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SAINSBURY’S × WAE

Sainsbury’s partners with Williams Advanced Engineering and gives green light to sustainable start-ups with £5 million investment

  • Sainsbury’s pledges to support small businesses pioneering sustainable technologies that reduce carbon and water use through the creation of an innovative partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering
  • From refrigeration to ventilation, this landmark venture will invest in start-up companies with ‘proof of concept’ technologies that reduces carbon emissions and water usage across the retailer’s operations, as well as the wider sector
  • This announcement marks another phase in Sainsbury’s extensive investment towards achieving Net Zero in its own operations by 2035, having already made significant progress reducing operational emissions
  • Find out more and apply here: HERE.

As part of its pledge to reach Net Zero in its own operations by 2035, Sainsbury’s has announced the launch of Sainsbury’s Innovation Investments which will invest a minimum of £5 million over the next four years into start-up businesses commercialising innovative, sustainable technologies that look to reduce operational carbon emissions and water usage.

Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) will scout and invest into early-stage companies, not limited to the Sainsbury’s supply chain, across a range of sectors. The first investment is expected to be announced before the end of 2022. In addition to providing much needed investment, Sainsbury’s is looking to accelerate dynamic start-ups and Small/Medium Enterprises (SME’s) in developing, testing, and deploying transformational technology that can reduce carbon emissions and water usage.

This announcement furthers the significant progress Sainsbury’s has already made in reducing its impact on the environment, having drastically cut its carbon emissions in its own operations by 762,119 tCO2e, a reduction of 7 per cent year-on-year and 20 per cent from its 2018/19 baseline, keeping the retailer on course to meet its Net Zero target of 2035.

Sainsbury’s Innovation Investments is part of Sainsbury’s ongoing partnership with WAE, a world-leading technology and engineering services business, which combines cutting-edge technological advances and the industry’s best engineers; accelerating the drive for zero emissions.

In 2017, Sainsbury’s began the process of installing innovative Aerofoil technology to its fridges in-store. Since then, the pioneering energy-saving technology, collaboratively developed by UK start-up Aerofoil Energy and WAE, has been rolled out across the entire estate, resulting in an estimated 15% energy-reduction, with other retailers since following suit.

Patrick Dunne, Sainsbury’s Property and Procurement Director, said:

“We are committed to reaching our Net Zero target of 2035 and are proud to be doing our part in leading the way to create solutions that will reduce carbon emissions and water usage not just in our stores, but across the entire sector. We know that reducing emissions and water use is a critical part of tackling the climate crisis and to achieve this, we understand the importance of investing in pioneering technologies that can be adopted by all retailers.”

Tackling an issue of this scale requires collaboration and we’re really excited to not only invest in these businesses, but also provide a pathway to in-store use, working towards a more sustainable future for everyone.” 

Matthew Burke,  Head of Technology Ventures, Williams Advanced Engineering said:

“Embracing new and unproven technologies is a necessary requirement to meet Net Zero and many of these products and services will emerge from the technology start-up community. Sainsbury’s Innovation Investments will accelerate the commercialisation of these technologies through the opportunity of investment, trial and deployment across Sainsbury’s vast estate and operations. In doing so it will act as a springboard for wider and rapid technology adoption by customers across retail and other sectors who all share common Net Zero challenges. With WAE’s focus on sustainability, and expertise in technology and engineering combined with early-stage technology investing, we are delighted to be supporting Sainsbury’s journey to Net Zero with the launch of this unique investment initiative.” 

Sainsbury’s has committed to becoming Net Zero in its own operations by 2035, five years earlier than its original ambition. The retailer is calling on sustainable technology businesses keen to join on its journey to Net Zero 2035 to apply HERE.

Village Voice × Goldco

Founded in 1955, the Village Voice was the nation’s first alternative newsweekly and maintains their high-spirited, and passionate journalism today to give its readers the latest local, national and entertainment news.

