The HiiL Innovation Hub West Africa is delighted to announce that applications for the annual HiiL Innovating Justice Challenge are now open.

Successful applicants will earn a place in the prestigious international HiiL Justice Accelerator programme, along with €10,000 in funding and a package of tailored local support.

The challenge aims to access promising social entrepreneurs across West Africa. Entrepreneurs who aspire for people to access justice at work, home, in the neighborhood and their businesses.

The HiiL Justice Accelerator programme is looking for startups that leverage breakthrough innovations to create better;

  • working conditions with their employer,
  • protection against theft, fraud and violence,
  • arrangements about noise, damages and property access with their neighbor,
  • housing maintenance and rent conditions with their landlord,
  • agreements on ownership, registration and use of land,
  • separation terms with their spouse,
  • contracts, fraud protection and compliance for their small business.

We at HiiL are especially interested in startups that work on what we’ve identified as potential gamechangers.

We seek startups that have a proven solution with increasing annual revenue and impact. Startups with a scalable business model and are on their way to financial sustainability. Those who are led by a strong team with experienced founders. The startups can either be for-profit or non-profit.

The HiiL Innovating Justice Challenge 2021

The Innovating Justice Challenge scouts and selects the most promising justice innovations for the Justice Accelerator programme.

Application opens on the 15th of March, 2021 and closes on the 30th of April 2021.

The interviews pitch event commences in May 2021 and ends in July 2021.

Acceleration kicks off in July 2021 and ends in December 2021.

The HiiL Justice Accelerator

HiiL’s Justice Accelerator offers startups a four-month programme that provides €10,000 non-equity seed funding, business development support (which includes training, coaching and mentorship), access to a global network, international exposure, and connections for further investment opportunities.

At the annual Innovating Justice Forum, startups pitch to an international jury and compete for additional cash prizes: €20,000 (1st place), €10,000 (2nd place), and €5,000 (3rd place).

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.

We have supported more than 120 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 (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.

HiiL is a friendly rebel focused on concrete improvements in the lives of people. Data and evidence are central in all that we do. We are based in The Hague, the City of Peace and Justice.

Interested  justice entrepreneurs can apply for the Challenge here