TWO KENYAN START-UPS AMONG WINNERS OF HIIL’S 2016 EUR 160,000 GRANT

Kenya’s Famalia and Sauti  are among the winners that will benefit from HiiL’s 2016 INNOVATING JUSTICE AWARD. The Hague Institute for the Innovation of Law (HiiL) has picked a total of ten start-ups in the category of SME Empowerment and Family Justice, following a series of BoostCamp events in the Month of September which provided a platform for showcasing these innovations.

This year, HilL received over 450 applications which were put under a 4-month process of selection with ten satisfying the jury on the strength of their team, scope, uniqueness and the ability to meet a real justice need.

The ten winning start-ups have been picked from eight countries, and tackle justice issues as diverse as rural birth registration in Cote d’Ivoire to emergency legal help in Ukraine.

Four of the winners participated in the Family Justice Challenge, and four winners participated in the SME Empowerment Challenge this year. Two additional winners were strong general legal tech solutions that we felt also have a high potential for providing access to justice. Of the ten winners, four are innovations led by female entrepreneurs.

All the finalists will be invited to the Innovating Justice Forum in early December in The Hague, Netherlands, which will see them pitch to an international audience with the aim of raising more funding for their project. Besides the grant, the winners will benefit from acceleration support including access to useful networks and expert advice.

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