"Innovation for Inclusion."thealinker.com
The Alinker produces non-motorized walking bikes without pedals, specifically designed for those with mobility challenges.
Barbara Alink founded her company to provide solutions for people who want to live an active life, despite existing or developing mobility challenges. The company partners with veteran and amputee programs to donate one out of every 100 Alinkers sold to landmine victims. Through a grant from the Li Ka Shing Foundation, the company states that in its first year to market (2017), it donated 950 Alinker bikes – more than it sold in the same period.
Alink drew on her varied background as designer, architect, and humanitarian to create The Alinker after watching her own mother and others struggle to overcome mobility challenges. The Alinker launched in the Netherlands in 2014, and in North America in 2016, both times on successful crowdfunding campaigns. Financial firms as well as community, health, and care organizations in Europe and North America are taking notice of the innovation and value behind The Alinker: Alink and her company have received funds and recognition from SheEO and the Li Ka Shing Foundation, in addition to a growing list of partnerships.