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Author: Barry Chong

Checking in with Luna Yu

What are you most excited for in the next three months? I’m most excited about engaging with potential customers and exploring how our technology can be of value to them.   Talk about a recent setback you’ve had and how you overcame it. A recent challenge involved the termination of a partnership due to a […]

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Checking in with Julie Angus

  What are you most excited for in the next three months? We’re closing our pre-seed financing round, which has been a whole new experience as this is the first investment capital I have ever raised. It was a steep learning curve and has taken much of my time over the last few months. This […]

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Checking in with Evelyn Allen

  What are you most excited for in the next three months? The next quarter will be game-changing for us. We’re anticipating great results from our current paid projects with a power-producing company and material company, which include validating our nanofilms for specific use cases. In addition, we’ve been accepted into the Creative Destruction Lab […]

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One year later

The Women in Cleantech Challenge finalists speak about their experiences completing the first year of the challenge: developing their technologies, growing as entrepreneurs, and the importance of this competition.

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An update from Luna Yu

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 […]

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An update from Nivatha Balendra

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 […]

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An update from Julie Angus

What’s the best news you received this past quarter about your business? Winning $100,000 in the Impact Investor Challenge! We were one of the five finalist companies selected out of more than 100 to participate in a 10-week impact investing competition hosted by Spring Activator in Vancouver. After a final pitch in front of a […]

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An update from Evelyn Allen

Tell us about the best news you received about your business these last few months? Thanks to some help from NRCan, we were able to hire our first employee! He’s a new mechatronics engineering graduate. He’ll be focusing on scaling and further automating our nanomaterial manufacturing process under the supervision of NRCan expertise. He’ll also […]

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An update from Amanda Hall

Tell us the best news you received this past quarter about your business. This has been my most exciting quarter yet. My team and I reached some very important milestones with our prototype, we took second place in the Energy New Venture Competition, and we were shortlisted for the National Angel Capital Organization’s (NACO) Most […]

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Catching up with Luna Yu

What technology challenges have you faced over the past few months and what steps have you taken to overcome them? The biggest challenges were in validating the most suitable type of bioreactors to use for making our PHAs — and hitting consistently higher yields. We’ve overcome them by pursuing continuous reiterations of our experimentation and […]

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