52240834Seventeen-year-old Anubhav Wadhwa is the CEO of three companies. His latest project works to dispose of tyres safely.

Anubhav Wadhwa, just like any other teenager, loves to hang out with friends, and watch football and cricket matches with them. What distinguishes him from his peers is that he is also the CEO of three companies.

Earlier this year, the 17-year-old founded Tyrelessly , a company that seeks community participation to encourage people to donate their end-of-life tyres for responsible disposal. But this, however, was not his first establishment.

In 2013, Anubhav became one of India’s youngest CEOs after founding his first venture, TechAPTO. “It was a company that worked in the field of education technology consultancy. But people were not willing to take a 13-year-old seriously. So, we had to change the model a bit. We ventured into software development so that people could see our work. We work on project-basis and help schools and companies in back-end technology development,” he says.

He is also the founder of TrendsOnInternet, an analytical company, but Tyrelessly is his most ambitious project till now.

Anubhav lives in Palam Vihar and is a Class XII student at Pathways World School, Aravali. The idea of founding the company came to him after he saw people burning tyres during winters and the smoke it caused. “In India, about 100 million tyres require recycling annually. But less than 5% are recovered, with the remainder subjected to unsafe disposal,” he says. Through his company, vehicle owners can choose to have their vehicle’s tyres disposed off safely. “The collection of tyres is taken care of through the website, and users are notified after the disposal. Tyrelessly is for everyone – from a child with a bicycle to an adult with SUVs or trucks,” he adds. Once the tyres are collected, they are sent to a recycling plant in Hisar, where they undergo pyrolysis (an extraction process which can convert tyres into usable by-products). Though he says his company is more impact-driven than profit-driven, he firmly believes that innovation must be incentivized.

Since its inception, his company has collected more than 1,000kg of tyres. “The goal is to inspire people to make smarter choices for a more sustainable future. The aim is to recycle 10 million scrap tyres, and save a million square yards of landfill space and eliminate tonnes of carbon dioxide that would otherwise be released by irresponsible burning of tyres,” he says. Initially launched in NCR, Anubhav is now ready to expand to other metropolitan cities.

Anubhav told The Times of India (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/gurgaon/Gurgaons-teen-CEO-saves-the-world-one-tyre-at-a-time/articleshow/52240674.cms) that he loves to introduce himself as CEO of a company. “My friends are amazed to know that I started a company for the environment and in my school, I am kind of Mr Popular,” he says. As young entrepreneur, Anubhav looks up to the likes of Peter Thiel, Ritesh Malik and Ritesh Agarwal for inspiration.

But what about a regular, relaxed teenage life? “Well, it’s a race against time mostly, and so, I start early and sleep late to catch up on many things. I don’t get the time for some of my hobbies, like playing the violin, painting and writing. But today, at least people take me seriously and know that I am talking sense,” says Anubhav, who wants to become an environmental engineer. He is currently busy developing a product that will take care of waste treatment.

Article and image source: The Times of India