I first saw a prototype of the Leverage Freedom Chair a few years ago at the De Florez student competition at MIT. Then, student Amos Winter, showed how his design, from bicycle parts could be manufactured, maintained and used over the rough terraine in Kenya. Amos had a dream, to take his innovation and bring it to people that needed mobility the most. If I recall, Amos took the second prize that day but continued his dream to start a company.
Last week, Global Research Innovation and Technology (GRIT) Leverage Freedom Chair took the diamond prize at the MassChallenge innovation awards for 2012, providing Amos $100,000 for his newly formed company.