Last year, four startups from the Southern African regional finals of the international Innovating Justice challenge won no-strings attached funding and acceleration support from the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL). These included two firms from South Africa itself.

Which is, in and of itself, good news. Even better news is that the 2017 selection process has opened up, and HiiL has changed the rules so that even more startups and innovators can apply.

The Innovating Justice challenge, which we were happy to support at htxt.africa, is about identifying those social projects and companies which are using high tech tools to bring access to legal systems to more people in developing countries. This year’s winners included Legal Legends, which makes contracting easy for SMEs, and Ufulu Wanga, which uses SMS and web platforms to encourage Malawiain citizens to report human rights abuses.

This year’s prize packages include a straight cash injection of up to €20 000 (~R270 000) as well as access to HiiL’s crowdfunding platform to raise more funding from its partners. HiiL’s work is supported by the Ford Foundation and the Dutch government

If you’re interested, you can apply on the Innovating Justice website.

Adam is the Editorial Director at htxt media. He has been writing about technology for almost two full decades now. In a previous life, he was the editor of PC Format and Digital Camera Shopper in the UK, before going on to work as a freelance journalist for seven years. His work has appeared in or on Stuff, The Guardian, Linux Format, TechRadar, Wired.co.uk, PC Gamer, Green Futures, The Journalist, The Ecologist and The Review. Adam moved to South Africa in 2012 and loves 3D printers, MakerFairs and tech hubs. He hates seafood. None of his friends remember this when cooking.