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Avi8ted Ventures Showcase Washington, D.C.’s Progress as a Global Emerging Tech Ecosystem for BIPOC and Women Founders

Washington, D.C., July 25, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – Avi8ted Ventures, a DC-based impact innovation ecosystem operating at the intersection of Real Estate, Tech, and Culture to host DC’s Futurist Startup Showcase, bringing investors and partners together with BIPOC and Women Founders. Avi8ted Ventures, Ying Skillsharing, and Jentry Search will showcase sustainable community harnessing business models that leverage technology and economics for the sake of the people, while providing Futurist insight on the Human Experience. The goal of the event is to raise both capital and awareness, while connecting Avi8ted Thought leaders such as investors, professionals, politicians, artists, and activists passionate about elevating the human experience for all.
“Crunchbase data shows that Black founder’s received less than 1.4% of U.S venture investment last year and currently. Washington, D.C is becoming one of the best places to build a startup, but most of the BIPOC and Women early-stage entrepreneurs we speak to aren’t aware of the local resources that are available to elevate them,” says Avi8ted Ventures CEO, Charlton Woodyard II. “The Avi8ted Ventures showcase is a catalyst to empower the BIPOC and Women startup ecosystem,” Woodyard II continues. Avi8ted will be previewing their custom Avi8ted House app, the digital home of the Avi8ted network and ecosystem.

Join us as Avi8ted Ventures, YING, and Jentry present sustainable community-harnessing business models that leverage technology and economics for the sake of the people. Music, Hors d’oeuvres and drinks provided!

DC’s Futurist Startup Showcase is an evening of connecting, investing and building a better future that will occur on Saturday, July 30th at the Pierce School, NE Washington DC. This is a private event that will begin punctually at 3:00pm.

About Avi8ted Ventures

Founded by Charlton Woodyard II in 2008, Avi8ted Ventures is a BIPOC owned/operated impact innovation ecosystem operating at the intersection of real estate, tech, and culture as a Real Estate fund with 20% discretionary towards Private Equity/Venture.

Avi8ted Ventures is committed to developing a social ecosystem for elevated ideas to thrive worldwide. For more information visit

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Source: Avi8ted Ventures

Sectors: Trade Shows, Real Estate, Startups
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GBA Launches New Blockchain Assessment Methodology

Washington, D.C., July 25, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – The Government Blockchain Association (GBA) has published the Blockchain Maturity Model (BMM) ( Assessment Requirements. This is the second published document in the BMM Series. Why is the GBA establishing the Blockchain Maturity Model?
“Organizations around the world are beginning to acquire blockchain solutions. The problem is they do not have the knowledge or framework to distinguish between a reliable solution and a hyped prototype,” stated Gerard Dache, Executive Director of the Government Blockchain Association. He continued, “The BMM helps vendors demonstrate their credibility to potential customers and provides a roadmap to continuous improvement.”

The model has been in development since November 2020 and has been composed, reviewed, critiqued, and debated by experts from around the world representing a wide variety of blockchain methodologies. The model has been validated by comparing it with many different blockchains including Proof of Work, Proof of Stake, Proof of Authority, Byzantine Fault Tolerance, and many other network synchronization mechanisms.

“The BMM has found the practical balance between broad-based and meaningful applicability to all public and permissioned blockchain protocols,” said Paul Dowding, Head of Design for the TapestryX Blockchain.

In establishing the assessment process, a limited number of pilot evaluations have been conducted. These evaluations have potentially identified two areas needing remediation for their solutions to be immutable.
1.Some blockchains had a vulnerability that would allow a single person to make root level changes to the data without any outside detection or knowledge.
2.Some had a lack of technology infrastructure controls typically seen in more mature conventional software projects. Many of these vendors began with an idea, developed marketing materials, created a demo, raised funds, and then frantically built spaghetti code to quickly fix bugs instead of having a technical strategy and a well-executed plan. These projects seemed to lack management discipline required of enterprise solutions.

While the Blockchain Maturity Model requirements were released earlier in 2022, it has taken until July 2022 to complete the BMM Assessment Requirements ( document. On August 4-5 a blended BMM Training Course ( will be conducted in Washington, DC.

According to the GBA Director of Standards & Certification, “The BMM is both a consultative and acquisition resource that will facilitate the maturity of the entire industry.”

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Source: GBA

Sectors: Blockchain, Technology
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Novotech’s Flexible Work Policy is Finalist in Best Workplace Flexibility Program “Excellence Award 2022”

SYDNEY, July 25, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – Novotech, the leading Asia Pacific biotech specialist CRO with expanded services in the US, has been recognised for its innovative approach to workplace flexibility.

Novotech CEO Dr. John Moller said: “Our flexible workplace design, information technology infrastructure, and flexible resourcing of projects are consistently delivering successful outcomes for our team members, clients, and all stakeholders. We are extremely pleased our workplace flexibility efforts are recognised by the Best Workplace Flexibility Program which has selected Novotech as an Excellence Awardee in 2022.”

Novotech Chief People Officer Angela Edwardson said that “over the last 12 months, Novotech has re-imagined what flexible working looks like for teams, clients, and the business. This renewed way of working incorporates flexible, remote, and in-office working options and aims to create a dynamic business environment and trusted culture. Team members can determine and apply the most effective way to work, unlocking the maximum value of their talent to benefit all stakeholders.”

