It was a happy moment for four young engineers from NIT Calicut when their design for a shower and commode wheelchair won the top prize at the ‘Design for Disabled’ competition sponsored by the Kozhikode-based NGO Pain and Palliative Care Society (PPCS). Funded in part by PPCS and the NIT, the team made a prototype in 2011. “The response was immediate,” says Ganesh Sonawane, the founder and CEO of Arcatron Mobility. “We were offered grants to develop the design further but refused as by then the two of us had started working in Pune,” he says. But the ball had been set rolling, and the thought of ‘reinventing assisted living’ and making it more safe and dignified firmly planted in the team’s mind. After working on the different designs, while doing full-time jobs, the four launched the company in July 2015.

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