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Primacy Unlocks Philanthropic Potential of Virtual Reality with GivLuv

–Free VR App Seamlessly Garners Empathy AND Donations–

Press Release – FARMINGTON, Conn.—June 26, 2017Primacy, an award-winning digital-first agency, has developed the first philanthropic and transactional virtual reality platform: GivLuv. Available to Gear VR users, GivLuv will allow viewers to virtually experience—and emotionally connect to—the stories of people impacted by charities across the world. The kicker is that viewers will also have the ability to donate to those charities, at any point during viewing, directly through their headsets.

To connect with their devoted and prospective givers, charities can sign up for GivLuv by submitting a 360 video or having Primacy develop one for them. Among GivLuv’s pilot partners are the Boys & Girls Club of Hartford and 3,000 Miles to a Cure.

“Too often, people pledge to donate to good causes and charities but don’t follow through. We developed GivLuv to significantly change that,” said Melissa Tait, Senior Vice President of Technology at Primacy. “There is nothing more powerful than seeing the impact these charities have first-hand. By evoking a stronger sense of empathy and giving people the ability to donate directly through their headsets, GivLuv facilitates donations to completion.”

After eight months of development and passing all internal tests, GivLuv debuted at Virtual Reality Toronto on June 24. The app will be released in closed beta form—meaning invited consumers can download and test it—in the Gear VR app store by July 1.

“Traditionally, VR has been a one-way consumer platform without much interactivity. With GivLuv, users not only consume content—they see and feel someone’s story—but they’re also empowered to act on the feelings generated within VR,” said Justin Lutz, Lead Innovation Technologist at Primacy. “We’re proud to lead the VR industry to interactivity, and to help countless organizations and lives along the way.”

Primacy has proven to be a game changer in VR—even when it was still an emerging technology. In 2014, Primacy pioneered the movement of making college campus tours more accessible through its groundbreaking virtual reality campus tour of Regis University. Without stepping foot on campus, students across the country can view tours of Regis University’s classrooms, sports facilities, dorms and nearby Red Rocks Amphitheatre as well as a 3D flyover of the campus. The results: saved time and travel expenses for students and parents, and a higher return on investment for Regis University as recruiting events attended by its admissions staff decreased by 14 percent, but leads captured from those fewer events increased by 13 percent.

About Primacy

Marketing doesn’t stand still. New opportunities are constant, and old ones keep evolving.

Against this dynamic backdrop, Primacy helps clients bring “What’s Next” thinking to the business at hand. We’re inspired by technology. Obsessed with data. And led in everything we do by creative ideas.

With vertical-specific expertise, Primacy helps clients in healthcare, financial services, higher education, manufacturing and consumer spaces enjoy the “What’s Next” advantage. Our services include strategy, concept, design, user experience, marketing, technology, branding, mobile, and media planning. With award-winning, meaningful impact that leads to measurable results, it’s no wonder that clients stay with Primacy over ten years on average.

A partial list of clients includes Aetna, Amica, Cannondale, EmblemHealth, ESPN, The Hartford, MassMutual, Middlesex Hospital, MIT, Regis University, Sikorsky Aircraft, Smith College, Tufts Medical Center, University of Michigan and Yale New Haven Health. Headquartered in Farmington, CT, we also have offices in NYC, Boston and West Palm Beach. To find out more, visit us at theprimacy.com or follow Primacy on Facebook and Twitter.


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Global Solar Kit Maker d.light Marks 10 Years With Launch Of Groundbreaking Solar Home System

Press Release – 27 June 2017, San Francisco, CA; Nairobi, Kenya; New Delhi, India. Off-grid solar solutions provider d.light has launched a flagship solar home system that promises to give consumers even more energy options for less money.

d.light is the global market leader in distributed solar power and has so far powered more than 75 million lives mostly in the developing world.

The company today celebrated the decade of providing safe, clean and affordable light to its customers at its Africa headquarters in Nairobi. d.light also unveiled the latest edition in its innovative line of solar products at the event.

The high-powered X850 promises to move solar energy consumers from merely meeting the traditional lighting and phone charging needs to a fully-solar-powered home entertainment system.

“Our customers will now have access to information, entertainment, education, more business hours and, mobile charging and better lighting conditions in the house,” said Sam Goldman, co-founder and Chief Product Officer of d.light.

