All-female Nigerian startup DIYlaw has won US$40,000 first prize at the SME Empowerment Innovation Challenge for East and West Africa organised by The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL).
DIYlaw is the brainchild of Bola Olonisakin, Funkola Odeleye and Odunoluwa Longe.
Whilst highlighting the challenges of the Nigerian entrepreneur during her pitch at the Innovating Justice Forum, which she stated to include “Access to Finance, lack of infrastructure, corruption and legal”, Odunoluwa Longe stated that DIYlaw “is making legal, one less challenge to grapple with….our value propositions are transparency, simplicity and affordability”.
DIYlaw is one of the newest startups to join the growing sector of justice entrepreneurs emerging globally and seeks to be at the forefront of this emerging entrepreneur sector in Africa. Justice Entrepreneurs utilize innovation and technology to create access to justice. In addition to the cash prize of USD40,000 won by DIYlaw, DIYlaw also gets acceleration support, access to funding, networks and expert advice from HiiL.
The Innovating Justice Awards is an annual award ceremony which takes place during the Innovating Justice Forum, an international event organised by HiiL which discusses and supports innovative ways of approaching justice worldwide. The Challenge leading to the awards is structured around a core theme which forms the basis of the discussions at the Forum. One of the two themes in 2015 was the SME Empowerment Innovation Challenge for East & West Africa.