Imagine a world where Nigerians no longer have to contend with the hassles of getting legal work done, picture a scenario where everyone has access to DIY business registration documents and legal resources, that’s the world a team of three innovative Nigerian ladies are trying to create.
DIYlaw.ng is the all female Nigerian startup that recently took home the Innovating Justice Award for the SME Empowerment Innovation Challenge organized by the Hague Institute for the Internationlization of Law (HiiL).
DIYlaw.ng saw themselves compete against over 200 other teams to emerge first place in the finals which took place in December, 2015. The startup team which is made up of Bola Olonisakin, Funkola Odeleye and Odunoluwa Longe carted home $40,000 in seed funding; this would no doubt go a long way in the development of their yet to be launched product lines as DIYlaw.ng is still in its Beta phase.
Coming up as 1st runner up and 2nd runner up were mSME Garage a startup that provides free legal information to Small and Medium Scale Enterprises in Uganda and ShopOfficer a startup that assists SMEs account for real-time sales. Both startups went home with $20,000 and $10,000 respectively in seed funding.
In addition to the monetary prize, DIY law would also have access to acceleration support, funding, networks and expert advice from HiiL. The team came home successful, ridding on the coat tails of “transparency, simplicity and affordability” which they outlined as their value propositions.
Congratulations ladies !