Some of the new flexible working policies include:
– FlexLocation: Work from home, office or other suitable location.
– FlexTime: Flexible start/finish times
– FlexBreak:Bbreaks during the day for wellbeing or other commitments.
– FlexHours: An adjustment to contracted hours, either permanently or temporarily (ie: full-time to part-time).
– FlexPlace: The option to work at other Novotech offices or cities/countries without a Novotech office temporarily.
– FlexStudy: A combination of Flex options and/or leave to meet study commitments.
– FlexHolidays: The option to select alternate dates in lieu of allocated celebration/public holidays.
– FlexLeave: Leave can be taken by the hour and in combination with other leave types and flexible options.
– FlexTimeout: Extended unpaid leave to pursue and interest, relax or attend to caring responsibilities
– FlexPersonal: A combination of day-to-day and/or planned options.

“Already 17 team members have used or are planning to use FlexPlace in 2022,” said Edwardson. “Novotech has a large cohort of expatriate workers, and our new addition of FlexPlace supports them to re-connect with their families and friends or travel while still meeting their working requirements.”

Novotech’s Asia-Pacific and US teams support cost-effective expedited clinical research with world-class data and the most advanced technology including solutions that enable acceleration of clinical trials across the regions.

Novotech now has a workforce of ~2,500 clinical trial professionals across Australia, South Korea, Greater China, Southeast Asia, India, South Africa and the US.

Asia-Pacific offers a compelling solution for expedited clinical trials especially in oncology with its vast patient populations, less competitive clinical trial landscape, and world-class KOLs, in addition regulatory reforms, such as those in China, have accelerated approval processes.

The expansion into the US provides US-based expertise and infrastructure for our US clients wanting trials in APAC and the US, and for our APAC clients wanting US clinical programs.

About Novotech

Novotech is the leading Asia-Pacific biotech specialist CRO. Novotech has integrated labs and phase I facilities and provides drug development consulting and clinical development services across all phases. It has been instrumental in the success of approximately 4,000 clinical trials across a broad range of therapeutic areas. Novotech is well-positioned to serve biopharma clients conducting clinical trials in Asia-Pacific and the US. For more information visit

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Topic: Press release summary
Source: Novotech Health Holdings Pte Ltd

Sectors: BioTech, Healthcare & Pharm, Clinical Trials
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Spritzer, The Only Diamond Taste Award 2022 Winner in Malaysia

Spritzer Natural Mineral Water gains three-star Superior Taste Awards for the seventh time
TAIPING, Malaysia, July 21, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – Spritzer is pleased to announce that, Spritzer silica-rich Natural Mineral Water was recently awarded three stars in the Superior Taste Award 2022 organised by the Brussels-based International Taste Institute. The three stars awarded derived from areas of judging categories include Exceptional products, Remarkable products and Notable products.
The International Taste Institute is an organisation of chefs and sommeliers founded in 2005 dedicated to assisting food and beverage (F&B) companies improve the quality of their products through the annual Superior Taste Award. To be awarded three stars, products must have overall scores of over 90% and be considered an exceptional product by the 200 jury members from 20 countries that have been carefully selected based on their experience in tasting.

This is the seventh time over a 10-year period that Spritzer Natural Mineral Water, which is sourced from underground aquifers from a protected tropical landbank, has been awarded three stars which entitles it to the Diamond Taste Award. Spritzer silica-rich Natural Mineral Water was also among only 18 products out of 2,350 F&B products this year to be awarded Diamond Taste Award by a panel of professional taste experts.

The Company would like to thank consumers for their support and loyalty over the years as it stives to maintain the quality of the silica-rich natural mineral water while continuing to give back to society through various initiatives spanning from assistance during disasters to recycling programmes to achieve a better and more sustainable future.

Spritzer recently launched a new iconic bottle with a trendy and vibrant design made from fully recycled packaging made by recycled materials, and also recently won the Reader’s Digest’s Trusted Brands 2022 platinum award for 21 consecutive years.

Spritzer Bhd: [Bursa: SPRITZER; 7103] [RIC: SPTZ:KL] [BB: SPZ:MK] [OTC: SPZRF],

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Source: Spritzer Berhad

Sectors: Food & Beverage, Environment, ESG, Local Biz
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GBA: Experts Discuss Funding Blockchain Projects

Washington, D.C., July 21, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – The Government Blockchain Association (GBA) will host a panel on Funding Blockchain Projects during their Blockchain & Infrastructure conference on September 29-30, 2022 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
“The US government wants to boost spending on blockchain technology by 1000% in 2022, and the blockchain technology market is anticipated to generate $20 billion in earnings by 2024,” said Gerard Dache, Executive Director for the Government Blockchain Association.

“The members of this panel are experts in funding blockchain projects. They are recognized thought leaders and are skilled in acquiring government grants. They will focus on obtaining government funding for blockchain-based projects, they will also share the latest trends in novel investment instruments emerging in the post-pandemic digital economy.”

The panel will include:
– Mr. Bill Rockwood, Deputy Legislative Director & Policy Advisor for Congressmen Darren Soto (FL-09), Co-Chair of the Congressional Blockchain Caucus. Rockwood has authored more legislation to fund blockchain projects than anyone in the US Congress. He introduced 13 pieces of legislation related to blockchain and cryptocurrency. He had the first two bills related to blockchain and digital assets pass the House of Representatives, six amendments, and 29 report language requests included in appropriations packages.
– Dr. Barry Johnson, the US National Science Foundation’s Director of the Division of Translational Impacts within the Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships. The National Science Foundation awards grants to small businesses with the most innovative, cutting-edge ideas that have the potential to become great commercial successes and make huge societal impacts.
– Ms. Vilma Mattila, Investor & Co-Founder of 5ire Chain. Her experience includes investing in over 60 companies, one of which she co-founded and is valued at $2.5 billion.
– Dr. Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes, Country Director for the US Offices of the World Business Angel Investment Forum. Dr. Vasiliu-Feltes is an expert in funding blockchain projects and has extensive experience helping startups acquire funding.

