Flextrapower (formerly Bonbouton) is a New York City startup that is developing a smart insole that detects diabetic foot ulcers before they form. This comfortable, easy-to-wear insole is paired with a mobile app so that users will continuously know the status of their foot health and can seek medical treatment if required.
Flextrapower’s founder, Linh Le, needed funding to improve a proof-of-concept prototype for both manufacturability and usability. He also wanted connections that could help Bonbouton to develop a process for printing graphene, a sensor material that can detect changes in temperature and pressure.
Flextrapower applied for FuzeHub’s 2018 Commercialization Competition and won a $50,000 award. The company used this money to pay for design and engineering, several iterations of prototypes, and for the consulting services of a podiatrist who treated diabetic patients on a daily basis. At the Commercialization Competition, Linh Le met Xerox’s Santokh Badesha, a prolific inventor who is also a member of FuzeHub’s Board of Directors. Badesha shared advice and continues to provide guidance to Flextrapower, which is now developing a graphene mask during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a result of its 2018 Commercialization Competition award, Bonbouton has created two jobs and retained three jobs. In addition, the company’s $50,000 award led to $145,000 in follow-on investment and $200,000 in increased sales.