The X850 has also been described as an “aspirational product” that grows and morphs according to consumer needs, powering multiple lights, mobile phones, heavy-duty electronic appliances and other accessories.

A key feature of the X850 package is a d.light 19” LED High Definition digital TV, the company’s first foray into the TV market which recently won the Global LEAP award for “the world’s most efficient TV in its class.”

d.light is also planning a major upgrade across its entire solar lantern products in the next few weeks, in line with its mission of moving its customers up the energy access ladder.

The X850 marks a significant milestone for d.light, which today celebrated 10 years since its founding in 2007 by Ned Tozun and Sam Goldman.

In its decade of operation, d.light has affordably powered more than 75 million lives including 19 million school-aged children who can now read and do their homework under light that is good for their eyes and lungs.

d.light co-founder and global Chief Executive Officer Ned Tozun said the world may be going green, but it is also important to ensure that everyone is on board in the journey.

“Solar energy has been notorious for being costly, especially in the developing world, and this is why d.light has always been focused on providing products that are both affordable and reliable. Many families that are just a few meters from the grid still cannot afford a power connection. But they don’t have to live in darkness until the day they raise enough money,” he said.

d.light is the fastest scaling Pay-as-you-Go solar home system brand in the world, with up to 800 new installations per day around the world.

Beyond the direct relief to the consumer pocket, d.light solar kits have also significantly helped users avoid health issues related to the use of kerosene. Fumes from kerosene lamps are known to impair lung function and increase respiratory disease, cancer, eye problems among other health issues.

“When this is removed from the home environment, families see a reduction in the health risks associated with kerosene exposure, including skin rashes and cancers linked to kerosene contact,” noted Mr Tozun.

d.light co-founders Sam and Ned met as grad students in the “Design for Extreme Affordability” program run by Stanford Business School and Design School.

About d.light

d.light is a for-profit global social impact enterprise focused on improving the lives of the two billion people in the developing world who live without access to reliable energy. d.light designs, manufactures and distributes the highest quality, affordable solar energy and lighting solutions for households and small businesses. d.light products transform the way people all over the world use and pay for home solar power. Our goal is to impact the lives of 100 million people with our solar lights and home solutions by 2020. As of 2017, d.light has impacted over 75 million people worldwide in over 60 countries. For more information please visit www.dlight.com. Follow us on Twitter @dlightdesign, on Facebook or LinkedIn.


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STANLEY Healthcare Joins Alzheimer’s Association in the Fight to Eliminate Alzheimer’s

Company will donate a portion of sales of WanderGuard® BLUEWander Management solution to support the activities of the Alzheimer’s Association

Press Release – WALTHAM, Mass., June 27, 2017STANLEY Healthcare, a market leading provider of life safety and security solutions for the senior living industry, today announced that it has become a Cause Marketing Sponsor of the Alzheimer’s Association. The company will make a financial donation to the association on an annual basis, and for every unit sold of its WanderGuard BLUE Wander Management solution. In addition, STANLEY Healthcare will take an active role in raising awareness of Alzheimer’s through participation in events at its principal US operations in Waltham, Massachusetts, and Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. With chapters across the country, the association provides care and support to those affected by Alzheimer’s, funds a wide range of Alzheimer’s-related research, and advocates for Alzheimer’s research, prevention and care at the state and federal level.

“The fight against Alzheimer’s has strong relevance to STANLEY Healthcare as an organization, and to the many STANLEY Healthcare associates who work with senior living organizations every day to help them improve safety and quality of life for residents living with Alzheimer’s,” said Marty Guay, President of STANLEY Healthcare. “We have been a trusted partner for resident safety with our WanderGuard solution for over 20 years, and we are very pleased to become an official supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association as we launch our next-generation WanderGuard BLUE solution”

WanderGuard is the leading solution to help protect individuals with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia who are at risk of wandering. The new WanderGuard Blue solution is built using entirely updated technology, including Bluetooth Low Energy for wireless communication and a mobile application as the main management interface. It gives senior living organizations an affordable and effective solution to protect residents at risk of wandering.

As part of its involvement with the Alzheimer’s Association, STANLEY Healthcare will take an active part in local activities with the Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter and the Nebraska Chapter, including the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. STANLEY Healthcare’s headquarters are located in Waltham, Massachusetts, while its Lincoln, Nebraska facility is the core of its senior living business.

About the Alzheimer’s Association®

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.

