The Innovating Justice Challenge 2023


Applications for our Innovating Justice Challenge 2023 will open on February 16th 2023

Tip: Add this reminder to your calendar & get your application in early!

Selection and acceleration process

The selection processes includes online interviews to be held in May 2023.
The programme kicks off in June 2023, and the Demo Day is in February 2024.

Innovating Justice Challenge timeline

Demo Day 2022: Concluding the Innovating Justice Challenge 2021

During Demo Day, innovators present unique solutions for addressing the justice gap in their respective countries and communities.

The competition is an opportunity for learning and interaction between coaches, alumni, and a global network of Gamechangers reimagining the justice sector in hotspots around the world.

On Wednesday, 16 February 2022, HiiL’s Justice Accelerator brought 16 startups from Africa, Ukraine and the Middle East to showcase their justice innovations, concluding the Innovating Justice Challenge 2021. 

Watch the recap.

What do we offer?

HiiL’s Justice Accelerator offers you a 4-month long programme that provides you with:

  • €10,000 non-equity funding.
  • Full training program delivered by industry specialists: business growth, marketing, team & leadership, impact measurement and much more.
  • Coaching sessions and mentorship on topics of your choice.
  • Access to HiiL’s global network of justice leaders, legal tech organisations and top level researchers.
  • International exposure and potential investment opportunities.
  • Chance to win up to €20.000 at Demo Day 2024.

In 2022, the #Gamechangers we were looking for are:

For-profit and non-profit startups from MENA (Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan & Lebanon), East Africa (Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia) and West Africa (Nigeria) who have:

    • people-centred solutions that prevent or resolve justice problems*.
    • a functioning product with some traction (number of users, revenue, etc.) indicating proof of customer demand. Startups in earlier stages are encouraged to contact their respective regional innovation hubs to find out about our ideation and incubation programmes.
    • a strong team of founder(s).  
    • a sustainability and revenue model

* Check our Dashboard for the most pressing justice problems in your country or region.

Do you want to learn about the startups in our portfolio?


Nigeria / Financial inclusion

Bankly is a savings and cash digitisation platform that allows its customers to save up for emergencies through an agent network while protecting them from fraud and theft.


Ukraine / Legal claims

Lawyerd is an automatic claiming platform addresses the specific need of SMEs to protect their Intellectual Property (IP) rights and if needed, take legal action. 


South Africa / Legal information provides access to affordable legal services using online face-to-face help using ubiquitous platforms, such as Whatsapp. 

Want to learn more about our Justice Accelerator programme?