Scottish wheelchair entrepreneur Alex Papanikolaou has raised more than a million dollars to bring his Freedom One wheelchair to market.
Papanikolaou’s wheelchair couldn’t keep up with his active lifestyle so he invented the Freedom One, a lighter wheelchair with bigger tires and a longer-lasting battery.
With £350,000 ($440,000) in grant funding, he built a prototype and has covered more than 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) on the streets of Glasgow.
Papanikolaou has raised £1.2 million ($1.5 million) from private equity and angel investors to complete R&D and bring the chair to market.
Photo credit: Freedom One Life