The African Cannabis Market Could Reach 71B by 2023

first_img Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. In the global cannabis landscape, Africa is an overlooked market. This is due to a number of factors, such as the illegality of the plant across the continent and the poor economic conditions that many African countries face.Africa has the potential to become an enormous cannabis market due to the large population and favorable climate that makes growing weed easier than in neighboring Europe. A new report by Prohibition Partners suggests that by 2023, the African cannabis market could reach $7.1 billion.The status of cannabis in Africa.Africa has a long history of growing and consuming cannabis. In most countries on the continent, the plant is illegal, although it remains widely cultivated and consumed, according to Prohibition Partners.The UN estimates more than 38,000 tonnes of cannabis are produced across Africa each year, which results in a black market worth billions.Out of 54 countries on the African continent, only three — Lesotho, South Africa and Zimbabwe — permit medical use, while Zambia has legislation allowing medical marijuana that has not been enacted.No African countries have clear legislation allowing recreational use. In South Africa, recreational use is illegal, but cannabis was decriminalized for private cultivation and consumption.In Egypt, recreational use is illegal, but tolerated. In, Morocco, the prohibition of medical and recreational use is often unenforced, although it is illegal.The first and only country in the region that allows legal cultivation is Lesotho, a landlocked, mountainous country that has a favorable climate, abundant water and fertile soil for cannabis growing. In other countries, such as Ghana and Nigeria, cannabis is grown illegally, typically for export.Related: Millennials Are Launching Their Cannabis Careers With Summer InternshipsThe market potential.Legalization could result in a huge market and great export opportunities for businesses that would pay taxes and help enrich the region, according to Prohibition Partners.In Congo, a 100-kilogram sack of cannabis costs between $96 and $128 — significantly higher than maize, which fetches $54 for the same volume.Cannabis could also create legal employment opportunities. According to the Morocco Network for Industrial and Medicinal Use of Cannabis cited by Prohibition Partners, the clandestine cannabis industry in the country is valued at $10 billion and employs 800,000 people.Overall, Prohibition estimates the African cannabis market could be worth $7.1 billion by 2023. The bulk of this value is allocated to the recreational market ($6.3 billion). The medical market estimate is much smaller: about $800 million and around 420,000 patients.Related: Amateur Investors are Bullish About Cannabis. That Has the Pros a Little Worried.Cannabis companies with African exposure.Even though cannabis is mostly illegal in Africa, in the few nations where it is legal, some international companies have already established a presence. Lesotho in particular has attracted the attention of foreign investors given the possibility to cultivate cannabis for export.Last year, Supreme Cannabis Company Inc SPRWF 1.3% invested CA$10 million ($7.45 million) in Medigrow Lesotho, acquiring a 10-percent stake. Another Canadian cannabis company, Aphria Inc. APHA 1.13% went even further and formed a joint venture with South Africa-based Verve Group of Companies. The joint venture CannInvest Africa acquired a stake in licensed producer of medical cannabis extracts in Lesotho Verve Dynamics for CA$4.05 million.The biggest deal in Lesotho by a foreign company was made by Canopy Growth Corp CGC 0.16%. In May 2018, the company purchased Daddy Cann Lesotho PTY Ltd., which has a license to cultivate, manufacture, supply, hold, import, export and transport cannabis and cannabis resin. The total value of the all-stock deal was around CA$28.8 million at the time.Tilray Inc. TLRY 1.04% has not invested in cannabis businesses in the region, but it did start exporting medical cannabis products to South Africa last year. Similarly, Nuuvera (acquired by Aphria), signed an agreement to supply 3 tonnes of purified THC and CBD extracts per year to Verve.This article originally was published by Benzinga, a content partner of Green Entrepreneur. Global Business The African Cannabis Market Could Reach $7.1B by 2023 Image credit: brazzo | Getty Images Green Entrepreneur Podcast –shares Alex Oleinic May 8, 2019 Immense markets, both domestic for export to Europe, are available if African countries repeal prohibition. Listen Now Next Article Add to Queue 4 min read Brought to you by Benzingalast_img read more

