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Agora Data’s CTO Chad Stilwell to Present at Auto Intel Summit 2022

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Agora Data’s Chief Technology Officer, Chad Stilwell, will speak at the 2022 Automotive Intelligence Summit in Raleigh, N.C., April 12-14. His breakout session, titled “Using Data to Predict Subprime Auto Performance,” will start at 1:30 p.m. on April 12. Stilwell is responsible for all data science initiatives at Agora, including artificial intelligence (AI), modeling, and analytics. During his presentation, Stilwell will share how data science helps today’s auto industry better predict – and even improve – the performance of subprime loans. This underserved, underbanked, and previously considered risky segment is rapidly becoming a viable asset class. Stilwell will explain what this means for the future of subprime and how these latest innovations impact lenders, dealers, and consumers. “Closing the deal is only half the battle for today’s independent auto dealers and finance companies. Long-term success in this business relies heavily on how a loan performs after the deal is closed,” Stilwell said. “I look forward to discussing the treasure trove of data analytics now available to dealers and finance companies – and how to best use this information to maximize the performance of their portfolios.” Stilwell brings to the conversation a diverse background of industry firsts. He played a crucial role in launching Agora’s crowdsourced securitizations, their line of credit with reducing interest rates, and their technology platform that provides a book value for subprime auto loans. With over a decade of technology and development expertise, Stilwell previously served as the Director of Analytics & Insights for a top Fortune Global 500 company. He has a passion for using cutting-edge technology to solve today’s challenges. Currently, he leads the Agora team of developers to bring personalized business intelligence and expert analytics to Agora users. Stilwell looks forward to demystifying subprime auto finance for Auto Intel Summit attendees while sharing the game-changing significance of in-depth portfolio analytics. Company representatives will also be on hand at the NIADA Convention & Expo in Las Vegas in June to help further Agora’s mission of empowering independent auto dealers and finance companies. About Agora Data, Inc: Agora Data’s platform delivers a suite of tools to empower independent dealers and finance companies to finance their subprime customers. Agora’s family of auto finance products provides a wide range of critical funding paths so originators can obtain the cash they need to fuel growth, compete, and build wealth. Powered by patent pending technology, originators now have access to robust data analytics and planning resources to help optimize the performance of their portfolios. Agora Data made history by closing the first-ever Crowdsourced Subprime Auto Securitization in 2020 and followed that up with its second transaction in early 2021. For more information, visit agoradata.com or contact us at 877-592-4672. Contact Details Shelly Vandeven +1 682-282-4130 media@agoradata.com Company Website https://agoradata.com/

April 06, 2022 09:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Learn to Earn community, Qureos secures $3M funding round to accelerate 100M careers

