Legal Innovation Zone Announces 10 Finalists In Access To Justice Challenge

Toronto , ON – July 11, 2016-The Legal Innovation Zone at Ryerson University, in partnership with the Ministry of the Attorney General, announces the ten startup finalists in the Ontario Access to Justice Challenge. After reviewing the 29 applications received, 10 finalists have been chosen because of their innovative service, process, and/or solution that will challenge the status quo of legal services and enhance access to justice in Ontario.

Congratulations to our 10 finalists: Codify Legal Publishing, Compliance Buster, Courthouse Access, JusticeTrans, Law Scout Inc., Legale(a)se, Legally Inc., Lex Cortex Ltd, ParDONE and Small Claims Wizard.

These 10 startups will pitch to a panel of judges on Wednesday July 20 at the Legal Innovation Zone. Six of these teams will be awarded working space at the Legal Innovation Zone for four months, including access to mentors, advisors and other resources.

“Receiving 29 applications focused on Access to Justice solutions reinforces how important it is that Ontario chose to support this initiative,” said Chris Bentley, Executive Director of the LIZ. “Each of these 29 teams brought strong ideas and possible solutions and we are excited to see them develop”.

The 4 judges for stage 1 are Meredith Brown, Executive Director of Innovation, Ministry of the Attorney General for Ontario; Lynn Burns, Executive Director of Pro Bono Ontario; Peter Carayiannis, Partner at Deloitte Conduit Law; and Hersh Perlis, Director of the Legal Innovation Zone.

At the end of four months, the six startups will participate in a “Demo Day,” where three of the six startups will be selected and awarded seed money totaling $50,000 and invited to stay in the Legal Innovation Zone for an additional four months.

About Legal Innovation Zone at Ryerson University

The Legal Innovation Zone at Ryerson University is a co-working space and incubator for the people whose ideas will change the status quo of Canada’s legal system. The Legal Innovation Zone helps support, foster and develop solutions and technologies that aim to improve the justice system and legal services. http://www.legalinnovationzone.ca/

For further information, contact:

Hersh Perlis, Director, Legal Innovation Zone
hperlis@ryerson.ca or 416-562-9911