An AT Innovator case study: Amparo

Global Disability Innovation Hub, Catherine Holloway, Dr Ben Oldfrey, Dr Rhys Williams
Dec. 3, 2020
Germany, Africa

In this innovation insight paper, we interviewed Lucas Paes de Melo, the CEO of Amparo, to discuss the journey so far of prosthetics company, Amparo. Rather than focus on the product, this insights paper provides an honest reflection of the journey to establishing an assistive technology company and delves into transferable insights. In doing so, we aim to provide insights to help current and future AT entrepreneurs to see behind the curtain of working in this space.


  • Amparo is a prosthetics company which aims to create lower-limb sockets which are easy to fit, remouldable, and cost effective over the long term.
  • The company started out in LMIC markets but struggled to develop their product and attract investment whilst being based out of Berlin. Amparo pivoted to establish a sustainable business in their home location of Germany first. They are now re-entering LMICs.
  • To get to where they are now, Amparo have had to learn the right approach for manufacturing and product development, selling to sceptical customers, and team restructuring.

Download the innovation insight.