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An update from Nivatha Balendra

September 26, 2019 By: Barry Chong

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What’s the best news you received this quarter about your business?

A lot of great things happened for Dispersa that have helped us grow as a company. For one, we’ve moved into a new company lab space located at Centre Québécois d’Innovation en Biotechnologie (CQIB) in Laval. By being a CQIB-supported startup, we’re part of the Québec-based life sciences incubator that provides provincial support and resources to biotech companies. Dispersa also won first place at a bioproducts pitch competition hosted by the Consortium de recherche et innovations en bioprocédés industriels au Québec (CRIBIQ).

I was also selected for Front Row Ventures’s Women Founders Project cohort — a month-long program that provides business development workshops for 10 young female founders. It connects participants with experienced female business leaders. It was an enriching experience and was great to meet other women who have been in my shoes.

The past quarter has definitely been full of discovery and growth; I’m excited for the months to come.

Have you met any inspiring people as part of the Women in Cleantech Challenge?

There have been many amazing individuals that I had the chance to meet. From visiting the federal lab facilities, to attending conferences, to connecting with various industry experts — it’s been an incredible journey so far in terms of gaining insight. Most notably, I had the chance to meet Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources and his deputy minister, Christyne Tremblay. Both played a pivotal role in creating the Women in Cleantech Challenge.

What do you do to maintain work-life balance?

Having a work-life balance plays a big role in my lifestyle and is something I prioritize. I make it a point to dedicate certain blocks of time each day to wind down, relax, and spend time with family and friends. I also go to the gym and have weekly sessions with my trainer to keep active. Fun fact: my favourite hobby is dancing. I’ve practiced South Indian classical dance for over 18 years and I teach a one-hour class on the weekend — always super fun and relaxing.

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