RollUP Solutions Inc. (RollUP) was founded in 2017 by a group of students at Western University and continues to be operated by a team of dedicated and passionate members of the Enactus Western University team – proving that students taking entrepreneurial action for others really does create a better world for us all.
RollUP is a social enterprise that strives to remove social and physical limitations by making mobility affordable for everyone. We collect gently-used wheelchairs from the community, work with our partners at Goodwill Commercial Solutions to refurbish them, and then sell or donate the devices back to community at a 95% discount.
RollUP Solutions was founded in July 2017 by students at Western University. It continues to be run by students at Western University to this day, in partnership with the Enactus chapter on campus. When we founded RollUP, we knew we wanted to start a business that benefitted the community. After learning that over 630,000 Canadians currently go without a wheelchair because they cannot afford one, we saw an opportunity to take action. We started collecting donated mobility devices from the London community and we currently accept manual devices like wheelchairs, walkers and rollators – no power chairs yet.
Next, we partnered with Goodwill to refurbish the mobility devices. We developed a process with local experts that ensures that every refurbished device meets our safety and quality standards, meaning we clean the device thoroughly, ensure all mechanical parts are working, and replace anything porous like the seats and handle grips.
Finally, we partner with other organizations like True North Aid and South West Local Health Organization Network (LHN) to deliver the device to the people who need them. Individuals can also purchase or receive a wheelchair directly from our warehouse.
Our goal with RollUP is to provide value at every single step. First, we divert waste by refurbishing gently-used wheelchairs that would otherwise end up in storage or the landfill. Next, through our partnership with Goodwill, we are able to create meaningful employment opportunities for individuals facing barriers to work or social circumstances. Finally, by selling or donating our devices at an extremely low rate, we can make buying a wheelchair a reality for many Canadians.
RollUP has actually been studied by the Ivey Business School and is now a mandatory component of the foundational business curriculum at Western, meaning thousands of students will learn about this critical issue and be exposed to social entrepreneurship as a result.