Casablanca, Morocco, 16 July 2019, (AETOSWire): HSEVEN, Africa’s largest accelerator is launching “HSEVEN DISRUPT AFRICA”, an ambitious startup acceleration program designed for entrepreneurs of the Moroccan and African diaspora. The 6-month program will provide a seed investment of €150,000 plus an eventual investment of €500,000 to €1.5 million.
HSEVEN DISRUPT AFRICA is designed to support exceptional entrepreneurs building high-impact startups, and targets seed and early stage startups with 2 to 5 founders that are eager to impact Africa through innovative services, products and business models. The program will start with a global call for applications, followed by an international selection roadshow in New York, Montréal, San Francisco, Shanghai, Dubaï, Londres, Amsterdam, Paris, Casablanca.
The selected startups will benefit from a seed investment of €150,000 at the beginning of the program for 5 to 7% equity, then an eventual investment of €500,000 to €1.5 million at the end of the program. These investments will be granted through a partnership with the venture capital firm Azur Partners. The program will also benefit from funding of the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) and the Innov-Invest program of the Caisse Centrale de Garantie (CCG) with the support of the World Bank.
The startups will be given strategic advice and expertise, access to key networks and capital through our partners Azur Partners, Fabernovel, Strategy&, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), l’École Centrale, Amazon Web Services and the top 50 Venture Capital firms interested by Africa. They will also benefit from tailored mentoring with +350 Moroccan and international mentors. For more information, visit: www.hseven.co
The startups will be located at HSEVEN’s 12,000 ft² campus in the heart of the Marina of Casablanca. The call for applications is now open and 10 startups will be selected to take part in the program.
“We will bring the best Moroccan, African, and African-at-heart entrepreneurs from all over the world to build impactful world-class African startups” said Amine Al-Hazzaz, Founder & CEO of HSEVEN.
HSEVEN is the biggest Startups accelerator in Africa with a 12,000 ft² campus and an acceleration capacity of 200 startups a year. HSEVEN is building one of the strongest ecosystems on the African continent today to maximize entrepreneurs' opportunities and create world-class African startups with the ambition to:
“Accelerate the Startups that will impact Morocco and Africa’s future.”
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The centre in Bareen International Hospital in MBZ City will offer the latest services
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 16 July 2019, (AETOSWire): CosmeSurge, one of the region’s most trusted brands for cosmetic and aesthetic procedures, has launched its 15th centre in the UAE and Oman. Located on the second floor of Bareen International Hospital in Mohammed Bin Zayed City, Abu Dhabi, the centre will provide innovative, high quality aesthetic and cosmetic dermatology and plastic surgery services for which the brand is renowned.
NMC Health’s Chief Operating Officer Michael Davis inaugurated the new facility, which is CosmeSurge’s fourth centre in Abu Dhabi. A team of six specialists in dermatology and aesthetic services provide facial rejuvenation, laser treatments, intravenous vitamin (IV) infusion therapy and more.
“We are excited about the opening of this new branch in the capital; the intention is to provide the community in Mohammed Bin Zayed City with exceptional healthcare and treatment options. With our focus on excellence and innovation, state-of-the-art facilities and highly qualified specialists and consultants, we will continue to set new benchmarks for aesthetics and cosmetic procedures in the region,” said Davis.
In addition to four clinics in Abu Dhabi, CosmeSurge has three in Dubai, two in Sharjah, one in Al Ain, one in Fujairah, two in Ras Al Khaimah and one in Ruwais. CosmeSurge also has one clinic in Oman.
“This expansion aligns with our goal of establishing NMC Health as a leading provider of specialised healthcare and advanced surgical procedures in the global healthcare industry,” added Davis.
With the launch of this new clinic, CosmeSurge extends the range of specialties available at Bareen International Hospital, a multispecialty hospital known for its high quality medical and surgical services.
Founded in 2002, CosmeSurge is one of the region’s most trusted brands for cosmetic procedures. CosmeSurge offers modern, high quality dermatology and plastic surgery treatments, and dentistry, at fourteen clinics in the GCC.
The clinics are staffed by highly qualified plastic surgeons, dermatologists and aestheticians.
At its state-of-the-art facilities, CosmeSurge provides the highest level of clinical care and service and the full range of cosmetic and dermatology services, with over sixty cosmetic treatments for different areas of the body.
CosmeSurge’s clinics in the UAE are in Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Ras Al Khaimah, Ruwais and Fujairah. CosmeSurge also has a clinic in Muscat, Oman, and one on London’s Harley Street; and it is forging partnerships with leading experts in Los Angeles and other overseas cities.
