Veronica Harwood-Stevenson – Humble Bee

Veronica Harwood-Stevenson – Humble Bee

Veronica Harwood-Stevenson, founder of Humble Bee, had an idea to up-cycle materials to make picnic blankets to replace synthetic blankets. There was just one problem – she couldn’t a waterproof membrane that was sustainable. With a background in reproductive biology, her first response was to look at what nature does to find a solution. This was the pathway that led her to Humble Bee, a biotech startup creating a new bioplastic by reverse-engineering the nesting material of a solitary bee found in New Zealand and Australia.

With a highly diverse career background that spans from science and research to film production to a lingerie company, Veronica provides an interesting, energising perspective on how to solve a complex, important problem and how to get stuff done!

Listen to this podcast to:

  • Be inspired by Veronica’s amazing story, vision and insights
  • Learn some of the specific steps required to start a company like Humble Bee, including how to raise money and get the right people involved
  • Learn how to build a bio-tech company without completing a PHD and going through the University system
  • Learn some of the benefits of this approach and some of the challenges in New Zealand
  • Very honest, practical advice for creating a company and making the most of your existence!

Veronica’s Resources

Other resources:

A new kind of plastic, inspired by a solitary bee | Veronica Harwood-Stevenson | TEDxChristchurch


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