Justice Accelerator: for startups

The Justice Accelerator is HiiL’s flagship innovation programme that funds, trains and scales a global cohort of justice startups each year. Since 2011 we have supported over 110 startups world-wide.

With our annual Accelerator programme – the Innovation Justice Challenge – we look for innovative entrepreneurs that focus on:

  • preventing or resolving pressing justice problems
  • being people and user-centred, rather than system-centred.
  • reaching millions of people

Do you want to grow your game-changing justice innovation into an impactful business? Then the HiiL Justice Accelerator Programme is there for you.

What do we offer?

The Justice Accelerator offers a four month long programme that provides justice startups with:

  • Training, peer learning, coaching and mentorship
  • 10,000 EUR non-equity funding
  • Access to a global network of justice institutions, impact investors, legal tech organisations and academics
  • Potential investment opportunities
  • International exposure

Who are we?

  • We are the only accelerator in the world focussed entirely on justice and SDG16
  • We accelerate startups that show serious traction, have a strong team, and can scale to impact thousands and millions of people.
  • We have regional hubs in East Africa, West Africa, Southern Africa, MENA and Ukraine.
  • We work with leading organisations (Justice Leadership Group, The Elders, and the Task Force on Justice) and international governments.
  • We have supported 110+ justice startups globally since 2011. 

Do you want to participate in the Justice Accelerator Programme?

Apply for the Innovating Justice Challenge 2020 between 10 June and 5 August 2020.

Selection and acceleration process

Contact

If you have any questions, please email the Justice Accelerator Head in your region. You can find the relevant contact information here.

If there is no Justice Accelerator Head in your region, please email the Accelerator Programme Manager, Iran Huffels at iran.huffels@hiil.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

We run one cycle per year. If you missed the deadline you cannot join the programme that specific year. So if you miss a deadline, we encourage you to apply the following year.

We provide the best support during our programme cycles. This means that, unfortunately, you need to be part of the programme to get access to the services of the accelerator.

At the moment, our programme offer is fixed for those in the accelerator programme. However, we are currently in the process of launching other programmes that offer a different level of support. On this website, we will share more information about these programmes once we are ready to launch. 

You don’t need to return the investment. We have made the choice to invest in your startup and by doing this we are taking a risk in losing the investment. This is the reality of investing, just as it is the reality of a startup.

Ofcourse, in return there are responsibilities for you as a startup. You commit to focus on the startup. You need to report on growth, development, etc. We expect transparency, clear communication, so we know how to better support the startups. For example, if it turns out that the startup is not going to work out, we can help you to pivot, or come up with new ideas and solutions about how to solve people’s justice problems.

Definitely. We encourage you to apply again. We also encourage you to stay in touch with us following the selection process, and to let us know how things are going with your startup. Many startups in our portfolio were repeat applicants.

The portfolio of startups we have supported:

AirLaw

Ukraine / Airline compensation

AirLaw.Pro is the first proactive claim service on the market. AI-powered solution increases customer satisfaction and delivers relevant social impact affecting millions of air travelers every year.

rAInbow

South Africa / Domestic abuse

rAInbow is a digital companion designed to reach millions affected by abusive and controlling relationships. It helps users identify signs of abuse and offers support in a non-judgmental way.

for the children’s sake

South Africa / Family court mediation

For the children’s sake offers families embroiled in litigation, free mediation services at court, to resolve their dispute in the best interests of the children.

Schoeman Law Inc

South Africa / Legal document automation

Schoeman Law Inc: Using document automation technology presented as a web-based application, entrepreneurs can build their own agreements in just a few minutes at less than 10% of the usual cost.

LawBasket

Zimbabwe / Legal insurance

LawBasket integrates general-insurance with add-on legal protection insurance and mitigates legal risk by instantly delivering legal services through an online platform of freelance lawyers worldwide.

Liliane

Benin / Legal information

Liliane provides legal advice to Beninoise citizens particularly entrepreneurs via a conversational mobile bot.