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UAE-based EdTech and Future of Work marketplace Qureos has raised $3M million in its pre-seed round led by Dubai-based early-stage VC COTU Ventures and New York-based early-stage VC Colle Capital as it seeks to fast track growth and democratize “Learn to Earn” opportunities for talent globally. The round also saw participation from global and regional investors, including Globivest, Plutus21 Capital, Dubai Angel Investors, and AlZayani Venture Capital. ​​Several angel investors including current and former leaders of Swvl, Boston Consulting Group, Moelis & Company, Careem, Cisco Systems, Koinz, Message Bird, Bain & Company, Hiperpool, ADNOC, QIA, and other notable individuals. Founded in August 2021 by Alexander Epure, Mehrad Yaghmai and Usama Nini, Queros began life as a passion project for the founders to accelerate careers by making mentorship more accessible. This passion project was validated when selected by the Dubai Future Accelerators to solve the skill gap in the transition from campus to the workplace and in between jobs. Qureos is building an experiential learning community to change how people connect, learn and work. Qureos is helping people from over 127 countries learn in-demand skills through cohort-based learning paths led by world-class industry experts that match the hiring demands from Qureos’ business partners. Qureos is solving the skill gap in the transition from campus to the workplace and those changing careers. Globally, there are 254 million Gen Z who have graduated and are still unemployed due to the skill gap, most notably in emerging markets where youth unemployment is above 36%. The job market is changing faster than school curriculums and emerging talent are not getting traditional job placements. Qureos is tapping into the $470B e-learning and future of work markets that are currently separated. “We believe that new learning models like Qureos, which combine cohort-based, synchronous education with community, are going to become more mainstream and disrupt traditional players. From our perspective, the energy and passion that the team exhibited from our initial conversations, to the traction demonstrated so early on, and the deep product vision, were all ingredients to driving our conviction in the business. We’re excited to be a part of this journey and seeing the team’s vision of upskilling talent become a reality. “ said Amir Farha - Founder and Managing Partner at COTU Ventures With instant applications on many job platforms today, hiring fatigue is becoming a burden on HR teams with 47% of candidates failing job interviews due to a lack of alignment to the company. By 2025, Millennials and Gen Z will make up 75% of the global workforce according to Deloitte. As a result, businesses are facing an increasing average cost of hiring of $4,129 per hire and an average time-to-hire of 42 days. By creating a learning community, Qureos allows growing businesses to tap into an on-demand workforce of talent who have been mentored to deliver a high quality of work. With Qureos, businesses are able to reduce their cost-to-hire by up to 79% and their time-to-hire by 36% through Qureos’ proprietary performance-based hiring framework. “Learning and hiring are disconnected and Qureos aims to leverage its unique position at the nexus of these two markets through an experiential learning community where emerging talent can learn from industry experts and gain experience through mentor-led hiring cohorts from businesses,” said Alexander Epure, Co-Founder and CEO at Qureos. “Qureos is going after a massive opportunity with the ultimate aim of creating an ecosystem that unlocks the potential of the human capital. There is a huge untapped potential amongst emerging talent which is not harnessed and it’s about time we create an inspirational story that brings together people who align with our mission” said the founders. With native network effects of the platform, Qureos has been able to achieve phenomenal organic growth of 25,000+ users, as well as attracting mentors from leading organizations including Google, Paypal, Amazon, Cisco, and more than 100 business partners globally. “Creators and industry experts can seamlessly monetize their knowledge, build an online presence and personal brand while giving back to the local and global community.“ said Tomas Panek - Digital Marketing at Qatar Airways. Victoria Grace, Founder and Managing Partner at Colle Capital said: “We see tremendous opportunity in Qureos’ mission to bridge knowledge gaps and upskill professionals through leveraging the extraordinary pathway with direct mentorship. Simultaneously this platform provides a fantastic opportunity for highly skilled individuals to directly monetize their knowledge base, compounded by distinct network effects, and for companies to access high quality and motivated pool of talent. It is also extremely gratifying to see the proliferation of entrepreneurial talent in the region directly stemming from the success of Swvl. It is clear to us at Colle Capital that the rising Swvl Mafia will be at the forefront of ushering in a new and exciting wave of innovation in the MENA region and beyond.“ In November 2021, Qureos announced its partnership with DP World, a Dubai-based multinational logistics provider, to digitize the Tumoohi program, an initiative to support the Emirati society and contribute to the UAE government’s efforts to enable Emirati youth. “I am excited to see Alex and Usama, Swvl alumni, and the rest of the founding team raise a highly successful and oversubscribed round and launch in multiple markets. From Swvl’s reliable and affordable transport to Qureos’ Learn to Earn model, the common mission is enhancing access to work and education opportunities and empowering livelihoods. I am also encouraged to see Victoria, the CEO of Queen’s Gambit Growth Capital, the SPAC Swvl is combing with, continue to invest in global players emerging out of the Middle East to scale internationally and access global pools of capital” said Youssef Salem, CFO of Swvl and Member of Board of Advisors of Qureos. Qureos plans to use this investment to build product-led operations and expand its remote-first team with a focus on hiring talent for their offices in the UAE, Pakistan and India. Its diverse team comes from 11 cities and 10 nationalities with experiences at Swvl, Cisco, Careem, EY, Daraz, HSBC and Aleph. About Qureos Qureos is a ‘learn to earn’ marketplace that makes it easy for emerging talent to learn in-demand skills from world-class industry experts through cohort-based learning paths led by world-class industry experts that match the hiring demand from Qureos’ business partners. About Investors COTU Ventures is a Dubai-based leading seed stage venture firm in the Middle East who partners with incredible founders at the beginning of their journey and accelerating their path to product-market fit and ensuring that they get access to the right capital and expertise. Colle Capital Partners is a global, opportunistic, early stage technology venture fund, based out of New York and founded by Victoria Grace who is also the founder of Queen’s Gambit Growth Capital which is leading the SPAC IPO of Swvl. Dubai Angel Investors is member-led Micro-VC made up of more than 100 like-minded angel investors and are passionate about entrepreneurs that have taken their ideas from concept to customer traction to scale with drive, energy, determination and ambition. Globivest, is a Beirut-based private investment firm with a primary focus on innovative and scalable early stage start-ups. Investments range across a spectrum of sectors and asset classes mainly in Europe and the USA. Plutus21 Capital, is a US-based multi-strategy investment firm focused on blockchain infrastructure investments. AlZayani Venture Capital, a portfolio company of AlZayani Investments and is focused on investing in innovative start-ups and disruptive technologies. Currently, it has investments in various companies in sectors such as Fintech, Retail, Food & Beverages, Tourism and EdTech. Contact Details Qureos Bilal Mahmood +44 7714 007257 b.mahmood@stockwoodtrategy.com Company Website https://www.qureos.com/

