Friday, December 2, 2022

Autocheck launches business arm to accelerate vehicle financing access

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Autochek, the automotive tech firm making car ownership more affordable across Africa, has announced the launch of Autochek Financial Services, a new arm of the business that will focus on providing a range of vehicle financing solutions for consumers across the continent. Autochek Financial Services will support Autochek’s Marketplace platform, which partners with car dealers to make it easier for consumers and businesses to finance their vehicles.

Winners of the fourth Australian Business Book Awards announced

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‘Money with Jess’ by Jess Irvine has won Business Book of the Year at the fourth Smart WFM Australian Business Book Awards. The Awards were presented in a virtual ceremony held on 22nd November and saw more than $12,000 donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. The awards were founded by bestselling business author Andrew Griffiths and publishing expert Michael Hanrahan. They enable non-fiction business authors to share wisdom with colleagues and public. The Awards donate all profits to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, which invests in more than 400 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander remote communities to provide tools and resources to shape the direction of their children’s literacy future.

RoboFit launches Australia’s first robot powered therapy centre

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With the mission to contribute to a cure for paralysis, RoboFit is the culmination of a 10 year journey for husband and wife duo Maryanne Harris and Daniel Hillyer - offering Australia’s first neuro-responsive exoskeleton and opening Australia’s first robot powered therapy centre. Using cutting-edge tech to redefine rehabilitation by combining exercise physiology and physiotherapy, Cyberdyne’s tech changed founder Daniel’s life, restoring motor and sensory function once thought to be lost forever and proving that you should never say never.

Pat Cummins and Sachin Tendulkar join ultimate cricket fan club Rario

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Rario, the first marketplace for officially certified digital cricket collectibles, announced its partnership with the captain of Australia in Test and ODI cricket, Pat Cummins to allow fans to own digital collectibles on Rario.com. Rario, a digital collectibles platform for cricket fans to collect and trade cricket NFTs (Non-fungible Tokens), also recently announced its partnership with legendary Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who joins the platform as a strategic investor.

Cirium casts first phase of satellite-based aircraft maintenance tracking

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Cirium has revealed the aviation industry’s first satellite-based aircraft maintenance tracking feature in its Ascend Profiles module. Its new Ground Events feature enables aircraft and engine manufacturers, maintenance, repair and overhaul service providers, parts suppliers, lessors and insurers to monitor and predict future aircraft maintenance events.

Arm appoints Paul E. Jacobs and Rosemary Schooler to its Board

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Arm appointed new Board members Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of XCOM Labs and former CEO and executive chairman of Qualcomm Inc., and Rosemary Schooler, former corporate vice president and general manager of Data Center and AI Sales for Intel. Both bring significant public company experience spanning technology development, business strategy and corporate governance to Arm as it continues to prepare for a public listing.

HR tech firm Xref acquires employee engagement platform Voice Project

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Global HR tech platform Xref has acquired employee engagement tech firm Voice Project in a move that will allow it to compete with incumbent unicorns through a newly complete hire-to-retire solution for employers. The acquisition will drive Xref’s revenue forward by a forecast $4m, increase its headcount from 85 to 100, and open up Voice Project’s 944 not-for-profit, private, and public clients to Xref’s existing complementary suite of products.

David Chandler backs active lending to drive confidence in property market

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Speaking at an AltX event for the construction industry, NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler OAM said active lending could attract consumers and investors in the future. Real estate debt investments provider, AltX takes an active lending approach to all its investment opportunities, preserving capital while delivering quality construction products to market.

Lo Bros teams up with Ritchies and Drakes to tackle ocean waste problem

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Renowned drinks industry challenger Lo Bros has launched a new impact-led brand, Not Soda, with a mission to clean up our oceans. Retailers Ritchies and Drakes are the first to get behind the effort, with a goal to clean up two million plastic bottles from our oceans by 2025. Lo Bros’ Not Soda will feature heavily in up to 130 of the two retailers’ stores across the country, spearheading a new wave of planet-consciousness that consumers can get behind.

Hyatt to further its asset-light portfolio with acquisition of Dream Hotel Group

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and Dream Hotel Group announced an agreement for a Hyatt affiliate to acquire Dream Hotel Group’s lifestyle hotel brand and management platform including the Dream Hotels, The Chatwal Hotels and Unscripted Hotels brands, with properties in some of the world’s most prominent hotel markets across the Americas, Europe and Asia.