Apply to the Innovating Justice Challenge 2018

Apply to the Innovating Justice Challenge 2018

Deadline: May 31, 2018

Apply for the 2018 Innovating Justice Challenge. HiiL invites justice innovations from all over the world to apply to the Innovating Justice Challenge 2018 to receive grant funding, acceleration support, justice sector expertise and networking, and potential future investment.

Each year, hundreds of justice innovators from around the globe apply to the Innovating Justice Challenge to find support for their justice innovation. HiiL is looking for innovations that help people prevent or resolve their most pressing justice problems. They define pressing justice problems on the basis of research and data that demonstrate the legal needs of people. This means they search for innovations that create rights awareness, provide access to legal services or dispute resolution and improve efficiency and transparency in existing justice policies.

In 2018, on the basis of HiiL’s data, they focus on resolving pressing justice problems in the following 5 areas:

  • Family Justice
  • Land and Neighbour Disputes
  • Crime and Law Enforcement
  • Employment Justice
  • Micro, Small and Medium sized Enterprises



  • This is a global call, though they particularly encourage applications from Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Mali, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ukraine, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands.
  • The founder and applicant should be 18 years of age or older.
  • The venture must be committed to providing access to justice underpinned by evidence showing justice needs.
  • The person(s) with whom we engage should be the founder or a co-founder of the organization and should be able to make key, high-level, and direction-shifting decisions (such as whether or not to take investments and who to partner with) on behalf of the entire organization.
  • They can only accept innovations to be incorporated with a bank account in the name of the legal entity by the time they receive our grant funding.

They are looking for:

  • (New) Ventures with a strong potential of delivering concrete justice solutions for many people, including micro, small and medium-sized businesses.
  • Innovative justice initiatives that are already making a difference and have the potential and ambition to scale internationally or to many more users.
  • Unique initiatives that are solving the most pressing justice problems for people, based on evidence and data, in particular family, land, crime or employment issues.
  • Ventures that are financially sustainable and have measurable impact.
  • Innovative initiatives within existing justice systems or public institutions, spearheaded by driven intrapreneurs that want to see things work differently.

Selection Criteria

  • Scope (is it a justice innovation? is it solving pressing justice problem)
  • Impact
  • Uniqueness
  • Sustainability
  • Scalability
  • Team


  • Between 40-50 startups, selected as semi-finalists, will be 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. Additionally, these semi-finalists will be guided through a “market validation” process.
  • Between 15-20 startups will be selected for Acceleration.

Think you have what it takes? Apply at this link.

For more information, visit Innovating Justice Challenge.