Wecyclers gives low-income communities in developing countries a chance to capture value from waste and clean up their neighborhoods through incentive-based recycling.

Founder(s)

Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola

Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, CEO. Bilikiss is a graduate of Fisk University, Vanderbilt University and MIT’s Sloan School of Management. She is an Echoing Green Fellow and a 2013 recipient of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards.

Jonathan Kola

Jonathan Kola, CTO, brings mobile development experience from work with M-Pesa in Kenya. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Harvard College. Jonathan is based in Lagos full-time.

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  • 2012 Founded
  • Waste Management and Sanitation Sector
  • Seeking Funding to Scale Funding
  • Incubation status

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Some background

Wecyclers started from a class Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola took in September 2011 with Alex Fallon and Diana Yousef at MIT called Development Ventures. The class focused on solutions for people living at the Base of the Pyramid. The project took off when Bilikiss, Alex and Jonathan went to Lagos in August 2012. They built the first wecycle by the end of August with the help of Jack Whipple and Gwyndaf Jones from MIT’s D-lab. As of December 2013, Wecyclers has close to 4,500 households registered.

Recent Milestones

  • MIT IDEAS Yunus Challenge Prize
  • MIT D-lab Scale ups fellowship
  • MIT Venture Grant
  • Tony Elumelu Foundation pre seed grant
  • Echoing Green Fellowship
  • Cartier Women’s Initiative Award
  • Tech Award
  • Finalist for the Future Awards