CosmeSurge is a part of NMC Health PLC. - the largest private sector healthcare provider in the region and the 3rd largest globally. With a worldwide network of over 200 healthcare facilities, NMC has earned the trust of millions and continues to serve communities across 19 countries with its bench-strength comprising of 2000 doctors and 20000 other staff members. *Source: AETOSWire
Terra Drone is now operating in GCC countries
Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, July 14, 2019, (AETOSWire): One of the largest providers of industrial drone solutions in the world, Tokyo-headquartered Terra Drone Corporation, has entered into an investment agreement with NDT Corrosion Control Services Co. (NDTCCS), a leading Saudi company which has been providing nondestructive testing and inspection services in the Middle East since 1975. With this agreement, Terra Drone and NDTCCS will establish a new joint venture, Terra Drone CCS, focusing on the Middle East market.
NDTCCS counts some of the biggest oil and gas companies in the Middle East among its clients. These include major national oil and gas companies like the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Saudi Aramco, Kuwait Oil Company, and Oman Oil Company to name but a few. With branches in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain that NDTCCS has, Terra Drone CCS will provide UAV inspection and testing services to a variety of sectors, including power line, utilities, renewables, telecommunications, and oil and gas facilities. The company will also contribute to surveying activities and urban development using drones.
With Terra Drone’s innovative technology, Terra Drone CCS will be able to cater to its client base in a much more time- and cost-efficient manner. Terra Drone CCS will also utilize the technology stack of Terra Inspectioneering – Terra Drone Corporation’s newest branch which performs visual and ultrasonic inspections using proprietary drone technologies.
According to L.M. Murugan, Group General Manager, NDTCCS, “Joining forces with Terra Drone will not only add value to our customers, but it would also spark a digital transformation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). By collaborating both companies’ technical expertise and experience, Terra Drone CCS will become a pioneer of emerging technologies like drones, Internet of Things, data analytics, and artificial intelligence in the region.”
Explaining his motivation toward the new joint venture establishment, Terra Drone Corporation CEO, Toru Tokushige, says, “NDTCCS is already a market leader in GCC and the best partner we could ask for to serve clients in this region. We look forward to bringing our leading technologies such as Terra UTM, Terra Wing, Terra LiDAR, 4G LTE drones, and our proprietary mapping software Terra Mapper to the region.”
Global survey reveals half of respondents believe the traditional role of the CFO will no longer exist in the future
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 15 July, 2019, (AETOSWire): Insights on what will shape the future of the finance function are laid out today in a new report from ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and PwC called Finance: a journey to the future?
The report summarises the responses of over 1,100 members and PwC contacts worldwide plus the views of the attendees of a series of roundtable events on six hypotheses about the future of finance which were developed jointly by the ACCA and PwC. The findings reveal:
1. 77 per cent accepted that trusted data will be open and accessible across the organisation between the present day and the longer-term horizon
2. 65 per cent agree that a change in structures will make the finance function virtual
3. Just 22 per cent agreed that soon new roles, skills and career paths will be needed as traditional finance roles will disappear.
4. 87 per cent believe that accessible, trusted data will drive real time, customer centric decision making in their organsiation
5. 72 per cent agreed that finance teams will spend a lot of their time on generating insights and will spend all their time on forward insights and not rearward review
6. 50 per cent believe the traditional CFO role will no longer exist – to be replaced by roles at the chief operating officer and chief strategy officer
Commenting on the report, Jamie Lyon, director of professional insights at ACCA said: ‘Our results show that finance is changing at a rapid pace, and this is both a challenge and an opportunity. Interestingly, the biggest barrier to this change is leadership mindset – alongside getting to grips with the technology that now pervades our working lives. It’s knowledge of this technology that’s key for the future – leaders need to keep up to speed on trends.’
Brian Furness, global head of finance consulting, PwC added: ‘The need for trusted and accessible data that meets customers’ needs came out top in these six scenarios, and I believe this is good news – alongside the other opportunities ahead, this is a real chance for finance to develop a more proactive, advisory function, where technology has been applied to minimise the operational finance workload and enable finance to focus on helping drive business performance.’
In the Middle East, finance continues to develop as a result of increased investment in technology and changing working models. The region has seen a number of legislative and fiscal reforms which continue to challenge the traditional models of doing business in the region. As a result, there is a greater need to develop the finance function of the future which continues to evolve with the economic development.
