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Zim startup Road Rules wins €5 000 at Innovating Justice Challenge semi-finals
Road Rules, a Zimbabwean provisional (learner’s) driver’s license test app, has been announced as the overall winner of the Hague Institute for Innovation Justice Challenge’s (HiiL) Innovating Justice Challenge Southern African regional finals.
Road Rules founder and CEO Tawanda Chikosi, beat six other legaltech startups to win €5 000 at a Boostcamp held two weeks ago in Johannesburg. As part of the prize, Chikosi will also attend HiiL’s Justice Entrepreneur School (JES) this December.
Through the challenge HiiL holds 10 regional finals. Those startups selected from each regional final will then be able to join the school and compete at the global final for a chance to join the accelerator and win €20 000.
While HiiL had two weeks ago announced on Twitter that Chikosi had won the pitch, the announcement was delayed as judges deliberated over who the runner-up would be.
HiiL’s 2017 Innovating Justice Challenge received 601 submissions from 65 countries
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Samantha Ngcolomba (pictured), founder of South African mobile legal office platform Lady Liberty, also won a place at JES, after being placed as runner-up.
“We’ve been highly impressed with the quality of justice innovations that have come out of the Southern Africa region over the last year,” HiiL Justice Accelerator head Wilfried de Wever said in a press release.
“Road Rules and Lady Liberty are two of the strongest startups we’ve seen globally. All of our semi-finalists are exceptional, however, and we hope to be able to increase our activity in the area to provide more entrepreneurs with more support and the tools they need to bring justice to all in the future,” he added.
This year’s challenge saw over 600 submissions from 65 countries around the world.
Featured image: Lady Liberty founder Samantha Ngcolomba (Supplied)