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Stouffville inventor using Crowd Funding and hopes to change the lives of people who use wheelchairs
The Towter Transporter is a fully automated, easy to use, lightweight, affordable solution for transporting wheelchairs. It will eliminate the need for expensive vehicle conversions, and will give freedom and independence to people who use mobility devices, and who struggle with transportation.
Always designing and inventing, Len Wideman, a Stouffville, ON native, can often be found working in his shop, home, or local restaurants and coffee shops. One of his earliest designs was a trailer used for transporting racecars when he was a teenager. Since then, he has been frustrated by watching friends and family struggle with wheelchairs, and by the expense of converting a van to accommodate a wheelchair. He knew there had to be a better way. Today, he has turned his original ground loading trailer idea into a fully automated, easy to use trailer for transporting wheelchairs and scooters. After spending the last 5 years devoted to this design, Len says, “This time we’ve done it, we’ve developed a trailer that will change the lives of those who use wheelchairs and scooters.”
The final stages of patents and production are the final hurdle to Len’s dream. In order to make his next goal a reality, Len is launching a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo.com. Crowd funding is the practice of raising money through large-scale public donations via the Internet. Beginning on August 25, and running for 45 days, Len is the team leader of the campaign to raise $500,000 to continue the Towter’s production.
Visit www.towter.info for more information on Len and the Towter Transporter, and check out the initiative on August 25, on Indiegogo.com.
Len Wideman is a self-taught engineer from the Stouffville and Uxbridge area of Southern Ontario, Canada. He has worked within the Greater Toronto Area throughout his career and is now the Director of Research and Development of Road Toad Inventions.