TechInAfrica – The Kigali-based tech startup for lawyers, Hence Technologies has secured an additional 1.8m in seed funding, bringing to a total of 2.6m for the past two years.
Cofounded by Arun Shanmuganathan, Sean West, and Steve Heitkamp, the startup matches the client company’s legal team with external lawyer firm services with its AI and data-driven algorithm.
The technology makes it possible for clients to search for legal service providers based on the job requirements, location, and cost.
Although headquartered in the UK, the technology development is done in Kigali with a local team across Africa. The company first operated in early 2020 in Rwanda. The team has now grown from 6 to 20 people, and it now seeks to expand their current team with the latest seed funding.
“We want to show the world that you can solve global problems with world-class technology from here in Rwanda,” says Shanmuganathan in an exclusive interview with The New Times.
“Hence’s recommendations can ensure that companies are spending money on advisers on the back of evidence that they are appropriate for the task.”
Shanmuganathan says the latest funding is an endorsement of Hence’s groundbreaking platform and demonstrates Hence’s potential to disrupt the market for professional provider services.
“We want to create opportunities for people who want to solve knowledge problems and we want to continue attracting top talent,” says Shanmuganathan.
“It is a huge part of why we are excited to invest in Rwanda because the vision of what we are trying to build is around the knowledge economy. The knowledge economy is the future, everyone using their brains to solve problems and Rwanda wants to be heart of that.”