At Participant we believe that everyone, everywhere can have the assistive products they need to participate fully in life. We’re a startup that’s making affordable products using advanced processes like 3D printing – starting with wheelchairs and a stroller for kids with disabilities. We’re a B-Corp committed to green processes, great products, and increased participation for people with disabilities.
Following the SDG’s mandate that ‘none are left behind’, Participant Assistive Products is democratizing high quality assistive products and putting them within reach of unserved people, starting with the 70 million people who need but do not have a wheelchair or the mobility, health, inclusion, and dignity that an appropriate wheelchair can provide.
From the founder’s 50 years of collected experience with wheelchairs in Less Resourced Settings, we have developed an innovation stack to address a complex problem: 1) user centered product design for durability, low cost, and fast provision, 2) tiered pricing so that profits from premium markets support ongoing product development and expanding distribution, 3) ecommerce and chatbot product support, 4) a Benefit Corporation structure, and 5) production localization to achieve a circular product lifecycle and local employment for people with disabilities.
The Participant team are looking for funding but to abide by US law the specific details of their seed round have been removed. Please contact them directly to learn more.