HiiL Innovating Justice recently launched a startup challenge that was focused at finding SMEs and strengthening them. This challenge launched by the HiiL association and dubbed the SME Empowerment Challenge focused on helping and developing SMEs that could make a donation towards the legal world in terms of their technology, which would help to fight irregularities in the law system in the areas of tax law, in securities and harsh regulations.
On the 29th of October, seven startups pitched their ideas and innovations to a seasoned panel of judges who at the end of the day, came to the picking of just four candidates to progress to the finals. The bootcamp which held in Lagos saw startup’s such as DIY (From Nigeria), Barefoot Law (Uganda), Shop Officer (Kenya) and MSME Garage (Kenya)
The finals to this event is scheduled to take place next month (December) at The Hague in Netherlands, where winner would take home the much coveted $70,000 in investments. They also get the access to acceleration support, funding, networks, and expert advice.
The panel of judges are usually composed of justice personnels, technology industry experts, government and academia.
HiiL Innovating Justice is in partnership with Ford Foundation and Global Agenda Council on Justice on its SME Empowerment Challenge.