Village Voice’s mix of in-depth newswriting and reporting provides readers with a unique look at New York’s vibrant culture and this indispensable perspective has earned them three Pulitzer Prizes, along with many other notable awards.

They have now published a detailed Goldco review, which highlights how the gold IRA company has earned its reputation as the best overall precious metals company, due to its great customer service, low fees and large selection of highly rated customer reviews.

Receive The Gold Standard At Goldco

At the Village Voice you can find their Goldco Precious Metals review which not only features the company’s important pros and cons that you should consider, but also provides you with what investing in a gold IRA (Investment Retirement Account) entails, including the minimum investment cost and the selection of other precious metals (such as, silver, platinum and palladium) that you can invest in.

Goldco was founded in 2006 and is a very well-established, full-service gold and precious metals company based in Woodland Hills, California. They specialize in precious metals IRAs and are an excellent company if you are considering a gold IRA rollover or want to establish a new gold IRA.

With their business model and relationships built wholly on trust, as well as the rapport between their gold and silver experts and their clients, you can be assured that you will receive expert advice, including videos and e-books, to help you build up the perfect precious metals portfolio to reach your financial goals.

As shown in the in-depth review by the Village Voice at https://www.villagevoice.com/2022/05/10/goldco-review/, Goldco has received an A+ BBB rating with the Better Business Bureau and a Triple A rating from the Business Consumer Alliance that are based on positive reviews from customers regarding ethical business practices and reliability. On top of these impressive ratings, Goldco also has over 600 reviews and 4.8/5 stars on Trustpilot that supports their excellent customer service and commitment to protect your IRA for a long time.

Investing in gold and other precious metals can diversify and stabilize your portfolio, help protect your income when you retire and safeguard your investment capital from stock market volatility and runaway government spending.

Along with these positives in precious metal investing, there are several key benefits in choosing Goldco as your gold IRA company, such as:

  • Client Focused – Compared to other precious metal IRA companies, Goldco places emphasis on educating their clients on precious metal investment by supplying educational materials and professional advice, so that you can make an informed decision. Not only this, but their knowledgeable team will listen to your financial goals and work together with you to help select the best investment to suit your specific needs.
  • Wide Range of Precious Metals – By offering a wide range of different precious metals, from gold, silver, palladium to platinum, Goldco can advise you on which will be the most advantageous metal to maximize your investment.
  • Experience – Goldco has been working with gold and silver IRAs for over 15 years and use this experience to stay on top of market trends and offer reliable and expert advice to their clients.
Keith Haring Foundation and M·A·C Cosmetics inside 360 MAGAZINE

M·A·C Cosmetics NFT

M·A·C Cosmetics Partners with The Keith Haring Foundation to Launch First-Ever NFT Collection 

Limited-edition VIVA GLAM x Keith Haring NFTs will mint on National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day to support healthy futures and equal rights for all  

In honor of National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on April 10, M·A·C Cosmetics has created its first-ever NFT collection featuring the work of the late iconic artist and activist, Keith Haring. Available from April 10 to June 1, 2022, 100% of the purchase price from primary sales of the VIVA GLAM x Keith Haring NFT collection will be donated to the M·A·C VIVA GLAM Fund to support youth impacted by HIV/AIDS and through January 15, 2023, 2.5% of the purchase price from all secondary sales on OpenSea will go to The Keith Haring Foundation. 

“VIVA GLAM is as iconic to M·A·C as our lipsticks and as our relationship with technology evolves as a society, we must also expand how we fundraise for the campaign. This will be the first-time in VIVA GLAM’s 27-year history that fans and supporters in the U.S. will be able to contribute to VIVA GLAM without buying a physical lipstick. This is an exciting moment for us and we hope that this limited-edition NFT collection will help us reach a new audience and raise more funding for VIVA GLAM,” said André Branch, M·A·C Cosmetics General Manager, North America.

