London Business School and LocalGlobe launch new VC course aimed at women, Black and Asian candidates

With the UK’s Black Tech Fest on this week it’s timely that a new executive education course aimed at those wanting to enter the venture capital industry has been launched to serve previously under-represented groups, especially women, Black, Asian and other minorities.

London Business School and LocalGlobe, one of Europe’s leading seed investors, worked together to created two new programs to provide formal business education for roles across the VC world. The Newton Venture Program courses will cover the full spectrum of investment roles in the venture ecosystem, from VC investors to Limited Partners, angel investors, accelerators, and tech transfer officers. The aim of the programs is to upskill the venture capital sector while broadening the routes through which people can join the industry. 

The courses will aim for a gender split of 50/50, with at least 50% coming from Black, Asian or other minorities. backgrounds, and will be available

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Axis Bank collaborates with Google Pay, Visa to launch a new ACE Credit card

Axis Bank on Monday announced the launch of its ACE Credit Card in India in collaboration with Google Pay and Visa.

The card meant to help with digital payments. From application to issuance, with the entire user journey for the credit card application will be done digitally.

For essential use cases, including mobile recharges and bill payments made via Google Pay, users can earn a cashback.of 5 per cent. The company is also offering 4 per cent-5 per cent cashback for expenses on food ordering, online grocery delivery, cab rides for transactions made on partner merchant platforms such as Swiggy, Zomato, BigBasket, Grofers and Ola.

There is also an unlimited 2 per cent cashback on other transactions (terms and conditions applied).

“Users will be able to get cashback directly into their ACE Credit Card accounts. The tokenization feature enabled in partnership with Visa will allow Google Pay users to use

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Hilton Inspires Travelers to Make New Memories with the U.S. Launch of Insights-Driven Global Marketing Campaign

MCLEAN, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 12, 2020–

Hilton has announced the U.S. debut of “To New Memories,” its first global marketing campaign since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The insights-driven initiative reflects consumers’ desire to reconnect with the people and places they love. The campaign comes on the heels of a new survey uncovering that travel memories are some of the happiest memories of consumers’ lives (89% of survey respondents), suggesting that most Americans (188 million) would say they are experiencing a travel memory deficit. The results also revealed the optimism and desire consumers have for traveling again soon, a feeling that is reflected in the new campaign and new Hilton packages and promotions.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201012005110/en/

Still photo from Hilton’s To New Memories campaign. (Photo: Business Wire)

The global marketing effort, first launched in September in China, the United Kingdom and Germany,

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FlowBank Selects Temenos SaaS to Rapidly Launch Swiss Digital Bank and Reinvent Online Investor Experience

GENEVA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 12, 2020–

Temenos (SIX: TEMN), the banking software company, today announced that FlowBank has selected Temenos Transact delivered as SaaS to power its new digital bank in Switzerland. Temenos Transact core banking technology will enable FlowBank to rapidly launch and offer a new investing experience to private and institutional investors in Switzerland and internationally.

FlowBank has recently secured its banking license in July 2020 and is planning to launch the operations by the end of 2020. The bank aims to meet the needs of both sophisticated and new investors, who wish to manage their banking and investments on their own. The bank addresses this growing market segment by offering a simple, reliable investment experience open to all, using an optimized trading platform underpinned by Temenos Transact. The bank is FINMA-regulated and deposits are guaranteed up to CHF 100,000.

With Temenos SaaS, FlowBank will create a hyper-efficient cost model

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How to Launch A Pandemic-Proof Business

(Bloomberg Businessweek) — Editor’s note: This article is part of a series about entrepreneurs who are trying something new.

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Back when Trent Griffin-Braaf was the general manager of a hotel in Schenectady, N.Y., guests and colleagues often complained about the shoddy taxi service in the area. Betting he could do better, in 2016 Griffin-Braaf started a shuttle service for a handful of hotels. “I always had an entrepreneur’s spirit; even at a young age, I remember always wanting to be a businessman.”

