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Rim Power Inc.

 182 Pleasant Street
 Watertown, MA 02472
[P] (617) 872-0324
[F] --
www.rimpower.org
[email protected]
Mohammad Sayed
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INCORPORATED: 2016
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 81-2637646

LAST UPDATED: 07/25/2017
Organization DBA --
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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

The empowerment of wheelchair users will be accomplished by creating a comic book series about a wheelchair user superhero, Wheelchair Man; a character who is all about hope and whose life is based on the real life story of the CEO of Rim Power- Redefining Normal, a wheelchair user himself. The superhero will inspire and motivate wheelchair users as well as the general public. The primary goal of the comic books is to revolutionize the way people in wheelchairs think and feel about themselves, and to challenge the general public to rethink the way they may feel about wheelchair users. It will be written to raise the general public' awareness of the powers and abilities of wheelchair users and to inspire and provide hope to those users who feel they have lost more than just the use of their legs.

Mission Statement

The empowerment of wheelchair users will be accomplished by creating a comic book series about a wheelchair user superhero, Wheelchair Man; a character who is all about hope and whose life is based on the real life story of the CEO of Rim Power- Redefining Normal, a wheelchair user himself. The superhero will inspire and motivate wheelchair users as well as the general public. The primary goal of the comic books is to revolutionize the way people in wheelchairs think and feel about themselves, and to challenge the general public to rethink the way they may feel about wheelchair users. It will be written to raise the general public' awareness of the powers and abilities of wheelchair users and to inspire and provide hope to those users who feel they have lost more than just the use of their legs.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $40,000.00
Projected Expense $194,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Wheelchair Man Comic Books

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Overview

Mission Statement

The empowerment of wheelchair users will be accomplished by creating a comic book series about a wheelchair user superhero, Wheelchair Man; a character who is all about hope and whose life is based on the real life story of the CEO of Rim Power- Redefining Normal, a wheelchair user himself. The superhero will inspire and motivate wheelchair users as well as the general public. The primary goal of the comic books is to revolutionize the way people in wheelchairs think and feel about themselves, and to challenge the general public to rethink the way they may feel about wheelchair users. It will be written to raise the general public' awareness of the powers and abilities of wheelchair users and to inspire and provide hope to those users who feel they have lost more than just the use of their legs.

Background Statement

The Story Behind the Organization
What do you see when you pass someone in a wheelchair? Do you see someone destined to a life of hopelessness and limited opportunities; someone who will always be dependent on others? Does the sight conjure up feelings of guilt and pity?

Yes is the wrong answer. Just ask Mohammad Sayed, a young entrepreneur, who at the age of 20, has lived and learned more than most of us can imagine.

The Boy in the Wheelchair
Mohammad was born in Afghanistan. At the age of 5 he lost his mother. The war entrapped his home and he suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury just 2 weeks following the death of his mother. For the next 7 years, he was a permanent resident of an Italian-run hospital in Afghanistan. Abandoned there by his father, he was on his own.

American Beckons
In 2009, Mohammad was brought to the states by his new mother, an American nurse. Here he underwent numerous surgeries, which combined to extend his life expectancy 3-fold, and his spine by 6 inches. Today, he is a high school graduate, film producer, inventor, writer and proud citizen of the United States. He is happy and healthy and he wants to give back!

An Entrepreneur at Heart
Entrepreneurship is nothing new to Mohammad. At the age of 8, while still living alone at the hospital, he started a small business selling and repairing cellphones to cover his costs. Now his aspirations are far bolder. About a year ago, he established his company, Rim Power, and started the creation of “Wheelchair Man,” a comic book character based on his personal story. This superhero is a wheelchair user who uses his special power of prescience to help villains understand the drastic outcomes of their criminal acts. Wheelchair man is about hope and peace…he is also about possibility. The possibility for those who are in wheelchairs to live lives, which are full and dignified

Over the next few years, Rim Power endeavors to create a Wheelchair Heroes comic book series, to include the stories of Wheelchair Woman, Wheelchair Boy and Wheelchair Girl. A corollary comic book based on a character, named Captain Afghanistan - a superhero with different physical challenges, most notably blindness - will be introduced within a two years.

Mission
The Wheelchair Hero comic book series intends to revolutionize the way people with physical challenges think and feel about themselves, and to inspire the general public to redefine normal.

