A loan of $5,000 helped buy raw materials and equipment for manufacturing 50 preorder bamboo bike frames.


Derrick's story

I attended Arizona State University (ASU) and completed my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering. During my senior year at ASU, I took a medical device product design course, where I chose to design a device for a 10 year-old-boy in Africa named Ishmael. Ishmael was confined to a wheelchair that he couldn't use independently because of the rough terrain in Africa, so I designed and prototyped a device that would work with his wheelchair. The device, an attachable hand-cycle, was donated to Ishmael, where he still uses it today. The greatest feeling I have ever experienced is knowing that I completely changed the life of Ishmael, providing him with the mobility to go to school.

When I graduated college, I got a job in the Biomedical field, but something in the back of my mind kept telling me that I needed to continue to help the many people that are in the same situation as Ishmael. So, I went back to ASU to complete my master’s degree and continue working on my project. Over the course of a semester, my passion grew and I knew that I wanted to start a career revolved around it. This is when I founded Boogüd, a company that manufactures bamboo bikes, and for each bike sold, an attachable hand-cycle will be manufactured by locals in Kenya, Africa and donated to a wheelchair user in Kenya.

Now I have graduated with my master’s degree and Boogüd has been accepted into a startup incubator program in Phoenix called SEED SPOT. I am being connected with mentors within my field and learning the fine details of starting up a business.



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About Boogüd

Industry: Services
Years in operation: New Business
Website: boogud.com

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