Students turn inspiration into innovation, launch company

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A couple of TCU graduates created a company to make getting dressed easier for people with disabilities.

Charlie McKee and Peter Nagel began running the business, called Adaptafit, together in June.

Adaptafit is clothing magnetic technology that eliminates frustration and reduces time while getting dressed. The company is built from Nagel’s personal experience and inspiration after McKee’s grandfather died.

McKee saw a need for the product after he visited his grandfather, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. He noticed how much his grandfather struggled to get dressed and the amount of time it took, a process that is easy to most people.

Nagel, the other co-founder of the company, brings personal insight and inspiration from his experience. He was born with a mild case of cerebral palsy.

Nagel heard McKee’s business plan and instantly wanted to be a part of it.

“I was kind of floored because I didn’t know him too well,” Nagel said. “I said to him, ‘Hey man, this would have saved me hours as a kid.’”

Nagel now runs the sales of the company.

The product modifies clothing for those who have disabilities, joint damage, movement restriction or any pain that may come with buttoning and zipping clothes.

Adaptafit modifies clothes that customers already own and patent the specific wardrobe piece with magnetic technology within 14 days.

The patented magnetic technology will replace the buttons or zippers on the piece of clothing using a specific modification process. The process includes shirts, pants, denim, cuff links and more.

The ordering process begins by visiting their website to place the order. The customer will select the type of product needing customization. Once the order is placed, customers will receive an email with the shipping address to print and place on the box. The customized order will be sent back to the customer within seven to 10 days.

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Lauren Crawford is majoring in News and Media Studies and minoring in Business in hopes of working in the broadcast industry covering local news or sports. She has gained experience working in the sports industry while interning for 247 Sports covering, interviewing, and working with highly recruited high school and TCU athletes. While interning for 247 Sports, Lauren attended press conferences, interviewed TCU’s top recruited football players, and represented 247 Sports at events such as Big 12 Media Days. She holds multiple leadership roles at TCU such as being a member of Student Foundation and serving as Vice President of Membership of Pi Beta Phi Sorority. Lauren describes herself best in 3 words - persistent, passionate, and personable. She believes in order to be truly successful at something you must love what you’re doing, have passion for your goals, and have the mindset of always striving for improvement.