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The Project

Avanchair represents a game changer for the world of wheelchairs and an evolution of the very concept of the wheelchair. “We have invented a superpower like something from the Marvel comics: the superpower of greater freedom.” This is how Andrea Depalo defines the essence of the Avanchair project. It’s a unique wheelchair with patented innovation which, thanks to a side-shifting system, enables vertical and horizontal movements to the left and right. This means that wheelchair users can move as close as possible to surfaces and they can have a single level with the seat, without overhangs. Avanchair offers the solution to meet wheelchair users’ need for greater daily autonomy. Andrea Depalo has an infectious smile and an iron will that is driving him to send a message to all wheelchair users: “Don’t let yourself be held back, get out there!” Meet Andrea, help him and support his project.

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Enel's Contribution

Innovability® is the term Enel uses to describe the concept of innovation and sustainability, the cornerstones that underpin the Group’s strategic plan. It’s a growth model that guides our industrial strategy and leads the way on the road towards the future and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in the UN’s 2030 Agenda. That means an inclusive and integrated ecosystem which is capable of fostering interaction between customers, employees, inventors, suppliers, large, medium and small-sized enterprises, international organizations, universities and NGOs with one single goal: to integrate disruptive innovations into a system that brings benefits to all concerned, including the final users. Serving as the glue for the best ideas for the future is the international network of Enel Innovation Hubs. These are fully-fledged technology outposts that manage the relationships with accelerators, incubators, universities, partners, large corporations and venture capital funds to find the best startups to work with. Avanchair is a great example of a startup that became part of the Enel network. Thanks to the meeting between Andrea and Ernesto Ciorra, Chief Innovability® Officer of the Enel Group who believed strongly in the project from the outset, Avanchair saw an initial phase of support and acceleration, and now Enel has decided to continue to believe in the project, with the backing of the network, supporting it with *up to a maximum of 50,000 euros.


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