Meet Stephanie Weiss of Arula!
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m Stephanie, I am a 22 year old, fourth year Biomedical Engineering Student at UTS. I’m super driven and love solving problems. I am an easy going person who is secretly a massive nerd, one of my secret talents is that I can solve a Rubix cube in 90 seconds.
Please tell us a little about Arula.
Arula has created 3D printed breast prostheses for women who have had mastectomies. Arula started mid through 2019 due to the need for innovation in the breast prosthesis space. I have a personal connection with Breast Cancer but after doing some research I was astonished to find out that breast cancer affects 1 in 6 women worldwide. Women currently have limited sizes to choose from in prostheses that are heavy and are a burden on their lives everyday. That is why we are creating custom breast prosthesis fitted for weight, shape and movement.
What drew you to the Fishburners Fempowered program?
I was driven to apply to the Fempowered program as I felt I lacked the accountability and community being a solo founder. I felt drawn to the program due to my desire to turn this idea into a fully functioning business within the next 6 months. I felt like it would provide the framework where I can slot in all the puzzle pieces I have acquired in the past few months.
What about the next 6 months excites you, what are you looking forward to?
The next 6 months I’m excited to bring my idea to market. My goal is to be able to help women within the next six months and I am excited to see how my product will change. Currently I am filing my patent for the product and within the next few months I want to conduct user testing in order to bring a high quality product to market. I want to design this product with my future customers in order to give them something they feel comfortable wearing every day.
What message would you like to send to the aspiring Women founders of Australia?
Just do it, I think in the last few months I have realised you don’t need anything but passion. I have come to realise that actions speak louder and words. Just go out and speak to customers or start prototyping – see how far it can get you