Better Walk was selected to participate in the first ever White House Maker Faire. This event featured over 100 Makers from more than 25 states and included more than 30 exhibits.
At the event, Better Walk CEO, Partha Unnava, was chosen to exhibit the Better Walk crutch to President Barack Obama. Additionally, he was selected to present a 3D printed letter to President Obama on behalf of 150 universities who committed to strengthen their Maker movements and services.
After Partha Unnava spent a summer on crutches after breaking his ankle playing basketball, he knew that things had to change. While on crutches, he experienced severe underarm pain and asked other people he knew on crutches if they experienced the same problems as he did. After hearing nearly everyone he asked complain about the same aspects of the crutch, he and two fellow biomedical engineering students at Georgia Tech, Andrew Varghese and Frankie Swindell, decided to fix the problem.
Last year, the three formed a company called Better Walk and participated in a startup accelerator in Memphis, TN called Zero To 510. Better Walk is designing a more effective crutch that removes force from a crutch user’s underarm area and reduces the amount of direct force through a user’s wrist.
Upon beginning the accelerator, the company began with $50K in seed funding. At the conclusion of the accelerator, after a demo day, the company was chosen as a top company in the program and given an additional $100K.