CourtBuddy is a Miami based startup that connects consumers and small businesses to legal services on an a-la-carte, flat fee basis. Consumers can speak with the attorney and pay through the CourtBuddy platform. To the consumer and small business they provide access to legal services that won’t bankrupt them. To the attorneys that participate, they provide a way to increase downtime billings. It’s perfect for individual attorneys, small and medium sized firms.
The startup, founded by Kristina Jones and her husband James, has already received several accolades. They were the winner of the 2017 American Bar Association’s Louis M Brown award for legal access. They were also named a top 3 legal company in America | Above the law, by the American Bar Association.
But a contest win in Silicon Valley could open a lot of doors for the growing startup. Last week Jones pitched at the Silicon Valley Forum’s Women In Tech Festival Pitch Competition. The event was held at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley outpost. The startup competition put CourtBuddy up against nine other women led startups.
“I was shocked when we won – we were last-minute additions to the competition – but I guess [the judges] saw the big picture of how many people we’re helping and how many people we could help,” Jones told the South Florida Business Journal.
CourtBuddy has already received a $150,000 seed capital investment (at a $2.5 million dollar valuation) from 500 startups and was selected for their accelerator program. They’re also looking to add to that seed round.
There was no cash prize involved int eh Silicon Valley Forum’s Women In Tech contest, CourtBuddy received a trophy. The exposure they received in the valley was priceless to them. Investors have taken notice of the wife/husband founders.
“We have a few follow-on meetings scheduled for this week, and we’re actually starting fundraising [for seed capital] next week,” she said.