Vision
Mohammad envisions an accessible world where every wheelchair user is an integrated member of society and is viewed as empowered or enabled rather than disabled; a world where people feel inspired by those in wheelchairs.

Impact Statement

2016-17
-formed Rim Power Inc and achieved 501(c)(3) status
-appointed a high powered board
-started fundraising
-completed and printed initial copies of Wheelchair Man Book 1
-started Book 2 of Wheelchair Man
2017-18
-complete and print Book 2
-develop marketing plan and more widely distribute Book 1
-achieve greater financial security by securing grants as well as continuing fundraising
-start on Book 3

Needs Statement

- financial backing for marketing, printing and distribution of comic books ($20,000)
- hire a CFO
- financial backing for staff salaries ($145,000)
- secure office space ($24,000)
- develop a robust marketing plan

CEO Statement

Imagine yourself as a six year old girl or boy and have just realized that you can’t walk for the rest of your life. In most parts of the world, families sees you as a burden and the rest of the world looks down on you because of your physical appearance. I know this because I was one of those children.

When I came to the United States, I realized that I had an opportunity to do something to change the status quo. That is why, with the help of some great people, I founded Rim Power - Redefining Normal.

Rim Power - Redefining Normal is creating an inspiring Afghan-American superhero comic book character, Wheelchair Man, whose mission is to bring hope and confidence to young children who are paralyzed.

Rim Power strives to motivate people whose lives have been dramatically changed by traumatic events. We plan to do this by sharing my personal story of overcoming loss, survivor’s guilt and uncertainty by my own deep sense of hope and my resilience.

Wheelchair Man shows children that people in wheelchairs are not useless, they are not a burden to society, they shouldn't be judged by their physical appearance, they have a lot to offer to society, and most importantly they deserve to be treated with dignity and equality.

The over reaching goal of Rim Power is to raise public awareness about the abilities of wheelchair users and redefine disability by Redefining Normal.

Best,

Mohammad Sayed
Founder and CEO
Rim Power - Redefining Normal

Board Chair Statement

To the Boston Foundation
Re: Mohammad Sayed; Rim Power

This letter is to explain my interest in supporting Mr Mohammad Sayed and the nature of my involvement as Board Chair of Rim Power, Inc., founded by Mohammad.

At the request of a mutual friend, I first met with Mohammad in April 2016 at the offices of my organization, Institute for Pediatric Innovation. My friend knew that I was familiar with patents, and that my organization was focused on medical devices for pediatric patients. Mohammad had designed accessory devices for children in wheelchairs, and — at age 18 — was himself still within the age range of our target population.

It was quickly apparent that Mohammad was an extraordinary individual - he had already survived and overcome hardships most of us won't see in a lifetime. Yet he emerged as an inventor, an entrepreneur, and beyond that, a visionary. His dream is to transform the experience of people in wheelchairs, especially children, helping them emerge from the shadows to realize their full potential.

As he was showing me the several devices he had invented to enable wheelchair users to more effectively navigate the tasks of daily living and participation in society, his passion for using his own story as an inspiration for other disabled children was unmistakable. He spoke of creating an action superhero, Wheelchair Man, to help young people in wheelchairs imagine their own capabilities and to help able-bodied people see those in wheelchairs beyond their physical limitations.

I introduced Mohammad to several colleagues who are experts in business, intellectual property, and finance. Like me, these individuals were immediately captivated by Mohammad's charisma and his desire to utilize his life experience to help others. We formed a working group that met with Mohammad several times over a period of months to consider how we could best help him advance his dream. Together we concluded that there were two branches - the superheroes and related comic books and media products aimed at inspiring children and others in wheelchairs, and the physical device accessories that could help wheelchair users normalize their lives.

We prioritized the launch of a nonprofit entity to develop the superhero characters, comic books, and related media products for several reasons: We felt that the mission to inspire children in wheelchairs would more likely attract philanthropic support both from individuals and foundations rather than for-profit investments. Further, these creative products could be developed and launched without creating significant infrastructure. Because the Nixon Peabody firm agreed to provide both corporate and intellectual

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property legal services pro bono, we formed a board of directors, and Rim Power, Inc. was incorporated as a Massachusetts 501(c)(3) organization.

