An entrepreneur from Sheffield has been presented with a top business award alongside £13,500 to bring a prize-winning walking aid to the mobility market.
Andrew Morgan was crowned one of the winners at the Creator Awards in London last week with his ‘Wild Walker’ walking aid for people who have less balance because of neuro-disabilities.
Morgan helped to set up exyo, a company creating outdoor walking aids, with two other mechanical engineering graduates from the University of Sheffield.
The start-up plans to use the £13,500 prize money from the awards to manufacture its first batch of 25 walkers and further its business.
The new company says its aim is to help people with disabilities express themselves through user-centered design.
“We believe that if somebody relies upon a product for their everyday life, it should be a joy to use,” it says.
The company is comprised of three mechanical engineering graduates from The University of Sheffield who want to invest their skills in helping people.
“We started out by helping two individuals called Louis and Callum, whom we had the opportunity to design medical devices for, during our time at university. This inspired us to set about addressing problems faced by people with disabilities around the world,” the company says.
“exyo is the birth of an opportunity: To have a real impact on the lives of others; by reaching out to improve physical circumstance and alleviate the stresses and stigmatisation that arise through having to deal with cumbersome devices.”