Evichat wins $40,000 top prize at Legal Innovation Zone’s AI Challenge

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Ryerson University’s Legal Innovation Zone has unveiled the winners of its AI Legal Challenge, which was held in partnership with the Ministry of the Attorney General.

Over the past four months, six teams have been spending four months in the Legal Innovation Zone leading up to the final pitch. The startups included Destin AI, Diligen, Evichat, Legalicity, Loom Analytics, and Splyt.

In the end, Evichat, which allows lawyers to collect and review evidence from clients’ cell phones, received the $40,000 top prize. Diligen, an AI contract analysis company, won second place and $25,000 in seed funding. Splyt, an automated online separation tool, took home third place and $15,000.

“Right now, people spend a lot of time and money navigating a system that was built primarily for legal professionals. That is a problem,” said attorney general Yasir Naqvi. “I congratulate all those who took part in this exciting challenge. My Ministry is proud to support the state-of-the-art digital solutions that are the result of this competition – solutions that we hope will one day remove barriers to access and help Ontarians resolve their legal issues faster and easier.”

The six finalists participated in a Final Pitch held at Ryerson University as part of a day-long AI Legal Forum, which included fireside conversations with Andrew Arruda, co-founder of Ross Intelligence, and Shelby Austin, partner at Deloitte.

Jessica Galang

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