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Prize Purse

The Prize is known for the strong network of innovators it has built in the field of law and justice. As a part of this network, winners are recognised as key allies of the movement to transform this field and are able to access critical connections and common resources within this community of inspiring peers.

The Prize seeks to build a thriving platform for innovators and changemakers so they may achieve their highest potential. We aim to create multiple opportunities for them to leverage and amplify their work. This includes having partners who can expand the range of those opportunities. However, none of the ‘Prize 2020’ Partners contribute in a fiscal capacity to the Prize purse, or to Agami. For more information on our partners, please visit our partners page.

  • INR 10 Lakh to one winner under the Industry Prize category
  • 5 lakhs each to 2 Idea Prize winners, supported by the Jayasimha Foundation
  • Showcase at the Dasra Philanthropy Week 2021
  • INR 10 Lakh to one winner under the Shamnad Basheer Citizenship  Prize category
  • Impact meeting with CEO, NITI Aayog
  • Access to invite-only conversations at the Raisina Dialogue 2021, hosted by ORF and the MEA

Prize Categories

The biennial Prize, conceived and first held in 2018, serves to support and catalyse such ideas in 3 categories – Industry, Citizenship and Idea. Partners to the Prize include highly regarded individuals and institutions in social innovation, business, philanthropy and policy.

Industry Prize

Awarded to a proven idea that serves justice through the evolution of the legal industry.

Shamnad Basheer Citizenship Prize

Awarded to a proven idea that serves justice by empowering citizens to access justice.

State Innovation Showcase

The State Innovation Showcase recognises a State-led initiative that is contributing to the evolution of justice delivery in India (particularly courts, prisons, police, legal services authorities etc)

 

Who can apply for the Industry Prize?`

There is one winner under this category.

Such ideas include initiatives that:
  • Create new data-driven solutions in the legal space
  • Create new class of services which solve challenges for the legal industry
  • Create new roles/skills for legal professionals and citizens 
  • Create new products/tools for actors in the field of law and justice
  • Create new and simplified legal processes using technology/AI

Who can apply for the Shamnad Basheer Citizenship Prize?

*Named after an inspiring changemaker, Professor Shamnad Basheer, founder of IDIA and Spicy IP, Infosys Prize Winner, Ashoka Fellow and Agami Prize 2018 finalist. 

There is one winner under this category.

Such ideas include initiatives that:
  • Create new means to enable citizens to access justice through tech, legal awareness, legal education etc
  • Create new spaces for engagement between citizens and law and justice institutions
  • Create new ways in which legal services are made available, especially to the most vulnerable
  • Creates new pathways for the legal system to become more citizen-friendly
  • Create new actionable insights through research, storytelling, data-driven reportage in the field of law and justice

Who can apply for the Idea Prize?

Awarded to an early-stage idea with the potential to serve justice, either through the evolution of the legal industry or in how it empowers citizens to access justice.  

A special call out to apply to young innovators and professionals, as also students starting out on their changemaking journeys to apply for the Idea Prize! 

There are two winners under this category.

The Idea Prize is supported by the Jayasimha Foundation in memory of Late Justice R Jayasimha Babu. To know more, click here.

Such ideas include initiatives that:
  • Young innovators/professionals with a well-conceived idea that if supported could lead to the evolution of the legal industry or empower citizens to access justice.
  • Students looking to become entrepreneurs in the field of law and justice.
  • Grassroot communities/groups of people with an idea that has potential to impact their access to justice.
  • ..and any others worth recognising and catalysing regardless of a higher risk of failure owing to their infancy.

What is the evaluation criteria for all categories?

Participating initiatives that meet the eligibility criteria will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria.

  • The initiative’s potential to evolve the field through significant innovation;
  • The scale of impact it can generate;
  • The calibre and commitment of the team; and
  • The sustainability of the initiative.

Entry Eligibility Criteria

Innovators/Initiatives must meet the following general eligibility criteria to apply for the Prize; initiatives that do not meet the below-mentioned criteria may be summarily excluded during the first evaluation round.

  • Fit in one of the 3 categories – Industry, Shamnad Basheer Citizenship or Idea prize.
  • Be based in India, and have India as an important market and / or target area. This requires having a legal entity in India, or primary operations, whether through an entity or not, in India. You can be a for-profit, non-profit, hybrid or as yet unregistered organisation (early-stage/students).
  • Have a dedicated team, i.e., one or all of the founding team members are working on the initiative full time. *Exception: Idea Prize applicants commit to working full time on their idea within 3 months of winning the Prize. If a student, then commit at least 10 hours a week from the time of winning the Prize.
  • Demonstrate a proven model, i.e., the social, market, or commercial value has been demonstrated through growth and impact.*Exception: Prize applicants without a proven model can apply under the Idea prize.

2018 Agami Prize Winners

It's been fantastic to be associated with Agami for the past two years, as a recipient of the Agami Prize for Legal Innovation, we have received a whole lot of support and meaningful connections from the Agami team. Being a part of a community of inspiring changemakers has been amazing.

