Eight African startups, alongside others from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ukraine, will share EUR160,000 (US$176,000) in grant funding after being named winners of the Innovating Justice challenge run by the HiiL Justice Accelerator.
More than 450 applications were received for the challenge, with the winning startups chosen after a four-month selection process.
The 10 winning startups come from eight countries, and tackle justice issues as diverse as rural birth registration in Ivory Coast to emergency legal help in Ukraine. They walk away with funding as well as intensive acceleration support.
Four of the winners participated in the Family Justice Challenge, and another four in the SME Empowerment Challenge. Two additional winners were strong general legal tech solutions.
The winners include Nigerian online legal platform AnthonyRhodes, Kenyan SMS legal information service Famalia, Ugandan crime tracking platform J2P, and South Africa’s Legal Legends, an e-commerce platform for legal services.
Other African winners were Ivory Coast birth registration platform Moh Ni Bah, Ugandan legal platform for farmers Puliida, Kenyan mobile trade information and social accountability service Sauti, and Malawian human rights reporting service Ufulu Wanga.