The Funding Blockchain Projects panel will take place during the Blockchain and Infrastructure conference in Washington, DC September 29-30 at the National Press Club. Some of the organizations participants in the conference include IOG (Cardano), Oracle (NYSE: ORCL), NASA, and hundreds more. For more information about the event, please visit

About the Government Blockchain Association (GBA)

GBA is a membership organization whose mission is to bring together all levels of governments and the private sector to connect, communicate, and collaborate. The GBA has over 5,000 members in over 100+ countries and promotes using blockchain technology in the government sector. For more information, please visit

For press & media inquiries, please contact Bob Miko at or by phone at 203-378-2803.

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Source: GBA

Sectors: Blockchain, Technology
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31st HKTDC Education & Careers Expo opens today

HONG KONG, July 21, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the 31st HKTDC Education & Careers Expo opened today and runs until 24 July (Sunday) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The expo runs in parallel with the HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair, Hong Kong Sports and Leisure Expo and World of Snacks. Open to the public free of charge, the expo features two major sections – Education and Careers – to provide comprehensive information on education and job opportunities.
Secretary for Labour and Welfare of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Chris Sun officiated at the opening ceremony this morning. Margaret Fong, HKTDC Executive Director, said in her welcoming remarks: “Entering its 31st edition, the Education and Careers Expo serves as a platform for jobseekers and students looking to connect with employers and institutions, helping them to get valuable advice on career options and education opportunities. This year, we are delighted to welcome over 780 organisations, including educational institutions, government departments, professional associations and private companies representing 18 countries and regions.”

Four education-themed zones present local and overseas studying opportunities

Four educational zones have been set up to help students explore different options for further education. The Local Education Zone gathers various universities and community colleges, providing the latest information of a range of popular courses. The event also sees new exhibitors, such as consulate general offices of Japan, Ireland, Finland and Switzerland in the Overseas & Mainland China Education Zone, while on further study in mainland China, the Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College (UIC) and the Heung To College of Professional Studies provide practical consultation service.

In the Continuing Education Zone, exhibitors, such as the Hong Kong Mediation Centre and Tak On Driving School, provide a variety of courses for continuous learning. Youth Square will set up a summer job and internship zone. Being new to the expo, St. James’ Settlement – Career Sparkle offers various activities to help teenagers explore their personal interests and abilities. The Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) graduates should take the opportunity to explore more possibilities at the Expo.

The expo’s education-themed days focus on further education in the European Union (21 July), Japan (22 July), France (23 July) and Germany (24 July), with representatives from consulate general offices to introduce the prerequisites for admission, application procedures, information on campus life and more. Visitors can also meet with various officially recognised bodies to get first-hand information on studying abroad. Talks will be held by different institutions: the Ontario eSchool Asia Limited will give advice on studying in Canada, whereas Synchro Overseas Study and Career will focus on medical-related education in the United Kingdom and Australia.

Four careers theme days address talent demand in various industries

Four careers-themed days during the expo highlight the latest trends in different industries. On the theme day Skilling for the Future: New Technology and New Talents (21 July), held by the Vocational Training Council (VTC), new technologies and skills, such as geospatial data, Chinese medicine research and art technologies, will be introduced via talks and seminars. The Electrical & Mechanical Engineering theme day (22 July), co-organised with the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department and the Hong Kong Electrical and Mechanical Trade Promotion Working Group, will invite industry professionals to speak on the current and future prospects in areas such as railway, autombile and the electrical and mechanical engineering industry.

On the third day of the expo, the brand-new themed day Professional Development for the Future (23 July), supported by The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG), will address hot topics, such as gerontechnology application and digital marketing. On the last day, the Exploring Construction Industry theme day (24 July), in collaboration with the Hong Kong Institute of Construction (HKIC), will invite construction professionals to share on Building Information Modeling, metal works and welding courses.

Two career-themed zones offer 2700+ job opportunities

There are two career zones, among which the very popular Careers Zone will involve different organisations and provide analysis of the prospects in different industries. The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) will share the pathways and tips to join the innovation and technology industry. The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), a new exhibitor this year, will introduce the job nature of different positions and application requirements.

Meanwhile, this year’s Recruitment Square gathers various recruitment platforms, public organisations and private companies offering more than 2,700 job opportunities and on-the-spot recruitment, including Cathay Pacific, QB house, Tai Hing Group and Asia Airfreight Terminal. Visitors can bring their CV along to the expo to apply for interested posts.

The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Development Office of the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau will cover the opportunities for education, employment, and entrepreneurship in the Greater Bay Area. Y.Elites Association Limited has invited Qianhai International Liaison Services Limited to introduce Qianhai’s preferential policies for Hong Kong citizens on housing, starting a business, financial, innovation and technology backing, and household registration. For those with the intention to tap into GBA for education, career and business opportunities should not miss the events. In addition, representatives from consulate offices of Hungary, France, and Germany will share more information on Working Holidays Scheme, allowing young people to explore different opportunities around the world.

