“Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled.” Howard Stevenson, HBS professor
When Tony Mauro started pursuing his part-time MBA with DeSales University, his goal was to advance his career and gain personal enrichment. He was working for a Fortune 500 company and knew the advantages having an MBA degree could bring. He had a nagging desire to try his hand in entrepreneurship; one day Tony saw an opportunity. The incidences of tennis elbow, carpel tunnel syndrome and golfer’s elbow were climbing at an alarming pace, well into the realms of 1.2 million new cases of tennis elbow, and 600,000 new cases of carpal tunnel and golfer’s elbow, respectively, per year (all conservative estimates per several medical journals). With the increasing amount of technology and work-related changes faced by society today (driving distances, computer/smartphone and cell phone use, etc.) undo pressure is put on muscles in hands and forearms. Tony was particularly concerned about the fact that, by over-utilizing the flexor muscles, people are underutilizing the extensor muscles which directly causes all of the mentioned conditions! Seeing the opportunity, however, was much simpler than creating a solution.
Tony devised a simple concept that would exercise these underutilized muscles. This concept, however, was simply a stick-figure drawing on a napkin until a bio-chemical engineer took the idea and helped to make it a reality. Hand X Bandtm was born. The Hand X Bandtm is a compact, easy-to-use and affordable product that is designed to provide a balanced exercise experience for those underused, neglected extensor muscles of the forearm, wrist and hand. Tony’s company, Innovative X-Bandsions, LLC, is hoping to help move the healthcare industry’s focus from fixing health problems to preventing them. With a little help from the Hand X Bandtm, hopefully we all will avoid the pain of carpel tunnel and other repetitive motion disorders. The DeSales MBA program offers our best wishes to Tony for his future success! You can learn more about this innovative product at www.handxband.com.
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