Freedom One Life seeks fresh capital to take next-generation powered wheelchair to market
Powered wheelchair specialist, Freedom One Life, is looking to raise equity funding via crowdfunding platform Crowdcube to help it take its next-generation Series 5 model to market.
The Glasgow-based company, which designs and produces advanced powered wheelchairs, is seeking fresh capital in order to supplement the backing it has received from existing investors.
Innovate UK, the UK government’s innovation agency, has contributed more than £250k of grant funding, while Murray Capital, Ian Marchant (former chief executive of Scottish and Southern Energy) and Stuart Macdonald (founder and managing director of cyber security firm Seric), all continue to support the business.
Alex Papanikolaou, the founder of Freedom One Life, started the company in 2013 to enable wheelchair users to live the life they choose.
Papanikolaou, who has cerebral palsy and uses a powered wheelchair on a daily basis, was frustrated by constantly breaking down and being stranded by unreliable powerchairs.
The Series 5 is the result of years of R&D and thousands of hours of testing over 20,000 kilometres in real-world conditions across the globe. It claims to deliver a 40 kilometre real-world range, a compact on-board charger, and a fully customisable and future proof user experience.
It is also compact and agile enough to get into the narrow of spaces on buses and trains, and has an integrated flight mode to make air travel easy, quick and safe.
Alex Papanikolaou, founder of Freedom One Life, said: “Powered wheelchairs exist to liberate and empower people like me, yet most powerchair users have their life choices restricted by limited range, breakdowns and fear of being stranded. This can mean that users avoid travel, face social isolation, and risk unemployment.
“I met people who were just as fed up of having to plan their lives around their powerchairs as I was. I set up the company with a mission, to stop powerchair users like myself from living in fear of being let down by their powerchairs, and instead live the life they choose.
“In creating the Series 5, we have designed a powerchair that combines lived experience with industry leading design. Test drives in our powerchair leave huge smiles on users faces.
“This fundraise will allow us to take the Series 5 to full commercial launch, including the manufacture of demo chairs for the well-established distributor market across the UK and Europe, as we seek to become a leader in a market that is expected to more than double in value to £9.24 billion globally by 2027.”https://thiis.co.uk/freedom-one-life-seeks-fresh-capital-to-take-next-generation-powered-wheelchair-to-market/https://i2.wp.com/thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Freedom-One-Life-Series-5.jpg?fit=900%2C506&ssl=1https://i2.wp.com/thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Freedom-One-Life-Series-5.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1NewsroomSupplier NewsTrade Newscrowdfunding,Freedom One Life,Innovate UK,powerchairs,powered wheelchairPowered wheelchair specialist, Freedom One Life, is looking to raise equity funding via crowdfunding platform Crowdcube to help it take its next-generation Series 5 model to market. The Glasgow-based company, which designs and produces advanced powered wheelchairs, is seeking fresh capital in order to supplement the backing it has received...Liane McIvorLiane McIvorliane@thiis.co.ukAdministratorTHIIS Magazine