Martin is a keynote speaker that was born on a warm summers afternoon in the Mother City Cape Town, South Africa. His Martin Brown BWinterests after high school led him firstly into mechanical engineering and after that, into the emergency medical field. He achieved National Colours in Acrobatics and was a member of the Acrobatic Federation of South Africa as well as being a Provincial Athlete and a Professional Ballroom and Latin Dancer, yet in his second year of medical studies, Martin was injured in a freak diving accident which changed his life path forever, paralised a quadriplegic only able to move his head.


After that, relying fully on his engineering background, combined with his medical experience, Martin forcefully took charge of circumstances and began to climb the entrepreneurial ladder to become the successful, multi-award-winning businessman he is today. Martin believes that his business success is not only his own doing but also his employees – without whom he can do nothing. He has managed to nurture and inspire the most important asset in his company, his employees.

Martin Brown has developed an amazing global business designing and manufacturing custom-built all-terrain powered wheelchairs with great success over the past 18 years. Martin’s business was born out of necessity. In December 1997 (Medical School Break) Martin broke his neck and became paralysed to the C4 level, a quadriplegic, only being able to move his head. With a stick in his mouth and a crew that understood the company’s vision, THEY, as a result, have won several entrepreneurial awards along the way:

Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year ® 2010 SME Award
SEDA Most Promising Job Creating Entrepreneur - 2012
Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year ® 2012 Finalist
Exclusive Entrepreneur of the Year® Alumni Society - 2015
Nedbank / 702 Business Accelerator Finalist 2014
Inseta Business Leadership Award - 2011
SEDA Most Promising Entrepreneur with a Disability - 2012
Finalist for the Industrial Category the 2013 Africa SMME Awards Competition

By continuously reinventing the way he approached his life, and his companies approaches the current market has seen Martin become a leader in his industry. He believes that the reason he is where he is is because of pushing boundaries of himself and his team to think beyond limits and innovatively. Every year they introduce a new product to the market, keeping the company fresh and innovative.


Martin holds an NTC 5 Mechanical Engineering, NTC Information Technology, Advanced Life Support Paramedic and is currently studying for a B.Com Entrepreneurship. Martin invokes Intrapreneurship in his company, with employees thinking and acting as entrepreneurs, but within a company’s constraints. An intrapreneur acts independently, is proactive, and brings new ideas, which means that they bring innovations to the company.


Building a globally recognised company with only a stick in his mouth he has now become a sought-after motivational and inspirational keynote speaker. His life lessons combined with business lessons make him unique in the industry, more authentic, and a spellbinding speaker you will struggle to match.


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