(Photo: with l 'kind permission of Dr Sonja Ebron)
If you are looking for compelling stories that combine entrepreneurial success with the challenges that come with diversity , there is little better than the story of Founders Unfound. The site tells the stories of founding entrepreneurs from under-represented backgrounds and was started by Dan Kihanya, himselfsame serial entrepreneur. Currently, the site focuses on businesses and organizations founded by African Americans. Kihanya introduces each company and its founder in a one-hour podcast format.
This month the spotlight has turned the spotlight on the incredible Dr Sonja Ebron, founder of Courtroom5, an automated legal toolkit that helps people represent themselves in court . Ebron is by no means a lawyer - the Durham native is a PhD electrical engineer with a background in utilities and artificial intelligence. Ebron and her co-founder, Debra Stone, started working on Courtroom5 after years of prosecution or having to sue other people and not being able to find a lawyer.
While studying to be an engineer, Ebron learned that the secret to success is finding innovative ways to get things done. After spending time at pTraveling the world and working in academia, she realized that was not enough. Ebron looked for something that would allow him to make an impact. Using his technical skills and Stone's PhD in Information Systems, they entered the IT industry with a focus on litigation support.
Ebron gave two simple reasons for which they chose Courtroom5 with the objective of civil litigation. First, many Americans cannot afford to have a lawyer. The national average cost of a lawyer in the United States is $ 2.55 an hour, while the average hourly wage of a U.S. citizen is just under $ 30. Second, those who have to represent themselves in court because they cannot afford a lawyer often lose cases: the court process is delicate and complex, and the average person has no formal training in court.ns legal proceedings.
This is where Courtroom5 comes in. Launched in 2017, the startup allows you to track progress throughout a case and provides you with only the most relevant legal information, training and tools needed to take the next step. Users have access to a library of document templates, searchable case law, claims and defense analyzes - everything they need to navigate a system designed for lawyers. There is a charge for the service, but it's much cheaper than hiring a lawyer.
In February, Courtroom5 was selected as one of five companies to receive funding of a global enterprise capitalist group ShEO.
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