Appruve

Ghana / Financial identity

Appruve is a financial identity infrastructure that enables financial services to verify and onboard the identities of individuals and businesses

Bankly

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.

Africlaim

Nigeria / Airline compensation

Africlaim specializes in securing financial and non-financial compensation for African airline passengers involved in flight disruptions including cancellations, delays, and overbooking

The Flemer Project

Nigeria / Pre-trial detainee representation

The Flemer Project helps pre-trial detainees, especially those charged with minor offences, conclude their matters in court as quickly as possible with the aid of young volunteer lawyers, and manages the volunteer and representation process with tech

Legal hub Uganda

Uganda / Legal information

Legal Hub Uganda develops legal podcasts. Our podcasts are currently aired on one radio station in Kampala. We also share them through different platforms such as sound cloud and Facebook. We are in discussions to bring on board other radio stations from other parts of the country.

Vesicash

Nigeria / E-commerce escrow system

Vesicash is an escrow platform that prevents disputes and uses its digital dispute resolution mechanism to resolve digital transaction dispute in less than 72hrs.

Community Peace Initative

Nigeria / Conflict mediation, peacebuilding

Community Peace Initiative seeks to promote peace and justice in conflicting communities in Northern Nigeria by engaging their traditional and religious leaders to resolve communal conflicts

Bataka Courts Model

Uganda / Conflict mediation, peacebuilding

The Bataka courts model is a community based informal justice system currently operating Albertine and Rwenzori regions. The courts mostly handle civil cases and refer more serious criminal cases to other authorities such as the police.

FIDA

Uganda / Legal information

FIDA is a tablet and mobile-based service provides electronic legal service information and advice to the vulnerable and indigent people in Uganda. It is a one-stop centre for all legal information relating to land, family,gender-based violence, among others.

LegIT

Uganda / Legal document automation

LegIT is a self-service platform that enables micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to generate legal documents conveniently, efficiently and affordably in three easy steps.

ESS

Tanzania / Legal assurance

ESS: accessing justice affordably through ESS Legal Assurance – this scheme covers middle class people who cannot qualify to get legal aid, but cannot afford to hire private advocates. This justice solution is Affordable, Accessible, reliable.

Sheria Kiganjani

Tanzania / Legal information

Sheria Kiganjani enables users to access various legal information and services remotely from their devices. Sheria Kiganjani means “law in your palm” in Swahili. It is the first online legal digital platform in Tanzania.

Tenrent

Kenya / Tenancy agreements

Tenrent provides simple and clear tenancy agreements with arbitration clauses, and resolves any disputes between tenants and landlords.

Sunulex

Senegal / Legal information

Sunulex provides Senegalese citizens with free short videos explaining their rights and procedures of enforcing them. Sunulex also offers online access to legal resources for francophone Africa

EasyLaws

Lebanon / Legal information

EasyLaws provides user-friendly information about justice issues and legal rights to people via a mobile app and a website.

JusticeBot

Uganda / Legal information

JusticeBot is an online platform providing free legal information and connecting those in need of legal services to legal service providers. JusticeBot uses artificial intelligence technology, through a chatbot available 24/7 to answer thousands of people at a time.

Yunga

Uganda / Neighbourhood security

Yunga is a neighbourhood security network. Community members are organized into groups and household is connected to a Yunga network. With the press of a panic button, all households on the network (and local security/police) are alerted.

DIY Law

Nigeria / Legal registrations and document automation

DIYLaw offers Nigerian entrepreneurs access to convenient and affordable legal services (documents and business-related registration), service providers and free information.

He! Lawyer

Benin / Legal advice

HeLawyer is a mobile app which makes legal information and advice available to citizens 7 days a week, in an affordable and easy-to-use manner.

Haqdarshak

India / Social welfare

Haqdarshak trains local facilitators, supported by a tech platform, so citizens discover, apply for and benefit from eligible welfare schemes.

CrimeSync

Sierra Leone / Crime

CrimeSync made an all-in-one digital crime records management application that has been launched across Sierra Leone’s prison system. It serves to improve efficiency and transparency of the justice system.

