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DIT Hothouse start-up company wins leading award

Posted: 3 April, 2017

DIT Hothouse start-up company, Izzy Wheels won the Accenture ‘Leaders of Tomorrow 2017’ Award.

Accenture Award - Lead

Current DIT Hothouse ‘New Frontiers’ participant, Ailbhe Keane of Izzy Wheels, won the Accenture ‘Leaders of Tomorrow 2017’ Award at last Thursday’s packed out final held at Accenture’s HQ in Dublin’s ‘Silicon Docks’. The award comprised €5,000 and a space on the NDRC ‘Launchpad’ programme, a three-month accelerator programme for start-ups.

Izzy Wheels offers a platform that allows wheelchair users to personalise their chairs. Inspired by Ailbhe’s younger sister, the company helps transform a medical device into a piece of fashion and self-expression by creating customised wheelchair spoke guards that allow users to express their individuality. Their tagline is ‘If you can’t stand up, stand out’. 

Reflecting on the award, Ailbhe Keane, Izzy Wheels’ founder, said: 'I’m so delighted to win this award because it means we are one step closer to bringing disability fashion to the forefront. We want to create a movement in how society perceive wheelchairs and show the positive impact they can bring to people’s lives.'

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