Our Approach

Unique Design. Unique Manufacturing. Unique Business Model.


World Class for everyone

Participant products are world class with features, safety, and build quality that’s good enough to be sold anywhere. We are aiming for Camry level success, an affordable and well-made car that is loved around the world.

Future oriented manufacturing

Advances in industrial scale 3D printing allow local manufacture of highly customized, small batch, and affordably priced products. Called “Industry 4.0,” big data, artificial intelligence, and 3D printing will move production closer to users. Participant’s designs leverage Industry 4.0 trends.

Benefit Corporation

The B-Corp seal is to business what Fair Trade is to coffee and USDA Organic is to milk. Participant embraces rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, positive social impact, and transparency. Participant is a for-profit with a purpose - business can be a force for good! We look forward to placing the B-Corp seal on our website!


The Crowd wants to help 

Crowdsourcing is for more than fundraising.  Hackathons and maker fairs are beginning to change how products are developed. Increasingly, wheelchair users are being served by veteran designers who are stepping up to give back. For experienced assistive product designers, a sense of meaning comes from designing for underserved communities. Roughly 80% of medical devices are designed for 20% of the global population. Participant crowdsources design by pairing veteran designers with experts who have deep understanding of the local use context, global standards, and provision systems.