All-female startup from Nigeria hauls in $40k for innovative legal service

An all-female startup that seeks to give people easy access to legal services in Nigeria, called DIYlaw, recently bagged US$40 000.

Organised by The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL), which promotes innovative solutions in the legal space, over 200 innovators applied for the Innovating Justice Award.

DIYlaw emerged the winner of the SME Empowerment Innovation Challenge for East and West Africa during the Innovating Justice Forum at The Peace Palace, The Hague, Netherlands.

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The Innovating Justice Awards is an annual award ceremony which takes place during the Innovating Justice Forum, an international event organised by HiiL.

The Innovating Justice Challenge supports a variety of initiatives, including Kenya’s Ushahidi; Access to justice for women in Kenyan property disputes; Legal aid for LGTBI community in Uganda; as well as a web-based tool promoting transparency and accountability of oil spills.

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Made up of Bola Olonisakin, Funkola Odeleye and Odunoluwa Longe (pictured above), the legal startup is currently in its public beta stage allows users to purchase registration packages online. Other features to be launched in the coming months include a portal for legal documents, a resource platform and a directory/lead generation platform for lawyers. DIYlaw seeks to be a one-stop hub for all things legal

“DIYlaw is making legal, one less challenge to grapple with. Our value propositions are transparency, simplicity and affordability,” Longe.

In addition to the cash prize, DIYlaw also gets acceleration support, access to funding, networks and expert advice from HiiL.

Jacques Coetzee: Staff Reporter


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