90+ inspiring events with experts and celebrities sharing their success stories

More than 90 inspiring events will be held during the expo, including a performance by Correctional Services Dog Unit, seminars on higher education and sharing on different careers by celebrities and education experts. Today, Kandy Lui, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management addressed the new normal in workplaces under the pandemic and offered tips for enhancing personal capabilities. The following day, Tsang Yip-kiu (Siu Mai), a contestant on television talent show King Maker IV, will share valuable experiences in pursuing her dream. On the same day, Wong Kim-fung, founder of threezero and Chairman of the Hong Kong Brand Toy Association, and two vice chairmen, Howard Chan (founder of Hot Toys) and Kenny Wong (designer of brand toy “Molly” and creative director of Kennyswork), will discuss how people can turn their passion into career and offer tips on joining the brand toy industry.

On 23 July, Samuel Chan, a specialist in British education, will go into detail about the British educational system and strategies for applying for schools in the UK. Education expert and one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons, Principal Chu Tsz-wing, will touch on how he brought experiential learning in Hong Kong and offer students advice on career planning for students. On the last day of the expo (24 July), Pinky Cheng and Tammy Lo, members of the construction industry key opinion leaders “Dream Girls” will disclose their interesting work experiences and how they joined the construction industry. In addition, Patrick Sir, TV host, actor and founder of an education centre and international kindergarten, will talk about his career shift from the education field to the television industry, encouraging young people to further explore their potential in both their careers and personal lives.

Enhanced on-site hygiene measures for participants’ safety

Public safety is a top priority for the HKTDC, and various measures have been implemented throughout these concurrent events to protect the health of participants. All staff members, exhibitors and visitors are required to wear masks in the venue and use the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app and show their COVID-19 vaccination record before entering the HKCEC in accordance with the HKSAR Government’s COVID-19 protocols. Except for designated food and beverage areas, no food, drinks or food tasting are allowed inside the venue, including at the booths. Other onsite safety measures include temperature-screening stations, the provision of hand sanitisers and disinfection items at multiple locations around the HKCEC, as well as enhanced cleaning and disinfection at the venue.

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Officiating at this morning’s opening ceremony were (from left) Gladys Yam, Deputy Executive Director of Vocational Training Council, Stefan Bredohl, Deputy Consul General of German Consulate General Hong Kong, Thomas Gnocchi, Head of office of the European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao, Margaret Fong, HKTDC Executive Director, Chris Sun, Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Okada Kenichi, Consul General of Consulate General of Japan in Hong Kong, Marc Lamy, Acting Consul General of Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau and Albert Cheng, Executive Director of Construction Industry Council.


The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong’s trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedIn

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Source: HKTDC

Sectors: Trade Shows, Daily News, Education, Local Biz
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Legend Capital Portfolio Company: The Global-Leading AI Medical Imaging Company Lunit Goes Public Successfully

HONG KONG, July 21, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – On July 21st, 2022, Lunit, a leading global AI-based cancer solutions provider invested by Legend Capital, was successfully listed on the KOSDAQ market.

Founded in 2013, Lunit successfully established itself as the world’s top-notch artificial intelligence technology solution provider, mainly focusing on developing medical software to assist physicians in the realm of tumor diagnosis and treatment. Lunit’s flagship products are Lunit INSIGHT and Lunit SCOPE. Lunit INSIGHT is an AI-powered image screening solution, that detects and classifies chest abnormalities and breast cancer. Lunit SCOPE is an AI biomarker for immunotherapy, providing therapy response information that can critically affect treatment outcomes for cancer patients.

Legend Capital led Lunit’s series B investment round in June 2018 and continued to support Lunit’s global business expansion via three additional follow-on investments in 2019 and 2021. For the past 4 years, Lunit not only has produced world-leading AI medical solutions but also gained its commercial value achieving rapid topline growth. Lunit’s annual revenue grew by over 460% in 2021 since its initial product commercialization in 2019. As of now, Lunit’s image diagnostic products have been certified by 42 countries/regions, including FDA, CE, and KFDA. The company will keep expanding into the global market through cooperation with international giants like GE Healthcare, Fujifilm, and Philips, etc. Legend Capital will continue to assist Lunit in finding untapped business opportunities in China by building up branding and introducing rich portfolio resources for cooperation.

Brandon Suh, CEO of Lunit, said: “Lunit’s target market for cancer detection and diagnosis is worth 110 billion US dollars (of which the United States accounts for ~USD 45bn and the rest USD 65bn). Lunit’s AI medical image analysis technology has significant advantages over traditional technology, and our accurate and efficient solutions have been appreciated by global medical institutions. Lunit’s ongoing global expansion can be attributed to the support from our existing partners, Legend Capital has been one of Lunit’s key partners in helping us grow our China business by introducing reliable local partners. Legend Capital has been and will continue to be Lunit’s strategic global partner going forward.”

“We like to invest in companies that have a global vision, world-leading technology, and global expansion capabilities. We were very impressed with Lunit’s ambition to go global at our initial investment,” said Joon-Sung Park, Managing Director of Legend Capital. “With the world’s top-notch AI medical imaging technology, Lunit INSIGHT can significantly improve abnormalities detection and early-diagnosis rate, remarkably enhancing the efficiency of cancer diagnosis and treatment. Lunit has built a professional team with technology experts and medical professionals. The six co-founders are all graduates of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), the nation’s first public, research-oriented science and engineering institution. With a commitment to empowering the medical industry by AI technology, Lunit has also hired 12 full-time doctors with an in-depth understanding of medical service. It has provided AI healthcare services to approximately 600 medical institutions in over 40 countries, and has signed an exclusive business contract with Guardant Health, the world’s largest liquid biopsy diagnostic company, to collaborate on cancer drug development.”

