Self-taught Kenyan innovator awarded Ksh2 million for electric wheelchair

Lincoln Wamae
Lincoln Wamae, a Kenyan innovator building electrical wheelchairs from recycles materials. [Photo by CTVnews]

Lincoln Wamae, has hit the headlines in the recent past with his self-taught technological innovation geared towards making life easier for people with disability.

This time around, he has been awarded Ksh2 million awarded for his innovation in assembling electric wheelchairs from assorted electrical junk. Hitherto, he has sold more than 12 of these.

Wamae, 30, who lives in Githurai was among Kenyan innovators who took part in the Innovate Now Accelerator Programme, which is implemented by Amref Enterprises Limited.

The programme which was part of UK-aid funded AT2030 also worked with Global Disability Innovation Hub.

Wamae who now runs Linccell Technology, won himself three months to scale up his innovation from the programme.

Josephine Gitonga, one of the judges and work’s for DFID, a department within UK-Aid supporting start-ups and innovation in Africa hailed Wamae’s work.

“Involving people with disability at every stage of the innovations is a sure plan to break discriminative barriers that limit the potential of many. I was glad to note all the projects had a strong user-centred approach to their product development,” she stated in virtual Demo Day of Innovate Now.

Wamae in appreciation of the award said that his end goal is ensuring that he provides mobility solutions to the incapacitated.

“When I started LT a year ago, our mission was clear, we wanted to provide effortless, durable and affordable electric personal mobility for all in Africa. To date, we are on course with that mission and have designed, built and delivered more than a dozen electric wheelchairs, bicycles and scooters in Kenya,” Wamae stated.