Six months shy of his college graduation and with no student loan debt to his name, Alex Bajzatt acquired his first company—Smart Wash LLC—at age 22.
Bajzatt, a senior finance major at the Kelley School of Business at IUPUI, did not plan to own and operate his own company so soon, but when opportunity knocks, he answers.
Smart Wash is a start-up company based in Carmel, Indiana, that is putting a twist on the traditional car cleaning service.
"We are tackling a new segment of the car washing industry—mobile washes—where we bring the service to you with an eco-friendly solution that conserves fresh water while delivering a superior clean to your automobile," Bajzatt said.
When he started as the finance intern in March 2017, Bajzatt was washing cars, researching prices, hiring employees, reviewing finances, and more.
“We’re hearing about startup companies all the time, but usually they’re tech companies or large and fast growing,” Bajzatt says. “I joined Smart Wash as an intern, and after I saw the company’s early-stage financials, I realized it was a great opportunity to learn more and gain experience.”
He quickly transitioned to owner and CEO in October.