LawPadi

Nigeria / Legal advice

LawPadi is a friendly chat-bot that can be used to get information about the law for any legal issue in Nigeria.

Barefoot Law

Uganda / Legal advice and assistance

Barefoot Law is an online Legal Service Provider that provides access to justice and the Law for thousands of individuals and small businesses who would otherwise remain underserved.

The cohorts we supported per year

Just Fix (USA): empowers tenants in neglectful housing situations with tools to better organize, connect with advocates, and take legal actions.

Lady Liberty (South Africa): Lady Liberty is the proud flagship project of CSI Boutique and its core focus is to provide access to basic legal information and services to vulnerable and marginalized women and girls in poor, disadvantaged communities who otherwise cannot access the law.

Lexyom (Lebanon): Lexyom is an online legal technology platform that answers your legal questions, helps you find a lawyer, helps you draft legal documents and contracts.  

Msheria (Kenya): A mobile app that insures drivers against traffic offenses. they can access bail through the application once arrested, and with subsequent legal costs coming from the offences also covered.

Usalama (Kenya): The Usalama app is a platform that connects users and emergency service providers (ambulance, security, police, road-side assistance) in a quick and efficient manner, utilizing real-time user data, and an integrated web-based back-end portal.

Creative Contracts (South Africa): Creative Contracts creates contracts for everyone to understand. Legally binding agreements where the parties are represented by characters, the terms of the agreement are captured mainly in pictures, and the parties sign the comic as their contract.

Patentbot (Ukraine): A chatbot that helps you check and register your trademark. Using blockchain technology Patentbot checks if your trademark is free. You can then register your trademark online.

Opendatabot (Ukraine): Opendatabot is a service that allows you to monitor registration data of Ukrainian companies and court register. With this information, you can control your contractors and protect yourself against corporate raids.

Lawpadi (Nigeria): a friendly chat-bot that can be used to get information about the law for any legal issue in Nigeria.

Mulika Hongo (Kenya): Your virtual police station: Mulika Hongo is a mobile app that allows citizens to anonymously report bribery and corruption. 

Barefoot Law (Uganda): an online Legal Service Provider that provides access to justice and the Law for thousands of individuals and small businesses who would otherwise remain underserved.

Lawyers for Farmers (Uganda): they help farmers make practical changes in starting, structuring and management of their farm businesses for increased productivity and profitability.

West Nile Mediation Center (Uganda): Courts too expensive? West Nile Mediation Center is the first independent mediation center in Uganda, focusing on land and family issues.

J2P – Justice 2 People (Uganda): a platform for citizens to report crime in real time, and to engage law enforcement authorities in a fast and efficient way.

Evidence and Methods Lab (Uganda): creates smart infographics of complex justice problems in Uganda

LEGIT (Uganda)

Citizen Justice Network (South Africa): trains community paralegals to develop radio stories on cases important to their area. The stories help improve residents’ literacy and level of engagement.

Legit car (Nigeria): a car theft-deterrent system that makes it difficult to resell stolen vehicles in Nigeria.

Easytender (Ukraine): increases fair competition in the public procurement market in Ukraine.

Court on your Palm (Ukraine): an application that allows the analyzing of lawsuits to search, explore and visualize lawsuits in Ukraine.

Legal Advice Middle East (UAE): n online marketplace to connect lawyers and consumers across the UAE and the Middle East. 

Road Rules (Zimbabwe): a mobile app that helps motorists fight traffic police corruption in Zimbabwe.

Fast Portal (The Netherlands): online service & self-service to make justice more user friendly in the Netherlands. and automate workflows

DomJurista (Ukraine): A service that will predict your chances of winning in court, using artificial intelligence.

Sauti (Kenya): A mobile based trade and market information place, empowering East Africa’s women-led SME’s to trade safely, legally and profitably across the borders.

Pinky (Ukraine): allows customers to complain and negotiate disputes with retailers online in Ukraine.

Wetaase (Uganda): utilizes voice-based mobile technology from Uganda,  to track migration of trafficking victims, and to provide a reliable information back to them.