About STANLEY Healthcare

STANLEY Healthcare provides over 5,000 acute care hospitals and 12,000 long-term care organizations with enterprise solutions that transform safety, security and operational efficiency. The STANLEY Healthcare solution set enables customers to achieve organizational excellence and superior care in five critical areas: Patient Safety, Security & Protection, Environmental Monitoring, Clinical Operations & Workflow and Supply Chain & Asset Management. These solutions are complemented by consulting, training, implementation and integration services. STANLEY Healthcare is proud to be part of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. For more information, visit stanleyhealthcare.com. Follow STANLEY Healthcare on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

WanderGuard is a registered trademark of Stanley Black & Decker or its affiliates.


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South Pole Group Completes Incubation Cycle And Sells Subsidiary Climate Neutral Investments To US-Based Institutional Shareholder Services

Press Release – Zurich, Switzerland, 21 June 2017 – Global sustainability solutions provider South Pole Group and Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”), leading provider of end-to-end corporate governance and responsible investment solutions to the financial community, have agreed on the sale of South Pole Group’s Climate Neutral Investments (CNI) business to ISS.

The sale is testimony to South Pole Group’s pioneering position in the development of the market for climate-smart industry solutions:

Back in 2010, South Pole Group was one of the frontrunners in calculating carbon emissions of investment portfolios through its subsidiary CNI. What started as a novelty for the financial industry soon caught the attention of large investors globally: CNI established the world’s largest database of corporate climate change data and pioneered the leading, standardised investment carbon emission screening tools, resulting in the successful screening of over USD 2 trillion of assets under management for climate change implications. CNI data also enabled the financial industry to play a vital role ahead of the Paris Agreement, as a significant number of asset managers committed to increasing the transparency of their portfolio carbon footprint by joining the Montreal Pledge or the Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition. Ultimately, CNI, as the largest remaining privately owned carbon emission data provider for the finance industry, caught the attention of large financial service companies that understood the pivotal value of its data and methodologies, and South Pole Group finally decided to sell CNI to ISS.

“For our company, this is a historic milestone. From incubating the completely unknown space of investment carbon footprinting back in 2010 to growing the business and co-shaping our own market, to now finally selling the investment carbon footprinting business to a large financial industry player – it has been an absolutely amazing journey,” says Renat Heuberger, CEO of South Pole Group.

The sale of CNI will allow South Pole Group to significantly scale its global sustainability business, which comprises the full suite of environmental risk and performance assessment – including climate change, energy, water, land use and deforestation. The company will continue to be one of the world’s largest sustainability project developers and a global provider of renewable energy and carbon credits, creating value for its wide range of public, private and civil society clients.

“We believe that there are excellent opportunities to execute smart, sustainable investments in every economic situation and in every market. We are excited to take our unique combination of climate change and sustainability expertise, ESG knowledge, and detailed analyses to the next level for investors and corporates around the world,” says John Davis, Director Financial Industry, South Pole Group.

“As part of ISS, we will be able to further scale our data and analytics work on climate change-related risks and impact. Our clients and the climate will benefit tremendously: We will widen and deepen our offering across all asset classes and make it available to all investors, companies, governments, and researchers around the globe,” says Maximilian Horster, Founder of CNI, and now Managing Director at ISS Ethix Climate Change Advisory.


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Senate Health Care Bill Will Not Protect American’s Health

Press Release – Statement by Casey Harden, Interim CEO of YWCA USA

“The Senate leadership appears to be following in the footsteps of the House of Representatives in their shocking disregard for the health of millions of Americans.

“If passed into law, this bill will undermine access to the full range of essential health benefits currently provided by the Affordable Care Act. It will have a particularly drastic impact on women who rely on Medicaid for mammograms, cervical cancer screenings, domestic violence screenings, pregnancy and childbirth coverage, and more. Shifting Medicaid to a per capita block grant, as proposed in the Senate bill, will lead to increased costs for states and a decrease in access to care for millions of Americans. Moreover, regardless of whether it happens quickly or more slowly, eliminating the Medicaid expansion means millions of Americans will lose health coverage. By defunding Planned Parenthood for any length of time, the bill reduces access to safe, affordable health care for millions of women. This is not health care reform, this is health care denial.

“Women and girls of all economic means need access to affordable and accessible health care including essential health benefits like preventive care, a full range of reproductive health services, a well-funded Medicaid program and protections and access to health care for survivors of domestic violence.

