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TechCrunch Tokyo 2012 Winner Whill’s Sleek Wheelchair Alternative Is Ready For Pre-Orders

on November 11, 2013

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Founded by former Sony, Olympus and Toyota engineers, TechCrunch Tokyo 2012 grand prize winning hardware startup Whill not only wants to redesign the wheelchair, but also combat stigma by creating sleek and modern mobility devices. The company’s first retail model, the Whill Type-A, is now available for pre-orders and will be ready for delivery within the U.S. early next year.

Whill is currently part of 500 Startup‘s accelerator program and has raised a total of $1.7 million so far. Other investors include Itochu Technology Ventures, Facebook Japan engineer Eric Kwan, SunBridge Global Ventures and Wingle Co., and is currently closing its seed round.

The company entered TechCrunch Tokyo last year with a prototype of an electric add-on that allowed wheelchair users to go longer distances. After exhibiting at the Tokyo Motor Show and conducting market research in the U.S., Japan and the UK, however, Whill decided to…

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