Updated May 07, 2019

DIYlaw

We are the one-stop hub for all things legal in Africa. We create access to legal and business support services, service providers & information for African entrepreneurs.

https://www.diylaw.ng

Funkola Odeleye

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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

Having served close to 750 businesses and provided legal help to over 35,000 entrepreneurs, we are at the point where we are deepening our product offering by providing our customers with other business-support services, in addition to legal services

Registered as a For-Profit in Nigeria.

Focus Areas:

Entrepreneurship, Financial Sector & Investment and Trade

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Implemented In:

Nigeria

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35,000
Lives Impacted to Date
1
Country Implemented In
5,400
Customers
11
Employees
$40,000
Funds Raised to Date
Verified Funding
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Problem

African entrepreneurs are faced with several challenges, including access to legal services and finance. “… SME access to finance is also held back by the decision of many to remain informal and unregistered. Reducing the bureaucracy facing formal business could encourage more to register boosting their access to bank finance” – Enabling a more Productive Nigeria – Powering SMEs, a report from The Economist Intelligence Unit, 2015. We make legal one less challenge to grapple with.

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Solution

DIYlaw creates access to legal and business support services, information, and service providers for African entrepreneurs. We provide online and offline solutions using legal know-how, technology and project management. We are committed and continue to work actively towards the attainment of SDG 16 and 8, which include increasing access to justice for all and encouraging the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Target Beneficiaries

Our target customers are the micro-, small and medium-sized business owners. Nigeria has the 7th largest population and is projected to be 5th by 2030. Approximately 49% fall within the 15-35 age bracket, many of them being entrepreneurs. Nigeria has over 37 million MSMEs and these MSMEs contribute 48% to the Nigerian GDP These MSMEs require DIYlaw’s services.

Mission and Vision

To be the one-stop hub for all business support services in Africa We empower entrepreneurs doing business in Africa by creating access to all business support services and help them build sustainable businesses using technology, project management and legal know-how.

Innovation Description

Our innovation lies in our 360°; approach to the problem that takes into consideration the peculiarities of the African context. We address the entire value chain using online and offline solutions With our approach, we address not only the needs of those with internet access, but we are also those without. Our Circuit Series that takes legal assistance for free to those who need them, particularly BOP users. We piloted this with our Market Circuit initiative where we visited a local market with lawyers who provided pro-bono legal services to the market traders (mostly women).

Competitive Advantage

Our strengths lie in our strong and well-connected founding team, first mover advantage, 360° approach and strategy that addresses the entire value chain.
Funding Goal200,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted60,000
New Implemented CountriesGhana, Kenya, South Africa
Recruit2 developers, 2 management, 3 sales
New FeatureBusiness support services, offline technology to capture offline customers efficiently.

Milestones

Mar 2019
Lives Impacted
35,000
Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedVERIFIED
May 2018
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
TITLEListed as one of the global innovations promoting economic stability in the Atlas of Innovation for Economic Stability
Apr 2018
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
TITLEWinner, Pitch@Palace Commonwealth
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Nigeria