12 African startups picked for Justice Accelerator HiiL

Twelve African startups have been selected to join the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) Justice Accelerator set to take place in The Hague in early 2019.

HiiL’s Justice Accelerator is designed to help innovators working on scalable, sustainable solutions to access to justice problems.

Participants will receive grant funding in the tune of $5,750, and ongoing business development support available throughout the year..

The startups were selected through the Innovating Justice Challenge; a process involving regional pitching finals in seven locations around the world.

“This year is our largest ever cohort and we’re delighted to have participants from countries where HiiL hasn’t operated previously,” says Ellen Tacoma, director of the Justice Accelerator.

A total of 17 entrepreneurs were selected to join this cohort of the accelerator, with 12 of the cohort based in Africa.

The twelve are:-

Baobab (South Africa) – enables lawyers to create engaging video-based tutorials, to empower people to resolve many of their own legal issues.

BTrack @ (Kenya) – has developed tracking devices that enable motorcycle owners to easily track their motorcycles on their mobile phones in the event of theft.

CrimeSync (Sierra Leone) – An all-in-one digital crime records management application which serves to improve judicial service delivery through the whole justice chain.

Epoq Legal (South Africa) – A legal document service that provides real-time assistance and guidance around the creation of legal documents used by businesses.

FarmWorkerzApp (Nigeria) – A digital platform that seeks to connect vetted farm-hands to potential farms for hiring anytime, anywhere to eliminate conflict between workers and farm owners.

HeLawyer (Benin) – A mobile app specializing in legal advice. HeLawyer provides citizens with round the clock legal information and advice.

Viamo (Rwanda) –  A social enterprise  that is developing information on access to justice that will be made available on demand in pre-recorded audio and text, on a toll-free mobile service under the shortcode 845, supported by MTN.

Wakili Mkononi (Kenya) – A social enterprise that offers legal aid services and legal networking services through its digital platform.

Yunga (Uganda) – A local rescue digital network was designed to allow neighbours to communicate with each other in real time in the event of an attack.

Tunga – Nkola App (Uganda) – Tunga Innovation’s Nkola app that informs users about their employment rights.

Justice Bot (Uganda) – This chatbot provides users in need of legal services with access to legal procedures, information and services.

Zzimba Games (Uganda) – Simplifying the justice ecosystem by simulating Ugandans experience through an entertaining card and board game that mirrors their environment and subsequently provides them with knowledge of the country’s legal system.

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