David Hojah is a former NASA engineer, but his real passion is healthcare.

Growing up, he saw his family members taking care of his aunt, who had multiple sclerosis, and his uncle, who had a spinal cord injury.

Now, he’s developing tech to help people with disability have more independence. The company he founded, Parrots Inc, makes an AI-powered product that fits onto a wheelchair to help people communicate and navigate their surroundings. The 2-year old startup is racking up plaudits in a field where funding can be tight and the need is high.

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