Building a Circular Economy with Green Tech with Ghislain (Wastezon) and Kevin (Umuti) Presented by AWS

Aug 6, 2020, 4:30 – 5:30 PM

Startup Grind Kigali is excited to host Ghislain Irakoze and Kevin Shema on a panel focusing on building Recycling and Renewable Tech in Rwanda. Ghislain is the CEO of Wastezon, which is on a mission of leveraging cutting-edge technologies to create a waste-free world. Kevin is the CEO of Umuti, a green enterprise that provides an excellent and safe packaging that the world needs.

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About this event

We are excited to host Ghislain Irakoze and Kevin Shema on a panel where we will learn how their respective startups are building recycling and renewable technology in Rwanda. 

Ghislain Irakoze is the Founder and CEO of Wastezon, a Rwandan cleantech company that has a vision of creating a waste-free world. Wastezon launched a waste management App and High- tech Smart Waste Bins for efficient waste traceability, sorting, and collection. So far over 400 tons of e-waste have been transacted on our app, diverting over 2000 tons of carbon emissions from ending up in landfills." Ghislain is passionate about solving the Climate-risks by providing innovative mitigation solutions, he thrived at organizing the “Recycle for Environment” Campaign, which involved over 200 students in Waste recycling in partnership with Tunza-Eco-generation Samsung Initiative.

Kevin Shema is CEO of Umuti, a Rwandan green enterprise that provides an excellent and safe packaging that the world needs. Their first product is an eco-friendly paper bag that uses banana & plantain trunks that are left over after harvest.

Why attend?

Learn what it takes to build a circular economy. Learn about Wastezon's recycling tech and Umuti's renewable tech. Most importantly - get to connect with the Kigali community of entrepreneurs, investors, and founders working hard to make the world a better place.

If you're new to the city, our events are a great opportunity to meet in person experts within the local ecosystem.

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Check out what happened


  • Ghislain Irakoze



  • Kevin Shema






Thursday, August 6, 2020
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM UTC


4:30 PMWelcome & Introduction to Startup Grind and Sponsors
4:35 PMPanel Discussion with Ghislain & Kevin
5:05 PMQuestions
5:20 PMNetworking & Community Updates


  • Abhinav Gautam

    FreshBox Rwanda Ltd.



  • Teklehaimanot Embaye


    Chapter Director


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