Huaweis Global Smartphone Shipments Jump in First Half

first_img Reuters Huawei’s Global Smartphone Shipments Jump in First Half China’s Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., the world’s third-largest smartphone vendor, said first-half global smartphone shipments jumped 25 percent, helped by rapid growth in traditionally high-end markets such as Europe.Shenzhen-based Huawei, which competes with Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. and Apple Inc., shipped 60.5 million smartphones globally in the first half.Huawei’s consumer business group, which includes its smartphone division, booked global revenue of 77.4 billion yuan ($11.6 billion) for the first six months, up 41 percent from last year.Huawei aims to surpass market leaders Samsung and Apple within five years to become the world’s top smartphone vendor.Industry watchers, however, are less optimistic. They said Huawei is facing stiffer competition from domestic rivals such as Xiaomi Inc. and Lenovo Group Ltd. as cost-conscious consumers are looking for alternatives with similar features in an increasingly saturated global market.Huawei’s head of consumer business Richard Yu was, however, bullish about the firm’s long-term prospects.”There are only three major smartphone vendors in the world — Apple, Samsung and Huawei. It’s consolidating … other vendors will die in the next three to five years,” he told a news conference.Research firm TrendForce last week cut its estimate for Huawei’s annual smartphone shipments by 8.5 percent to 119 million units, citing worse-than-expected sales of Huawei’s flagship phone.”The sales of Huawei’s flagship P9, which features a dual camera, may fall short of expectations as other Chinese brands release competitive products,” said TrendForce analyst Avril Wu.Huawei held 9 percent of the global smartphone market in the second quarter of this year, a distant third behind Samsung’s 24.5 percent and Apple’s 15 percent, according to TrendForce.(Reporting by Yimou Lee; Editing by Edwina Gibbs) July 26, 2016 Add to Queue The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now » Next Article center_img Image credit: Reuters | Philippe Wojazer This story originally appeared on Reuters –shares 2 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Huaweilast_img read more

New Balance Suffers a Brand Mangling Whitewashing

first_img Enroll Now for $5 With one perfect tone-deaf quote, the New Balance apparel company put a huge greasy smudge on their formerly positive, relatively quiet branding image.In response to a question about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, which New Balance (and Donald Trump) opposes because it benefits their competitors, Matt LeBretton, VP of Public Affairs for New Balance remarked, “[…] with President-elect Trump, we feel things are going to move in the right direction.”Related: John Oliver: Multilevel Marketing Is Not a Good Path to EntrepreneurshipNeo-Nazi website, the Daily Stormer, subsequently dubbed New Balance the “official brand of the Trump Revolution.” And just like that, New Balance became the unofficial cobbler of white supremacists.Though presidential candidate Trump’s endorsement by the KKK didn’t negatively affect his election win, New Balance isn’t getting the same presidential treatment. Since LeBretton’s indelicate statement last week, ex-New Balance customers have taken to posting tweets and videos of themselves trashing and burning New Balance sneakers.Vote w/your dollars..tends to be more efficient. #newbalance shoes are for Trump supporters. pic.twitter.com/hYMb3COOtV— mayraromeroferman (@mayraromeroferm) November 10, 2016Shoe owners dump Trump, their New Balance kicks https://t.co/nUxpOF7JUr pic.twitter.com/T4AQvFQzy9— ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) November 10, 2016@SoleCollector @newbalance pic.twitter.com/6dROPnmYdm— Jean Ralphio (@MMArtinitus) November 10, 2016This has, in turn, led to a slew of negative press, which has led to negative Google results, which equals major consequences for the brand.Related: ‘Trumping’ Bad Press: 5 Reasons to Listen to Your PR TeamAs a content strategist at an online reputation management (ORM) & branding company, my default reaction was: “this is bad for New Balance’s brand.” In my profession, we have long drawn the connection between online reputation and branding; it can often be a tumultuous love-hate relationship. A negative tweet (from or about a company or person) can take a good reputation and raze it to the ground — and do so bigly.If Donald Trump’s hypothesis is right, he wielded the power of Twitter and Facebook for next to nothing, and used it to win, even against Hillary Clinton’s sizable campaign war chest. Trump told Leslie Stahl during his 60 Minutes interview,  “I think that social media has more power than the money [the Clinton campaign] spent.”And he’s not wrong. Social media brandishes quite the weapon — for good or for bad.Prior to last week, the apparel company was praised by publications like GQ for its patriotic manufacturing practices, saying, “we’ve lauded New Balance’s ability to turn out quality, stylish footwear while maintaining a manufacturing presence in the United States as other brands fled to China, Vietnam and elsewhere.”In other words, a week ago, the company was a champion for America. Now, wearing a pair of their shoes is akin to donning a white cloak. Regardless of whether LeBretton’s statement was taken out of context or whether New Balance is pro-Trump or not, the brand’s online presence and Google search results can define a brand by defining what is “truth” — regardless of validity.Related: Why ‘Pixie-Dust’ PR Programs Are Bad for StartupsSince LeBretton’s statement just last week, a “New Balance” Google search (in New York City) currently shows five negative results referring to the story. That’s a big deal for a company that gets searched 3 million times every single month. You are whatever your online results say you are. That’s why companies and (individuals) need to be hyper-vigilant about monitoring their online presence, their brand and their VPs. It’s a lot easier to keep your brand healthy then rebuild it after a scandal.A couple of things New Balance could do to rebuild:Stop making statements.No matter how much they deny, it won’t hold water. That ship has sailed.Stop talking, start doing.New Balance has made a statement coming out against bigotry, but no one is convinced. Instead, do something positive in the background: initiatives that combat racism, donation of proceeds of a new or limited merch line to anti-hate charities. When this controversy dies down, and they usually do, New Balance can point to its good works.Get a solid ORM plan in place!With New Balance’s search results the way they are, the company has proven a desperate need for an online reputation management (ORM) firm, and will want to get one in place ASAP. New Balance needs to take control of the online narrative quickly to give them their best chance at rebounding from this fiasco.To be sure, many big companies don’t have solid ORM practices in place, which is why New Balance isn’t the first large company to experience a branding snafu due to social media backlash. (Anyone remember the KKK (Krispy Kreme Klub) Wednesdays Facebook ad?) Companies like New Balance most likely have well-paid PR teams to manage bad press, but even they can’t be sure how long it’ll take to control or suppress the story in search results.In a recent effort to distance themselves from white supremacists, the company issued a statement denouncing “bigotry or hate in any form.” Sure, it’s possible that this story may be sufficiently buried a year from now, or it could become a Samsung story that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. In the end, only Google knows, and Google is like the electoral college — very few of us understand how it works. But we can hope for the best, while preparing for the worst. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand –shares Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Guest Writer Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Aleks Kang New Balance Suffers a Brand Mangling ‘Whitewashing’ Senior Content Strategist at BrandYourself Next Article Overnight, the shoemaker fell from champion of American manufacturing to a pariah brand endorsed by white supremacists. Image credit: Edward Berthelot | Getty Images Branding Add to Queuelast_img read more

