Mobility firm smashes funding target and now ready for entry into UK market

Corien Staels, founder, Staels Design

A new wheelchair product is set to come on the market after it secured £100,000 from a business grant – £70,000 more than its initial target.

Staels Design, creator of the WheelAir cooling wheelchair cushion, needed £30,000 in order to bring the product onto the market.

The company had been trying to raise the money through a crowdfund campaign and had found 30% of the money after its third week of campaigning.

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Last night though, founder Corien Staels was awarded with a business grant from Scottish EDGE – which supports Scottish entrepreneurs – after going up against other start ups.

Previous winners of the grant include Phoenix Instinct, developer of an innovative suitcase that can be attached to wheelchairs.

Staels’ solution, the WheelAir, is a battery powered, ergonomically designed cushion that cools the back of the user by gently blowing air onto their backs.

It has already received interest in its product and taken orders from end-users but with its cash injection it has the potential to enter the mainstream market and sell through retail channels

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