The Keith Haring Foundation is a natural partner for M·A·C to  enter  into the metaverse: Haring’s inimitable street pop art sprang into the epicentre of New York’s artistic subculture in the 1980s, right when M·A·C launched as the definitive rule-breaking Artistry brand. It’s their shared connection to the fight against HIV/AIDS that forms the most meaningful bond. Haring himself was diagnosed with HIV in 1987 at a time when the disease was still a source of fear and apprehension. Equal part activist and artist, instead of hiding behind his diagnosis, Haring used his art to raise awareness about the AIDS crisis and talk about his own illness, which helped destigmatize AIDS and bring impacted youth together to advocate for change. 

“This is exciting in so many ways. First, it is M·A·C’s first ever dab into the metaverse and the world of NFTs and we are thrilled to anchor it to giving back to a cause so close to the heart and soul of the brand,” said Aïda Moudachirou-Rebois, Global Chief Marketing Officer, M·A·C Cosmetics. “Additionally, we are honored that the Keith Haring Foundation agreed to join forces with us to carry forward Haring’s mission of using art to drive positive change for those most in need of support and are proud that his legacy lives on through VIVA GLAM.”

The limited-edition NFT collection features three animations of M·A·C VIVA GLAM lipsticks decorated with Haring’s most famous artwork. Created in partnership with blockchain technology leader ConsenSys, each NFT is available at three different rarity levels and price points to attract a diverse and inclusive range of metaverse consumers.

  • Keith Haring Red – Rare ($25 each up to 5,000 pieces minted on demand): Animated illustration of red lipstick featuring Haring’s artwork. 
  • Keith Haring Blue – Exclusive (250 total pieces at $150 each): Animated illustration of blue lipstick featuring Haring’s artwork. Rare NFTs also include a digital face chart tutorial of a Keith Haring-inspired makeup look created by a M·A·C Senior Artist.  
  • Keith Haring Yellow – Icon (25 total pieces at $1000 each): Animated illustration of yellow lipstick featuring Haring’s artwork. Legendary NFTs also provide access to a 30-minute personalized M·A·C Artist consultation and complementary physical product. 

“Keith Haring and M·A·C Cosmetics are really a perfect match,” said Gil Vazquez, Director of the Keith Haring Studio. “Both the artist and the brand have long stood for equal rights and self-expression for everybody. We are happy to team up with M·A·C to continue supporting a cause he cared about so deeply.” 

M·A·C VIVA GLAM was created in 1994, at the height of the AIDS epidemic, by Frank Toskan and the late Frank Angelo, the original founders of the brand, who saw the HIV/AIDS epidemic directly affecting their community. They came up with a very simple, yet powerful concept: Make a lipstick and dedicate 100% of the selling price to organizations directly serving people affected by HIV/AIDS. Thanks to this powerful mission and support from the M·A·C community, the campaign has raised over half a billion dollars for organizations all over the world helping women and girls, the LGBTQIA+ community and those affected by HIV/AIDS.

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Twitter’s Future with Bitcoin

By: Sean Fontno, Elle Grant × Vaughn Lowery

Jack Dorsey always had a niche for technology. Back in 2000, he thought to himself, “What if you could share your status with all your friends really easily, so they know what you’re doing?” 6 years later, Jack Dorsey posted the very first tweet: “just setting up my twitter,” and became the company’s chief executive officer. In 2010, Dorsey started investing in the social networking company Foursquare and launched “Square.” Square lets people receive credit card payments through a mobile phone or computer. With his knowledge of social media and Square, it doesn’t seem like much of a surprise for Dorsey wanting to bring Bitcoin and Twitter together, creating something that can quickly connect people and their money.

What is Bitcoin? It’s a currency created back in 2009 by an unknown person using the false name of Satoshi Nakamoto. Have you ever been to the arcade or to the casino and received tokens or chips? Similarly, you must exchange real currency for cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrency is a digital currency that’s just like the normal United States Dollar (USD) but is protected by cryptography, which makes it impossible for scammers to attack this form of currency. It allows you to make payments online and money is easily moved place to place, account to account, with no credit card fees. With cryptocurrency being decentralized, YOU own that money. 