Peter Thiel Tells Republican Convention that America Needs a Tech Upgrade

first_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand 3 min read Next Article 38shares Add to Queue Peter Thiel July 22, 2016 Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel, the only big-name supporter of Donald Trump from the country’s technology hub, spoke on Thursday at the Republican National Convention to urge the country to discard petty cultural battles and turn its attention to solving the United States’ economic decline.Thiel offered a full-throated endorsement of Trump, echoing the Republican candidate’s themes of economic decline while lambasting economic and foreign policies that have allowed the country to get embroiled in “stupid wars.””Our nuclear bases still use floppy disks. Our newest fighter jets can’t even fly in the rain,” Thiel said on the final evening of the four-day convention in Cleveland.”Instead of going to Mars, we have invaded the Middle East.”A co-founder of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook Inc. who sits on that company’s board of directors, Thiel is well-known for contrarian and even eccentric views: a Libertarian who supports gay rights and legalizing marijuana, and who has proposed floating cities beyond the government’s reach while encouraging students to drop out of college and start companies.His support of Trump has been both a source of curiosity and the butt of jokes in Silicon Valley, where Trump’s anti-immigrant, anti-trade positions are regarded with horror. Many tech executives lean Democratic, and prominent Republican tech executives such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman have also rejected Trump.Thiel, who is gay, was expected to address gay rights in front of a political party whose platform rejects gay marriage and gay rights in general. He stopped short of such an appeal, however, addressing his sexuality only when saying: “I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a Republican. But most of all, I am proud to be an American.”He is only the second openly gay man to address the Republican National Convention, CNN reported.”When I was a kid, the great debate was about how to defeat the Soviet Union, and we won,” Thiel said. “Now we are told that the great debate is about who gets to use which bathroom. This is a distraction from our real problems. Who cares?”Thiel said his support for Trump was based on the belief that the candidate could address the country’s economic decline. He cited the space program and other government technology achievements as examples of what has been lost.Thiel drew parallels between himself and Trump each as a “builder.”His family emigrated from Germany when Thiel was one year old, and arrived in Cleveland — the city hosting this week’s convention. When Thiel pointed that out, he got loud applause.Back then, Thiel said, “Opportunity was everywhere.””In 1968, the world’s high-tech capital wasn’t just one city. All of America was high-tech.”(Reporting by Heather Somerville; Editing by Jonathan Weber and Jonathan Oatis) Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Peter Thiel Reuters This story originally appeared on Reuters Peter Thiel Tells Republican Convention that America Needs a Tech Upgrade Image credit: Reuters | Jonathan Ernst Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

