When Phoenix-based company Vantage Realized, LLC (VR) was established in 2011, its purpose was simple: improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.

Co-founder Nicholas Gough's father, a manual wheelchair user, inspired VR's first product: the Mechaddy, which would improve the level of control and ergonomics of operating a manual wheelchair. The venture quickly picked up interest and speed--and with the help of the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative, VR is making the Mechaddy a reality. Since its establishment, VR has expanded its team and is realizing its vision. Future products are being planned and growth is expected, but the VR team remains committed the people whose lives we set out to improve.