Entrepreneurs and innovators are to present their ideas at The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) southern Africa regional finals of the Innovating Justice Challenge on November 7 in Johannesburg.
Similar events will be held in East and West Africa.
The events are aimed at scouting for the next generation of promising entrepreneurs and innovators who are working to prevent or resolve peoples’ most pressing justice needs.
“At a time when local news has made for bleak reading thanks to headlines about xenophobic and gender-based violence, it's been truly rewarding to see so many people committed to preventing and solving injustice,” said Adam Oxford, HiiL Regional Agent for Southern Africa.
“It is particularly inspiring to see many of the best innovations targeting the issues which have been leading the news.”
The very best will be selected for a place in Hiil’s Justice Accelerator programme where they can receive up to 20,000 Euros in grant funding, potential third party investment, tailored training and business development support, access to HiiL’s international network of experts and global exposure.
The southern Africa finalists include:
for the children’s sake
Professional mediators and members of the Wynberg magistrate’s court offer families pro bono mediation services at no charge to resolve disputes in the best interests of the children. for the children’s sake is looking to introduce its proven methodology to other courts throughout the country.
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THE LEGAL TEAM
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Masenze Strategic Advisors
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My Will Online
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Schoeman Law Inc
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The Warrior Project
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HiiL, is a social enterprise based in The Hague, The Netherlands. They are dedicated to justice that is easy to access, easy to understand and affordable for everyone.
It is supported by the Nationale Postcode Loterij of the Netherlands to run the Justice Accelerator programme in Southern Africa.
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