April 06, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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USPTO Grants Further Digital Commerce Patents for edatanetworks Inc.

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edatanetworks Inc. announced today the approval of additional patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). These patents relate to directing merchant donations, automated enrollment, online-to-offline advertising, rich transactional data, and directing donations benefitting local community and charitable organizations. Patent 17/124.760 further protects edatanetworks’ “Click2Sale” intellectual property and the fundamental methods in measuring online to offline digital commerce. Effectiveness in advertising is measured by utilizing connections already in place today with online and offline advertisers, financial institutions, payment networks, merchants, consumers, and communities. Patent 17/087,028 further protects the fundamental methods that edatanetworks' intellectual property uses to correlate transactions between consumers and merchants and identifies algorithms that drive local digital commerce through tokenized rich transactional data. Patent 17/124,690 supports engagement of participants and adoption through a unique scalable claim-your-profile approach to on-boarding which reduces barriers and streamlines participation. “Together, these patents transform local small and medium businesses through digital commerce ensuring they will benefit from actionable insights and a measurable return on marketing spend, while helping to rebuild local communities around the world.” said Terry Tietzen, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of edatanetworks. About edatanetworks edatanetworks Inc. (edata), edatanetworks.com, a privately held intellectual property company established in 2001, has worked with many organizations and conducted multiple live market deployments creating patented philanthropic innovations utilizing existing technological and financial infrastructures—connecting consumers, local merchants, charitable and community organizations, digital media groups, communications companies, search providers, social networks, banks, payment networks, trusted intermediaries and other financial services organizations. Contact Details Keill & Co. Catherine Keill +1 780-690-5283 Company Website https://www.edatanetworks.com

April 06, 2022 07:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Kivvit Named Finalist in 26 Categories at the 2022 Reed Awards

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Kivvit has been named a finalist in 26 categories at Campaigns & Elections magazine’s 2022 Reed Awards, including Public Affairs Firm of the Year. The firm’s client work has also been shortlisted for a wide range of notable awards, including Best Public Affairs Campaign, Best Online Advertising Campaign, Most Daring and Successful Tactic, as well as categories spanning television, radio, social media and digital, media buying, and more. Taken together, these recognitions demonstrate Kivvit’s versatility, creativity, and commitment to innovation across formats, tactics, and sectors. The winners will be announced at the 2022 Reed Awards & Conference on May 4 th & 5 th in Nashville, TN. Below are all of the categories Kivvit was shortlisted for: Overall Public Affairs Firm of the Year Best Public Affairs Campaign Best Online Advertising Campaign Most Daring And Successful Tactic Best Radio Ad Best Online Video – Public Affairs Digital Advertising & Targeting: Best Use of OTT - Connected TV Advertising & Targeting: Best Use of a Social Platform Online Video: Most Original Online Video Online Video: Best Online Video Series Online Video: Best Online Video - 30 Seconds or Under Online Video: Best Online Video - Snackable (6 Seconds or Under) Online Video: Best Online Video for Public Affairs Campaign or Issue Advocacy – Infrastructure Online Video: Best Online Video for Independent Expenditure Online Video: Best Online Video for Public Affairs Campaign or Issue Advocacy - Public Health (COVID) Online Video: Best Use of 360, VR or AR Television Best TV Ad for Public Affairs Campaign or Issue Advocacy - Public Health Best TV Ad for Independent Expenditure Campaign – Mayoral Best Spanish Language TV Ad Best TV Ad - 15 Seconds Best TV Ad - 30 Seconds Radio & Podcasts Best Use of Radio Targeting Best Radio Ad for Public Affairs/Issue Advocacy Campaign or Ballot Initiative Media Buying Most Innovative or Layered Media-Mix OTT & CTV Best OTT/CTV Video for Public Affairs Campaign or Issue Advocacy Best OTT/CTV Video for Independent Expenditure About Kivvit Kivvit is one of the largest and fastest-growing independent strategic communications and public affairs firms in the United States, with over 130 professionals across six offices in Boston, Chicago, Miami, New York, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. Kivvit has earned over 60 awards and recognitions in the past 5 years, including Public Affairs of the Year (Reed Awards), Digital Agency of the Year (PRovoke SABRE North America), Most Innovative Agency (Bulldog Stars of PR Awards), and a Best Agency to Work For (PRovoke). Kivvit also leads O'Dwyer's national rankings of independent communications firms across multiple categories, including #1 for Real Estate Finance & Development, #2 for Non-profits, #2 for Energy, #3 for Education, and #4 for Purpose & CSR. To learn more and see what we do, visit www.Kivvit.com and follow us @TeamKivvit. Contact Details Zach Silber +1 212-929-0669 zsilber@kivvit.com Company Website https://www.kivvit.com/

