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  • On the importance of openly discussing your challenges as a female leader

    I was recently told that airing my past career challenges in a public blog post wasn’t “putting my best foot forward”. This is something I wholeheartedly have to disagree with… publicly, in a blog. In a program predicated on systemic change, I find it funny that challenging the social status quo is seen as detrimental, […]

    January 31, 2020

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  • A word from Nivatha Balendra

        This past quarter has been particularly special as we clocked in one year of running my company, Dispersa, on October 29. It’s humbling to see how an idea turned into a working reality in just 12 months. It all started with a vision: developing my environmental microbiology research into a product that could […]

    December 23, 2019

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  • 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 […]

    December 19, 2019

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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 […]

    December 16, 2019

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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 […]

    December 12, 2019

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  • A word from Amanda Hall

      Is a CEO supposed to be impervious to doubt and fear? You have to think about a lot of stressful things as a CEO: delivering for your customers; generating revenue; retaining your amazing team; doing right by investors; and so much more. Some say that doubt and fear can be debilitating, but for me […]

    December 10, 2019

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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.

    November 7, 2019

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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 […]

    October 3, 2019

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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 […]

    September 26, 2019

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  • My first 250 days as an entrepreneur

    I’ve often felt pulled in opposite directions. When finishing high school, I felt torn between studying music and engineering; and when planning where I would settle down, I fought between living in the bustle of downtown Toronto and disappearing into the spindly wilderness of northern Ontario. These are easy examples. In my work, this habit […]

    September 19, 2019

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