Martin’s life story is engaging and spellbinding, overcoming extreme adversity to evolve into a highly engaging motivational speaker who focuses predominantly on business and employee strategy and growth. As an inspirational speaker and entrepreneur Martin has changed the lives of many people from around the world with his story of success and how he overcame seemingly insurmountable challenges.
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Radical Mobility is a South African company that designs, manufactures and markets power wheelchairs and mobility scooters which maximize mobility and comfort. Custom built for disabled people who still have a zest for life. Martin Brown, the founding Manager of Radical Mobility, is a C3/6 quadriplegic himself, confined to a wheelchair since 1998. His frustration in trying to find a good-looking, practical power wheelchair that catered for his needs, led directly to the formation of Radical Mobility.
Martin demanded maneuverability indoors but also the ability to drive on surfaces like beach sand. He needed comfort and support, and the ability to surmount obstacles, slopes and didn’t want his power wheelchair to look like hospital equipment. So Radical Mobility was born with inspiration from his Creator, friends, and family. Martin started to develop a range of wheelchairs that are affordable, comfortable, safe and versatile – especially in their ability to operate indoors and outside.
Founder & CEO
Martin was born on a warm summers afternoon in the Mother City Cape Town, South Africa. South Africa. His Martin Brown interests after high school led him firstly into mechanical engineering and after that, into the emergency medical field. He achieved National Colours in Acrobatics and was a member of the Acrobatic Federation of South Africa as well as being a Provincial Athlete and a Pr…
Martin was born on a warm summers afternoon in the Mother City Cape Town, South Africa. South Africa. His Martin Brown interests after high school led him firstly into mechanical engineering and after that, into the emergency medical field. He achieved National Colours in Acrobatics and was a member of the Acrobatic Federation of South Africa as well as being a Provincial Athlete and a Professional Ballroom and Latin Dancer, yet in his second year of medical studies, Martin was injured in a freak diving accident which changed his life path forever.
After that, relying fully on his engineering background, combined with his medical experience, Martin forcefully took charge of circumstances and began to climb the entrepreneurial ladder to become the successful, multi-award-winning businessman he is today. Martin believes that his business success is not only his own doing but also his employees – without whom he can do nothing. He has managed to nurture and inspire the most important asset in his company, his employees.
Martin Brown has developed an amazing global business designing and manufacturing custom-built all-terrain powered wheelchairs with great success over the past 15 years. Martin’s business was born out of necessity. In December 1997 (Medical School Break) Martin broke his neck and became paralysed to the C4 level, a quadriplegic, only being able to move his head. With a stick in his mouth and a crew that understood the company’s vision, THEY, as a result, have won several entrepreneurial awards along the way:
Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year ® 2010 SME Award
SEDA Most Promising Job Creating Entrepreneur - 2012
Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year ® 2012 Finalist
Exclusive Entrepreneur of the Year® Alumni Society - 2015
Nedbank / 702 Business Accelerator Finalist 2014
Inseta Business Leadership Award - 2011
SEDA Most Promising Entrepreneur with a Disability - 2012
Finalist for the Industrial Category the 2013 Africa SMME Awards Competition
By continuously reinventing the way he approached his life, and his company approaches the current market has seen Martin become a leader in his industry. He believes that the reason he is where he is is because of pushing boundaries of himself and his team to think beyond limits and innovatively. Every year they introduce a new product to the market, keeping the company fresh and innovative.
Martin holds an NTC 5 Mechanical Engineering, NTC Information Technology, Advanced Life Support Paramedic and is currently studying for a B.Com Entrepreneurship. Martin invokes Intrapreneurship in his company, employees thinking and acting as entrepreneurs, but within a company’s constraints. An intrapreneur acts independently, is proactive, brings new ideas, which means that they bring innovations to the company.