April 05, 2022 02:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Telos Hires World’s First NFT Curator In Crypto

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To further the ambitions of growing Telos into the go to Layer 1 for NFT’s, Telos has hired the world’s first NFT curator in crypto, The Big Gooey (or TBG). TBG will lead efforts by supporting the art world and building a truly vibrant Telosian Collection on an NFT ecosystem that is powered by Byt and the tEVM. This next level NFT ecosystem is going to enhance the end user experience with ludicrous speeds, inexpensive fixed gas fees, zero congestion and absolutely no front running. NFT enthusiasts are destined to appreciate the enhanced user experience that is being powered by the world's fastest EVM (tEVM). NFT Ecosystem Synergy TBG - World’s first NFT curator Byt - World’s most successful NFT dApp tEVM - World's fastest (instant transactions), most inexpensive (fixed nano sized gas fees), congestion-less, truly decentralized, no front running, and most energy efficient EVM The Big Gooey hails from the rain-soaked West Coast of Canada. Gooey has been working as a full-time artist in the crypto space. His art has appeared on multiple blockchains from Fast Food Frens (ETH) to Zillaz (SOL). His pixel art style is inspired by the super Nintendo golden era of games and early arcade classics. TBG was one of the artists who brought NFTs to Telos, he’s woven himself into the fabric of the Telos ecosystem, and he builds a community wherever he goes. TBG won an adoring audience with Doug’s Donuts, and the upcoming TelosPunks is set to change the rules of what an NFT can be. “I personally believe that nothing monumental can ever take shape without passion for the subject. In this case that subject is an NFT ecosystem and the passion for this subject is not only prevalent with TBG, but also absolutely contagious.” Justin Giudici, Acting CEO at Telos Foundation Telos is making a strategic push into the booming NFT market. TBG will help lead the community end of the new Telos and Byt partnership. The partnership is also planning a major competition to bring NFT creation to the masses. Telos plans on integrating NFTs as an integral component of the developer and application community. TBG will work with artists and creators to make Telos NFTs their first-choice media. “There are bright things ahead,” said TBG, “I’m several collections this year. I’m committed to the idea that Telos' ethos of equal and fair access to finance is the future of how working-class people can better generate wealth.” The Big Gooey, NFT Curator About Telos Telos Blockchain (ticker: Tlos) is a third-generation smart contract platform that offers compatibility with Solidity, Vyper and Native C++ smart contracts. Telos provides full EVM/Solidity support with fixed low-cost gas fees and no front running. Uniquely, Telos also offers a path to fee-less transactions via its robust native C++ smart contract support (also w/ no front running). The chain can sustainably support hundreds of millions of transactions per day, it produces blocks in 0.5 second intervals on a first-in-first-out basis (eliminating front running on the network) and the network is securely validated by an equitably sized and globally decentralized block producer network. The Telos Blockchain has the throughput needed to facilitate and scale the thriving Metaverse / Web 3.0 better than any other blockchain. Its performance is unrivaled in the industry and was purpose-built to offer speed, scalability, cost-effectiveness, true decentralization, and end-user fairness. Harnessing its power from utilizing tight C++ on the frontend and a custom WASM runtime environment on the backend, Telos, is exactly what Elon Musk recently described to be the best: Read Tweet Here About The Foundation The Telos Foundation is a Decentralized Autonomous Organization established as a promotional and funding body to advance the Telos Blockchain Network and provide support to network applications. Contact Details The Team hello@telosfoundation.io Company Website https://www.telos.net/

