A startup based in Bengaluru is on a mission to make the cars accessible for persons with disabilities. Want to know how? Continue reading.
The Story is part of the series as part of the collaboration between Chalgenius and Startup Buddy to highlight start-ups from non-metro cities.
Man with a passion
Anand Kutre, a Mechanical Engineer from Belgaum, North Karnataka, was passionate about engineering and product development after he graduated from the Gogte Institute of Technology and started working for Detroit, USA, in 2000. Now with his startup – True Consultancy, the 44-year-old CEO and founder is providing assistance to the People with Disabilities (PwDs) with his mobility solutions for the vehicles.
Launched True Consultancy in 2011
In 2011, when he started True Consultancy, it wasn’t for the disabled but to create a real impact on society. “I remember my days of living in the US. Working in Detroit, the heart of the American automobile industry, already had much learning to offer. I remember my friend’s roommate who was disabled from below the neck. We used to take him out, and did so without any difficulty because the cars and streets were disabled-friendly,” Anand told ChalGenius while talking about the inspiration behind the idea.
Brainstorming in the initial days
In the initial days of the startup, True Consultancy worked with Toyota and made a few designs that were patented by Toyota, but they didn’t take off. “I continued working on the problem, came up with my own design which was much better, and applied for a patent. We have close to 100 happy customers who have found TurnPlus really useful,” Anand said on the feedback he receives from the “happy customers”.
What is TurnPlus
TurnPlus was launched in 2017 but is still waiting for a patent. It is an award-winning, easy to install, swivel seat mechanism for cars that provides assistance to the differently-abled and helps create an inclusive ecosystem. It is designed to make car travelling easy for people with special medical conditions like Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Leg Amputation, Callipers Corrections, Parkinson, Osteoarthritis, Paralysis, Knee, Spinal cord, and Backbone issues. TurnPlus also helps in challenges faced due to old age and pregnancy.
Lack of awareness
The company, however, still faces a challenge that is the lack of awareness of products like TurnPlus. “People in India do not know that such a standard product exists and is available at such affordable prices as compared to the imported versions. We are working on creating awareness and hopefully many people will embrace such products going forward. Mention the code TC-CHALGENIUS to avail 5% off on MRP for TurnPlus
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