Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Nora Fahy, Manager of RWN (third  from left) pictured at the announcement of the Rethink Ireland Awardees 2022 earlier this year.

A rapidly growing CycleUp social enterprise developed by Roscommon Women’s Network (RWN) has secured additional investment of €11,000 after being selected among the winners in a Rethink Ireland pitch.

This CycleUp social enterprise developed by RWN is based on transforming preloved materials by skilled hands to produce a wide range of colourful and attractive homeware, giftware and items that are not only environmentally friendly but also visually attractive, of high quality and great value for money.

Earlier this year, the RWN CycleUp initiative was among 20 projects chosen from hundreds of applicants as beneficiaries of a Social Enterprise Start-up Fund provided by Rethink Ireland, an organisation which supports the most innovative non-profit organisations working in communities across the country.  The Start-up Fund included provision for the services of a business mentor for each project.

Last Wednesday, RWN CycleUp project along with the other 19 projects were invited to pitch in front of three entrepreneurs in what has been described as a ‘Dragons Den’ for Social Enterprises. The Roscommon pitch succeeded in impressing the judges along with four other projects, all of whom receive additional investment funding of €11,000.

RWN’s CycleUp is an environmental and training social enterprise which addresses the issue of textile waste through a community development approach to environmental protection, supporting and encouraging the hardest to reach women and families to engage.


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