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Meet Vienna Zhou, cleantech expert, entrepreneur, and founder of TROES Corp.

Vienna Zhou

Vienna Zhou is a renewable energy and cleantech expert, having worked in the industry for over seventeen years. In 2018, Vienna founded her company, TROES Corp. (The Revolution Of Energy Storage), to address the challenges associated with power grids and energy storage. In three years, TROES has quickly grown — servicing clients in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., and pushing the needle forward for innovative technology and services. TROES works with ventureLAB, a leading global founder community for hardware technology and enterprise software companies in Canada.

My first job ever was… I was recruited as a management trainee by Carrier, a very famous HVAC company.

I chose my career path because… I am enthusiastic about how renewable energy could change the world.

What I love most about what I do is… I created a promising business and team from scratch.

The most challenging part about working in renewable energy and cleantech is… I always think about what the next generation of technology will be.

The best advice I received from a mentor was… don’t be afraid of being bold with your idea.

If you Googled me, you still wouldn’t know that… I am a mother of a boy and a girl.

My best advice for anyone trying to scale a tech business is… where you start from is not very important; continuous efforts on technology innovation is more important.

A great leader… finds the balance between business foresight and performance.

I stay inspired by… the thought that we could create many things that we don’t have right now.

The future excites me because… we could revolutionize the way people generate and use energy.

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