Whill

Whill

Whill is a company known for designing, creating, and making personal mobility devices and products.

Whill is a company known for designing, creating, and making personal mobility devices and products. The company was founded by Junpei Naito, Muneaki Fukuoka, Naoto Sakakibara, and Satoshi Sugie in 2012, in San Carlos, California, United States.

The company was founded in order to help people who are wheelchair users to both travel to a destination, but to do so without a negative image from society. The goal of the company was made to provide a mobility device that allows user to feel empowered, enthused, and confident to do the things they need and want to do.

The mobility device, the WHILL Personal Electric Vehicles (EV), is meant to be able to explore the world, complement the user, provide safety and security, and to be used for several modes of life. The wheelchair is designed to be compact in size, have intuitive controls, and omni-wheels to make maneuvering the world more enjoyable. It has an all-wheel drive system, is designed for long range, and is designed for stability.

Whill is a company that participated in the 500 Startups Batch 6 cohort in May 2013 and raised an estimated $32,349,999.

Timeline

October 18, 2013

Whill raises a $1,700,000 seed round from Itochu Technology Ventures and Eric Kwan.

2013

Whill was founded by Junpei Naito, Muneaki Fukuoka and Satoshi Sugie.

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Atsushi Mizushima

Advisor

Ben Liu

Investor

Bob Cheng

Investor

Chris Koyama

Employee

Danny Kurtzman

Investor

Eric Kwan

Investor

George Kellerman

Advisor

Hitoshi Kawanabe

Investor

Ikuo C. Hiraishi

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Jen S McCabe

Investor

Junpei Naito

Founder

Kazumasa Namekata

Investor

Madeleine Marsh

Employee

Muneaki Fukuoka

Employee

Puneet Jhaveri

Employee

Ram Anantharaman

Investor

Rayner Olson

Employee

Robert Shone

Employee

Satoshi Sugie

Founder

Scott McNealy

Advisor

Shinji Asada

Investor

Shogo Tabata

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Stan Kuruvilla

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Takeshi (Ted) Homma

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Ted Fagenson

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WHILL

San Carlos, California, United States

Mobility Devices

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Kirsten Korosec
June 14, 2020
TechCrunch
The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here -- just click The Station -- to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hi friends and first-time readers. Welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to [...]
Brian Heater
June 8, 2020
TechCrunch
Among countless other unexpected effects, COVID-19 has accelerated the adoption of all manner of new technologies, as people look for ways to reduce transmission of the virus. Yokohama, Japan-based WHILL has already seen a bit of traction for its autonomous mobility device in the forms of global trials in recent years, and now that the [...]
The Associated Press
June 8, 2020
CTVNews
An autonomous mobility system that works like a wheelchair without anyone pushing it is scuttling around a Tokyo airport to help with social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Jonathan Shieber
November 20, 2019
TechCrunch
After trials in Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, Tokyo's Haneda airport, and Abu Dhabi airport earlier this year, WHILL, the developer of autonomous wheelchairs, is bringing its robotic mobility tech to North America. At airports in Dallas and Winnipeg, travelers with mobility limitations booked a Whill through Scootaround and test out the company's products. Using sensing technologies [...]
Jonathan Shieber
November 20, 2019
TechCrunch
After trials in Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, Tokyo's Haneda airport, and Abu Dhabi airport earlier this year, WHILL, the developer of autonomous wheelchairs, is bringing its robotic mobility tech to North America. At airports in Dallas and Winnipeg, travelers with mobility limitations booked a Whill through Scootaround and test out the company's products. Using sensing technologies [...]

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