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Catching up with Nivatha Balendra

How do you enjoy juggling business operations (IP, hiring, governance, etc.) with technology development? It’s been an incredibly enriching experience to be involved in every aspect of the business thus far. Having started my company about six months ago, it’s been an exciting period of self-growth in terms of acquiring business and financial knowledge. Being […]

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Catching up with Evelyn Allen

How do you like juggling the business side of entrepreneurship (IP, hiring, governance, etc.) with technology development? Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to build experience on both sides. As an entrepreneur, I think it’s important to strike the right balance between these two different but connected areas. It’s hard to do it all, […]

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Catching up with Amanda Hall

What technology challenges have you faced over the past few months and what steps have you taken to overcome them? We’ve had no technical challenges to overcome so far, but it is still early days. We did a lot of homework interviewing experts around the world before we began, that way we could design around […]

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A conversation with Luna Yu

What is your company trying to do? Genecis is trying to reprogram bacteria to convert low-value waste into high-value materials. We are developing a synthetic biology platform to create bacteria that eats carbons from waste and turns it into premium materials like biodegradable plastics. Now that you’re a finalist, you have about two years ahead […]

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A conversation with Alexandra Tavasoli

What is your company trying to do? Solistra converts CO2 into liquid fuels using solar-activated nanomaterials called photocatalysts. These light-activated photocatalysts are our principal technology. By shining light directly onto our photocatalytic materials, we can activate a CO2-photocatalyst reaction system to begin the transformation of CO2 to downstream products. In the long-term, Solistra wants to […]

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A conversation with Julie Angus

What is your company trying to do? Our goal is to transform how we understand and protect our waters by helping build an Internet of Things for the ocean. We are developing energy-harvesting autonomous boats equipped with sensors and cameras to make oceanic observations that can be relayed instantly. We offer a safer, more efficient […]

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A conversation with Amanda Hall

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, […]

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A conversation with Evelyn Allen

What is your company trying to do? Evercloak is commercializing a manufacturing platform to dramatically drive down the cost of making large area, ultra-thin, two-dimensional nanomaterial (graphene, graphene oxide, carbon nanotubes) films. These films have applications in energy storage, desalination, food preservation and corrosion prevention. Now that you’re a finalist, you have about two years […]

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A conversation with Nivatha Balendra

What is your company trying to do? At Dispersa Inc., we’re developing a solution for the oil and gas industry, a sector that often uses expensive and toxic methods of remediating oil contamination sites. Our technology will harness the power of oil-degrading bacteria to create an effective alternative that is novel, 100 per cent biodegradable […]

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Genecis CEO lays waste to wasteful practices

Luna Yu has never doubted her shot at the Women in Cleantech Challenge crown. Working as she does every day from her labs at the Banting and Best Centre in downtown Toronto, Luna plays an active role in advancing Canada’s sustainable industries. “When I heard about the challenge, I knew my company was a perfect […]

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