“The Senate needs to have an open debate on this bill with time for members to examine it in full before a vote and for constituents to understand its impacts and voice their opinions. Anything less is un-democratic.

“Changes to health care for Americans should provide improvements to our system of care that will help all of us lead healthier lives. At this point, this bill does just the opposite. The Senate needs to go back to the drawing board and provide a bill that is good for all Americans.”

About YWCA USA

YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. We are one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families each year. Learn more: www.ywca.org.


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IBM Achieves Major Climate Protection Goals Four Years Early

IBM’s CO2 Emissions Decreased by Over 35% since 2005; Contracted Renewables Equal to More Than 20% of IBM’s Global Electricity Usage

Press Release – Armonk, N.Y. – Today, IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced that it achieved two major commitments four years ahead of schedule in its effort to help combat climate change.

“IBM has been one of industry’s earliest and unambiguous leaders regarding climate change, having publicly launched our first specific CO2 emissions reduction goal in 2000 and having published a formal position in 2007. The achievements we’re announcing today are a testament to our longstanding commitment to protecting our planet by delivering action and results,” said Wayne Balta, IBM Vice President of Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety. “We know that businesses must play a leadership role in the fight against climate change, and we continue to lead by reducing our own operational impact and by developing innovative solutions to help our clients do the same.”

Goal 1: Reduce CO2 emissions associated with IBM’s energy consumption 35% by year-end 2020 against base year 2005 (adjusted for acquisitions and divestitures). IBM achieved 38.1% at year-end 2016, which is approximately equivalent to the emissions associated with the consumption of 1.8 million barrels of oil.

IBM’s latest accomplishments in relation to CO2 emissions is a result of a decades-long effort throughout which the company has set and met aggressive reduction goals. In fact, by 2005 IBM had already reduced CO2 emissions to 40% of the company’s 1990 emissions.

Goal 2: Procure electricity from renewable sources for 20% of IBM’s annual electricity consumption by 2020. IBM achieved 21.5% at year-end 2016, which is enough to power about 60,000 homes for 1 year. If we also count renewable electricity within the grid mix IBM receives, then 40.1% of IBM’s electricity supply across its managed spaces came from renewable sources.

IBM set these ambitious goals in February 2015 and subsequently assigned them to the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, a commitment by hundreds of companies demonstrating their support for action on climate change. By the end of 2016, IBM had exceeded both of those commitments four years ahead of schedule.

Between 1990 and 2016, the company had conserved 7.2 million MWh of electricity, avoiding 4.4 million metric tons of CO2 emissions and saving over $600 million. The emissions avoidance is equivalent to taking 900,000 cars off the road for a year.

In addition to supporting the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, IBM voiced its support for a global climate agreement in 2015. Earlier this month, IBM reaffirmed its support for the Paris Agreement and signed on to the #WeAreStillIn pledge, voicing its commitment to help lead the global fight against climate change.

Cognitive, Weather Models, and Analytics Advance the Use of Renewable Energy

IBM has made major investments in the use of powerful weather models and analytic and cognitive capabilities to develop highly accurate forecasting tools for electricity demand as well as solar and wind-power generation. These tools enable better use of available renewable generation and more effectively integrate new capacity into the grid. In February 2017, IBM and VELCO announced the creation of Utopus Insights, Inc., a new energy analytics company that provides open source application programming interfaces for improved energy forecasting on the grid. New insights from situational forecasting and cognitive technologies provide a more accurate understanding of the amount of power available from renewable sources, reducing risks and costs associated with the electricity grid and enabling the widespread use of renewable energy.

Partnerships for Environmental Sustainability

While focused on improving its operational performance and helping clients do likewise, IBM has worked over many years with partners across the public, private and nongovernmental sectors to advance environmental sustainability. Examples include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, The European Union, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, the Chicago Climate Exchange, the Conference Board, the Conservation Fund, the Environmental Law Institute, The Nature Conservancy, the World Environment Center, the World Resources Institute, and the World Wildlife Fund.

In 2016, IBM joined Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance and became a founding member of the SMARTer2030 Action Coalition. Earlier this year the company also joined the U.S. Water Partnership.

  • Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance works to make navigating the path to renewables easier by connecting corporate demand to renewable energy supply and by helping utilities better understand the serve the needs of corporations.
  • SMARTer2030 Action Coalition is an initiative of leading companies, governments, multilaterals, eNGOs, thought leaders, and community-based organizations promoting an agenda that implements “smart” information and communications technology (ICT)-enabled solutions to advance a low-carbon economy.
  • U.S. Water Partnership’s mission is to unite and mobilize the best of U.S. expertise, resources and ingenuity to address global water challenges, with a special focus on developing countries where needs are greatest.

In March 2017, IBM won its 5th Climate Leadership Award from the U.S. EPA, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and The Climate Registry during the program’s six year history. IBM is the first company to earn this award in each of the award program’s four organizational categories of competition.

For more details on IBM’s commitment to protecting the environment, visit https://ibm.biz/BdiunE.


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Warriors in Recovery Division Return to Love, Unites with Africa Heartwood Project by Sponsoring Water Well in Liberia, West Africa

Return to Love Gives first Clean Water Well to Soap Tree Community.

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Press Release – ATLANTA, June 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Jeanette Falu- Bishop, Executive Director announces, Warriors in Recovery’s new division “Return to Love,” has sponsored the very first hand pump water well through a strategic partnership with the Africa Heartwood Project.

For the first time in history for the community of Soap Tree a clean water well is being provided by “Return to Love,” through the Africa Heartwood Project that supplies safe water to the people in Liberia, West Africa.

“My programs are all designed to assist the warriors in finding and bolstering their sense of purpose. The wells symbolize a three-prong approach toward warrior recovery, international welfare, and home front veteran care,” stated Jeanette Falu- Bishop.

Andy Jones, Executive Director of Africa Heartwood Project, along with his team began drilling the water well back in May of this year.

Mr. Jones ran into trouble while digging, they hit granite and were unable to continue, as their drill was not strong enough to break through the granite.

The only options they had were to quit, make it a personal pump for a single family to use or change the plan and do a hand dug well. They decided on a hand dug well and were able to ensure the village would be able to pump approximately 100 gallons of water a day, which is enough for the entire village.

Several weeks ago Ms. Falu Bishop announced a Kick off Fundraiser, helping warrior find purpose; whereby warriors can volunteer and through fundraising efforts raise money to travel to Liberia to help dig water wells.

The parent organization “Warriors in Recovery,” along with Mrs. Falu- Bishop next project is to go to Liberia, West Africa in March of 2018, alongside other warriors to experience the training, and dedication to a cause that military veterans bring to a mission.

During the latest mission in Soap Tree when history was made, the moment the first drop of water came flowing out of the spout. It was a remarkable moment and exactly what the organization Warriors in Recovery represents. Showing Warriors that they can make the impossible possible.

For more information on Warriors in Recovery or to support the Fundraiser to help send Warriors to Liberia in March 2018, please go to www.warriorsinrecovery.org

All media inquiries please contact Pam Pinnock at the Pinnock Agency at 213 864 1370.

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Warriors in Recovery is a nonprofit organization 501©(3), dedicated to helping wounded warriors and wounded Veterans heal from physical, mental and emotional injuries through alternate methods of care programs, that may not be covered by insurance -serving as a support system for veterans and their families.


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Open House to be Held August 5, 2017 by Local Orthodontist-Giving Children Needing Help with the Cost of Braces a Reason to Smile

Press Release – Salt Lake City, Utah – June 2017: Thanks to a partnership with the nonprofit Smiles Change Lives, local orthodontist Dr. Chase Dansie is giving local kids a reason to smile. Dansie Orthodontics will be holding an Open House to screen children in the surrounding communities for braces through Smiles Change Lives.

Smiles Change Lives is a national nonprofit that helps kids get braces who could not otherwise afford them. On average, braces cost $6,000 per child, making them out of reach for many hard working families. Further, orthodontic treatment has long been considered cosmetic by insurance companies, providing little assistance, even for those that are insured. As a result, many children and teens suffer unnecessary discomfort and embarrassment from their misaligned teeth. Smiles Change Lives’ mission is to provide these families with the opportunity to provide their children with braces through its network of over 800 volunteer orthodontists in the United States and Canada.

Established in 1997, Smiles Change Lives has had a presence in the Salt Lake City area for nearly a decade. Upon learning about the program in 2015, Salt Lake City area orthodontist Dr. Dansie stepped up to help in a major way. Dansie Orthodontics has renewed its commitment and agreed to treat 50 kids through his practice over the next year. An Open House will be held in order to screen children for the program.