MoLLY (South Africa): is a digital educational platform which provides legal explainers to children in basic education using machine learning in South Africa.

INDenture (Ghana): A land records platform that compares crowdsourced land documents with antecedents to find encumbrances and performs initial checks on land ownership in Ghana.

Vertex (Ghana): provides legal counselling through a pre-paid legal protection plan in Ghana.

Tambua (Uganda): A mobile app that allows users to check whether pharmaceutical drugs they have bough are counterfeit.

Cabinet Gaiba (Senegal): one of Senegal’s first legal tech platforms, offers legal services to individuals and institutions.

 

 

J2P – Justice 2 People (Uganda): a platform for citizens to report crime in real time, and to engage law enforcement authorities in a fast and efficient way.

Puliida (Uganda): empowers farmers, agribusinesses, climate change driven entrepreneurs and other similar organisations with innovative legal and policy solutions focused on sustainability. Provides consulting, legal services, and plain language legal tools.

Legal Alarm (Ukraine): emergency legal help in one click – an app offering 24/7 fast legal assistance by a team of legal experts.

Legal Advice Middle East (UAE): connects people to lawyers across the UAE and the Middle East.

Sauti (Kenya): empowers informal cross-border traders by providing them with information on applicable trade laws, procedures and tariffs, and thereby enables them to trade profitably, safely and legally. It also allows for traders to report incidents of corruption or harassment.

FAMALIA (Kenya): addresses the lack of information and the inefficient case processing in succession-and land-related cases by providing information and case status updates through a mobile service.

Môh Ni Bah (Côte d’Ivoire): enables the registration of newborns in rural areas.

Ufulu Wanga (Malawi): a human rights platform that provides basic and educative information on human rights issues and on what to do when your rights have been violated, all while guaranteeing anonymity. It also provides access to professional legal advice.

Legal Legends (South Africa): a platform providing efficient and fast access to a wide range of legal services, at a fixed price.

Wemora (Nigeria): an online service helping families and businesses find and create the legal documents they need.

SME Empowerment Challenge 2016:

Puliida (Uganda): empowers farmers, agribusinesses, climate change driven entrepreneurs and other similar organisations with innovative legal and policy solutions focused on sustainability. Provides consulting, legal services, and plain language legal tools.

Lawyers 4 Farmers (Uganda): empowers Ugandan farmers by providing access to instant legal information through an SMS-based platform.

Sauti (Kenya): empowers informal cross-border traders by providing them with information on applicable trade laws, procedures and tariffs, and thereby enables them to trade profitably, safely and legally. It also allows for traders to report incidents of corruption or harassment.

FarmingBay (Kenya): ensures that farmers trade and enter into transactions with confidence and without fear of deception by providing information and legal documents.

IMAPP (Nigeria): heir goal is to create a sustainable society by providing easy and affordable access to insurance.

Legal Advice Middle East (UAE): connects people to lawyers across the UAE and the Middle East.

Legal Legends (South Africa): a platform providing efficient and fast access to a wide range of legal services, at a fixed price.

 

Family Justice Challenge 2016:

Citizen Justice Network (South Africa): their mission is to make legal knowledge widely available through training community paralegals to be radio journalists, and then pairing them with their partner radio stations to produce stories that teach people about law.

Ufulu Wanga (Malawi): a human rights platform that provides basic and educative information on human rights issues and on what to do when your rights have been violated, all while guaranteeing anonymity. It also provides access to professional legal advice.

Wemora (Nigeria): an online service helping families and businesses find and create the legal documents they need.

FAMALIA (Kenya): addresses the lack of information and the inefficient case processing in succession-and land-related cases by providing information and case status updates through a mobile service.

Just Land (Ghana): offers affordable and efficient legal services related to land registration and other legal documents connected to land.

Môh Ni Bah (Côte d’Ivoire): enables the registration of newborns in rural areas.

 

General Legal Tech Innovations 2016:

Domjurista (Ukraine): an algorithm for preparing legal documents by searching for the template that is the most similar to what the customer requires and then adapting it to their specific needs.