April 05, 2022 10:07 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Telos NFT Ecosystem Gains Support via Strategic Partnership with Byt

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The Telos Foundation is pleased to announce a major strategic partnership with Byt ( https://www.byt.io ). Byt is an NFT ecosystem consisting of a chain agnostic marketplace, world class launchpad, and highly accurate rarity analytics tool, RarityMon (https://www.raritymon.com). Together, Telos and Byt will build a robust NFT marketplace within the Telos ecosystem that will power next level minting and management capabilities. Byt will also support Telos’ NFT competition and its own-brand NFT collection (unveiled in the next few weeks). Byt has been behind multiple extraordinarily successful NFT launches. One of which was the Neo Tokyo launch on Ethereum which rose to a peak market cap of over $500 million. “The synergistic potential of this partnership is exactly what we have been striving to bring to our NFT ecosystem. The entire Telos team is super excited to see the tEVM put to work by a stellar NFT platform like Byt. Our speed, low costs, endless capacity, and no front running are sure to make NFT enthusiasts super happy.” Justin Giudici, Acting CEO at Telos Foundation The Telos Blockchain (ticker: Tlos) is a third-generation chain supporting C++ and solidity-based applications. Telos’s leading EVM solution, the tEVM, offers dApps and end users the highest throughput and lowest fixed gas fees to date. The ludicrous fast speeds and fixed nano size gas fees are the ideal building blocks needed for the mass production and trading of NFT collections. "Byt is extremely excited to be working with Telos, the fastest EVM blockchain, as they push towards the future of NFTs and Web3. With an already very established team we hope to help push those efforts to a new level and support the NFT community on telos in a way that's never been seen before." Kaleb Phillips, Founder and CEO Interesting Byt Features: Byt's state of the art smart contract technology allows for gas optimized mints, on chain metadata generation, and custom features to be created on any EVM chain. The Byt marketplace will soon release state of the art features such as customizable public profiles, dynamic achievements, and social features. Byt's RarityMon rarity tool allows custom roles to be applied in discord servers based on rarities and traits. Powered by Byt on Telos, the Telos team is planning a major competition to bring NFT creation to the masses and is planning to integrate NFTs as an integral component of its Developer and Application Community. Furthering these ambitions, Telos has also hired the first NFT Curator in crypto, The Big Gooey, to lead efforts, support the art world, and build a truly vibrant Telosian Collection. TBG will assist artists and creators to make Telos NFTs their first-choice media. About Telos Telos Blockchain (ticker: Tlos) is a third-generation smart contract platform that offers compatibility with Solidity, Vyper and Native C++ smart contracts. Telos provides full EVM/Solidity support with fixed low-cost gas fees and no front running and uniquely. Telos also offers a path to fee-less transactions via its robust native C++ smart contract support (also no front running). The chain can sustainably support hundreds of millions of transactions per day, it produces blocks in 0.5 second intervals on a first-in-first-out basis (eliminating front running on the network) and the network is securely validated by a truly equitably sized global block producer network. Telos performance is unrivaled in the industry and was purpose-built to offer speed, scalability, cost-effectiveness, true decentralization, and end-user fairness. Telos is built to facilitate the thriving Metaverse / Web 3.0 better than any other layer 1 blockchain. Telos harnesses its power from utilizing tight C++ on the frontend and a custom WASM runtime environment on the backend. Telos is exactly what Elon Musk recently described to be the best: Read Tweet Here About The Foundation The Telos Foundation is a Decentralized Autonomous Organization established as a promotional and funding body to advance the Telos Blockchain Network and provide support to network applications. Contact Details The Team hello@telosfoundation.io Company Website https://www.telos.net/

April 04, 2022 10:07 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Stagwell’s (STGW) Flagship Media Agency Assembly Selected by Lenovo as Global Agency of Record For EMEA, North America, & Latin America