The Open House will be held on August 5, 2017 from 8am-12pm at Dansie Orthodontics at 11996 S. Anthem Park Boulevard, Ste 100, Herriman, UT 84096. Families who meet the program qualifications for Smiles Change Lives are encouraged to attend and bring their child, a copy of their 2016 tax return (listing their child as a dependent) and a $30 application fee to the screening or they can submit an application in advance, which can be found at www.smileschangelives.org/apply.

To qualify for the program, a child must be between the ages of 7-21, have good oral hygiene, not be wearing braces currently, have a moderate to severe need for braces, and meet certain financial guidelines (e.g., for a family of 4, their household income must be below $61,500).

In the words of a mother whose daughter recently completed treatment, “On behalf of myself and daughter, please accept our deepest thanks for a life changing experience for my daughter. She smiles all the time now and has a sense of confidence I’ve never seen before. To everyone responsible please know that you have helped another child regain a huge part of herself back. She may go on to change the world in a better way now; just like SCL did for her.”

To date, Smiles Change Lives and its network of orthodontists have helped more than 10,000 kids receive braces in the United States and Canada. Please watch this short video to learn more: http://www.smileschangelives.org/scl-overview-video.


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Skoll Venture Award Winners Tackle Dementia With Virtual Reality

Press Release – The Skoll Centre at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School held the final pitching round for the fifth annual Skoll Venture Awards in June. Three early-stage ventures pitched to a panel of judges and a live audience. Current Oxford MBA team, VRTU, were awarded the winning prize of £15,000. The two runners up, Redbird Health Tech and PowerMarket won £7,500, each.

Oxford MBA 2016-17 Candidates, Arfa Rehman (CEO), Scott Gorman (CTO) and Christopher Larson (CMO) are the team behind VRTU, a healthcare start-up that uses virtual reality to help dementia patients. VRTU delivers simulated time-travel therapy through story based virtual reality content.

The Skoll Venture Awards provide funding to current Oxford Saïd students and alumni who have developed a social impact-focused venture. The Awards serve to supply the venture with catalytic funding, but the Skoll Centre also accompanies the businesses as they progress in their development, including identifying possibilities for further financial and non-financial support.

‘We’re incredibly excited to have won’ says Rehman. ‘Especially as we have not been working on this venture long, I feel validated that we’re going in the right direction. We’re trying to move fast to produce the VR content and develop our product so it can be out there as soon as possible. This grant is going to be instrumental in helping us do that.’

VRTU were recently unveiled as the most promising new app at the App Factor competition in London, winning 500 hours of design and development of their platform.


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Better Way Foundation Expands Support of Early Childhood Development Programs with Addition of Program Officer

Press Release – MINNEAPOLIS, June 21, 2017Better Way Foundation has added Daniel Yang as a program officer to help expand the foundation’s work with global and domestic early childhood learning programs to support improved student outcomes and stem the cycle of poverty.

With his strong background in childhood development initiatives, and work with refugees, children of color and American Indian children, Daniel will be a tremendous asset to Better Way Foundation and its partners in both Tanzania and Indian Country,” said Andreas Hipple, senior adviser for Better Way Foundation. “He is familiar with the factors impeding children’s personal and academic success, believes in our partnership approach and is motivated to apply our foundation’s funding, resources and networks to effect positive systems change.”

Yang previously worked for the Children’s Defense Fund-MN (CDF-MN), where he served as director of organizing, building a cross-sector early childhood coalition focused on creating opportunity and equitable outcomes for children of color and American Indian children in Minnesota. Before joining CDF-MN, he served the Native American Community Development Institute in Minneapolis as the director of organizing and community building. Yang has extensive experience working with refugee communities in East Africa and has worked on indigenous rights issues with governments, indigenous communities and social movements in Latin America.

Yang has been a Wellstone Action! Organizing Fellow and a Wilder Foundation Community Equity Pipeline – Public Policy Fellow. He has served on the boards of the Charities Review Council, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change and the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless. In 2016, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed him to serve on the governor’s Early Learning Council.

Yang earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and social justice from Hamline University.

Better Way Foundation: Motivated by decades of research demonstrating that sound beginnings in children’s lives can help to break inter-generational cycles of poverty, Better Way Foundation helps others create healthy, sustainable, supportive environments where children can properly develop, learn and thrive. www.BetterWayFoundation.org


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