"Doing good never made more cents"

Recycling for the 21st Century

Our Mission

Sustainability

Saru aims to improve the sustainability of waste-management by encouraging landfill diversion and increased recycling rates across our communities.

Affordability

The Saru product suite allows users to enjoy more benefits to recycling than ever before, while providing a low-cost waste management system.

Accessibility

By simplifying the recycling process Saru makes conserving our resources convenient and user-friendly, allowing individuals to recycle more efficiently.

Reliability

Multi-platform integration, product autonomy, and system security are core features of Saru. Each step in our supply chain maintains the Saru standard.

Our Project Timeline

01

April 15, 2019

Founded at UC Riverside

Student-founded and experience inspired, Saru was founded at UCR

02

June 26, 2019

First Grant Funding Secured

First official financial support granted by UCR's OTP program.

03

January 12, 2020

Prototyping and Unit Testing

With newfound resources, the Saru team began full unit development

04

Q4, 2020

Campus Launch and Testing

Using our developed prototype, soft unit launch is planned for Fall 2020

Meet Our Team

Saru is an entirely student-led startup, with a diverse background in engineering, business, and political science. We are all passionate for technology and the environment, and are motivated to make our vision a reality.

MAHMOOD SHAHEEN

Founder

CEO, Director of Engineering

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, UCR

NATHANIEL ORTIZ

Co-Founder

Director of Electrical/Software Engineering

B.S., Electrical Engineering, UCR

SEBASTIAN MUKURIA

Co-Founder

Director of Mechanical Engineering

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, UCR

KYLE STARK

Co-Founder

Director of User Experience/Marketing

B.S., Business, Information Systems, UCR

TOLUWANI (SEMI) COLE

Co-Founder

Director of Governmental Affairs and Business Development

B.A., Public Policy, Political Science, UCR

JAKEB TIVEY

Co-Founder

Director of Finance/Business Operations

B.S., Economics, Mechanical Engineering, University of Redlands

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