EasyTender (Ukraine): a service checking tender applications to avoid losing a tender call due to inaccuracies, not having all documents prepared, and other mistakes.

J2P – Justice 2 People (Uganda): a platform for citizens to report crime in real time, and to engage law enforcement authorities in a fast and efficient way.

Haki Law App (previously KnownAfrique) (Kenya): their mission is to make knowledge about laws generally and easily accessible. The app provides legal information and connects citizens to lawyers.

Legal Alarm (Ukraine): emergency legal help in one click – an app offering 24/7 fast legal assistance by a team of legal experts.

Cryptonomica (Ukraine): a global database of verified entities that provide electronic document signature and/or online dispute resolution. It creates a cryptographic key for the user that can then be used to securely sign documents, to encrypt documents, and to negotiate disputes online.

 

Winner Crowdfunding Campaign:

Slumfighters (Rwanda): combining architecture, access to legal aid and design to help slum inhabitants in Rwanda to improve their neighborhood livelihoods.

 

 

Dutch Challenge 2016:

Ligo (The Netherlands): a platform that helps businesses establish themselves and manage their activities. It also provides access to legal documents and to professional legal advice.

Innovating Justice Challenge 2015:

Duka (Kenya): smart bookkeeping – this tool keeps track of your sales, expenses, stocks and cash flow with ease.

Five-0 (USA): the innovation addresses the issues and incidents related to citizens’ interactions with the police. It allows users to rate their interaction with the police in a specific country, to submit anonymous reports, and to identify positive practices that are then encouraged.

Integrity Idol (Nepal): an anti-corruption tool that generates debate around the concept of integrity, builds a network of honest government officials who can push for positive change, and inspires the new generations of public servants to be better.

mSME Garage (Uganda): the one-stop centre for legal guidance for SMEs, offering free legal information on everything related to starting and running a business in Uganda.

DIYlaw (Nigeria): an online DIY platform for everything business-related: company registration, ™ registration, privacy policy preparation, NDA preparations, and so on. It also offers easy access to legal professionals in the field.

Innovating Justice Challenge 2014:

LawForMe – Lawtoons (India): simplifies complex laws and turns them into easily understandable visuals.

Accountability Lab (Liberia): supports and builds the network of a new generation of leaders and changemakers, who develop and implement innovative ideas for positive social and economic development.

BRAC Property Rights Initiative (Bangladesh): empowering poor and underdeveloped communities by informing them about property rights and about the related laws, and enabling them to stake their claim on their property. The innovation also has a special focus on women.

 

Living Wage Challenge 2014:

Project JUST (USA): this innovation wants to transform the fashion industry into a transparent, accountable and sustainable system by providing shoppers with information that allows then to make ethical buying choices, and by encouraging ethical practices for producers.

Liberty & Justice (previously Made in Africa) (Liberia): Africa’s leading ethical apparel manufacturer committed to eradicating poverty, empowering workers, and environmental responsibility.

WageIndicator (The Netherlands): empowers both employers and employees during job search and negotiations by supplying up-to-date and easy-to-understand wage data.

Innovating Justice Challenge 2013:

Ushahidi (Kenya): an intelligent analytical tool for gathering input on situations unfolding on the ground (e.g. elections, humanitarian crises), and for rapidly organising a response to them.

Therapeutic jurisprudence (Puerto Rico): an organisation supporting therapeutic jurisprudence through organising conferences and other events, supporting and funding research, promoting best practices, and encouraging education in the field.

 

Innovating Justice Challenge 2012:

Legal Atlas (USA): a versatile tool that uses artificial intelligence to create maps and legal analytics, which may be used to perform a variety of tasks such as risk assessments, treaty compliance checks, enforcement support, and many more.

Innovating Justice Awards 2011:

E-Court (The Netherlands): an online court that processes and adjudicates private law cases all over The Netherlands.

 

Innovating Justice Challenge 2011:

OAS Judicial Facilitators (Equador): improves access to justice by training community leaders to be mediators and conciliators, and thereby reduces the strain on the formal judicial system.

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