Sunday, 22nd October 2017
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It’s fair to say that at twenty-five most people are still coming to terms with adulthood but for entrepreneur and Kollect co-founder Robbie Skuse, twenty-five is an age of hard-won experience. After studying business information systems in Cork, the young entrepreneur took the brave decision to sidestep the traditional career path and focus all of his energy into reshaping one of Ireland’s toughest industries.

“I figured I would end up working in one of the big consultancy firms but in my final year I met some of the characters from the Irish and Cork start-up scenes and I was really engaged by the stories they were telling. I wanted to have those kinds of stories of my own, and it changed my mind about going into a standard nine-to-five job.”

At twenty-two Robbie rejected a promising role with a consultancy firm and teamed up with fellow co-founders John O’Connor and Waterford native John Hegarty to form Kollect, a pay-as-you go waste disposal service. Together the trio set about changing the standards of waste management using a fresh and innovative approach. Naturally, such ambitions don’t become reality overnight and Robbie has had to learn fast and rise to a multitude of challenges.

“It’s been all go since I finished college and I haven’t really had a chance to catch my breath, but that’s the work ethic you have to have if you want your company to succeed. We’ve been fortunate enough to be able to hire a great team around us, and when you look back over the progress made each week you know you’re going in the right direction.”

Through a combination of hard work and clever business Robbie and his partners have firmly established Kollect as one of Waterford’s leading start-ups. While being the only locally owned waste disposal company in Waterford has its challenges, Robbie and his team feel this gives them a greater understanding of their customer needs and motivates them to deliver their unrivalled service. At twenty-five, Robbie has come a long way and is now more driven than ever to make Kollect a success.

“It does scare you sometimes and can be a bit overwhelming, but those hard days and having your back to the wall are the days where you gain the most. You look back on them and feel proud about what you’ve overcome. This time last year we only had one full time employee and we’re at 12 now, looking back the progress helps reassure you that you’re on the right track, and tells you just to keep going”.

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