Charlie Dolan, a 21-year-old college senior and co-founder of Pittsburgh-based Sequoia Waste Solutions
, took first place in the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards’ regional competition.
Dolan will go on to compete for the global title in Washington, D.C., this November.
Dolan and several friends, all graduates of Central Catholic High School, started the waste solution company in 2012. The company creates client-specific waste solutions that matches building materials with a network of partners and service providers. In the end, customers save both money and the environment.
Dolan entered the competition as a senior at Villanova University, where he runs the company while attending school.
“They (judges) were really impressed with the idea and the method,” says Dolan, company CTO. “Just to be in the running with amazing young entrepreneurs from around the world is an honor.”
Sequoia’s customers are primarily restaurants, educational facilities and corporate offices. Not only does each company typically save between 5-15 percent annually on their trash and recycling costs, but less trash ends up in landfills, he says.
The company is expected to surpass $5 million in revenue this year. “Our goal is to be the data hub of trash in Pittsburgh,” he says. “And to create local jobs.”
The GSEA competition recognizes student entrepreneurs from around the world who are successfully running a profitable business while attending school. It is organized by the Entrepreneur’s Organization, a global business network of more than 9,500 business owners in 40 countries.
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Charlie Dolan, Sequoia Waste Solutions