Innovating Justice Challenge - Regional Finals Johannesburg

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Impact Hub Joburg

9 Walters Street

Johannesburg, Johannesburg 2196

South Africa

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2019 is the year of justice innovation: join us on 7 November in our mission to improve access to justice for millions of people

About this Event

The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) welcomes you on 7 November 2019 to the Southern Africa Regional Finals of our Innovating Justice Challenge. The Johannesburg Regional Finals is one of four events taking place across Africa to scout the next generation of promising entrepreneurs and innovators who are working to prevent or resolve peoples´ most pressing justice needs.

The Regional Finals is the mothership of justice innovations and startups in Southern Africa. Meet the key players, judge the competition and network with investors, government officials and civil society. It is a global movement driven by a community of justice innovators condensed into one event. Join it!

Experience the drama of justice innovators and entrepreneurs pitching their work to an international jury of experts. The very best will be selected for a place in our 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.

HiiL’s Justice Accelerator grows and scales justice innovations so they can reach many more people. HiiL has supported more than 60 justice innovations worldwide since 2011. Some of those have become big, impacting the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and have the potential to become regional or global players.

Where are we from? HiiL, is a social enterprise based in The Hague, The Netherlands. We are the friendly rebels of the justice world, dedicated to user-friendly justice. That means justice that is easy to access, easy to understand and affordable for everyone.

We are supported by the Nationale Postcode Loterij of the Netherlands to run the Justice Accelerator programme in Southern Africa.

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Evening agenda

17.30-18.00 Arrival and registration

18.00-18.10 Welcome address and opening remarks

18.10-18.25 Keynote address by the Deputy Minister for Justice and Constitutional Development, Mr John Jeffery

18.25-18.35 Introducing the HiiL Justice Accelerator

18.35-19.15 Innovators pitch (Group 1)

19.15-19.35 Break, with refreshments

19.35-20.15 Innovators pitch (Group 2)

20.15-20.35 Panel discussion How can innovation address the scourge of gender based violence?

  • Maricia Froneman [Thuli Madonsela (THUMA) Foundation, Moderator]
  • Bongi Ndondo [Hlanganisa]
  • Jackie Nagtegaal [Law4All]
  • Nomalanga Ngwenya [Adapt]

20.35-20.50 Closing remarks by the Ambassador for The Kingdom of The Netherlands, His Excellency Mr Han Peters

20.50-21.00 Winner announcement

The finalists

Nine organisations have been selected to take part in the Southern Africa Regional Finals:

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.


A first for Zimbabwe, LawBasket provides add-on legal protection for insurance customers, delivering legal services through an online platform of freelance lawyers worldwide.


A comprehensive legal portal for small to medium businesses, THE LEGAL TEAM offers a start-up toolkit to guide emerging entrepreneurs through their regulatory and compliance needs.


Drawing on decades of experience in the paralegal sector, LegalFundi guides individuals and businesses who cannot afford professional advice through legal process flows. It also provides access to essential documents with both a free and paid for service.

Pro Se Legal

An easy-to-use chatbot that is designed to simplify and translate legal information into local languages and make it useful for individuals. Pro Se Legal deals with issues such as employment or family law, or interacting with the government.

My Will Online

The majority of South Africans die intestate, leaving families locked up in red tape when dealing with their estate. Using My Will Online, people can create and maintain their Last Will and Testament via a web portal or mobile app.


Tackling one of South Africa’s most pressing justice issues, rAInbow is a digital companion which has helped tens of thousands of women who are in abusive and controlling relationships with non-judgemental support.

Schoeman Law Inc

Established law firm with a track record in assisting small businesses, Schoeman Law has created a low-cost, self serve platform for automated contracting. Using its technology, agreements can be built in a few minutes and at 10% of usual rates.

The Warrior Project

Aimed at reducing the incidence of Domestic and Gender Based Violence in South Africa, The Warrior Project promotes rights awareness for women through strategic partnerships and community building, together with a comprehensive directory of resources designed to turn victims into Warriors.

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9 Walters Street

Johannesburg, Johannesburg 2196

South Africa

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