Along a contributing factor to this evolution in currency technology are NFTs. NFTs (non-fungible tokens) are the tokens used to buy things in cryptocurrency. NFTs helps the owner, artist, etc, earn a percentage of all the sales. It protects the unique original work being sold because in this day in age, everything is being used for something and wouldn’t you want your rightly earned money for that? They create an immutable record, keeping note of every sale. It’s the new modern step to your work or business. All you need is a smart device and an internet connection, and with just those two things, Dorsey’s goal to reach a worldwide audience will definitely be achieved. Especially as there are already 192 million daily active users on Twitter. 

Jack Dorsey sees a new chance to bring cryptocurrency into Twitter in the modern moment. Dorsey, who has been supporting Bitcoin for years, even discussed with his investors about the next steps. He told them it would help the company keep up with new market strategies. He explains how the native currency can help them move products like Super Follows, Commerce, Subscriptions, and Tip Jar. Dorsey sees this as an opportunity to “…reach every single person on the planet,” instead of doing the regular market-to-market approaches. So, Dorsey’s goal to always stay connected with people continues to be in play.

Bringing Bitcoin to Twitter seems like it will give businesses from small to big an option to increase profits and reach more audiences. With Bitcoin, you can create your own fees, avoid fraud, and kiss “three business days” goodbye! Having these benefits accessible on Twitter could be the next step for the social media of the future. 

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Financial Future

Securing Your Financial Future

Mark Williams, CEO Brokers International

When it comes to securing your financial future, the best time to start planning is today. There are a lot of tools and products available to help put a plan together, but they all have one thing in common: the earlier you take advantage of them, the better off you’ll be.

Studies have shown that younger individuals, particularly millennials, tend to prefer savings over retirement accounts. Whether that’s because they lived through the Great Recession and saw what happened to older generations whose retirement strategies were rooted in the stock market, a lack of financial literacy, or something else altogether, the fact remains that younger generations have a more conservative mindset regarding financial planning and investing.

Many people put off retirement planning until retirement itself moves more into focus. But to maximize the impact of your efforts to plan for a secure financial future, start as early as you can. Here’s where you should start.

Workplace 401(k)s

For many people in the workforce, a 401(k) is offered through their employer. Saving money for the future in a tax-advantaged vehicle is a wise move, but for those whose companies offer a 401(k) match, it’s a no-brainer to maximize that source of free money. Due to the power of compound interest, even a small regular contribution makes a major difference over time.

Consider this example. If you invest $50 a month into a 401(k), at an average 7% annual rate of return, that investment adds up. After 15 years, you’ll have invested $9,000, but it will be worth over $15,000. That same $50 a month after 30 years will amount to $18,000 out of your pocket, but it will have grown to nearly $57,000. And if you invest just $50 a month for 45 years, that $27,000 investment will be worth just under $171,500. (You may not get 7% every year, but as an illustration, the value is clear.)

Annuities

Planning for your financial future can be difficult when you may not even have a view of that horizon. You don’t know what your life will look like, what your financial needs will be, and what resources will be available to you once you are no longer working.

Annuities provide a great response to the uncertainty of long-range financial planning. It’s the only financial product available that guarantees an income stream for life — once you turn on that income stream, it’s fixed. Fluctuations in interest rates or the marketplace won’t affect it. An annuity will provide you with a paycheck every single month until the day you die — and some products even allow you to extend that benefit to your spouse or children.

Life Insurance

This is the big one, but many people overlook life insurance because they won’t be able to take advantage of it themselves. But ask yourself, at any stage of life, if you don’t make it home one day, who relies on you to provide financially? More than anything, insurance is a form of safety and protection, for you and for those you love. It’s critically important for someone who is married with children to have life insurance in case of tragedy, to be able to help cover debts, provide a future source of income and even allow space for grief without financial anxiety.

But even for single young professionals, just starting off their careers, life insurance should be a primary consideration in financial planning.

