Norwegian Group Katapult Ocean Invests in ecoSPEARS Environmental Startup With NASA Clean Water Technology

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — ecoSPEARS understands that toxins are polluting land and waterways. When these contaminants remain in the environment, they can cause congenital disorders and diseases to animals and people.ecoSPEARS develops climate-friendly technology solutions to remove the toxins from the environment, so everyone has access to clean water, clean food, and clean air. 

In the selection process, Katapult Ocean screened and interviewed a pipeline with more than 1,500 startups. Since 2018, Katapult Ocean has made 32 investments in exciting ocean impact companies from all over the world (17 countries and four continents). “Few options exist when it comes to eliminating persistent and emerging contaminants in soil, sediment, and oil – a problem which has grown with industry globally. ecoSPEARS is well-positioned to become the benchmark cleantech company for green remediation,” said Jonas Skattum Svegaarden, CEO of Katapult Ocean. 

ecoSPEARS imagines a world where every

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SoftBank invests $215 million in education start-up Kahoot

Masayoshi Son, chairman and chief executive officer of SoftBank Group Corp., reacts during a dialog session with Jack Ma, former chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., not pictured, at Tokyo Forum 2019 in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019.

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LONDON — SoftBank has invested $215 million in Norwegian education start-up Kahoot, taking a 9.7% stake in the company, as demand for online learning platforms skyrockets during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Oslo-based firm said Tuesday it had agreed to sell 43 million new shares at a price of 46 Norwegian krone — or about $5 — per share to SoftBank. It plans to use funds raised from the deal to fuel growth through new partnerships, joint ventures and acquisitions, CEO Eilert Hanoa told CNBC.

“It’s all about the general switch in mindset from digital tools being a nice-to-have additional set of features in

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Chrysalix RoboValley Fund Invests in Sortera Alloys, Developers of a Breakthrough Technology …

Vancouver, BC and Delft, Netherlands , Oct. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Chrysalix Venture Capital, a global venture capital fund with a long history commercializing step-change innovation for resource intensive industries, announces an investment in Sortera Alloys, developers of an intelligent sorting system for the upcycling of non-ferrous scrap metal, including Aluminum, Copper, Zinc and Brass. The system enables accurate, high throughput sorting by metal type and alloy composition through a combination of sensor fusion (XRF, Optical), AI/ML image processing and an advanced scrap feeder design. 

“Chrysalix is making the circularity of metals a major theme of our new fund. Primary aluminum production accounts for 1% of global GHGs and to achieve the forecasted global demand and climate change targets, the industry must deliver significant decarbonization,” said Alfred Lam, Partner at Chrysalix Venture Capital. “Sortera’s sorting systems enable the recyclability of aluminum for high-value end products thereby saving up to

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Into the Mother Lands interview: Twitch invests in an RPG show led by people of color

Critical Role has played an important roll in the rise of actual play RPG livestreams and podcasts, turning these from a niche to a major player in the streaming ecosystem. According to measurement firm StreamElements, viewers watched an aggregated 19.5 million hours of such shows on Twitch an YouTube, a 1,142% increase over 2018. 2020’s numbers are likely higher.

And one of the best of these actual play shows is Rivals of Waterdeep, a Wizards of the Coast-backed project. It started in 2018 in conjunction with Dungeons & DragonsWaterdeep: Dragon Heist storyline. It’s now in its 8th season, and the project features some of what I consider the deepest role-playing you can find in any D&D show.

Tanya DePass is one of the Rivals‘ players. And she’s teaming up with B. Dave Walters, whose credits include the transmedia Electropunk project, A Darkened Wish (an actual play

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Mark Cross Relaunches Its Men’s Collection And Invests In New Technology

Mark Cross, an American luxury brand established in Boston in 1845, is revisiting its roots and looking to the future in its new men’s collection. While Mark Cross always had men’s pieces, this fall, it fully relaunches the collection with new silhouettes and an exclusive new logo. Pieces and the logo are inspired by the company’s long heritage and archives, but they are thoroughly modern. Mark Cross also partnered with TrueTwins, a technology company that provides a digital passport for every piece. A digital chip is embedded inside the product, which a smartphone can sense. Upon scanning the chip, your phone takes you to the Mark Cross app where you can view the certificate of authenticity, information on the piece’s sustainability, the supply chain, proof of ownership, and warranty. Even if you purchase the piece from someone other than Mark Cross,

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Life Insurance Industry Invests In Cognitive Health To Tackle The Future Of Aging

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Sept. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — World Alzheimer’s Day – As populations continue to age globally, life insurance companies and their customers have been increasingly affected by the rising numbers of Alzheimer’s disease. To prepare for future aging populations and how to best serve them, insurers are investing for the first time in digital assessment technologies that will enable policyholders to manage and track their cognitive health. An announcement today by Neurotrack, a digital health company, and Hannover Life Reassurance Company of America (Hannover Re US), a member of Hannover Re Group, the third largest reinsurance group in the world, signals how the industry is turning to digital technology to benefit insurers and policyholders by changing the future of aging. 

Neurotrack is announcing a partnership with Hannover Re US to offer Neurotrack’s clinically-validated cognitive health program to the life insurance market for use by their policyholders.

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PaperWorks Invests in New Equipment and Technology to Increase Capacity and Capabilities

BALA CYNWYD, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PaperWorks is increasing its production capacity and capabilities, investing in new technology innovation and platforms in the Greensboro, North Carolina facility. The state-of-the-art equipment and new technology platforms will integrate well with PaperWorks’ highly-efficient business model by offering the most sophisticated automation geared towards in-line innovation and full-quality control. The new investment consists of:

  • A new 41” Offset printing press from Komori (Japan) – GLX740 with seven colors and two coaters including automating logistics, in-line color control, in-line detection systems, automated changeovers and in-line cold foil technology. This top-of-the-line technology platform will allow for the production of high-end cartons that will be highly sustainable and cost-efficient.
  • Two new MasterFold folding gluing lines from Bobst (Switzerland) – 110A1 with 600Meters/Min line speed including end-to-end automation through a full batch turner, easy feed and auto packer. These lines are made with a highly sophisticated servo controlled matic
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