Antaraa VasudevFounder, Civis | Idea Prize Winner 2018

Agami is a vibrant community of entrepreneurs, leaders, and change-makers from a variety of backgrounds, all together in their mission to create impact to access to justice. Agami has brought together an eclectic bunch, and enabled a great platform for sharing and collaborating on BIG ideas.

Pulkit AnandCo-Founder, Provakil | Industry Prize Winner 2018

Agami Prize is the unique one in India that recognizes innovative and impactful work in the domain of law and justice. Agami brings together various people working on law and justice, showcases their work and builds collaborative programs.

Sushant SinhaFounder, Indian Kanoon | Citizenship Prize Winner 2018

Prize Timeline

Deadline to apply: July 31, 2020. Deadline to Nominate: July 10, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply for the Agami Prize?

The term “idea” refers to initiatives by an individual, a group or individuals or an organization. Where a legal entity is involved it can be either a for-profit, not-for-profit, or hybrid entity.

Which category should I apply under?

Consider the following: 

  •  If your impact is towards serving the advancement of the legal industry – apply for the Industry Prize.
  •  If your work is more towards empowering citizens to be able to better access or participate in our systems of law and justice – apply for the Shamnad Basheer Citizenship Prize.
  •  If you are an early-stage idea with the potential to serve justice, either through the evolution of the legal industry or in how it empowers citizens to access justice- then apply for the Idea Prize.

Who can apply to the Industry Prize category?

Sample eligible initiatives here could be:

  • Legal research and workflow tools that use the latest artificial intelligence or other technology to improve legal services
  • New collaboratives of professionals breaking down silos and providing smarter and integrated legal, business and social services
  • New classes of trained professionals equipped to deliver legal or quasi-legal services and thereby broaden access to justice
  • Industry coalitions that create unique peer-driven regulatory environments, increase effective dispute resolution, and reduce cost and friction
  • Initiatives that seek to bridge the gap between conventional legal education pedagogy and contemporary practice requirements
  • New dispute resolution mechanisms that provide easy, cost-effective and enforceable resolution

Who can apply to the Shamnad Basheer Citizenship Prize category?

Sample eligible initiatives here could be:

  • Using new means, initiatives advocating for the legal identity and capacity building of marginalized communities.
  • Initiatives creatively enhancing legal awareness or empowerment of different classes of citizens using new media or online platforms.
  • Initiatives that increase inclusion in law schools, introduce new pedagogy/ goals for legal education, or create new platforms that make legal education more accessible.
  • Initiatives that are triggering a pro-bono culture in lawyering, or that create new economic models that reduce costs of legal services 
  • Initiatives that equip journalists with enhanced capacity to report on access to justice issues.

Who can apply to the Idea Prize category?

To give you an idea, these could be but are not limited to:

  • Young innovators/professionals with a well-conceived idea that if supported could serve the same goals as those of the Industry and Citizenship category.
  • Students looking to become entrepreneurs in the field of law and justice.
  • Grassroot communities/groups of people with an idea that has potential to impact their access to justice. 

..and any others worth recognising and catalysing regardless of a higher risk of 

failure owing to its infancy.

What are examples under the State Innovation Showcase?

To give you an idea, these could be but are not limited to:

  • Using technology to improve prison management, increase efficiency, improve transparency and accountability, and provide real time data to the prison administration.
  • Effective Open Prisons system based on trust and governed by councils of prisoners.
  • Institutionalizing cognitive and behavioral skill development training, and conducting psychological assessment  to undertrial prisoners to reduce re-offending behaviour. 
  • Building court structures to ensure a safe and comfortable environment to vulnerable witnesses, including victims of child sexual abuse.

How do nominations work?

If you know work being done by an individual or an organisation or even a group that fits any of the categories of the Prize – you can fill out a form nominating them and the Agami team will reach out to them to apply. This is to ensure we are reaching out to as many people as possible even if they don’t come across the Prize announcement themselves. To fill this form, click here.

When will I know if I have been shortlisted?

Once the applications close on July 31, we will start the screening and evaluation process. If you have been shortlisted, you will be intimated via email by September 25.  If you do not receive an email, it means you haven’t made the shortlist.

What do you mean by the term ‘Based in India’?

The term ‘Based in India’ means having a legal entity in India or having the primary operations, whether through an entity or not, in India.

Who will do the screening and evaluation?

The screening and evaluation of applicants will be done by a core AP20 Evaluation Team that comprises some members of the Agami staff and consulting members. Members fit the following criterion:

  • Have an established track record (minimum 10 years) of supporting or leading entrepreneurial initiatives. 

  • Are domain experts in the legal industry or entrepreneurship or in understanding system change.

  • Have a proven personal journey of changemaking or have shown commitment to it.

This will be followed by Jury evaluation. All members including jury members will be required to disclose if they have any prior relationships that may result in a conflict of interest (financial, paid mentorship etc) with any of the applicants and shall recuse themselves in such a case. 

The Jury will be announced shortly!
Applications are now open