Legal Innovation Zone Announces Six Finalists in AI Legal Challenge

Toronto, ON – November 29, 2017 – Last night, the Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ) at Ryerson University, in partnership with the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG), announced the Stage 1 winning teams of the Ontario AI Legal Challenge.

Congratulations to our six finalists: Destin AI, Diligen, Evichat, Legalicity, Loom Analytics and Splyt. These six teams gain entry into the LIZ including working space, access to mentors, advisors and other resources and unique opportunities for the next 4 months.

“We have an opportunity to harness cutting-edge technology like artificial intelligence and introduce it to the justice field to develop solutions that help people resolve their legal issues faster and easier. With our government’s support, the AI Legal Challenge will create new products and services that will help lawyers and consumers, and increase access to justice,” said Attorney General Yasir Naqvi. “I am very eager to see the result of the energy and creativity devoted to this challenge as these ideas come to life through the Legal Innovation Zone.”

“AI has the potential to revolutionize legal services, in the same way it is starting to change so much of life beyond the law,” said Chris Bentley, Managing Director of the LIZ. “Consumers will benefit from the better legal solutions that result when the entrepreneurs who see the possibilities are supported and encouraged.”

The six finalists were chosen for their innovative legal services, processes, or solutions that use AI in their technology that will benefit consumers of legal services.

The panel of judges included Serge Fournier, Monica Goyal, Christopher Johns and Hersh Perlis.

In March 2018, the six startups will participate in a “Final Pitch” where three startups will be selected and awarded seed money totaling in $80,000.

About the Legal Innovation Zone

The Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ) is a co-working space and the first legal tech incubator with a focus on building better legal solutions for the consumers of legal services. The LIZ helps support, foster and develop solutions and techniques to improve legal services and the justice system. http://www.legalinnovationzone.ca/

For further information, contact:
Hersh Perlis, Director, Legal Innovation Zone
hperlis@ryerson.ca or 416-562-9911