DURHAM — Courtroom5, an end-to-end legal toolbox that helps people represent themselves in court, has raised 20,000 in equity, according to a recent securities filing.

Five investors contributed to the round, which kicked off March 27.

Courtroom 5 is founded by former African American professors Sonja Ebron and Debra Slone, who know first-hand how tricky it can be to get caught up in the United State’s legal system.

“We’ve had to represent ourselves in court, unfortunately, too many times,” said Ebron, shortly after her demo day win. “As academics, we felt a responsibility once we understood the lay of the land to share it with others.”

So they built Courtroom5 — an educational site launched in 2017, which eventually grew into full-fledged case management platform.

It recently completed the Techstars Kansas City Accelerator and received an NC IDEA grant. Last November, it also won the Black Founders Exchange Demo Day competition last November.