Innovating Justice Challenge 2021

Calling all game-changing justice startups that want to grow their impact and business.

Is your startup or social enterprise looking to solve a pressing justice problem in the West Africa region, and to do it in a way that is high impact and sustainable? The HiiL Innovation Hub West Africa is delighted to announce that applications for the annual HiiL Innovating Justice Challenge are now open. Successful applicants will earn a place in the prestigious international HiiL Justice Accelerator programme, along with EUR 10 000 in funding and a package of tailored local support.

Through the HiiL Innovating Justice Challenge, we are looking for the most promising social entrepreneurs from West Africa that aspire for everybody to have access to justice at work, at home, in the neighbourhood and in business. Startups that empower people with breakthrough innovations to create better – working conditions with their employer – protection against theft, fraud and violence – arrangements about noise, damages and property access with their neighbour – housing maintenance and rent conditions with their landlord – agreements on ownership, registration and use of land – separation terms with their spouse – contracts, fraud protection and compliance for their small business.

We are especially interested in startups that work on what we’ve identified as potential gamechangers. We seek startups that have a proven solution with increasing annual revenue and impact, have a scalable business model, are on their way to financial sustainability and are led by a strong team with experienced founders. Startups can be for-profit or non-profit! The HiiL Innovating Justice Challenge 2021 The Innovating Justice Challenge scouts and selects the most promising justice innovations for the Justice Accelerator programme. Between 15 March and 30 April 2021, justice entrepreneurs can apply for the Challenge via The HiiL Justice Accelerator HiiL’s Justice Accelerator offers startups a four-month programme that provides €10,000 non-equity seed funding, business development support (which includes training, coaching and mentorship), access to a global network, international exposure, and connections for further investment opportunities. At the annual Innovating Justice Forum, startups pitch to an international jury and compete for additional cash prizes:

  • €20,000 (1st place),
  • €10,000 (2nd place), and
  • €5,000 (3rd place).

HiiL’s Justice Accelerator is the only accelerator that focuses on preventing and resolving justice problems. We look for startups that can grow and scale to impact thousands and potentially millions of people. HiiL has supported more than 120 justice innovations worldwide since 2011. Some of those have become big, impacting the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and scaling to a regional level with the potential to become global players. About HiiL HiiL (The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law) is a social enterprise devoted to user- friendly justice. That means justice that is easy to access, easy to understand, affordable, and effective.

We will ensure that by 2030, 150 million people will be able to prevent or resolve their most pressing justice problems. We do this by stimulating innovation and scaling what works best. We are friendly rebels focused on concrete improvements in the lives of people. Data and evidence are central in all that we do. We are based in The Hague, the City of Peace and Justice. To submit an application, please visit

The Call for Applications closes at 23:59 CET on 30 April 2021.