Since the founding of Rim Power, I have seen Mohammad grow before my eyes. Along with his in-born creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, and passion to make the world a better place for children in wheelchairs, he has learned to select and motivate a team of high quality associates, establish a disciplined work regime, attract outstanding media coverage, engage in continual outreach to potential organizational allies, while discerning favorable and unfavorable opportunities, and organize himself and associates to deliver results. The second comic book in his series is now ready to launch.

It is my privilege to serve as one of Mohammad's mentors. As gifted, experienced, and accomplished as he has already become by following his own lights, he is learning to recognize what he doesn't know, seek out people who have the expertise to complement his own, and recruit them to his cause. There is no way to stop this guy.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. With regards,

Donald P. Lombardi
President, Institute for Pediatric Innovation Chair, Rim Power, Inc.

Geographic Area Served

NATIONAL
INTERNATIONAL
STATEWIDE
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Organization Categories

  1. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Disabled Persons' Rights
  2. Public & Societal Benefit - Alliances & Advocacy
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

Wheelchair Man Comic Books

Wheelchair Man is an Afghan-American superhero who is in a wheelchair and whose story is based on the real life of Rim Power's CEO, who, himself, is a wheelchair user. He is an Afghan, a Muslim and an immigrant who uses his super powers to bring peace and hope. He was developed to empower, inspire and motivate wheelchair users as well as the general public. The primary goal of the comic book series is to revolutionize the way people is wheelchairs think and feel about themselves, and to challenge the general public to rethink the way they may feel about wheelchair users. It is being written to raise the general public' awareness of the powers and abilities of wheelchair users and to inspire and provide hope to those users who feel that they have lost more than the use of their legs.
The Wheelchair Man series will be followed by series about Wheelchair Woman, WHeelchair Girl and Wheelchair Boy. T-shirts, mugs, posters, jackets and other memorabilia with illustrations from the comic book are currently being sold. It is hoped that following the books, the program will develop videos and video games about these superheroes.
Budget  $194,000.00
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Disabled Persons' Rights
Population Served People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) US& International
Program Short-Term Success  By the end of the current fiscal year, at least 1,000 copies of Wheelchair Man Book 1 will have been distributed and Wheelchair Man Book 2 will have been completed and printed.
Program Long-Term Success  Children in wheelchairs receive hope and inspiration from the comic book series and are integrated members of society and are viewed as enabled rather than disabled.
Program Success Monitored By  Number of books sold and/or distributed
Number of books written and illustrated
Amount of sales from memorabilia
Children in wheelchairs self report (via survey and focus groups) change in degree of hope and inspiration
Examples of Program Success  The program is just a year old but has already completed, printed and started distributing book 1 of the Wheelchair Man series. The CEO has been asked, as an inspirational speaker, to present at a number of different organizations ranging from public schools, refugee and immigrant agency, rehab hospitals to a program for traumatized children.

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr Mohammad Sayed
CEO Term Start May 2016
CEO Email [email protected],org
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Collaborations

Rimpower currently collaborates with Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, The Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children in Canton, Easter Seals and Xlability, an educational program which aims to help schools and organisations in India and Cambodia, understand more about disability in these countries specifically, the complexities and challenges of living there for disabled people, with a focus on various aspects of life from education to government policy, accessibility challenges, disability and employment as well as in the family.

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 8
Number of Contract Staff 1
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Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): Afghan
Gender Female: 6
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
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Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt
State Registration Exempt

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A

Governance


Board Chair Mr Donald Lombardi
Board Chair Company Affiliation Institute for Pediatric Innovation
Board Chair Term June 2016 -
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Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr Jonathan Flemming CEO- Qstate Biosciences Voting
Mr Donald Lombardi CEO- Institute for Pediatric Innovation Voting
Mr David Resnick Attorney- Nixon-Peabody Voting
Ms Maria Pia Sanchez Former Middle Management- Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Voting
Mr Mohammad Sayed CEO Rim Power Voting
Ms Judith Seltzer Dir of Technical Strategy- Management Sciences for Heath Voting

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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): Afghan
Gender Female: 2
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

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Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

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Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $40,000.00
Projected Expense $194,000.00
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Foundation Comments

This organization is newer and received its nonprofit status from the IRS in December 2016. As such, financial data will be posted when it becomes available. 

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