As his venture, Tech Valley Shuttle, gained traction, he expanded his service, to schools, workplaces, and beyond. Griffin-Braaf made it a point to recruit ex-offenders like himself while educating employers about tax breaks they could get for using his minority-owned-certified business. His motivation stems from his own experience serving 3.5 years in prison for selling drugs as a teen. While there, he took Marist College courses

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Stakeholders to Discuss Business Survival Strategies at Book Launch

Stakeholders from business backgrounds will be gathering at the launch of a new book “You Too Can Become A Success” to enlighten on business sustainability, as COVID-19 ravaged the world.

The book written by Helen Oritsejafor explores various options for a successful business.

According to the author, the book is an eye opener that encourages readers to desist from the attitude of self-pity and commit to determination and hard work.

“The book encourages people to change their defeated mindset to a success-based mindset, while working virtuously with God will yield such a life.”

Oritsejafor said that the book launch will hold alongside the 6th edition of the CEOs Company Mentorship Class, which will be done virtually.

She added that the master class will expose business owners and corporate heads of organisations to professional secrets of building successful strong foundations for their establishments and close knowledge gap.

Oritsejafor said these are

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Blackstone+Cullen Partner with Activ Technologies to Launch Glimpse, a Business Intelligence Dashboard Platform

ATLANTA, Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Activ Technologies and Blackstone+Cullen announced their partnership to launch Glimpse, a business intelligence dashboard platform offered by Blackstone+Cullen. Powered by ActiVate® for the data integration, Glimpse by Blackstone+Cullen transforms data to visualize and present real-time actionable insights for organizational decision-making.

Blackstone and Cullen President Lee Blackstone stated, “Glimpse’s rapid implementation is enabled by the ActiVate platform, which doesn’t require the construction of a data warehouse or data mart. The short implementation schedule delivers actionable results quickly and provides the shortest path to maximum profit.”

Using ActiVate (https://activtech.com/digital-supply-chain-network/) for data integration, Glimpse (https://www.dayoneready.com/) offers fast implementation—less than two months versus the typical six months or more for on-premise solutions. The library of configurable dashboard templates and API connectors promote easily configurable dashboards supplying a business intelligence view to enable better decision-making. Glimpse dashboards cover financials, sales, marketing, supply chain, and much more. Data in

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Big Idea Ventures, Ashika Group, GFI India team up to launch alternative protein fund and accelerator

Giving a boost to the growing alternative protein sector, global investor Big Idea Ventures (BIV), Kolkata-based financial services firm Ashika Group, and non-profit Good Food Institute India (GFI India) have joined hands to launch India Alternative Protein Fund and Accelerator.

According to the official statement, the BIV-Ashika India Alternative Protein Fund will launch an accelerator in 2021, which will support startups involved in innovative plant-based, fermentation-derived, and cultivated protein industries, with investments and mentorship to help them grow across the Indian and international market.

The alternative protein or ‘smart protein’ sector is soaring globally, with rapidly growing global consumption and billions of dollars in investments in companies such as plant-based meat and egg pioneers Beyond Meat and Eat Just, Inc. GFI India has undertaken research which underscores Indian consumers are primed to eat these foods in line with their global counterparts, particularly as the COVID-19 pandemic brings

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WMU program fast-tracks student ideas to business launch | WMU News

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Antigua And Barbuda Launch Digital Nomad Visa

Antigua and Barbuda joins the ranks of countries now offering long-term visas for digital nomads. Countries as varied as Bermuda and Estonia have started to see the value of having successful individuals live for extended stays, spending outside money in their economies. Digital nomads might not spend as much per-day as a tourist, but they make up for it in number of days.

Having spent an all-too-short stay on Antigua and Barbuda I can attest to their claim of beautiful beaches (365 of them!) and friendly, welcoming locals.

Here’s a look at the details of the visa.

Antigua and Barbuda Nomad Digital Residence Visa

Like other similar programs, you have to be a fairly successful digital nomad before you apply. This isn’t a “hey, that’d be cool” thing to try with no history of remote work. It’s also not particularly cheap to apply, but then,

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