What is your company trying to do?
Summit Nanotech wants to “green up” the lithium mining industry, increasing the yield of lithium production in a way that’s less harmful to the environment. The solution lies in a field of nanoscience that I have been working in for quite some time.
Now that you’re a finalist, you have about two years ahead of you to develop your tech. How would you describe the first few months of this challenge?
I’ve realized that being an entrepreneur in the cleantech sector requires a lot of grit. Since becoming a finalist, my company has experienced an incredible amount of traction. Thankfully, I have a solid leadership team that I trust will keep us grounded. I also have an army of supporters through MaRS, empowering me and fueling my knowledge. I can, without hesitation, say that my company would not be as strongly positioned without the support of this challenge.
What has surprised you most so far?
I’ve been heartened by how collaborative and helpful the other finalists have been. I didn’t know what to expect and I’ve have found nothing but smiles, support and encouragement from my fellow competitors. We share our knowledge, connections and tips for getting ahead. It’s as if we’re sisters, cut from the same cloth. As such, there won’t be a single winner at the end of this challenge because the prize is truly in the journey.
What are you hoping to achieve over the next few months?
I have three main goals. First, create a minimal viable product. Second, finish the patent to protect my IP. And lastly, continue engaging the cleantech landscape for funding and partners.
What was your New Year’s resolution?
I want to fully embrace these three qualities: lead my team with courage and strength; be open and honest about all of our challenges and opportunities; and allow passion to fuel the fire as we move toward our goals.