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    The Call for Innovations is our primary call for teams working on a justice innovation.

    If you: 1) have a team; and 2) are actively working on a justice innovation, or have a strong idea and commitment to work on it, this is the right place for you!

    The Call for Talent is our primary call for individuals who can be leaders in driving justice innovation forward.

    If you don’t have a team but have a very useful skill set and are very driven to make a strong contribution to justice ventures or justice reform initiatives, apply here!

    Winners receive:

    • Up to 20,000 EUR in equity-free funding;
    • Business Development Services and Acceleration;
    • Showcasing and exposure internationally
    • Access to an international network of mentors
    • Potential future funding, and assistance finding more
    Winners receive:

    • 10 winners will be invited to local events, with some paid travel
    • International exposure as a promising profile in justice innovation
    • Potential support locally for ideas or activities
    • Potential team members to carry out an idea
    • Potential opportunities to assist justice ventures in their internationalization efforts


    To learn more about who can apply, our evaluation criteria, and the details of what winners receive, click here.


    Timeline 2017


    More about the 2017 Innovating Justice Challenge:

    The HiiL Justice Accelerator has identified a few key “pain points” across the world, in which areas we particularly encourage applications:

    Click on any of the pain points below to find out why this issue is important, and what types of innovations are creating justice in these areas.

    • Crime and Law Enforcement — innovations improving relations between citizens and police or improving crime reporting
    • Family Justice — innovations helping families solve disputes or injustices around, for example, divorce, birth, child rights
    • Neighbor Disputes — innovations creating efficient, effective, and fair ways to solve disputes between neighbors
    • Employment Justice — innovations addressing employment disputes, business formalization, work conditions or job security
    • Migration and Human Trafficking — innovations tackling injustices felt by migrants including rights enforcement, safe travel, and basic security needs
    • Land Disputes — innovations solving land disputes over title/ownership or improving protection of property rights

    Note that if your innovation does not specifically address one of these areas, you are still eligible to apply! Simply make sure to tell us how your startup 1) addresses a specific justice need in your community; and 2) has some sort of a legal element.

    The HiiL Justice Accelerator particularly encourages applications from Africa and the Middle East.

    The HiiL Justice Accelerator bases its work on the data gathered by HiiL Measuring Justice, regarding the most prevalent justice needs in a country. As such, we particularly encourage applications from countries in which there has been a recent Justice Needs and Satisfaction report: Tunisia, Ukraine, and UgandaWe are also committed to working with the extensive and  network of justice innovators in The Netherlands where we are based; Dutch entrepreneurs are likewise especially encouraged to apply.


    For more information about the Innovating Justice Challenge, or questions about the application process, get in touch with us at innovatingjusticeforum(at)

    Are you ready to apply to the 2017 Innovating Justice Challenge? Applications are OPEN.

    Click here to apply to the Call for Innovations.

    Click here to apply for the Call for Talent.

    About the HiiL Justice Accelerator

    The HiiL Justice Accelerator finds and supports the world’s best justice entrepreneurs in order to create access to justice for all.

    1. Particularly in Africa and the Middle East but also across the world, through local partners and supporters we locate justice entrepreneurs and in many cases add them to our “Innovation Database.”
    2. Through a series of local training events as well as the yearly Justice Entrepreneurship School in The Hague, we provide training to justice entrepreneurs in the skills they need most to manage and lead their innovations.
    3. By offering seed funding, as well as access to potential future follow-on funding, we fund justice entrepreneurs with the cash they need to grow their innovations.
    4. Finally we offer acceleration and business services to justice entrepreneurs to help get them on the right track to scaling their innovations.


    What is Justice Innovation?

    In the way that justice is synonymous with fairness, justice can refer to a broad range of issues. Within this broad range of issues, the HiiL Justice Accelerator is focused on a particular aspect of justice: the legal element.

    The HiiL Justice Accelerator is focused on finding and supporting innovations that create rights awareness, provide resolution of disputes and legal problems or improve efficiency and transparency in the existing legal system.”


    In general, we find that justice innovations fall into three categories:

    1. Legal information, awareness and education: legal education & rights awareness, data and transparency;
    2. Access to justice, legal services and dispute resolution: legal services – ‘Lawyers 2.0’, dispute systems and procedures, human rights and protective measures;
    3. Inclusive justice policies: rule-making and governance, compliance and enforcement, advocacy and corruption fighting.

    For more on what a justice innovation is, click here to see some examples.


    The importance of justice data

    The HiiL Justice Accelerator is fortunate to base its work on the fantastic research done by HiiL Measuring Justice. Measuring Justice conducts country-wide surveys of an entire population, to find the key justice needs in that country. In brief, these surveys identify: 1) the most prevalent legal/justice problems; 2) the key sources of information sought to understand these problem; 3) the key routes taken to solve these problems; and 4) the efficiency and effectiveness of these routes to justice.

    Because we have recent and valuable data about justice needs in The NetherlandsTunisiaUkraine, and Ugandawe particularly encourage applications that tackle what we have identified as the most prevalent justice needs in those countries.

    In essence, for the Accelerator this is market research. This type of survey provides us a list of “justice needs” which we call PAIN POINTS. In searching for justice entrepreneurs, we particularly search for and encourage entrepreneurs working in these key areas.

    For more on the PAIN POINTS we’ve identified in 2017, check out our application page.
    The Call for Applications is open from March 1, 2017 until June 30, 2017 at 16:59 PM Amsterdam time.

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