HiiL Innovation Hub Jenga Haki Lab programme 2023 in Kenya and Uganda is now open.

Deadline: Friday, 18th August 2023 at 11:59 EAT

HiiL Innovation Hub Jenga Haki Lab programme 2023 in Kenya and Uganda is now open.

The HiiL Innovation Hub Jenga Haki Lab programme 2023 in Kenya and Uganda is now open. HiiL Innovation Hub – East Africa is a social enterprise dedicated to finding and supporting the most promising justice entrepreneurs in East Africa. We seek startups that solve people’s justice problems and aspire for them to have access to justice at work, at home, in their neighbourhoods, and in business.

We support startups that empower people with break-through innovations to create better:

  • working conditions with their employer
  • separation terms with their spouse
  • protection against theft, fraud, and violence
  • arrangements about noise, damages, and property access with their neighbour
  • housing maintenance and rent conditions with their landlord
  • agreements on ownership, registration, and use of land
  • contracts, fraud protection, and compliance for their small business.

The Jenga Haki Lab is a HiiL ideation programme that brings people with different skill sets and interests together and provides them with a specific environment and timeframe to quickly build a solution to a specific problem. Jenga Haki Labs aims to primarily build a prototype of a solution and form a team of co-founders, while strengthening the justice community and building a justice innovation pipeline. The programme also provides an opportunity for participants to learn something new and make headway on problems they are interested in.

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur in Kenya and Uganda looking for a chance to build a solution and form a team around that solution? Are you interested in exploring solutions for crime using technology? If yes, then Jenga Haki Lab 2023 is the programme for you!

Did you know that crime is the most common justice problem in Kenya, with over one million Kenyans experiencing a crime problem annually, yet up to 44% of Kenyans say that they were not able to resolve the crime problem they encountered? Did you also know that in Uganda, according to the HiiL Deep Dive Into Crime in Uganda Report 2020, one in three Ugandans experiences crime-related justice problems. Only a small portion of crimes are reported to the police or a court of law. Eventually unreported crimes can even lead to mob justice  Most commonly, people experience petty crime such as theft. While severe crime such as violence is not as common, it has a critical impact on people’s wellbeing.

Fortunately, there’s a way you can help: apply for the Jenga Haki Lab. By leveraging cutting-edge technology, this programme aims to tackle crime in Kenya and Uganda head-on. Join us in making a real difference in the lives of Kenyans and Ugandans – apply today!

The Theme for this round of applications is:

How do you use technology to prevent or resolve crime related problems in Uganda and Kenya


The programme is suitable for individuals with Innovative solutions/ideas that can address crime related justice problems in Uganda and Kenya including:

  • Financial fraud
  • Theft/armed robberies
  • Home break-ins/burglary
  • Domestic violence
  • Sex-related offences

Jenga Haki has also been designed to support teams hence all applicants must be willing to be in/form teams of 4-5 members. Members of the team must be above 18 years of age and residents or citizens of Uganda and Kenya at the time of application.

Jenga Haki looks for individuals that have:

  • Have a background/expertise in:
    • Law/Legal
    • Business knowledge
    • Have a social science background such as sociology, psychology
    • IT or Software development experience


The Jenga Haki Lab programme offers a 5 week long programme that provides the selected teams with:

  • Match with like minded and talented entrepreneurs to build a solution
  • Training during the residential 2 day Jenga Haki Weekend and subsequent product development sprints. The training will be on;
    • Prototyping
    • Human-centered design or Designing for your User testing
    • Leadership and Project Management
    • Pitching and Presentation
  • Two weeks of product development sprints for the teams to design, develop and test their prototype.
  • Pitch at the Jenga Haki Festival in front of a 3 member Jury and stand a chance to win grant funding of
    • 1000 Euros to the Winner, 
    • 750 euros to the 1st runners up
    • 500 euros to the 2nd runners up

Deadline: Friday, 18th August 2023 at 11:59 EAT


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