Friday, December 2, 2022

30 finalists announced for UAE’s Zayed Sustainability Prize 2023

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The Zayed Sustainability Prize, the UAE's award for recognising excellence in sustainability, held its Jury meeting to elect winners for its 2023 cycle, who will be announced during the Prize’s Awards Ceremony at the 2023 Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), this January. A total of up to 30 finalists were confirmed and are now in competition for the 10 awards, across the five categories of Health, Food, Energy, Water, and Global High Schools.

Data-centric software firm NetApp opens global headquarters in Ireland

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NetApp®, a global, cloud-led, data-centric software company, announced the opening of its new international headquarters in Cork, Ireland. The office is in Navigation Square within Cork’s Docklands, Ireland’s largest and most ambitious urban regeneration project. The new international headquarters will serve NetApp’s international commercial, sales, and technology operations, expanding the company’s ability to support its global clients through a broad ecosystem of available technology, engineering, and software development talent.

Juniper Singapore named among the best companies to work for in Asia

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Juniper Networks, a secure, AI-driven networks, has been recognized as one of the ‘Best Companies to Work For’ in Singapore by HR Asia, Asia’s publication for HR professionals. The awards aim to identify Asia’s employers of choice across fourteen markets – in recognition of the firms which are assessed to have the best HR practices, and which also demonstrate high levels of employee engagement alongside excellent workplace cultures.

Forsta appoints Henry Pooley as Managing Director for Asia-Pacific

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Forsta, a global provider of market research, customer experience (CX), and employee experience (EX) technology, announced that Henry Pooley has been appointed Managing Director for the APAC region, signalling a more significant focus on the region going forward. An experienced senior executive, team leader and commercial business strategist, Henry Pooley has nearly two decades of experience in managing and leading global sales and client management teams, with special expertise in SaaS technology. Based in Sydney, Henry Pooley will further strengthen Forsta’s position and growth across the APAC region.

ABB E-mobility raises about CHF200 million in a pre-IPO private placement

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ABB E-mobility, a global player in electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions, announced that it has signed a pre-IPO private placement of approximately CHF200 million for newly issued shares, led by minority investors. The transaction will close during the fourth quarter 2022. ABB E-mobility will use the proceeds to continue the execution of its growth strategy, driven by both organic and merger and association investments in hardware and software.

UGC metaverse YAHAHA raises $40 million in Series A+ funding round

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YAHAHA Studios (YAHAHA) the community focussed user-generated content (UGC) metaverse, announced it has secured a Series A+ investment of USD$40m. The round was led by Temasek and Alibaba and includes investment from 37 Interactive Entertainment. The raise will be used to grow the YAHAHA product, community, headcount and ecosystem.

GE Healthcare moves to expand contrast media production capacity with new $80 million investment

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GE Healthcare’s Pharmaceutical Diagnostics business announced an $80m investment to increase manufacturing capacity by 30% at its Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) site in Lindesnes, Norway. The investment is part of the firm’s broader commitment to address future demand for iodinated contrast media, used in Xray and Computed Tomography (CT) to enhance visualization of organs, blood vessels and tissues across disease pathways.

Contentstack raises $80 million co-led by Georgian and Insight Partners

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Contentstack, the Content Experience Platform (CXP) category and composable architecture pioneer, announced $80 million in Series C funding. Georgian and Insight Partners co-led the round with participation from Illuminate Ventures. All three companies continue to grow their investment with Contentstack, contributing to a $169 million total raised thus far.

VertiGIS enters next phase of growth, announces Andy Berry as its CEO

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VertiGIS, a provider of innovative spatial asset management solutions for utilities, telecommunications, govt, and infrastructure firms is entering its next phase of growth and expansion. VertiGIS is backed by global, technology-focused investment firm Battery Ventures, who saw an opportunity to bring together a distributed ecosystem of leading geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial tech companies under the brand in 2017.

Cross-border payments firm Alipay+ reveals a surge in merchant coverage

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Alipay+, provider of cross-border digital payment and marketing solutions, announced its merchant coverage has more than doubled to 2.5 million, as it works on connecting businesses to multiple digital payment methods by collaborating with acquirer partners. The payment methods merchants can adopt through one-time integration has reached 15, so that they can tap over 1 billion e-wallet users and unlock the consumption potential of the mobile-savvy consumer. Angel Zhao, President of International Business, Ant Group, shared the vision of Alipay+ and its latest developments at the Singapore Fintech Festival (SFF).