At present, “Lunit INSIGHT CXR Triage” and “Lunit INSIGHT MMG” have been certified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by the end of 2021, and Lunit will continue to expand the global market by obtaining Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP) certification in the US, Canada, Japan, Australia and Brazil, etc. Legend Capital has invested heavily in companies that integrate technology and the medical industry and has kept betting on AI medical sectors. In addition to Lunit, Legend Capital has also invested in AI medical companies such as Xbiome, an AI microbiome drug development company; StoneWise, an AI drug R&D platform; Deepwise, an AI medical imaging company; BioMap, a biocomputing platform; Deep Informatics ++, an AI medical pathology diagnosis company; and Unimed, an AI brain diagnosis and treatment platform.

About Legend Capital
Founded in 2001, Legend Capital is a leading VC&PE investor focusing on the early-stage and growth-stage opportunities in China, with offices across Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Seoul, Korea.

It currently manages USD and RMB funds of over US$10 billion in commitments and has invested in around 600 companies, covering technology, healthcare, consumer, enterprise service and intelligent manufacturing sectors. Rooted in China, Legend Capital participated in the rise of many world-leading companies through solid investment coverage and systematic post-investment value-add. Over the years, Legend Capital has also become a widely recognized name in bridging key resources in China and overseas through cross-border activities, and a valuable partner to Chinese and overseas investors.

Legend Capital values long-term sustainable investment and incorporates ESG into its long-term development strategy. As a UNPRI signatory since November 2019, Legend Capital is among the first group of top VC/PE firms in China to join the initiative.

For more information, please visit and follow us on LinkedIn @Legend Capital ( ).

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Source: Legend Capital

Sectors: Healthcare & Pharm, PE, VC & Alternatives, Artificial Intel [AI]
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KOHLER, together with Lazada Singapore, to bring 30 leading lifestyle brands under one roof in month-long online to offline shopping experience

SINGAPORE, July 21, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – KOHLER, a global lifestyle brand and leader in kitchen and bath products, has partnered with Lazada Singapore to bring 30 complementary leading lifestyle brands together for the first time, to provide online shoppers with a curated showcase of luxurious home, kitchen, bath, and lifestyle products they can experience in-store. Come Home to KOHLER & Friends (Powered by Lazada) utilises Lazada’s powerful e-commerce platform to complete the shopping experience and is aimed at satisfying changing consumer habits post-pandemic.
The month-long event will provide consumers with a unique immersive in-store feel to the digital shopping experience and offer a one-stop solution for shoppers to experience all 30 brands side by side in real-life home settings. KOHLER and the other 29 brands will showcase their curated range of products at the KOHLER Experience Centre (KEC) from 15 July to 15 August 2022.

The 822 sqm KEC occupying two units of shophouses along Peck Seah Street will house several thematic spaces featuring various ranges of KOHLER’s innovative, intuitive, and immersive products, complemented by participating brands such as Samsung, Bang & Olufsen, LEGO, L’OCCITANE, Razer, Nespresso, OSIM, Tefal, WMF, and Philips Lighting. The curated showcase is perfect for first-time homeowners looking for inspiration for their new home or existing homeowners looking to refresh various areas of their homes. Shoppers can explore the different themes throughout multiple levels of KEC and view dedicated spaces such as the living room, bedroom, study, kitchen, and bathroom.

Each themed bathroom and living space are thoughtfully furnished by Kohler designers and representatives from the other brands. As soon as shoppers are inspired by any product they see, they can scan QR codes to purchase on the Lazada app. This means that shoppers can fully immerse themselves in these dedicated home spaces, check out and enquire about the products on display, purchase online immediately, and head home to wait for their items to arrive. This is the future of shopping.

“We are collaborating with Lazada to provide online customers with what they want – an immersive online to offline (O2O) shopping environment to have a real-life experience of how our products feel, look and work, and ask questions for an informed purchase,” said Leo Leong, General Manager, Kohler Kitchen & Bath Group, North and Southeast Asia. “This is further complemented by our partnering brands which have collaborated with us to showcase their products in this new experience. Not just that, shoppers can enjoy online prices of up to 60% off during the fair and shopping benefits through the LazMall pages with peace of mind knowing that the products purchased are 100% authentic, with *free returns!”

At KEC, shoppers will also be treated to freebies and giveaways and the opportunity to register for cooking and home interior decor workshops on selected dates available for booking in person. During Come Home to KOHLER & Friends (Powered by Lazada), the KEC is opened to the public from 15 July to 15 August 2022, daily from 10am to 9pm, including Sundays.

*Free shipping and return policies vary with brands and sellers.

Notes to Editors
Come Home to KOHLER & Friends (Powered by Lazada)
15 July to 15 August 2022
KOHLER Experience Centre
52/54 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079320
Tel: 6224 0039
Lazada URL:
Media Images can be downloaded here

Featured Kohler products on sale
(1) More than 50% off Veil Dual Flush Two-Piece Toilet – $846 (U.P. $1,782)
(2) 50% off Family Care Bathroom Furniture – $1,002 (U.P. $2,004)
(3) 20% off Moxie Handshower, sound by Harman Kardon – $399 (U.P. $499)
(4) 45% off Malleco Touchless Pull-down Kitchen Faucet – $873 (U.P. $1,587)
(5) 50% off KOHLER Malleco Single Kitchen Sink – $690 (U.P. $1,368)

Check out other amazing offers on display by other participating leading lifestyle brands.