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Global omnichannel agency Assembly has been named a Media Agency of Record for Lenovo, one of the world’s largest technology companies. Assembly will lead Lenovo’s full-funnel paid media program for its consumer (including Yoga and Lenovo Legion gaming), commercial (including ThinkPad), and small and medium-sized business segments (including ThinkBook) across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. Lenovo has brought Assembly on to strengthen its audience-centric and insight-led media approach, with an emphasis on data convergence, performance measurement, and technology, to drive greater marketing effectiveness. The appointment supports the operationalization of Lenovo’s global marketing strategy, which sees agency partners and Lenovo’s Global Media Strategy Center of Excellence working together in an innovative hybrid model. “As the technology and marketing industries undergo a profound transformation in an increasingly fragmented digital ecosystem, marketing needs to adapt and modernize as we navigate this new environment,” said Gina Qiao, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer at Lenovo. “We look forward to working with our new agency partners to continue innovating how and where we tell Lenovo’s vision of smarter technology for all, and to further advance the industry.” Lenovo represents one of the world’s widest portfolio of technology devices, solutions and services, with a bold vision to deliver Smarter Technology for All, from smarter supply chains to human-centered technology that improves the lives of communities everywhere. “It's such an exciting time to partner with Lenovo. With huge opportunities for transformation and growth, we look forward to bringing data, technology, and omnichannel media solutions to Lenovo’s global marketing strategy,” said James Townsend, Global CEO of Assembly and Global CEO of Stagwell Media Network. “This is a partnership aligned in the ambition to continue transforming marketing and we’re grateful for the opportunity to work alongside the whole Lenovo team.” Assembly is part of Stagwell, the challenger network built to transform marketing. “Lenovo is a world-class, globally-recognized brand, and we look forward to growing their business and transforming their marketing capabilities for the future,” said Mark Penn, Stagwell CEO and Chairman. Assembly’s appointment is effective April 2022. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. ABOUT ASSEMBLY: Assembly is made of the ingredients of the modern agency, bringing together data, talent, and technology to deliver a connected set of solutions for media + more to the best brands on the planet. We're home to more than 1,500 of the industry's top talent, who bring unmatched global omnichannel media expertise + data, technology, and business consulting capabilities that help brands find the change that fuels growth. Assembly is a proud member of Stagwell, the challenger network built to transform marketing. Visit www.assemblyglobal.com for more information. ABOUT LENOVO: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$60 billion revenue Fortune Global 500 company serving customers in 180 markets around the world. Focused on a bold vision to deliver smarter technology for all, we are developing world-changing technologies that power (through devices and infrastructure) and empower (through solutions, services and software) millions of customers every day and together create a more inclusive, trustworthy and sustainable digital society for everyone, everywhere. To find out more visit https://www.lenovo.com and read about the latest news via our StoryHub. ABOUT STAGWELL: Stagwell is the challenger network built to transform marketing. We deliver scaled creative performance for the world's most ambitious brands, connecting culture-moving creativity with leading-edge technology to harmonize the art and science of marketing. Led by entrepreneurs, our 10,000+ specialists in 34+ countries are unified under a single purpose: to drive effectiveness and improve business results for their clients. Join us at www.stagwellglobal.com. ABOUT STAGWELL MEDIA NETWORK: Stagwell’s Media Network is a group of leading multichannel agencies home to more than 3,000 experts with an expansive global footprint across 40+ offices in 20 countries, managing close to $5 billion in media. Agencies include Assembly, MMI Agency, Goodstuff and Grason, creative consultancy GALE, B2B specialist Multiview, multi-lingual content agency Locaria, and travel and media experts Ink. The network offers marketers a more dynamic partner for global B2B and B2C solutions spanning data, technology, media, and creativity aimed at accelerating business growth for brands worldwide. Contact Details Assembly Sara Pollack, VP of Marketing +1 917-438-4922 sara.pollack@assemblyglobal.com Company Website https://www.assemblyglobal.com/

April 04, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Kivvit’s Megan O’Leary Inducted Into PRWeek’s 2022 Women To Watch Class

