Rachel Solomon, an 18-year-old with cerebral palsy, has faced a frustrating challenge over the years: the wheels on the walkers she depends on for mobility frequently malfunction, which literally stops her in her tracks. Solomon heard from other classmates who had similar issues with their walkers and so she decided to devise an entrepreneurial solution to the problem by launching a wheel subscription service.
At the October 3 National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in New York, NFTE CEO Dr. J.D. LaRock took to the stage to speak with Brian Switzer, Training and Technology Manager at the Perkins School for the Blind, along with Rachel, who participated in a NFTE BizCamp with Perkins this summer and won their business pitch challenge. On the national stage, Rachel received NFTE’s first-ever Inclusive Innovator Award, along with $500.
This award was created thanks to the generosity of the MetLife Foundation to celebrate the spirit of innovation and inclusion that drives social change. It will be presented annually to honor a young entrepreneur who has created an accessibility-focused business or a business idea that aims to improve the lives of people with disabilities.