The Artificial Intelligence Legal Challenge, held by the Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ) at Ryerson University, in partnership with the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG), was won by Evichat for the development of an AI social media eDiscovery tool.

The AI Legal Challenge is an initiative led by the LIZ and supported by MAG, which included $80,000 in seed funding and an opportunity for the six finalists to spend 4 months in the LIZ and access to all of their resources. The goal of the challenge was to increase the use of artificial intelligence in law to better serve the consumers of law.

“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.”

Lynn Norris, Assistant Deputy Attorney General of the Modernization Division announced the winning team and presented them with $40,000 in seed funding to help support and grow their startup. Diligen, an AI contract analysis company, won second place and $25,000 in seed funding while Splyt, an automated online separation tool, took home third place and $15,000.

“MAG’s commitment to innovating our justice system is reflected in this AI Challenge,” said Chris Bentley, Managing Director of the LIZ. “Supporting legal startups that are using the transformative power of AI will benefit the people and businesses who need legal services, and will contribute to a more innovative society.

The six finalists participated in a “Final Pitch” held at Ryerson University as part of a day long AI Legal Forum which also included fireside conversations with Andrew Arruda, co-founder of Ross Intelligence and Shelby Austin, Partner at Deloitte. The Judges for the Final Pitch were Shelby Austin, Partner, Deloitte; Michel Hélie, Assistant Deputy Attorney General of the Civil Law Division; Christopher Johns, Executive Director Innovation Office, MAG; and Hersh Perlis, Director of the LIZ.