Good news! Five Nigerian legal tech startups are among the 33 African startups that have been named as finalists for the 2018 edition of the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law’s (HiiL) Innovating Justice Challenge, a programme that aims to support the world’s best justice entrepreneurs in order to create access to justice for the majority around the globe.
— Office for Nigerian Digital Innovation (ONDI) (@ngrinnovation) July 18, 2018
The 33 African finalists were chosen from a number of African countries. These include Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. They have been selected based on their innovation’s impact, scalability, sustainability, uniqueness, and team.
The startups chosen from Nigeria are In4Justice – a startup aimed to provide speedy and easily accessible settlement of small claims disputes and FarmworkerzApp – a digital platform that seeks to connect vetted farm-hands to potential farms for hiring to eliminate conflict between workers and farm owners.
The others include Legal Support LITE, a USSD and interactive voice response based solution that provides free legal advice to small businesses, Gavel – a civic tech startup that tracks criminal cases, and police brutality complaints and NoMore, an app that allows report of sexual harassment and rape by females students in Nigerian university campuses.
— loya254 (@loya254) July 9, 2018
Other African representatives include: HeLawyer from Benin; Kompliance from Ghana; Btrack Global, Loyasoft, Uliza Wakili, Wakili Mkononi, Wasilianahub and iCourtroom from Kenya; Viamo from Rwanda; Fixsolution from Sierra Leone; Epoq Legal, Boabob, Masenze Strategic Advisors, Buyisa Soul and Spiritual Centre and Portable Lawyer from South Africa; Nusu Hub from Tanzania; Bataka Court Model, Tunga Innovations, Yunga, Via, BitShelter, JusticeBot, LegIT, Prison Officer Legal Empowerment (POLE) Model, Zzimba Games (ZG) and Muchomo Moments from Uganda and PhoenixCMS, IPassist-zw from Zimbabwe.
The 33 African finalists, along with other finalists from Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, the Netherlands and Ukraine, will attend local pitch and training events in September where the winners would be chosen and provided with mentoring, seed-funding to help them grow their innovations.
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