When the Women in Cleantech Challenge launched in 2018, the finalists assumed it would be a heated contest for the $1-million prize. Now with the competition wrapping, they find themselves business partners and friends.
It was early in her professional journey when Solistra CEO Alexandra Tavasoli had to lay off a staff member, something most bosses dread. “It was even worse because the employee was a young woman superstar,” she says. Disappointed but undeterred, Tavasoli reached out to Luna Yu: CEO of Genecis, fellow competitor in the Women in Cleantech Challenge and, most importantly, a close friend. Yu was in a position to hire, and within a week, the laid-off employee had started her new gig. It might sound odd that two rivals — each vying for a $1-million prize — would be so friendly, though Tavasoli wouldn’t have it any other way. “The women in this challenge have always been there for me,” she says. “It’s about creating strong bonds in the world of female entrepreneurship to generate a bigger collective footprint.”
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