Ontario’s Access to Justice Challenge selects six startups to compete for $25,000 top prize

After announcing the startup finalists for the Ontario Access to Justice Challenge last week, Ryerson University’s Legal Innovation Zone and the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General announced the six companies moving forward in the next phase of the challenge.

The six finalists include Codify Legal Publishing, JusticeTrans, Law Scout, Legally Inc, Lex Cortex, and ParDONE.

“Improving access to justice is a key priority for our government. With our government’s support, the Ontario Access to Justice Challenge will create innovative new products and technologies that will help make accessing and understanding Ontario’s justice system faster and easier,” said Attorney General Yasir Naqvi. “I am very eager to see the result of the energy and creativity devoted to this cause as these ideas come to life through the Legal Innovation Zone.”

The companies will get access to LIZ’s workspaces, which includes access to mentors and advisers. After four months working out of the space, the six companies will compete for a $25,000 top prize. The second place company will receive $25,000, while third place will receive $15,000.

“Finding innovative solutions to tackle access to justice issues is essential in today’s ever changing world,” said Chris Bentley, executive director of the LIZ. “I can’t wait to see what these six teams accomplish over the next four months.”