2021 HiiL Justice Accelerator

Grow your game-changing justice innovation into an impactful business

The Call for Applications is now open: join the 2021 HiiL Justice Accelerator

The Justice Accelerator is HiiL’s flagship innovation programme that funds, trains and coaches a global cohort of justice startups each year. We look for the most promising startups from East Africa, West Africa, Southern Africa, the MENA region and Ukraine that aspire for everybody to have access to justice at work, at home, in the neighborhood and in business.

  • Startups that empower people with breakthrough innovations to create better
  • working conditions with their employer
  • separation terms with their spouse
  • 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 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!

We seek startup applicants from:

  • East Africa (except Uganda)
  • West Africa
  • Southern Africa
  • MENA region (especially Tunisia, Lebanon and Jordan)
  • Ukraine

We seek startup applicants who:

  • have a service that prevents or resolves a clear local justice problem. Check our Dashboard for the most pressing justice problems in your country or region here: https://dashboard.hiil.org/
  • have proven customer demand, demonstrate increasing revenue and impact
  • have proven customer demand, demonstrate increasing revenue and impact
  • have a scalable business model and the potential to become financially sustainable
  • are led by a dedicated team with experienced founders

What we offer:

At the HiiL Justice Accelerator we deliver a 4 month long accelerator programme that offers the following:

  • Full training programme delivered by industry specialists on topics such as, business growth, marketing, financial modelling and much more
  • Regular coaching sessions and mentorship opportunities
  • €10,000 non-equity funding
  • International exposure and potential investment opportunities
  • Chance to win up to €20.000 at the pitch event of the 2022 Innovating Justice Forum

Key dates:

  • Applications open at 00:00 CEST on March 15, 2021 and close at 23:59 CEST on April 30, 2021.
  • Those shortlisted for interviews, will have their interviews online between June 14, 2021 and June 24, 2021.
  • Following the interviews, the shortlisted applicants will participate in a Bootcamp training between July 5, 2021 and July 9, 2021.
  • At the end of the Bootcamp, all Bootcamp participants will deliver a pitch at pitch event. The pitch events take place in each region between July 12, 2021 and July 14, 2021.
  • Selected participants will be informed by July 20, 2021 about their selection.
  • The accelerator programme will take place July 26, 2021 to Dec 17, 2021.

Selection and acceleration process


April 30, 2021
Program dates Jul 26 - Dec 17, 2021
Organizer HiiL
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