The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) is inviting applications from Zimbabwean startups passionate about coming up with projects promoting innovative justice with social impact for the Innovating Justice Challenge 2018.
The organisation looks for products and ideas that can improve access to justice for people around the world.
Selected innovations will then take part in the HiiL Justice Accelerator programme, which runs for between three months and one year depending on the innovator’s needs.
Applications are open until May 30, with anyone keen to enter encouraged to attend HiiL’s local launch event at the Tshimologong Precinct in Johannesburg on March 13.
Touring Zimbabwe, HiiL Innovating Justice Agent Southern Africa Themba Mahleka told TechnoMag in an interview on Wednesday that they are for products and ideas that can improve access to justice for people around the world.
“We are looking for anyone with projects that improve access to justice. These projects should be sustainable, scalable, unique, impactful,” he said.
Mahleka said he was impressed by Zimbabweans who participated at the South Africa pitch competition.
“We first came to Zimbabwe last year and there were three participants which had very good presentations. Road Rules led by Tawanda Chikosi made it in South Africa to proceed to The Hague and he is now at the Accelerator stage,” he said.
Another Innovating Justice Agent Sandra van der Pal who came all the way from the Netherlands concurred with Mahleka on scalable and sustainable projects.
“Whats important is that you have to start small and the projects we are looking for should solve bigger problems while empowering people. The projects should be financially sustainable,” she said.
Chikosi who was present tipped applicants to be fluent and convincing.
“You should come up with convincing projects because you will be conveying your story to people who are not familiar with your situation,” he said. “You need thorough research which involves preparing news clippings and links which eases your storytelling.”
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