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Out of almost 250 nominations, PRWeek has selected Kivvit Associate Director Megan O’Leary to be inducted into the 2022 Women to Watch class alongside 24 leading communications professionals. As a member of this prestigious group, Megan has proven she is up for every challenge and ready to go above and beyond to ensure results exceed client goals and achieve creative excellence. “Megan consistently delivers outstanding results as a top strategist and trusted colleague and mentor at Kivvit. She managed Kivvit’s work for the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice (NCCCJ) on behalf of the Council on Criminal Justice, which was named one of the top 40 PR campaigns in the world last year. Megan also led Kivvit’s work on behalf of the Public Religion Research Institute to promote the organization’s groundbreaking insights into the QAnon conspiracy theory,” said Chief Operating Officer Molly Scherrman. Outside of work, she is a mentor through Vanderbilt University’s alumni network, helping undergraduates pursue their career goals and is pursuing a Master’s of Public Policy at Georgetown University. “Every single Women of Distinction and Women to Watch honoree is a role model. They have proven themselves to be tireless, fearless, compassionate, and effective business leaders — especially in recent times of crisis; but even more important, they are, quite simply, good people. Many spend their spare time raising up other women in the industry by educating, empowering, and advocating for them,” said Diana Bradley, associate news editor at PRWeek. Now in its seventh year, PRWeek selects women who have achieved success within their own organization, inspired colleagues and, through innovative and transformative work, elevated the practice of public relations to new heights. The 2022 Women of Distinction will be profiled in the March-April print issue of PRWeek and honored at a celebratory event on June 9 in NYC. Profiles of all honorees can be found at https://www.prweek.com/article/1748506/ About Kivvit Kivvit is one of the largest and fastest-growing independent strategic communications and public affairs firms in the United States, with over 130 professionals across six offices in Boston, Chicago, Miami, New York, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. Kivvit has earned over 60 awards and recognitions in the past 5 years, including Public Affairs of the Year (Reed Awards), Digital Agency of the Year (PRovoke SABRE North America), Most Innovative Agency (Bulldog Stars of PR Awards), and a Best Agency to Work For (PRovoke). Kivvit also leads O'Dwyer's national rankings of independent communications firms across multiple categories, including #1 for Non Profits, #2 for Energy, #3 for Corporate Social Responsibility, #3 for Real Estate, and #4 for Education. To learn more and see what we do, visit www.Kivvit.com and follow us @TeamKivvit. Contact Details Zach Silber +1 212-929-0669 zsilber@kivvit.com Company Website https://www.kivvit.com/

April 01, 2022 09:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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The Smiley Company Illuminates Cities for International Day of Happiness

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Timed to International Day of Happiness, The Smiley Company unveiled large-scale projections around the world featuring the iconic smiley logo in the colors of the Ukrainian flag. The projections are in support of the United Nations International Day of Happiness “2022 Happiness for All, Ukraine”* initiative and serve to call attention to and honor the bravery and resilience of the people of Ukraine. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/AyFO6v2Ihbg The Smiley projections appeared on the streets of major cities around the world including London, Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome and Sydney. As part of this announcement, Smiley also donated to various humanitarian organizations supporting Ukraine and has been using its platform, The Smiley Movement, to further raise awareness and share resources for ways to donate to the Ukraine effort. Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012, International Day of Happiness aims to remind people around the world that actions matter and each person can help build a more compassionate world, wherever they are. Since its inception 50 years ago, Smiley’s mission is to spread good news to demonstrate the immense power in a smile through the spread of positivity, good news and optimism around the world. For more information on how to support Ukraine, visit https://smileymovement.org/ for a list of charities, ways to donate and resources taking positive action. * This initiative is in support of the United Nations official International Day of Happiness campaign and The Smiley Company is not officially affiliated with the UN or their initiatives surrounding International Day of Happiness. About The Smiley Company: For the past 50 years, Smiley has embraced positivity, creativity, and collaboration, inspiring forward-facing optimism around the world. Born as a symbol for good news in the newspaper France Soir in 1972, Smiley is now a universally recognised TOP 100 global licensing company registered in over 100 countries. Working with brand partners and leading retailers, Smiley spreads positivity through fashion, accessories, beauty, homewares, food packaging, stationery, and entertainment products. A lifestyle brand that encourages everyone to express more empathy, compassion, and gratitude, Smiley is determined to build a better future. About The Smiley Movement: Smiley Movement is a nonprofit community interest company sponsored by the original SmileyⓇ brand. Our vision is to inspire positive change in society by creating a happier, more equal and sustainable world, where everyone works hand-in-hand to address urgent societal and environmental problems. In 2017, philanthropist and social entrepreneur Nicolas Loufrani – Smiley’s CEO – identified a gap in the market between the people looking for opportunities to give back and the millions of charitable causes in need of support. Market research at the time showed ‘92% of the UK public want to do good in the world but are unsure how to’ and ‘82% would volunteer more if they were better informed about the charity sector’. Smiley Movement was born in 2018 to address this need by providing the technology and ecosystems that empower communities around the world to act on issues important to them. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

March 31, 2022 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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