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Category: Alexandra Tavasoli

Is “academic” thinking really different than “business” thinking?

Upon spinning off Solistra from the Ozin lab at the University of Toronto, the main piece of advice from my advisors was that I needed to switch my mindset from “academic” thinking to “business” thinking. They indicated they had seen this in many graduate students trying to spin off companies from their graduate research, and […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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Catching up with Alexandra Tavasoli

Have you read any interesting books or literature lately to help you on your entrepreneurial journey? I’m currently reading The End of Alchemy: Money, Banking, and the Future of the Global Economy, by Mervin King. I’ve often struggled to learn finance, but King lays out the history of how the financial sector developed over time, […]

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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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Alexandra Tavasoli wants to fill the gaps in our clean energy future

Over the coming months, MaRS will showcase each of the incredible finalists from our Women in Cleantech Challenge. In this installment, we profile finalist Alexandra Tavasoli. When most people think of clean energy, they might picture gleaming solar plants or sleek electric cars. But not PhD candidate and Solistra CEO Alexandra Tavasoli. “I’m focused on […]

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