Fazeela Gopalani, Head of ACCA Middle East states ‘Amidst all the change in the region, there is a temptation to stall – but this cannot be an option. The speed of change for finance, the recognition of the need to redefine the culture and to be adaptable and flexible is essential
for success. As leaders, we need to enable rather than control projects, and embrace change as a natural course of events. With innovation and tech development being a key government focus, it continues to shape policy and the economy – therefore finance must adapt which should be at the forefront of the leadership agenda.’
Brian Furness ended: ‘This report, and the survey and workshops which underpin it, show the fast pace of change in the finance world and the opportunity this brings for organisations and the people within them. A people centred approach is required to capitalise on this, alongside a clear vision, collaboration and strong leadership.’
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Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.
ACCA has introduced major innovations to its flagship qualification to ensure its members and future members continue to be the most valued, up to date and sought-after accountancy professionals globally.
Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability.
KARACHI, Pakistan--(BUSINESS WIRE/AETOSWire)-- MCR Pvt. Ltd., operator of Pizza Hut franchises across Pakistan, is pleased to announce it has selected software-as-a-service (SAAS) provider GetSwift Limited (ASX: GSW) for its last-mile delivery solutions.
“Based on the success of GetSwift in other Yum Brands/Pizza Hut markets, GetSwift was a natural choice for us in Pakistan,” said Danyal Rashid, Executive Director of MCR. “We conducted an extensive implementation review to evaluate GetSwift on local parameters and concluded that GetSwift is the best option for us to offer the fastest delivery to our customers in Pakistan.”
Pizza Hut was the first international restaurant franchise to enter Pakistan when it arrived in 1993. Pizza Hut has continued to expand across the country, making it arguably the largest restaurant chain in Pakistan.
GetSwift, which is headquartered in New York, offers delivery management automation services to businesses in dozens of industries around the globe.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 9 June 2019, (AETOSWire): As the World’s No.1 DLP projector brand, BenQ garnered No.1 4K projector market share in Asia Paciﬁc and the Middle East for ﬁve consecutive quarters. BenQ continues to take a stance at the No.1 Position in Q1'19 across the Middle East, with 65.54% in Saudi Arabia & 33.76% in UAE. In the countries Japan, India, Thailand, it also ranked No.1 in the 4K projector segment during the same period.
BenQ continually develops leading technologies and brings better visual experience to lives. The exclusive Cinematic Color™ technology presents precise color as directors envisioned and conveys feelings to viewers. BenQ continues to embrace innovative technologies, to oﬀer the new 4K home projectors for AV professionals, home cinema users and people who are looking for big screen home entertainment, bringing the 4K HDR immersive viewing experience to lives. Committed to providing a better 4K HDR viewing experience, BenQ enhanced color accuracy to wider Rec.709 levels while also balancing brightness on the latest W1700M and TK800M models. They bring stunning movie and sport watching experiences to your home.
Manish Bakshi, Managing Director, BenQ Middle East & Turkey, said, “We are delighted that the ﬁrst quarter of the year has been so good for us and we are proud to maintain a leading position for the 5th consecutive quarter this time. Getting to the top of this segment in two major global markets is certainly an achievement we wish to celebrate and continue to improve upon. It is our continuous eﬀort to better our previous performance by staying focused on innovating oﬀerings that provide a seamless blend between utility and technology.”
The market share data source by FutureSource 2019 Q1 report, the region includes Australia, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Maghreb, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Rest Middle East, Rest of Africa, Rest of CIS, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, UAE and Vietnam.
TK800M 4K Home Entertainment Projector with 4K HDR and 3000lm high brightness, offering immersive sports watching experience in your living room
TK800M upgrades its color range to 96% Rec. 709, whichconveys stunning color performance while bal ancing vivid color and brightness for well-lit environment. Applying
3000lm high brightness, TK800M perfectly delivers 4K UHD 8.3 million pixel picture in any lighting environment. Customized Football and Sport Modes with powerful sound allows you to fully enjoy sports games at your backyard BBQ.
*For more detail, please visit https://www.benq.com/en-me/projector/home-entertainment/tk800m.html
1700M utilizes exclusive CinematicColor™ technology, and delivers 100% Rec.709 precise color as directors envisioned. Producing 4K UHD 3840x2160 resolution with 8.3 million distinct pixels for each frame, W1700M applies new generation 0.47” single-DMD DLP technology to minimize the projector’s proﬁle, creating a sleek, compact design for modern lifestyles. In addition, W1700M supercharged by HDR10 and HLG(Hybrid Log-Gamma) support, oﬀering incredible visuals whether you’re blasting through a Blu-ray movie or streaming content on popular platforms. Its high dynamic range performance oﬀers greater brightness, contrast range, and image optimization in a single step, bringing out every detail in 4K video content for superior cinema enjoyment.
