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AN ENTREPRENEUR IN COVID TIMES – RENOON

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Entrepreneurs talking business during the COVID-19 virus

Renoon is the Skyscanner of Sustainable Fashion.

About 1 years ago, I was searching for a sustainable black dress for a cocktail party at my previous company and I had such a hard time finding it! It almost felt impossible to make better decisions!

At that time sustainability wasnʼt yet THE trend in the fashion industry – which is one of the most polluting. However, the other two co-founders and I, saw an emerging consumer need, that is not expected to slow down.

Thatʼs how we started building Renoon, the universal portal that pools product availability from different websites, with the aim to let users personalize the experience according to their own sustainability values.

In a very short amount of time and with zero investments, we were able to validate our first prototype, which developed into an MVP, build the backend, acquire our first users and partner with big platforms like LUISAVIAROMA and The Next Closet. Last but not least, we were immediately recognized and taken by two global accelerator programs (Startupbootcamp is one of them).

What we are aiming to do with Renoon, being a data company, is accelerate the transition to sustainable fashion by allowing the industry and consumers to finally have a new way to discover each other.

How has your business changed in these uncertain times?

I have definitely seen a growing appetite from all directions – from consumers, to the industry of fashion and the funding ecosystem – to view sustainability as a necessity and not a nice-to-have anymore.

Whatʼs interesting is that at Renoon we have always seen sustainability as a broader set of values and beliefs that we build around ourselves. Not only Covid-19, but all the recent events have shown us a definite shift towards a need from consumers to start making spending decisions that donʼt clash with these universe of values, whether they might be environmental protection, local production, small business support etc.

For this reason, our business, being entirely online, has only progressed faster towards the direction we were taking. We were actually able to sign our first big client, despite the outburst, with a new business stream we had just started experimenting before everything started.

What measures are you currently taking?

These times for us have been a great way to catch up on a lot of things. And I am going to be honest – things have been happening a lot faster for us than they would have been otherwise, without having to move and travel so much. No need to waste so much time and resources into meetings that could have just been calls.

How do you arrange everything with your staff?

Also before the pandemic, the team was already used to working remotely. However, we expanded that as we managed to carry on internships with amazing talent from Canada and San Francisco for the first time. Probably we would not have thought this to be possible before.

What opportunities do you see at the moment?

For our startup, we see much more potential to engage customers, partners and users online.

I think there are also great opportunities for all startups to be more and more adaptive and flexible in the way of working. This situation sets a huge shift in the innovation possibilities and capabilities of startups in delivering future- proof solutions with a global workforce.

Positive thought to conclude with:

Never waste a good crisis 🙂

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