The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) is pleased to announce that 17 innovators and entrepreneurs have been selected to enter its prestigious Justice Accelerator program, which commences from the end of October.
The Justice Accelerator is designed to help innovators working on scalable, sustainable solutions to access to justice problems grow. The startups were selected through the Innovating Justice Challenge (www.innovatingjustice.com), in a process that including online engagement, training and regional pitching finals in seven locations around the world.
All of the innovators selected will receive an initial grant of EUR5,000, with additional funding and business service support available throughout the year. The highlight of the program is the intensive Justice Entrepreneur School and Innovating Justice Forum, which will take place in The Hague early 2019.
“This year is our largest ever cohort and we’re delighted to have participants from countries where HiiL hasn’t operated previously, including Benin, Bangladesh and India,” says Ellen Tacoma, director of the Justice Accelerator. “The quality of applications has been exceptional, and we hope that all of those who didn’t make it through to the Accelerator will continue to stay in touch and be part of the HiiL network as we move on.”
HiiL supports entrepreneurs and innovators who are working on both for profit and not-for-profit solutions through the Justice Accelerator. This year’s innovations cover a wide variety of services for assisting with criminal procedures, legal services, property rights and business contracting issues. The solutions include mobile access to legal advice via shortcodes, a chatbot, an automated contracting platform and a board game.
“We’re looking forward to working with such a range of different ideas and experiences,” Tacoma says, “One of the most important parts of the program is learning from others as we all work towards the goal of access to justice for all.”
HiiL (The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law) has been based in The Hague since 2005, and want to provide for people’s justice needs worldwide using innovation, creativity and knowledge. Its goal is that by 2030, 150 million people will be able to prevent or resolve their most pressing justice problems.