Consider a young, single, 23-year-old individual who may not have anyone who depends on their income. Why would that person want to purchase a life insurance policy in that situation? In part, because they don’t know what their situation will be like in 1, 5 or 10 years, and a 20- or 30-year term life insurance policy will provide financial safeguards for some of the possibilities that may arise. Additionally, there’s a popular saying in the insurance industry: money pays for life insurance, but health buys it. When you are young and healthy, you’ll never be able to get a life insurance policy as cheaply as you can at that point.

Just as you never know if or when your circumstances may change and you’ll find yourself wanting a life insurance policy to protect the financial interests of someone you married five years after initially deciding not to purchase a policy, you may also receive a diagnosis in that same five-year period that makes life insurance impossible (or prohibitively out of reach).

If you buy life insurance when you’re young and healthy, you can take advantage of the best rates possible and provide a blanket of financial security for your loved ones.

Plan Ahead

Financial planning isn’t a lot of fun for most people, but it is necessary. Whether you are aiming for a specific short- to a mid-range financial goal or turning your eye toward your eventual retirement, it pays to start thinking about securing your financial future as early as possible. The cost of doing so when you are young is comparatively lower than if you wait 10, 20, or 30 years to make some of the same decisions.

If you’re young, take advantage of your long time horizon and plan accordingly. If you’re older and already feeling close to retirement, you may not have taken advantage of the power of compound interest but it’s still not too late to reallocate some of your assets and shore up your financial situation as much as possible.

For anyone, I would strongly recommend seeking out the advice and experience of a financial professional — they will understand all of your available options and know best how to construct a strategic plan to help you reach your goals.

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Cryptocurrency Investment: Five Personal Finance Experts to Follow for Perfect Advice

There is much one must know to avoid facing trouble in the domain of cryptocurrency. Hence, it is vital to explore more about this new currency. Finance experts like Saijal Patel, can be your best guide when it comes to cryptocurrency advice. Whether you follow these experts or explore sites like Bitcoin Buyer, you can gain valuable insight. Check out the top five personal finance experts to follow before investing in digital currency:

1). Jeremy Schneider

Jeremy is one of the most senior Bitcoin experts, having been involved with the industry from the first day. He learned about cryptocurrency in 2010 and after thinking for half an hour, Jeremy finally decided to procure BTC. Jeremy warns against investing because of fear of missing out (FOMO) pressure. Rather, Jeremy reminds people of two rules when it comes to making money by investing in cryptocurrency: think twice before investing, and go safe in their games. Today, his net worth comes to around 4.1 million dollars.

2). Jully-Alma Taveras

Jully is called the Investing Latina on the internet. She aims to diversify the entire holdings of digital currency assets. People are starting up to learn more about the digital coin, claims Jully, yet not all are required to put their money into cryptocurrency. Jully feels that one’s cryptocurrency assets should comprise of a wide range of profiles. She also recommends people try only the two, main digital currencies for now. When we compare digital currencies to traditional ones, some cryptocurrencies can miss the mark.

3). Kiana Danial

Kiana Danial is also known as the Invest Diva. She began keeping an eye over the digital currency market in 2016, and began putting her money into the market in 2018. Danial has been active on Instagram, on which she discusses investing on goals and objectives. Kiana claims that BTC is not a lottery ticket to make loads of money in a year. She feels that one should research and check out potential risks before investing their money.

4). Marc Russell

Mark, better known as Betterwallet on Instagram, loves to stick to the basic rules of investing. He says that long-term and boring kinds of strategies do not often work, and that they require too much focus. At the same time, Mark also recommends considering what your personal long-term goal is. He claims that a majority of asset distribution deals (which include a proper blend of bonds, stocks, and alternatives) are simple and make everyone a long-term investor. He recommends that veterans start first with 5 percent investment allocation, and then proceed to with 10 percent allocations with caution.

