In a bid to nurture the Lagos (and Nigeria) entrepreneurship buzz with some legal innovation, the Innovating Justice Accelerator has announced a partnership with the Nigerian Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE).
Through the partnership, both organizations will support Nigerian-based entrepreneurs using cutting-edge technology to develop solutions aimed at empowering citizens and small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs) to overcome any bureaucratic or red-tape barriers.
These solutions will significantly improve the country’s economy, job creation and social welfare.
Also, the partnership will see the launch of the Innovating Justice Hub in Lagos in March 2016 under the lead of Olufunbi Falayi, the Innovating Justice West Africa Liaison Agent. The Hub will act as a West-African-wide supporter for justice entrepreneurs.
The OIIE is a supporter of justice entrepreneurship. Through its sponsorship, the DIYLaw team was able to attend the Innovating Justice Forum in The Hague last year where it won the inaugural SME Empowerment Innovation Challenge for East and West Africa.
The startup, which makes registration and legal processes more accessible, professional and transparent for entrepreneurs seeking to do business in Nigeria, won the grand prize of the competition – US$40,000 – and other juicy incentives.
Applications for the The SME Empowerment Challenge, which is organized by HiiL Innovating Justice in partnership with Ford Foundation and the Global Agenda Council on Justice, will open before the end of March 2016.