California Paves the Way for Cars With Empty Drivers Seats

first_imgCars Next Article Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. This story originally appeared on PCMag California Paves the Way for Cars With Empty Driver’s Seats Image credit: Mark Wilson | Getty Images Proposed regulations would let companies test self-driving cars on public roads without a human driver present. Officials in California proposed new rules on Friday that would let companies test autonomous cars on public roads with no human driver present.The proposal is a significant update to the state’s self-driving car regulations adopted in 2014, which allow testing on public roads only if a driver is inside the vehicle. With the new rules, companies that want to test cars without human drivers will have to apply for a special permit and meet federal standards defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.To be approved for the permit, companies will also have to obtain written support from the jurisdiction that they want to test in, which suggests that local governments could object to testing on their streets.According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, 21 companies are currently testing autonomous vehicles in the state. Among them are tech companies such as Waymo, which took over Google’s self-driving project last year, as well as traditional automakers such as Toyota and BMW.”California has more manufacturers testing autonomous vehicles than any other state and today’s rules continue our leadership with this emerging technology,” California Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly said in a statement. The state’s updated regulations will now enter a 45-day public comment period before they are adopted.Although California is a hotbed of autonomous vehicle research, it is not the only state that is working on regulations to govern the industry. In December, Michigan adopted new laws that establish comprehensive self-driving car regulations and made it the first state to allow completely autonomous ride-sharing fleets.   56sharescenter_img March 13, 2017 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Add to Queue News reporter Tom Brant 2 min read Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

A 26yearold Woman Racked up 10000 of Debt After Trying to Become

first_img A 26-year-old Woman Racked up $10,000 of Debt After Trying to Become an Instagram Star — and it Reveals a Huge Issue With the Platform –shares Image credit: Facebook/Lissette Calveiro Add to Queue March 8, 2018 Next Article Editorial Intern Some millennials say they’re sinking thousands of dollars into crafting perfect Instagram photos.This week, The New York Post reported the story of Lissette Calveiro, a 26-year-old who racked up $10,000 of debt trying to become an Instagram star.Calveiro says she splurged on designer handbags, expensive clothes and luxurious vacations while working low-salary jobs, including an internship in New York.She told the Post that she would shop for clothes “to take the perfect ‘gram” and that she was living above her means.”I was living a lie,” she said, adding: “Debt was looming over my head.”Calveiro said a lot of the travel she did “was strictly for Instagram.”Instagram has created a generation of consumers obsessed with making their lives look perfect — and some are apparently spending thousands of dollars to do so.For some, this leads to big payoffs. Successful influencers can earn thousands of dollars per post and may be even more influential than other celebrities.For example, Lauren Bullen, 24, and Jack Morris, 26, a well-known travel-blogging duo, say they make a six-figure salary traveling the world together. In a recent interview with Cosmopolitan, Morris said he wouldn’t post for less than $3,000 from a sponsor.But for others, the lifestyle can be financially crippling.Calveiro told the Post that “nobody talks about” their finances on Instagram.”It worries me how much I see girls care about image,” she said.Calveiro added that she had “a lot of opportunities to save.””I could’ve invested that money in something,” she said.Wider repercussionsThe quest for that picture-perfect lifestyle isn’t only pushing some Instagram users into debt — it’s also contributing to some broader cultural issues.The U.K.-based Royal Society for Public Health recently named Instagram the worst social-media app for mental health. Its study of almost 1,500 Britons ages 14 to 24 found that young people were most likely to associate Instagram with negative mental well-being and feelings of inadequacy and anxiety.”Social media has been described as more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol and is now so entrenched in the lives of young people that it is no longer possible to ignore it when talking about young people’s mental health issues,” Shirley Cramer, the CEO of the organization, said in a post on its findings.Instagram isn’t the only thing to blame — the obsession with image existed long before the app exploded in popularity.But a study published in 2012 by the American Psychological Association that looked at 9 million young adults over 40 years found that millennials cared more than previous generations about money and image.”The proportion of students who said being wealthy was very important to them increased from 45 percent for baby boomers (surveyed between 1966 and 1978) to 70 percent for generation Xers (surveyed between 1979 and 1999) and 75 percent for millennials (surveyed between 2000 and 2009),” a press release about the study said. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brandcenter_img Mary Hanbury 3 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider Instagram The quest for this picture-perfect lifestyle isn’t only financially crippling for some — recent studies have found that it’s contributing to mental-health issues. Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Even Internet Entrepreneurs Need to Make Their Businesses Handicap Accessible