Giveaways/promotions during Come Home to KOHLER & Friends (Powered by Lazada)
– The top 10 spenders stand to win amazing prizes from KOHLER, OSIM or Bang & Olufsen worth more than $8,000. (Minimum spending of $800 is required to qualify)
– Spin & Win – Shoppers who spend a minimum of $80 during the fair will stand a chance to win Manchester United premiums.
– Sing For Sale – Sing your heart out and enjoy 40% off Moxie Handshower, sound by Harman Kardon from only $299 (U.P. $499)

Activities & Workshops
Sessions are free. Please register 15 mins before each workshop at KEC.
– Cooking Workshop with Chef Ivan Yeo with Food Tasting; Dates: Saturday, 30 July 2022; Time: 4pm to 6pm
– Home Interior Seminar by Bowerman Interior; Date: Sunday, 7 Aug 2022; Time: 3pm to 4pm

About Kohler Co.

Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies, with more than 35,000 associates. With more than 50 manufacturing locations worldwide, Kohler is a global leader in the design, innovation and manufacture of kitchen and bath products; engines and power systems; luxury cabinetry and tile; and owner/operator of two five-star hospitality and golf resort destinations in Kohler, Wisconsin, and St. Andrews, Scotland. The company also develops solutions to address pressing issues, such as clean water and sanitation, for underserved communities around the world to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations. For more details, please visit KOHLER.SG.

About KOHLER on LazMall

As part of KOHLER’s mission of providing a higher level of gracious living for those touched by our products and services, KOHLER’s online store on LazMall offers our customers another convenient way to shop for our quality and innovative kitchen and bath products. With over 100 products ranging from toilet, lavatory, faucet, bathroom furniture, bathroom accessories, and kitchen sink and faucet available online to choose from, our customers can be assured that our products are 100% authentic, with 15-day easy returns and free delivery.

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Source: KOHLER

Sectors: Fashion & Apparel, Retail & eCommerce, Daily News, Design & Art, Regional, Local Biz
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Uttar Pradesh MSME Minister Rakesh Sachan Urged MSMEs to Invest in the State at SMEStreet GameChangers Forum 2022 Webinar

New Delhi, India, July 21, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – Shri Rakesh Sachan, Cabinet Minister for Ministry of MSME and Khadi, Government of Uttar Pradesh, attended the SMEStreet GameChangers Forum 2022 Webinar as the Chief Guest and emphasised Uttar Pradesh’s MSME Policies and Shri Yogi Adityanath’s government’s commitment to MSMEs’ development in the state. Smt Mercy Epao, Joint Secretary, Ministry of MSME, Govt of India, attended the event as the Guest of Honour and delivered her keynote address, highlighting flagship MSME policies and schemes that are designed to give a boost to MSMEs in order to bounce back on a growth path after the pandemic.
Shri Rakesh Sachan, Minister of MSME and Khadi in the UP Government, emphasised the UP Government’s commitment to creating a positive and safe environment for business.”We are working towards ensuring an all-around positive ecosystem for economic upliftment in the state. The last few years have shown a great level of enthusiasm from both MSMEs and the investor community from across the world in coming to our UP state.

Highlighting the first 100 days of the second term of the Yogi government of Uttar Pradesh, the MSME Minister of UP mentioned the success of the Mega Loan Mela that Chief Minister Shri Yogi Adityanath launched. Through this initiative, a loan of 16 thousand crores has been distributed to one lakh nine hundred thousand beneficiaries of the state.

The Minister also highlighted initiatives like the sanctioning of common facility centres in various districts under the One District, One Product common facility centre (CFC) saying, “Such schemes are helping MSMEs from smaller towns like Azamgarh, Siddharthnagar, Sitapur, and Ambedkar Nagar. Similarly, the proposal for the upgradation of infrastructure facilities under the central government’s Cluster Development Program shows that major development work is happening in Jalaun’s Industrial Asthan Coach, Salarpur Industrial Area of Badaun in only the first 100 days of our government. The work of setting up the Woolen Thread Cosmetic Center in Prayagraj is going on. About 35% of the building work has been completed.

While giving the keynote address to the SMEStreet GameChangers forum, Smt Mercy Epao, Jt Secretary of MSME Ministry emphasized on Central Government’s focused approach towards creating a conducive ecosystem for the growth of MSMEs in the country. She said that the government has initiated many programs and schemes in credit facilitation, cluster development, technology centres, market linkages, skilling and capacity building, encouraging innovation and sustainability, and creating better coordination between the Central Government and State Governments. The Ministry of MSME is not only working on policies but also addressing the grievances of MSMEs through online Champions and Samadhan portals. The MSME Ministry has recently launched the CBFTE Scheme to support first-time exporters by assisting them financially with registration with EPCs, insurance premium testing, and certification of their products and services. Innovation, ZED and Lean schemes will help the MSMEs to become competitive in the global value chain. The Ministry has launched the Udyam Registration portal to encourage MSMEs to access various benefits offered by the government. It is also a step toward bringing the MSMEs into the formal sector.

“Towards inclusive growth, the Ministry has been implementing NSSH Scheme to support SC/ST entrepreneurs mainstream their economic activities. It has been working with a focused aim of reaching 4% procurement by the CPSEs/Government from the SC/STs. To encourage women entrepreneurship, SAMARTH has bn announced on 8th March 2022 to reserve 20% seats for all skill programs n exhibition/fairs (both domestic & international),” said Smt Mercy Epao, “Skilling is one of the major programs taken up to encourage youth to take up entrepreneurship or find placement for livelihood.”

