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Last Thursday we organized our first Legal Start-up Event in which we entirely focussed on our justice entrepreneurs and innovation within the legal tech sector. We look back on a successful day together with StartupAmsterdam and will take you on our journey through this article.

The first part of the event consisted of a digital programme full of interesting panel sessions about subsidies in the legal tech industry, innovation and the specific situation within Amsterdam in this sector.

Want to attend these webinars (again)? You can do so via the urls below:

Webinar part 1 - Panel session on Funding legal tech – Advice for founders & investors

Webinar part 2 - Panel session on Access to Justice – Innovation in the legal sector

Webinar part 3 - Panel session on Legal tech in Amsterdam – Designing and developing technological solutions

The second part of the day was a hybrid programme in which our students from the Justice Entrepreneurship master's course pitched their business ideas in teams, followed by interesting lectures from Koen Aarns of Bluetick and Jelle Dott of ARAG on how legal tech is part of their organizations.

Award ceremony
Finally, the jury, consisting of Krijn de Jonge (Council for Legal Aid), Farshida Zafar (Erasmus University), Joel Dori (Start-up Amsterdam), selected the three most innovative ideas, which were awarded a prize.

The concept that won the title Justice Entrepreneurs of 2021 was Legal Crowd: A crowd funding platform for legal cases - think GoFundMe for lawsuits (like the recent case against Shell for failing to meet climate change targets).

The number two was EasyFiscaal. They aim to make the complex Dutch benefit system simpler through infographics. EasyFiscaal offers online and offline versions of their infographics which guide users through which benefits they are eligible for, how to apply, and what to do if your situation changes.

In third place was Tenlaw: a platform to support tenants understand their legal position in a fast, easy and cheap way. Offers downloadable standard letters and explanations of your legal position for contract or deposit problems. Also offers bespoke legal advice for more complex rental issues for a set fee.

Read more about this event for legal techies of today and tomorrow here and see below a visual summary of the webinars.