5). Humphrey Yang

Humphrey Yang creates TikToks and YouTube videos concerning investing. He strongly advocates for index funds. Humphrey recommends that investors put money into these index funds and check them on a yearly basis. Furthermore, Yang calls people to avoid any speculative investments. He recommends only putting a small amount of money into an investment, and then proceeding gradually to see that your money is moving in the right direction.

 

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Michelle Phillips Auctions California Girl NFTs

Auction includes an NFT with a private dinner with Michelle Phillips and friends.

Michelle Phillips, the vocalist behind the Mamas & the Papas, songwriter, actress, and model is auctioning her original California Girl memorabilia and her videotaped hand drawn group image through ViciNFT through June 29. In support of charity, funds go to The Painted Turtle, which offers its flagship Camp for Kids with serious medical conditions.

The video of the original drawing, the digital drawing will be included in the NFT and the original will be presented to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  There are 10 identical NFTs each for a minimum price of $10,000 dollars. For concierge bidding for those who buy via US Dollars and credit cards contact five@vicinft.com

Each successful initial bidder receives an invitation to have dinner at PASTINA in Westwood California, with Michelle Phillips and her friends at her favorite restaurant on September 21, 2021.  Winning bidders can each bring one guest. Also attending will be CEO of The Painted Turtle and the Director of Development.  Dinner will be hosted and attended by the members of ViciNFT. 

 Regarding the auction, Michelle Phillips said: I am delighted to be able to help so many children through these auctions. She added regarding the dinner with Michelle Phillips & Friends, I am hoping Lou Adler and several of my other friends will join the special dinner that will be held for the winning bidders on September 2021 at my favorite Italian restaurant PASTINA in Westwood California. 

Bill Gladstone, Partner in ViciNFT Corporation, said, Michelle represents the essence of the California musical and cultural transformation of the 1960s which has impacted the world for more than fifty years. He added, These NFTs will increase in value as icons of this era.

While working as a model in San Francisco, Michelle met and married John Phillips in 1962 and went on to co-found the vocal group the Mamas and the Papas in 1965. The band rose to fame with their popular singles California Dreamin’ and Creeque Alley, both of which she co-wrote. Her original California Girl memorabilia is digitized in a digital collectible, including her original signature and a fabulous hand drawn portrait of the Mamas and the Papas. The NFT also includes a video of the making of the drawing and signature, along with a dedicated message to the winning bidder.   

The Painted Turtle began as a dream in 1999 when Paul Newman and Page Adler, along with a group of other dedicated individuals, co-founded The Painted Turtle to let kids with medical conditions just be kids. Through the ongoing commitment of these individuals, many of whom sit on our board today, the dream of The Painted Turtle became a reality. 

Lou Adler legendary music producer said, Michelle Phillips’ beauty and attitude was and is the image of the original “California Girl” and the harmony she has brought to the world through her involvement in music is matched only by the kindness she has shown for those in need.  

Adler added, Fortunately, The Painted Turtle is one of the recipients of that kindness. Michelle Phillips’ NFT which includes a whimsical drawing of the Mamas & Papas will be a priceless treasure for the winning bidder. The Painted Turtle is grateful that they will receive 25% of the winning bid that will allow them to continue to provide life changing camp experiences to children with serious medical conditions. On behalf of those children, thank you Michelle. And thank you to the auction bidders.

Adler signed the Mamas & the Papas to Dunhill, producing six top-five hits for the group, including California Dreamin’ and Monday, Monday

ViciNFT, which is managing the digital assets and auction, is the leader in artist and enterprise digital asset management. Its partnerships encompass non-fungible token (NFT) creation and management, smart contracts, blockchain technology development, and cryptocurrency-based auction management. 

ABOUT THE PAINTED TURTLE

The Painted Turtle’s mission is to provide a year-round, life-changing and authentic camp experience for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. The Painted Turtle supports children’s medical needs, inspires them to reach beyond their illness, and provides care, education, and respite for their families. All campers and families attend free of charge. 

