
Last year’s SME Empowerment challenge saw ShopOfficer (Kenya),
Msme Garage (Uganda), and DIYlaw (Nigeria) emerge as finalists winning
$10,000, $20,000, and $40,000 in seed funding respectively.
How it Works
- The SME Empowerment Innovation Challenge, targets ideas and
businesses that address the problems facing SMEs in Africa. These
problems include employment issues, corruption, intellectual property
protection, management issues, employee rights, bureaucratic red-tapes,
amongst others. This challenge is for East and West Africa..
- Meanwhile, the Family Justice Innovation Challenge, is for ideas
and businesses that seek to empower families across Africa by tackling
challenges such as property inheritance, marriage, divorce, child care,
domestic violence and adoption. Interested participants in this category
should visit here.
Schedule Innovating Justice Awards 2016
- At HiiL we introduce new solutions for specific legal topics. To
promote innovation in the rule of law and to find the best innovations
across the world, the HiiL Justice Accelerator issues challenge
- This is to promote systemic change in focus areas, such as Legal Tech, Family Justice, Living Wages, and SME empowerment.
- Every year, the most promising innovations receive an Innovating
Justice Award, access to funding and professional support to accelerate
Call for Justice Innovations: March-June 2016:
- First, we launch a call for innovations. This year, the call for
innovations will launch in March. The submission deadline is '30 June
2016'. To submit your innovation you must first create an account.
- Don't forget to follow the link to the Selection Form that is
part of the online application procedure. We create a shortlist of the
most promising innovations based on your selection form. The selected
projects are then published on our website.
Shortlist selection process Criteria:
- We only accept innovations that are submitted between 1 March and 30 June 2016, 12 midnight CET.
- You can only submit one innovation per Challenge. Make sure to
read more about the Challenge you want to submit for on the
Challenge-pages: SME Empowerment Challenge and Family Justice Challenge.
- Innovations will be assessed on the basis of your answers as
given during the submission, including the (internal) Selection Form.
- We encourage you to answer all questions, be very clear and concise in your answers, and use numbers or figures where possible.
- Our main assessment criteria are:
- Scope: is the innovation a justice solution? (Find out more
here.) Does it align with the justice needs of the Challenge you apply
for? Is it impacting lives in our focus areas/countries?
- Uniqueness: does your innovation provide a distinctive, new solution to a real justice need?
- Impact: will your innovation solve a justice need for a
large number of people or businesses, in ways that they could not have
- Sustainability: how (financially) sustainable is your
innovation? If it isn’t sustainable yet, we will explore potential ways
of future sustainability.
- Scalability: can your innovation be introduced in other regions, countries or to different customer groups?
- We care a lot about your team (composition), because we believe
that the justice entrepreneur makes the innovation. Make sure to tell us
enough about your founders and/or team.
Online Campaign - August 2016:
- The shortlisted innovations campaign online to gather votes and
support for their innovation. The top two innovations of the online
campaign from each Challenge, together with four wildcards from each
Challenge, will progress to the next selection phase.
Finalist Selection - September 2016:
- At the end of September, finalists from the online campaign and
wildcards will be invited to a local Boostcamp, depending on the
Challenge you participate in.
- More information about this year’s Boostcamp(s) will appear on the website in due time.
- During the Boostcamp the candidates will already practice their pitches. A jury of experts will select three finalists from each challenge.
Crowdfunding and Crowdsourcing - October to November 2016:
- All the finalists are invited to the Innovating Justice Forum, taking place on 2-3 December in The Hague.
- In the weeks running up to the forum, finalists will also be
able to crowdfund for their projects and attract volunteers to support
their justice innovations. This means that none of the innovators at
this stage will go home with empty hands "More information about the
crowdfunding phase will appear on the website in due time".
Innovating Justice Forum - December 2016:
- On 1 and 2 December the finalists will be able to compete for the Innovating Justice Awards 2016 at the Innovating Justice Forum
- The winners of the Innovating Justice Awards will win
acceleration funding, expert advice, international showcasing and access
to HiiL's networks.
- This year's acceleration funding will amount to EUR 80.000 per challenge, which will be divided among the winners.
Personal Preparation and Alignment:
- Prior to the Boostcamps and the Forum, the innovators will be
personally prepared to pitch their innovation. This will include helping
to identify their main opportunities and challenges.
- During the crowdfunding phase, HiiL and Next2Company will also
help connect (align) the finalists to potential partners to support
Acceleration and Validation:
- Right after the Forum, the winners of the two Challenges will
stay in The Hague for a introduction-to-validation week. During this
introduction week, the innovators will be connected to a business
mentor/agent and follow several workshops to set up their validation-
and impact plans.
- Further collaboration modalities are outlined in an agreement between the innovators and the HiiL Justice Accelerator.
- After the innovators return to their home countries, an
intensive validation phase of minimum 6 months starts. During this
period, innovators will receive advice and guidance by business- and
impact mentors in order to validate the business model and grow impact.
- Part of the acceleration funding will be dependent on progress made during this phase.
- The finalists will have access to an international network, to
build international partnerships and learn from other attendants at the
- The innovators present their innovation to an international audience and gain international recognition.
- During and after the Forum, innovations will receive support for media- and press showcasing.
Access to further investment:
- Since 2012, the HiiL Justice Accelerator has unlocked almost
€400,000 for the most promising innovative ideas in the justice sector.
HiiL leverages on its coalitions and networks to connect top notch legal
innovations to investors.
- Depending on the stage of progress of the innovations after
validation, we do our best to attract further investment for these
The winners of each category this year will stand the chance of winning EUR80,000 in seed-funding.
Application Closing Date
30th June, 2016.
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