Met a gentleman called Alex Lewis who is a designer, a world traveller, a father, and a quadruple amputee. While at uni we started designing prosthetics to his specifications and stumbled across a method that has never been done before or since. Fell in love with the problem and with feeling useful and now run Koalaa which provides affordable prosthetics across the world.Contact
Get ready to enter a whole new world of prosthetics, where users take the lead, access is paramount and every creation is tailor-made for maximum comfort and functionality. At Koalaa, our users are the driving force behind our innovation. By amplifying their voices, we gain a profound understanding of their unique needs and aspirations. This enables us to create prosthetics that go beyond comfort and affordability, offering intuitive designs that empower users to approach tasks in new and innovative ways. No matter the location our world first design means that our products can be fit by one of our team in just 15 minutes or via our remote Limb Buddy service.
Met a gentleman called Alex Lewis who is a designer, a world traveller, a father, and a quadruple amputee. While at uni we started designing prosthetics to his specifications and stumbled across a method that has never been done before or since. Fell in love with the problem and with feeling useful and now run Koalaa which provides affordable prosthetics across the world.
Making Prosthetics Like clothes, that are accessible to the 93% of people with limb loss that are currently unserved.
Health tech – globally
Seed/Series A – £1.5 M raised to date from mostly angels
West London – team all over UK, some in Latin America
Globally, 90% of amputees lack access to prostheses due to prohibitive costs and the services to get them being fragmented, difficult to navigate and expensive. Of those with access, a third abandon their prosthetic due to poor comfort and functionality. We stumbled across this by accident. At university I was introduced me to a chap called Alex Lewis. He is an incredible man, father, designer, world traveller and speaker – he also is a quadruple amputee, meaning he’s lost both his arms and both his legs. Soon we just wanted to make something for him that he might find useful. We ended up with this terrible prototype but it turned out to be designed completely different to other attempts at prosthetics. Alex loved it, it was simple and comfy. We fell in love with Alex, with the problem, and with the feeling of being of service, and decided we wanted to carry on. We set up as a brand properly in 2020 to start selling and since then it has completely taken off.
Unlike traditional prosthetics, Koalaa prosthetics are made from fabric which is breathable and fits snugly against the arm. Interchangeable tools, driven by user feedback and need, can be attached to the end of the sleeve and swapped in and out, depending on the task the user would like to do. Koalaa prosthetics are available to purchase through the website with just a few simple measurements and can be shipped to any country in the world.
We can be deployed in countries where traditional prosthetics cannot – so we address the 90% unserved market for these devices. We have a d2c offering but to date our revenue has come mostly from b2b contracts.
The market consists of incumbent firms most of which are over 100 years old; and a string of bionic startups that are focussed on 3d printing. No one is looking at designing prosthetics like clothes, and none come near our price point. The core team are led by wearers with limb difference, this user insight coupled with the speed of our development cycle will keep us ahead of the competition.
Over £1M in revenue, approaching our 1000th user, active in every continent, partnered with world leading prosthetic clinic chains.
Investors with commercial experience in health tech, understanding of medical reimbursement and/or joint consumer and b2b offerings