“We are also working on the final stage of development of the updated National MSME Policy. We have invited suggestions and recommendations from industry associations for ensuring a comprehensive National MSME Policy. “We are thankful to all industry associations, including SMEStreet Foundation, for submitting their recommendations for the updated MSME Policy,” says Smt. Mercy Epao.

The webinar was held on July 19th and was attended by over 4,000 MSME audience members via and various social media platforms. Shri P Udayakumar, CMD of NSIC, also participated in the forum and emphasised NSIC’s commitment to building a new India which will have successful MSMEs and a sustainable growth ecosystem for the sector.

Shri P Udayakumar, CMD, NSIC, Ministry of MSME, presented a special address in which he highlighted MSME schemes that are executed by NSIC.

Shri Uadayakumar said, “While NSIC schemes are getting very positive feedback from MSMEs, I certainly see a very positive growth curve for Indian MSMEs in the next few years.” The next few years will witness the great results of MSME success stories. I am extremely pleased to note that SMEStreet is organising a webinar on ” Role of MSMEs in the chase of 5 Trillion economies.”

NSIC plays a major role in recharging the MSME units after the pandemic hit to get the business opportunities growing in an exponential way from the domestic and export markets.

Earlier, Shri Faiz Askari, Founder Editor of SMEStreet and Secretary General of SMEStreet Foundation, welcomed the distinguished speakers into the second webinar of SMEStreet GameChangers Forum 2022 and said, “The MSME sector, in today’s time, is at the crux of a global economic evolution. Scenarios are fast changing and Indian MSMEs are completely qualified to capitalise on the new regime of opportunities. We are SMEStreet. We are extremely excited to bring you this forum, which is aimed at highlighting contemporary opportunities for MSMEs. Through various webinars, podcasts, articles, and reports, SMEStreet will continue to explain and explore every single opportunity for MSMEs’ growth. Today’s webinar was phenomenally successful with respect to showcasing such opportunities, and I am thankful to our leaders and policymakers who are committed to creating an MSME-oriented ecosystem.”

In a special session delivered by Shri Samir Sathe, Executive Vice President, Wadhwani Advantage, Wadhwani Foundation MSME Development Services and the roadmap by Wadhawani Foundation were explained and highlighted.

A panel discussion on the Roadmap for MSMEs with MSME Perspective in the Pursuit of India Becoming a 5 Trillion Dollar Economy was also organized, with distinguished panellists such as Shri P Uadayakumar, CMD of NSIC, Ministry of MSME, Shri Naresh Verma, Past President, Manufacturers Association Faridabad, and Shri Abhinav Jain, Founder, Almond Virtex participating.

For the panel discussion, Shri Udayakumar mentioned, “NSIC offers fully integrated solutions to MSMEs, from incubation to last mile exports through various interventions. The latest game-changing interventions are Self Reliant India( SRI) Fund for equity infusion with a corpus of Rs 50000 Crs, A scheme for the first-time exporters supported by the Ministry, and Subsidy support for Micro enterprises for MSMEmart membership among another commercial scheme. We assure the MSMEs that we will provide all required commercial support and hand holding so that MSME units play a major role in making the 5 Trillion economies.”

Shri Naresh Verma spoke on the competitiveness and potential of Faridabad, Haryana-based manufacturers and also hinted at the government’s proactive efforts to improve the level of ease of doing business. also pointed out some challenges like power and fuel supply for the smooth functioning of the business. Shri Abhinav Jain highlighted the role of new-age collaborative technologies that are enabling MSMEs to do business in the new era.

Mr. Abdulhasan Al-Dairi, Chairman of Bahrain SMEs Society and Deputy Chairman of the United SMEs Organization (UNISMO), participated in the panel discussion and gave a global perspective on business and also touched upon opportunities for Indian and Bahraini MSMEs.

A detailed report on the panel discussion will be published separately on

The forum also highlighted SealTech International as an MSME from Faridabad which is doing exponential work in the area of the oil and gas sector not only in India but across the globe and the USA in particular. Shri Raju Mishra, CEO & Director of SealTech International, presented details of his organisation’s milestones. This section was part of the SMEStreet Foundation’s Star MSME Showcase in which SealTech International was featured as a success story.

SMEStreet GameChangers Forum 2022 is supported by the Ministry of MSME, Govt. of India, Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Ahmedabad, National Small Industries Corporation, LexComply, and Almond-Vertix. SMEStreet Foundation is the executing agency for this activity, and global partners include Bahrain-based UNISMO, AASGON, and United Nations Global Compact, UK.

About SMEStreet GameChangers Forum 2022

On World MSME Day, June 27th, 2022, SMEStreet GameChangers Forum 2022-a series of webinars and podcasts were launched. The theme of the entire series is “The Role of MSMEs in Chasing the 5 Trillion Dollar Economy Target.”

SMEStreet is working along with its stakeholders to create a valuable and noteworthy ecosystem for MSMEs where meaningful discussion for the upliftment of Indian MSMEs can happen.SMEStreet is working along with its stakeholders to create a valuable and noteworthy ecosystem for MSMEs where meaningful discussion for the upliftment of Indian MSMEs can happen.

