DIYLaw: The all-female owned tech company innovating justice in Africa

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One can argue that justice systems in the continent are not conveniently accessible for the vast majority of citizens and what better way to turn this around than through technology and innovation?

Three Nigerian ladies are doing it for themselves, pioneering an emerging sector of justice innovators in the continent by co-founding a company, DIYLaw, that uses technology to make legal processes accessible, transparent and convenient for everyone. Odunoluwa Longe, Funkola Odeleye and BolaOlonisakin saw a gap and sought to redefine the way people view legal processes.law-books_1

Putting Africa on the map, the proud co-founders recently walked away with US$40,000 at the SME Empowerment Innovation Challenge for East and West Africa organised by The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL) in partnership with the Ford Foundation and the World Economic Forum (WEF).

TDIYlaw-Press-Release-Picture-1he digital platform allows users to generate legal documents, register their businesses and intellectual property. “We just noticed that there are certain basic things clients could easily do without having to consult a lawyer if there was an automated service and we decided to toy with the idea,” said Funkola Odeleye, speaking to Ventures Africa.

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

On the platform, users will soon be able to hire lawyers and to receive legal advice from a lawyer of their choice by choosing one from the company’s extensive database of lawyers.

There’s a generation of fearless, innovative and powerful women that’s rising up in Africa- women that are reshaping and redefining all kinds of industries in the continent, making their mark.  Be part of that proud generation- set goals, collaborate and make a difference where you are! What an exciting time to be in Africa!