The Innovating Justice Challenge 577 views

Type of Funding

Partially funded




The HiiL Justice Accelerator is inviting applications for The Innovating Justice Challenge 2018. There are 2 Calls under this Challenge: the Call for Innovations and the Call for Talent.

The Call for Innovations is for teams working on an innovation that helps people prevent or resolve their most pressing justice problems. In 2018, HiiL is inviting solutions to the following 5 areas of pressing justice problems:

  • Family justice
  • Land and Neighbour disputes
  • Crime and Law Enforcement
  • Employment justice
  • Micro, Small and Medium sized Enterprises

Between 40 to 50 startups will be selected semi-finalists and invited to pitch at local Boostcamps. This year’s Boostcamps will take place in Johannesburg, Lagos, Nairobi, Kampala, Kyiv, and The Hague. In some cases, startups may pitch by Skype or be brought to the nearest Boostcamp.

Between 15-20 startups will be selected to enter the Acceleration programme.

The Call for Talent is made to bridgebuilders who inspire action for carrying justice innovation forward.


Winners will receive seed funding, training and acceleration support, access to an international expert network and potential investment opportunities.


The founder of the start-ups and the applicant for this Challenge should be 18 years of age or older. These start-ups should be new ventures with a strong potential of delivering concrete justice solutions for many people, including micro, small and medium-sized businesses. They should be carrying out innovative justice initiatives that are already making a difference and having the potential to scale internationally or to many more users.

HiiL is looking for unique initiatives that are solving the most pressing justice problems for people, based on evidence and data, in particular, in family, land, crime or employment issues. These ventures should be financially sustainable and have measurable impact, and are innovative ventures within existing justice systems or public institutions, spearheaded by driven intrapreneurs that want to see things work differently.

The ventures must be committed to providing access to justice underpinned by evidence showing justice needs.

Applicants have to be founders, who are 18 years of age or older. The venture must be committed to providing access to justice underpinned by evidence showing justice needs. The persons with whom the HiiL Justice Accelerator engage should be founders or a co-founders of the organizations, who are able to make key, high-level, and direction-shifting decisions. The innovation must be able to demonstrate a focus on creating strong social and justice impact, a potential to scale, and a viable route to reaching financial sustainability.

In particular, applications from Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Mali, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ukraine, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands are encouraged.

Eligible applicants under the Call for Talent would be:

  • Those with a “justice entrepreneur mindset”, who are actively engaged for justice or peace
  • Those with relevant qualifications in an area needed for justice innovation or an interesting new angle on justice, and who are ideally focused on 1 of the abovementioned focus areas
  • Those with vision and tenacity and who are team builders inspired towards making justice accessible to all.

Applicants should be 18 years of age or older, with proven entrepreneurial skills, talent, or mindset to create new innovations.


Applications are to be done online by 31 May 2018.

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