eTrash2Cash, Kano - Kano
Greater than 9,000 tons of waste is generated daily in Kano State, the second largest city in Nigeria. A recent survey indicated that less than 16% of it is covered by waste management services. eTrash2Cash is the first and premier technology-based waste management company in northern Nigeria, providing strong and innovative waste collection and recycling schemes, leveraging on ICT to provide positive environmental and social impacts.
Muhammed studied biochemistry at university, graduating in 2014. He has no background in coding/programming, but has a solid understanding of the basics of computers.
Muhammed founded a recycling company when he finished school. During a class in chemical polymers, he became interested in recycling and waste management. His business was family owned, but he recognized limitations with the business model, so he has decided to launch eTrash2Cash. Inspired by so many startups using technology to drive or complement their businesses, he chose to apply for the fellowship.
As for the bootcamp, Muhammad feels that it has been an amazing experience to network with people from all over the country. With this has come an opportunity to learn new skills. The business planning class, as well as the marketing class, have lended a tremendous amount of clarity to his project. Though he'd spent time in a business school in France, the business concepts are now much more clear to him as a result of the bootcamp.