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Meet Brandon Winfield of iAccess Innovations in WeWork in Buckhead

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brandon Winfield.

Brandon, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My story starts roughly ten years ago as a 14-year-old. I was injured a motocross accident and left paralyzed from my mid-chest, down. I did everything I could to maintain the lifestyle that I had before. I started racing go-karts, riding jet-skis and traveling the country with friends attending different sporting events. Through my trips, I realized that accessibility from city to city varied drastically. A lot of places I visited would have bathrooms that I could not get into because of my wheelchair. I started to wonder why accessibility information wasn’t something that we had at the tip of our fingers. This birthed the idea for a mobile application, that would allow us to know before we go.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
As most know, getting a start up off the ground never goes as smoothly as you hope it would. We see new companies pop up every day and expect the same to come from ours, but what you don’t see is all the trials and errors that go on behind the scenes. Aside from the typical struggles that come with trying to raise capital for a start-up, I think where most my issues came from, was thinking I could do this on my own. Today I have surrounded myself with a great co-founder and we now have two stellar members on our advisory board to help guide us through the treacherous waters of start-up life.

iAccess Innovations Inc. – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
iAccess Innovations (Formerly ParaPerks), is developing a mobile application that will allow the mobility impaired as well as their family and friends to rate and review establishments based on how accessible they are. We are creating a location service based application that will let users give 1 – 5-star ratings on how accessible each establishments parking, entrance, seating, and bathrooms are for people with wheelchairs, walkers, etc. Our hope is that we will not only help people be more conscientious of their companions by allocating this information in one central location, but we hope that eventually, establishments with low ratings will try to improve their establishment’s parking lots, entrances, bathrooms, and seating arrangements to accommodate everyone. Eventually, we plan to build integrations with airlines, hotels and sporting venues to provide our users everything they need to create stress-free, memorable moments with their loved ones.

I believe what sets iAccess apart from our competitors is, the fact that we will be more than a rating and review app. We are creating a lifestyle application for users that refuse to be slowed down. We empower our customers to live life to it’s fullest and to seek new adventures, stress-free.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I envision our app becoming a household name for anyone with a long term or short term mobility impairment. We want our customers to come to us when they are looking for a good time with friends and family. Over time we hope this creates a platform for accessibility reform. We believe it’s time to take the next step into the future to make things accessible for all walks of life.

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