*For more detail, please visit https://www.benq.com/en-me/projector/cinehome-home-cinema/w1700m.html
BenQ Lineup 4K Home Projectors - More Models CinePrime series - Present serious detail for ﬁne senses
W2700 4K HDR Home Cinema Projector for both living room and AV room
· 4K UHD with 8.3 million pixel
· DCI-P3/Rec.709 Cinematic color
· Projector-optimized HDR10 / HLG
W5700 4K HDR Home Cinema Projector for AV room
· 4K UHD with 8.3 million pixel
· 100% DCI-P3/Rec.709 Cinematic color
· Projector-optimized HDR10 / HLG
CinePro series - Deliver authentic reproduction of the director’s vision for tailored AV room
W11000H 4K HDR Home Cinema Projector with commercial standard for AV room
· 4K UHD with 8.3 million pixel
· Projector-Optimized HDR
· 100% Rec.709 Cinematic color
· THX Certification
X12000H Flagship 4K Home Cinema Projector for your AV room
· 4K UHD with 8.3 million pixel
· Advanced HLD LED light source
· DCI-P3 Cinematic color
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For more 4K home projector information visit https://www.benq.com/en-me/projector/home-series.html
About BenQ Corporation
Founded on the corporate vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life”, BenQ Corporation is a world-leading human technology and solutions provider aiming to elevate and enrich every aspect of consumers’ lives. To realize this vision, the company focuses on the aspects that matter most to people today – lifestyle, business, healthcare and education – with the hope of providing people with the means to live better, increase eﬃciency, feel healthier and enhance learning. Such means include a delightfully broad portfolio of people-driven products and embedded technologies spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, audio products, cloud consumer products, mobile communications and lifestyle lighting. Because it matters.
About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $22+ billion powerhouse comprised of nearly 20 independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 100,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own ﬁeld, contributing to the BenQ Group’s vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company’s vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly eﬃcient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, ﬁne chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to proﬁtable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life.
The BenQ Group companies are: BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world’s top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics
Corporation, BenQ ESCO Corp.,
BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BenQ AB DentCare Corp., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Darwin Precisions Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., LILY Medical Corp. and Raydium Semiconductor Corp.
Milrem Robotics Delivered Two THeMIS UGVs to the Dutch Army OIRSCHOT, The Netherlands-- (BUSINESS WIRE/AETOSWire)-- The Robot and Autonomous Systems (RAS) Unit of the 13th Light Brigade of the Royal Netherlands Army received two THeMIS unmanned ground vehicles developed by Milrem Robotics in April for their Concept Development and Experimentation Project.
Milrem Robotics delivered the two UGVs in the middle of April for the Army’s project that looks into how to exploit the possibilities new unmanned platforms provide for increasing combat power and decreasing risk to soldiers.
The THeMIS UGVs were delivered in transport configuration together with initial spare parts and accessories. The company will also provide operator and maintenance training, tactical deployment know-how and life cycle support and upgrades during a two-year period.
“We are extremely proud to have the THeMIS in operation with the Royal Netherlands Army,” Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics stated. “Rigorous tests and combat exercises held in Europe, US and the Middle-East have proven that the THeMIS is an effective tool for dismounted troops and we have no doubt the Dutch Army will be more than satisfied,” he added.
“The THeMIS UGVs were chosen for their superior terrain skills – this 1,5-ton robot can effortlessly negotiate 30 degree slopes while carrying a payload of at least 750 kg with ease,” said Lieutenant Colonel Jules den Ouden, commander of the RAS unit.
The THeMIS’ capabilities were put to the test right after delivery in the tough Scottish landscape during an exercise where the RAS used unmanned ground vehicles for the first time.
“The THeMIS played a major role in the supply chain. Why would we need to go get ammo and set ourselves up as targets when the THeMIS can bring it to us?” the commander asked.
The THeMIS has been previously deployed in several military exercises for example Last Mile and Army Warfighting Experiment 2018 in the UK. One THeMIS UGV was recently deployed in Mali together with soldiers from the Estonian Defence Forces.
About Milrem Robotics
Milrem Robotics is an Estonian defence industry company with the primary focus of manufacturing unmanned ground vehicles, developing robotic warfare solutions and performing concept of operations and doctrine level warfare analysis.
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