Ryerson’s Legal Innovation Zone Advancing AI Technology for Legal Services with $80,000 in Seed Funding

 

Toronto, ON – September 27, 2017 – Last night, the Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ) at Ryerson University, in partnership with the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG), announced the Ontario AI Legal Challenge, which includes $80,000 in seed funding to advance the use of artificial intelligence in technology solutions for the consumers of legal services.

“I believe artificial intelligence has the potential to revolutionize the justice system and simplify difficult processes,” said Attorney General Yasir Naqvi. “I am proud that our government is supporting this great initiative that will open doors for people who would otherwise not have access to justice.”

Applications for the Challenge are due Friday November 10 and finalists will be chosen to pitch to a panel of judges the week of November 20 at the LIZ. Six of these teams will be awarded working space at the LIZ for four months, including access to mentors, advisors and other resources and will compete for $80,000 in seed funding.

“Ontario has long been recognized as a leader and pioneer when it comes to AI and more recently has been playing a similar leadership role in legal technology” said Chris Bentley, Managing Director of the Legal Innovation Zone. “The LIZ along with MAG are now looking to bridge the gap between those two sectors and drive innovations in the delivery and access to legal services to benefit consumers.”

Building on the success of the inaugural Ontario Access to Justice (A2J) Challenge, the LIZ and MAG will continue to drive innovation in the law for all consumers of legal services. Applications are now open until November 10. For complete program details, terms and conditions, visit http://legalinnovationzone.ca/aichallenge

About Legal Innovation Zone at Ryerson University

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.

For further information, contact:
Hersh Perlis, Director, Legal Innovation Zone, hperlis@ryerson.ca or 416-562-9911
Andrew Rudyk, Office of the Hon. Yasir Naqvi, Ministry of the Attorney General, 416-326-4019