Pushing a standard manual wheelchair takes a great deal of strength and can cause arm pain and hand cramping. Solutions to make pushing easier are expensive and can inhibit one’s ability to brake. IntelliWheels Inc. designed Fit Grips, an accessory that increases the circumference of the hand rim to minimize the strain on your hand, while the improved grip allows users to push with less effort. The company’s patent-pending design is now sold by over 36 distributors around the globe. The team from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign participated in VentureWell’s E-Team program in 2010. VentureWell invested in the company in 2012.

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