first_img Disabled users have sued businesses over website accessibility. The Americans With Disabilities Act applies to online businesses. News and Trends March 27, 2018 Next Article Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queue –shares Richik Sarkar Image credit: oatawa | Getty Images Guest Writer Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Member, McGlinchey Stafford PLLC As entrepreneurs move from idea to action, they often start by creating a website. And why not? The internet provides access to billions of people and potential customers. However, while the access is incredible, entrepreneurs often ignore the principle of accessibility and fail to take the required steps to ensure that people with disabilities are able to use their business’s website.Just like every pot has a lid, every problem has a plaintiff. In 2017, plaintiffs filed at least 814 website access lawsuits, including a number of class action filings, alleging that a company’s failure to ensure that the blind and sight-impaired could use their websites violated the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 — a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability. Of the 814 federal cases, New York and Florida had 335 and 325 cases, respectively, with another 115 in California state courts, so this not a national litigation epidemic yet. Related: User Experience Is the Most Important Metric You Aren’t MeasuringBut, before these trends begin to spread across the country, entrepreneurs need to recognize the benefits of making their websites accessible and businesses available to all. This is especially important as our populations, especially baby boomers, age and more people require assistive devices to access websites and conduct business with entrepreneurs.In short, the ADA requires places of public accommodation — retail stores, rentals, educational institutions, recreational facilities, service centers, etc. — to make their locations accessible through physical aids and guides. Critically, neither Congress nor the Department of Justice has expressly extended the definition of public accommodation to include websites. The statute plainly contemplates physical places. Finding no friend in the government, many individuals, led by plaintiffs’ counsel (some of whom have dubious intentions), have convinced some courts to transmogrify selected website accessibility standards and argue that companies who have not satisfied same are in violation of the law.One such set of standards is known as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which are promulgated by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The most recent version of the WCAG contains 12 guidelines addressing web accessibility. Each guideline contains criteria to determine conformance at three different levels: A, AA or AAA; however, the WAI does not recommend that Level AAA conformance be generally required as it is not possible to satisfy all level AAA criteria for some content. That said, many lawsuits seek to enforce AAA standards without any legal justification.Related: 5 Steps to Make Sure Your Website Is ADA-CompliantThough there is no legally-mandated standard, if only to reach as many potential customers as possible, all entrepreneurs should take steps to increase customer accessibility. How can businesses take charge of efforts to ensure accessibility? Many vendors will analyze website URLs and identify gaps and provide a punch list for entrepreneurs to prioritize. As most entrepreneurs tend to focus on what they know, they should ensure that their website vendors have undergone website accessibility training and certification and understand and comply with website accessibility and WCAG 2.0 guidelines. Whether using a vendor or attempting to create and manage their own sites, at a minimum, entrepreneurs must make sure their website can be read and navigated by screen readers and other assistive technologies. These tools enable consumers with disabilities to get the information they need and complete a variety of transactions and purchases. Next, it would make sense to have a visually impaired tester attempt to navigate the website with such assistive technologies, screen readers or magnifiers. To reach as many customers as possible, which is in the best interest of both the company and consumer, companies should strive to ensure that their websites are accessible and substantially comply with the WCAG 2.0 AA principles, including making sure that:Websites and their various forms and engines can be used using only a keyboard or equivalentButtons and calls to action include adequate prompting and labelingAlternative tags and text — which can tell the blind what is on an image — are present on all images on the websitesNavigational elements on the websites are properly labeledThe websites contain easily resizable textPop-ups are not used on the websitesThe websites do not only rely on CAPTCHA tools for securityServer-side image maps are not used on the websites as a mouse is typically required to accessRelated: How to Keep Up With Technology as a Business OwnerCreating and addressing to-do lists of compliance issues and content management are important steps to making websites accessible to all, but even more important is creating — and actively nurturing — a culture of accessibility and compliance. While this can be done through routine accessibility audits, responsible, innovative and successful companies will look beyond websites and focus on accessible apps, plug-ins, IOT devices, etc., as websites are only one part of an entrepreneur’s plans to create successful businesses and a prominent digital presence. Even Internet Entrepreneurs Need to Make Their Businesses Handicap Accessible Register Now »last_img read more