ABOUT MICHELLE PHILLIPS

Michelle Phillips is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and model. She rose to fame as a vocalist in the musical quartet the Mamas and the Papas in the mid-1960s. Phillips is the last surviving original member of the Mamas and the Papas.

ABOUT VICINFT CORPORATION

ViciNFT Corporation  designs, builds and manages digital assets and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) for enterprises and creators. The company’s works are carbon neutral, and include a mandatory charity component equal to 25% of auction proceeds, making NFTs for the common good. The company is led by Partner and Co-Founder, Bill Gladstone.

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Michael E. Jordan – Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist

From very humble beginnings, Michael E. Jordan has elevated the UNRL brand with core values, quality of product, and a spirit of giving back to the community.

UNRL announced that its founder and CEO, Michael E. Jordan, has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Entrepreneur of The Year® Award, Heartland Region, presented by Ernst & Young. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, UNRL is an athletic apparel brand that specializes in creating functional athletic clothing.

After an intensive nomination and selection process, Jordan was identified as one of 36 finalists within the seven-state Heartland region. This award honors game-changing business leaders who rise above challenges using ingenuity, courage, and ambition. Nominees are evaluated based on six criteria: entrepreneurial leadership; talent management; degree of difficulty; financial performance; societal impact and building a values-based company; and originality, innovation, and future plans. 

Jordan founded UNRL in his mother’s basement seven years ago with an investment of a mere $300 and has since grown the company exponentially year after year. Today, UNRL has 19 employees and is on track to reach 8 figures in annual sales. All of this was done with hard work and entrepreneurial spirit, without any outside investment or business loans. 

UNRL products are sold in various retailers throughout the country including Scheels Sporting Goods, PGA Tour Superstore, various NHL, and NFL Pro Shops. One of their most notable apparel partnerships is with the social media powerhouse Barstool Sports. UNRL takes great pride in the quality of their product and their attention to how business is operated. 

“It’s an incredible honor to be selected as a finalist for this award,” said Jordan. “I don’t view this as an individual achievement, this is a testament to my team. It’s been a collective effort with 100% buy-in from every member of our team. Without that, we wouldn’t be here today. I believe we are growing this business the right way, and it is meaningful to be recognized for that. I’m very grateful for all the support Ernst & Young has provided throughout this process.”

Jordan said that he has high expectations for the UNRL brand in the future; articulating plans to surpass the $10 million annual revenue marker within 12 months and reach the $100 million milestone by 2029. In doing so, continuing to donate 15% of net proceeds to nonprofits including the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.  

“I am very competitive by nature. I’ve been an athlete my whole life,” said Jordan. “I pride myself on continuous improvement and doing things the right way to leave a positive legacy on the industry. The Entrepreneur Of the Year® Award has my respect because it’s a challenge against the best in the business, and we have something to prove. I want to win this.”

Regional winners of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award will be announced in late July. The National Entrepreneur of the Year Award will be handed out on November 13.

ABOUT THE ERNST & YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD:

Entrepreneur Of the Year® is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth, and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. Entrepreneur of the Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. National Overall winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur of The Year™ title. 

ABOUT UNRL:

UNRL is a clothing brand that bridges the gap between functional and casual. Their clothing is designed to take you from the office to the gym, or the airport to the golf course. UNRL creates all products with three principles in mind: style, comfort, and versatility. Everything is crafted from scratch with premium hand-selected materials and tailored for a great fit. UNRL is here to instill confidence in the athlete that strives to do more. 

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Venture Capital Funds Investing in Climate Change Innovation

Saving the planet from Climate Change devastation is one of the most important things we can do to date,  yet has often seen pushback from major investors who’ve focused their investments on safer industries like coal and oil. Luckily, there’s a growing trend of investment companies created for the purpose of saving the planet, promoting the idea that clean energy can benefit investors as well as our future, according to a new Venture Capital (VC) trend.

