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An update from Luna Yu

October 3, 2019 By: Barry Chong

This post is also available in: Français (French)

Tell us about the best news you received this quarter about your business.

Our fundraising round is now officially closed! We also welcomed three interns, and all of them have been great employees.

What has been your biggest challenge these last few months?

Probably commissioning our new pilot facility. Nonetheless, this experience has presented a great opportunity for us to reflect and develop a new set of protocols to better engage with contractors in the future, ensuring timely completion of tasks with clear guidelines.

Have you been able to meet any inspiring people through the Women in Cleantech Challenge?

I was recently able to meet a fellow entrepreneur in a similar industry that had successfully commissioned their industrial demonstration plant. They generously spared an entire afternoon to for our technical team and gave us a tour of their facility. This allowed us to better understand the potential pitfalls, cautionary tales, and the best path forward to scale up efficiently. At the end of the day, we don’t know what we don’t know — the opportunity to engage with someone who has gone through the process is tremendously helpful.

What do you do to maintain work-life balance?

The need for work-life balance maintenance can be reduced if you’re lucky enough to have a venture that proves to be entertaining and fun. Fortunately, this is the case for me, made possible through the Women in Cleantech Challenge. Outside of “work,” I read and watch movies and YouTube.

Any plans to travel in the near future?

I’ll be visiting San Francisco and Boston, where there are lots of exciting companies and research in the synthetic biology space.

What unexpected thing did you learn about yourself this year?

I learned that I enjoy healthy competition. My fellow finalists each have their own inspiring stories and unique experiences. However, the common thread is their tenacity. While in Vancouver, fellow cohort members urged me to join them in a morning run. This helped to jumpstart me back into exercising, and I have kept the habit — I don’t want to get left behind when I meet with them next!

Luna Yu