Ford Wants This Creepy Robot to Bring Its Autonomous Deliveries to Your

first_img Autonomous deliveries and self-driving vehicles may be the future, but there are still a few gaps that need to be addressed — namely that it’s not always possible for people to leave their homes to retrieve deliveries from the roadside (and if you’re hungover and ordering take out, you definitely don’t want to). Ford is working on a solution for this final stretch, though, and it’s come right out of a sci-fi movie.”Digit” is a two-legged robot created by Agility Robotics, designed to get your delivery from a car to your door. Announced earlier this year but now operational, the robot folds up in the back of a self-driving vehicle, ready to unfurl itself in a Lovercraftian manner when it arrives at the delivery destination. According to the press release, “Digit not only resembles the look of a person, but walks like one, too.” We’ll let you make up your own mind on that one.Digit can lift packages that weigh up to 40 pounds, walk up and down stairs and across uneven terrain, and can maintain its balance in the event of a bump. It makes the journey from the car to the door by tapping into data obtained by the self-driving vehicle. The car builds a detailed map of its surroundings, then wirelessly shares that with Digit. Through this data exchange, Digit and the vehicle can even work collaboratively to identify the most efficient delivery pathway.Digit looks creepy, there’s no two ways around that. But it might not be that long before you see the robot — or some kind of iteration of it — scuttling around your neighborhood. After all, a number of U.S. states have formally permitted the use of delivery robots on sidewalks, and numerous other companies are working on — and have launched — their own autonomous delivery solutions. None of them look quite like Digit, though. Image credit: Tim LaBarge via engadget ‘Digit’ is a two-legged robot designed to get your delivery from a car to your door. Delivery This story originally appeared on Engadget Add to Queue The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. –shares Next Article Ford Wants This Creepy Robot to Bring Its Autonomous Deliveries to Your Door Guest Writer Rachel England May 22, 2019 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List 2 min read Apply Now » Writerlast_img read more

Alive Biome launches new probiotic drinks with live bacteria

first_imgAlive Biome launches new probiotic drinks with live bacteriaPosted By: News Deskon: November 21, 2017In: Beverage, Industries, Ingredients, Innovation, New productsPrintEmailUK-based startup, Alive Biome has launched a new probiotic drink designed to deliver live bacteria, vitamins, and botanicals.The company, which has been co-founded by Brian Crowther, who’s had experience in the sports and nutrition sector, has unveiled two drinks featurinh citrus and raspberry flavours, both containing high volumes of probiotics in the form of live bacteria and essential vitamins, created to aid good gut health.“At Alive Biome our total focus is helping everyone to have a healthier and happier life,” explains co founder Brian Crowther. “Every day we read about the increasing number of cancer cases, the prevalence of mental health issues and the multitude of other conditions and diseases rampant, but we can help ourselves to significantly reduce our risk of falling prey to any of these.“There is now, more than ever before, truly compelling evidence to show that if we just look after our gut health by taking the right combinations of probiotics and vitamins, we can make a real difference to our overall wellbeing. It’s this passion for preventative health for empowering each and every person which drives the team here week in, week out.”The beverages are packaged in 375ml water bottles, specifically designed for the grab and go market, and include an innovative cap which stores the blend of probiotics, vitamins and botanicals in an air-tight container, critical to ensure the probiotics are still alive at the point of consumption.When the user is ready to release the ingredients into the water, the cap has a simple twist mechanism which breaks the seal. Before drinking the consumer is advised to shake for 20 seconds to ensure the probiotics are thoroughly mixed with the water.Share with your network: Tags: Alive Biomeprobioticslast_img read more