Nu., a DIT Hothouse start-up, recently helped dozens of guests at Trinity College Dublin’s premier ‘Trinity Ball’ to dress to impress. The start-up offers an online platform where subscribers can upload and swap fashion items – from hats to dresses. Aside from save money, it aims to save time, connect like-minded people and do good by the environment.
Aisling Byrne, co-founder, speaking to the Trinity News said, “Seeing first-hand the impact that fast-fashion has on people and the environment was tough”. She added, “I realised there is nothing ‘sexy’ about wearing a beautiful piece when it had been made by people suffering, and that has an overwhelming negative effect on the environment and our health.”
Aisling is currently a participant on the Enterprise Ireland funded ‘New Frontiers’ programme. The programme runs several times a year, during which entrepreneurs receive training, incubator space and a €15,000 tax/equity free cash stipend.
‘New Frontiers’ is Enterprise Ireland’s national entrepreneur development programme. It is delivered by DIT Hothouse, in conjunction with IADT Media Cube in Dun Laoghaire. It comprises 3 phases and offers successful entrepreneurs a combination of training, incubator space and a €15,000 tax / equity free stipend. Recruitment takes place circa every 3 months.