Innovating Justice Boostcamp is happening in Kampala

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[/blockquote]The Innovating Justice Boostcamp is a regional event organised by HiiL to empower local justice entrepreneurs who have an exciting innovation to address a justice challenge in a specific setting. This year, we are proud to announce this year’s challenges: the SME Empowerment Challenge and the Family Justice Challenge.

The SME Empowerment challenge focuses on the legal needs of micro, small and medium enterprises in the (in)formal African economy, whilst the Family Justice Challenge aims to empower families to solve their disputes in a fair and effective manner, promoting healthy relationships, securing (property) rights and preventing domestic violence.

The Innovating Boostcamp was conceived to inject more innovating energy into justice systems because around the world, legal systems, legal professionals and social entrepreneurs are challenged to deliver more justice, to more people, with fewer resources.

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This event will encourage justice innovations and help the best entrepreneurs in the region improve their models for innovation. Up to 160,000 EUR is available for local entrepreneurs working in family justice and SME empowerment as part of HiiL’s 2016 Innovating Justice Boostcamp

Six highly promising entrepreneurs will pitch in Kampala on Thursday for the chance to win a part of 160,000 EUR in funding. These entrepreneurs have come up with “justice” solutions to a local problem as part of the HiiL Justice Accelerator, based in the Netherlands.

The Innovating Justice Boostcamp in Kampala is happening on the 23rd of September will be a chance for these Ugandan entrepreneurs to present their innovations to a jury and panellists.

Keynote speakers – including Geoffrey Kiryabwire, a Ugandan Judge and a justice of the Commercial Division of the High Court of Uganda — will also discuss the role of justice innovation in Uganda. The jury which will evaluate the entrepreneurs’ pitches is composed of five very inspiring figures and experts in the fields of Justice and SME’s in Uganda.

The Ugandan semi-finalist justice innovations that will be pitching at the Boostcamp are:

  • Empowering Families to Access Justice Project (EFAJ-P)
  • J2P Lawyers 4 Farmers: Promoting Farmer Entrepreneurship
  • Mobile Legal Aid
  • Puliida

The Innovations teams that are highly accomplished in one of the competitions areas of focus; sustainability, scalability, impact and uniqueness will be invited to The Hague, The Netherlands to attend a week of ‘Entrepreneurship school’ ran by HiiL’s team of experts in Justice Innovation. .

HiiL (Hague Institute for Innovation of Law) is a not-for-profit institution based in The Hague, International City of Peace and Justice. It is driven to make justice work for people through new technologies, cutting edge knowledge on conflict resolution, and new forms of organisation and governance. HiiL partners with NGOs, governments and legal entrepreneurs to improve rulemaking and conflict resolution processes. Guided by the belief that justice should be accessible to everyone, HiiL works to increase access to justice and enhance the rule of law.