2021 has already seen multiple climate-focused fund launches. London-based One Planet Capital launched a fund for green tech, fintech, and sustainability-based B2C businesses, while actor Robert Downey Jr (Ironman, The Avengers) has founded FootPrint Coalition Ventures to invest in high-growth, sustainability-focused companies. European-based fund 2150 also launched this year, investing €200m ($240m) into start-ups developing sustainable technologies to lower carbon emissions in Europe’s cities. 

 The financial world used to think environmental issues couldn’t generate viable rewards, but another climate-focused fund, Congruent Ventures, believes a tipping point has been passed.

Congruent raises investment specifically for Climate Change solution start-ups and, with $300 million under management after closing its second fund at $175 million, managing partner and co-founder Abe Yokell said:

“If you brought up the word ‘cleantech’ to any institutional investor allocating to venture ten years ago, they would do their best to avoid the meeting, but now, there’s a fundamental belief that there will be significant financial returns investing broadly in climate tech over time.” 

Congruent’s portfolio includes electric vehicle charging provider Amply, which raised $13.2m last year from investors including Soros Fund Management and Siemens. Digitally controllable electrical panel company Span raised $20m in January through Congruent, with investors including Munich Re Ventures’ HSB Fund and Amazon’s Alexa Fund.

Congruent itself is well-founded, with investors including UC Investments, the Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund, Three Cairns Group, Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust, and Surdna Foundation, among other institutions, foundations, and family offices.

Regulation A+ crowdfunding companies are also seeing investment, such as Digital Twins market leader Cityzenith, who recently launched their international ‘Clean Cities, Clean Future’ campaign as part of the Race to Zero movement.

Cities worldwide generate 70% of the world’s carbon emissions, but Cityzenith’s AI Digital Twin platform technology can help property asset management groups, city planners, and developers reduce emissions and move to carbon neutrality in the next ten years.

Cityzenith CEO Michael Jansen said at the launch of the ‘Clean Cities – Clean Future’ initiative: “We have to help the most polluted urban centers become carbon neutral, and we plan to do this by donating the company’s Digital Twin platform SmartWorldOS™ to key cities, one at a time, after every $1m we raise. We’re able to do this because of the recent surge of investment we’ve had as part of our $15m raise.”

Cityzenith is already benefiting from the funding shift, attracting $2.5m in investment since late 2020 through Regulation A+ crowdfunding and a surge in shares from $0.575 to $1.50 in just five months. The US company has raised $10m to date.

With a growing trend in climate change investment funds, hopefully we’ll be able to start decreasing carbon emissions and work towards saving the planet.

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Dogecoin Interest Spikes

Interest in Dogecoin on Google spikes by 3,000% in 2021 led by the US and Turkey

Data acquired by cryptocurrency trading simulator Crypto Parrot indicates that the global interest in Dogecoin had surged by 3,233% between January and May 9, 2021, when it peaked with a popularity score of 100. During the same period, Dogecoin’s price has spiked by a whopping 12,650%.

The United States has recorded the highest interest in the meme-coin on Google Search with a peak score of 100, followed by Turkey at 86. Canada ranks third with a popularity score of 76. The asset has a popularity score of 62 in Singapore, followed by the Netherlands with 61.

Other countries recording a high volume of interest in Dogecoin include Australia (50), Austria (44), Nigeria (42), Ireland (41), and Slovenia (39)

Dogecoin emerges as the emblem of meme investing 

The rise in Dogecoin began in early 2021, and the report explores the trigger for the spike in interest. According to the research report:

In general, Dogecoin’s momentum began building after investors were eager to find out the next big hit after the excitement around GameStop and other stocks faltered. GameStop stock surged after members of the famous WallStreetBets subreddit rallied the price to new levels. Dogecoin has, therefore, emerged as an emblem of meme investing, a trend that has helped drive up the stocks of GameStop. These stocks have flipped the traditional concept of value on its head.

The rise in Dogecoin culminated in the asset hitting a new all-time high of $0.73. Notably, the interest was also sparked by celebrities. However, Tesla founder Elon Musk has been at the center of the asset’s extraordinary price movement. He regularly tweets in support of the asset.

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