In Australia, a child is born with cerebral palsy every 15 hours. But unfortunately the demand for the Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFOs) products these children need is much higher than their current availability. Globally, 100 million people need Orthotics, but only 10% get the devices they need. This is due to a shortage of trained personnel, cost, and the way in which they are presently made – which can take up to four weeks.
One company changing the paradigm is Sydney healthtech start - up, AbilityMade.By using state - of - the - art 3D printers and scanners - plus open source blueprints to encourage loose-knit communities of developers worldwide to study, modify, distribute, make or even sell the knowledge they make available. They aim to radically reduce wait times while improving the quality and customised fit of AFOs.With the support of Dreamstarter, they were able to turn a revolutionary dream into a reality.
In 2016, AbilityMade successfully ran a Crowdfunding campaign with ING Dreamstarter. Their goal was to raise $20,000, but within the first 12hrs of the campaign their community contributed $45,000 to their cause. With such a powerful community initiative, AbilityMade continued their success in raising awareness and funds for their business. In 2016, ING continued their financial support of the business, with a partnership through their launch of ING’s Android Pay Orange Everyday card feature and saw AbilityMade receive $50,000 from ING. They were invited to pitch at ING’s staff forum where they successfully convinced staff to vote for their work - acquiring an additional $2,500 – all proceeds going toward their clinical trials.