Last year, HiiL hosted the SME Empowerment Challenge East & West Africa, which seeks to promote justice solutions that empower SMEs across Africa.
The competition was won by DIYLaw, a one-stop online shop for fulfilling registration and legal needs in Nigeria, taking home US$40,000 in the process. Kenya’s Shop Officer and Uganda’s mSMEGarage won US$20,000 and US$10,000 respectively for placing second and third.
This year, HiiL has expanded the competition by adding the Family Justice Challenge, seeking to promote solutions that empower and strengthen individuals and family units.
The Family Justice Challenge process includes shortlisting, online campaigning, wildcard selection, crowdfunding and pitching in front of an audience – similar in structure with the SME Empowerment Challenge.
The winners of the Family Justice Challenge will receive acceleration support and an investment of up to €80,000 (same as the SME Empowerment Challenge).
Aside the cash prizes, the winners of both challenges will receive the Innovating Justice Awards, expert advice, access to further funding, and will be connected to potential partners to accelerate their businesses.
Startups interested in the Justice Innovations Challenge should apply before June 30, 2016. More information on both challenges can be found here.
The winners of the challenges will be announced at the Innovating Justice Forum in December 2016 in the Peace Palace in The Hague.
The Justice Innovations 2016 is organized by HiiL Innovating Justice in partnership with Ford Foundation, Global Agenda Council on Justice and several others.