A social enterprise company that has developed a next-generation prosthetic knee took first place in Ontario Centres of Excellence’s Parapan Am Games-affiliated Accessibility Tech Pitch competition.
Toronto-based Legworkswas selected from 18 participants in a two-day elimination pitch competition.
Legworks immediately said it would use the $20,000 award to fit 200 amputees in developing countries with its device.
“The Legworks prosthetic is an amazing example of the innovative work being done in the field of assistive devices and technologies by Ontario companies,” says OCE CEO Dr. Tom Corr.
Legworks was one of five companies to make it to the final round of the competition. Other finalists were Eightfold Technologies, MyndTec, BresoTec, and Komodo OpenLabs.
“Ontario is a hub for the kind of innovation that is not only creating jobs and strengthening our economy but, as this competition and the whole showcase proved, is also improving the lives of persons with disabilities through increased accessibility here at home and around the world,” said Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation.
LegWorks has developed a high-performing and affordable prosthetic knee that enables amputees to walk efficiently, safely and at multiple walking speeds.
“Winning the Accessibility Innovation Showcase Tech Pitch was amazing validation of our product and social business model,” said Emily Mochizuki Lutyens, co-CEO of Legworks.