The keynote address of the inaugural session of SMEStreet GameChangers Forum 2022 was delivered by Shri BB Swain, Secretary, Ministry of MSME, Government of India. Shri Swain highlighted the recent milestones that were achieved by the MSME Ministry towards MSME development. He mentioned, “Coordinated and collaborative efforts of stakeholders have to lead us to win over the recent pandemic. Today, we are on a recovery path, better positioned than the previous year, with a projected growth rate higher than that of the global economy.”

SMEStreet GameChangers Forum 2021

In June 2021, SMEStreet GameChangers Forum was launched by the Then Hon’ble Union Minister of MSME Shri Nitin Gadkari and the Special keynote address was delivered by Hon’ble Governor of Kerala State Shri Arif Mohammad Khan. Shri Gadkari made an important announcement on this SMEStreet GameChangers Forum about introducing a revised and simplified process of MSME registration. PIB News Link (

About SMEStreet Foundation was founded in 2014 with the aim to become an effective voice and an efficient Ecosystem for Indian MSME Entrepreneurs. Now, in 2022, with over 7 Lakh visitors per month, SMEStreet has been working sincerely for the MSME sector’s holistic growth. Global Networking and Sectoral focus are making this platform the most popular MSME media platform in this part of the world. As an ecosystem, SMEStreet has also registered as a Section 8 company working along with this sector’s advantages and building capacities through knowledge and networking.

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Source: SMEStreet Foundation

Sectors: Trade Shows, Local Biz
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Honda Holds World Premiere of the All-new Civic Type R

TOKYO, July 21, 2022 – (JCN Newswire) – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today held the world premiere of the all-new Civic Type R, which is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in September 2022.
At the world premiere, which was held online, Honda unveiled the exterior and interior designs of the all-new Civic Type R and announced advancements made to the vehicle’s dynamic performance. The archived video of the world premiere is available for viewing at the following


Overview of the all-new Civic Type R

Grand Concept – “Ultimate SPORT 2.0”

By further advancing the concept of the predecessor model – Ultimate SPORT – the all-new Civic Type R was developed with a goal to achieve pure sports performance that attains the ultimate in speed and the joy of driving. The value proposition of the Type R is to realize both speed, which is the essential value of a sports model, and driving pleasure, which appeals to the emotion of the driver.


Based on the Civic Hatchback, which has been well received in the market, low & wide packaging was further pursued to elevate driving performance for the Type R model. Moreover, a forward field of vision with a wide view of the road was featured with an aim to provide information directly to the driver even while driving at a high range of speed.

The exterior design team strived to create styling for both overwhelming speed and beauty. The wide fenders, which are integrated with the body, are shaped to flow beautifully from the side panels and enhance aerodynamic performance by controlling air flow that continues uninterrupted from front to rear.

As for exterior color options, in addition to Championship White, which has been an iconic Type R color, Sonic Gray Pearl was newly added to the lineup.

The interior design features red seats and floor carpets that lift the spirit of the occupants from the moment they open the door, and “noiseless,” black-toned interior panels that enable the driver to focus on driving.

The front seats are designed with a three-dimensional polyhedral form to firmly support the body so that the driver and front passenger can feel complete confidence even while driving on a racing circuit at the vehicle’s full potential. Moreover, the adoption of a suede-like seat surface material with a high friction coefficient reduced body slippage in high-G situations such as cornering and sudden acceleration/deceleration.

As for the meter design, in addition to the standard display, +R mode-exclusive designs were adopted. Placing the primary focus on enabling the driver to instantaneously recognize necessary information during sporty driving, including on a racing circuit, the upper part of the meter displays key information such as the engine rpm, rev indicator and gear position indicator, while the lower part functions as a multi-information display that can show vehicle information selected by the driver. By adopting an illuminated rev indicator, the driver can obtain information intuitively without keeping close watch on the indicator, along with instantaneous visual recognition of the information and a stimulating meter design.


The development team set three goals for the dynamic performance of the all-new Civic Type R: 1) “Fastest”, representing the pursuit of overwhelming speed and being the fastest FF (front engine/front-wheel-drive) vehicle by refining and perfecting every aspect of driving feel offered by the vehicle; 2) “Addictive Feel” representing the goal to achieve dynamics that make the driver feel “addicted” to driving the vehicle by offering a thrilling driving experience; and 3) “Secure Feel”, representing the goal to ensure high-speed stability and a complete feeling of trust.


Aiming to realize an all-new Type R which outperforms all previous Type R models, the 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo engine designed exclusively for Type R was further refined to achieve higher output and responsiveness to the upper limit.

Addictive Feel

In addition to achieving the ultimate in speed, the development team strived to create a car that makes the driver passionate about driving the vehicle. To this end, a thrilling driving experience was pursued by refining drivability with highly-responsive handing developed with an aim to realize driving at the will of the driver, a throttle that reacts immediately to driver input, and also by further advancing a feeling of control of the 6-speed manual transmission and the rev match control system.

Secure Feel

On the premise of ensuring highly-sophisticated design, aerodynamics was further advanced to achieve well-balanced downforce both front and rear and a reduction of drag. Moreover, the lightweight and highly rigid body contributes to the high stability of the vehicle at high speeds.

Furthermore, through utilization of Honda LogR, which provides real-time information on the mechanical movements of the vehicle and vehicle behavior resulting from the driver’s input, the all-new Civic Type R will provide the driver with enhanced driving pleasure with a sense of oneness between the driver and the vehicle, which includes the sharing of driving videos and helping the driver improve their driving skills.

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Source: Honda

Sectors: Automotive
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