An Interview with Alex Papanikolau - founder of Freedom One Life
Alex Papanikolau has had cerebral palsy from birth and used power chairs since he was a child. Since then he has had a full time working and social life, and has taken his chair to over 30 countries, dealing with hundreds of transport methods, terrains and climates. After spending several years working internationally, advising companies on their approach to employing disabled individuals, Alex returned to Scotland to begin a business that can offer freedom to many more people like him. His experiences are the key inspiration to the wheelchair and also Alex’s consultancy. He also speaks at events and holds private life coaching sessions.
Alex has been working on his business for the past two years. At first he found it quite hard to find the right business support networks and in particular found a lack of support for disabled entrepreneurs. However, after the first year he started to get into Scottish Enterprise and Prince’s Trust, who have given him a lot of support both financially and in terms of advice and mentoring. Most recently he was amongst the first winners of the Young Scottish EDGE – see Scottish EDGE case study.
Here we ask him about his journey: