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Associated Colleges of Illinois Awarded Grant to Help Improve Four-Year Degree Completion Rates for Community College Transfer Students

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) (https://acifund.org), the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) and the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) were awarded a $25,000 planning grant to conduct research and develop an implementation plan to help more community college transfer students earn bachelor's degrees at ACI-affiliated colleges and universities.

The Teagle Foundation (https://www.teaglefoundation.org/Home), New York City, and the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations (https://www.avdf.org/), Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, awarded the planning grant, called "Transfer Pathways to the Liberal Arts." Collaborative research and planning work is expected to begin July 1 and be completed at the end of the 2021 calendar year.

"We're excited about the grant award and this initial phase to build enrollment and financial support for community college transfer students," said Mick Weltman, ACI executive director. "We're also pleased to collaborate with statewide team members such as ICCB and IBHE in this initial planning effort."

The grant proposal quotes research that states that 65 percent of jobs in today's economy require at least some postsecondary education, and yet, significant numbers of Illinois residents have no post-secondary degrees or credentials. Illinois established a goal of increasing the proportion of residents who hold high-quality degrees or credentials to 60 percent by 2025. In addition, more than 7 of 10 students who earned associate's degrees, then transferred to four-year institutions, earned four-year degrees in two years, according to the National Student Clearinghouse.

To meet the terms of the planning grant, ACI, the ICCB and the IBHE will form the Illinois Project Leadership Team. Team members will conduct academic and financial research, aimed at improving academic transferability and development of a campaign and fundraising plan to assist community college transfer students and Illinois higher-education institutions, according to the grant proposal.

The academic component, led by a project investigator, will involve collaborative research to help the project leadership team determine "effective strategies that can streamline and strengthen existing pathways," the grant proposal said. The team will also study a statewide community college transfer agreement among ACI-affiliated colleges and universities.

The financial research component will include resource development opportunities to fund community college students transferring to ACI-member institutions, and how best to obtain financial support.

A project investigator and ACI will use the research results to development a case for supporting more scholarships for community college transfer students and the expected effect on transfer degree-completion rates. The team will also develop a fundraising plan.

The project team will include ACI Executive Director Mick Weltman (mweltman@acifund.org), ACI staff, faculty and provost from ACI-member Judson University (https://www.judsonu.edu/), provost from Lincoln Land Community College, IBHE, ICCB leaders and an independent financial consultant.

About ACI:

Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) is a collaboration of 267 private, independent colleges and universities, representing more than 70,000 students. Established in 1952, ACI supports member colleges and universities by advancing independent liberal arts and sciences education and helping underserved students succeed in college, careers and life. The organization raises funds for scholarships, peer mentoring and emergency financial aid, and it provides member services such as professional development conferences and college-to-career seminars and events.

Visit ACI's website (https://acifund.org) for more information.

MEDIA CONTACT:
John Brooks
Associated Colleges of Illinois
jbrooks@acifund.org
Phone 312-263-2391

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Move For Hunger Receives $128,000 Donation from the Assurant Foundation

RED BANK, N.J. -- Move For Hunger, a national hunger relief non-profit organization, announced today that they have received a $128,735 donation from the Assurant Foundation as part of the '2021 Turning Miles into Meals Challenge.'

Assurant, a leading global provider of housing and lifestyle solutions that supports, protects, and connects major consumer purchases, hosted the 'Turning Miles into Meals Challenge' from May 10 through June 6, with more than 2,200 employees moving to fight hunger. Participants completed weekly and daily challenges to keep them motivated during the month-long event which culminated with an awards ceremony to recognize the group's efforts and to present Move For Hunger with the charitable donation.

This is the second year in a row that Assurant and the Assurant Foundation participated in the 'Turning Miles to Meals Challenge' and exceeded all expectations and goals. In its inaugural year in 2020, roughly 160 Assurant employees participated and moved 15,000 miles to fight hunger. This year, Assurant stepped up in a major way logging more than 128,000 miles or more than 250 million steps. The Assurant Foundation donated $1 to Move For Hunger for each mile earned, and the total donation will help provide 322,000 meals to those families and individuals facing hunger and food insecurity in the U.S.

"Being there to help others especially in times of need and working to strengthen the communities we serve is the heartbeat of our Assurant Cares commitment," said Mike Campbell, president, Global Housing, Assurant. "Our team's enthusiastic support of the critical work of Move For Hunger is one more way we bring our purpose to life while also enhancing our own wellbeing by moving to end hunger."

Since starting in 2009, Move For Hunger has helped transport over 23 million pounds of food (19 million meals) to food banks in every state in the U.S. and in Canada. Last year as COVID-19 shut the country down and unemployment skyrocketed, Move For Hunger and its network rose to the challenge by having its most impactful year yet with over 5 million pounds of food transported (over 4 million meals).

"There are 42 million people in this country who are food insecure. That's 1 in 8 Americans," said Adam Lowy, Executive Director and Founder of Move For Hunger. "This event is so special because thousands of people mobilized around a common cause. We're so grateful to have a partner in Assurant who is committed to our mission and has the creativity to do something unique to get their entire company involved. After a year inside, I think we all could probably use a few extra steps."

About Move For Hunger

Move For Hunger is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has created a sustainable way to reduce food waste and fight hunger. We have mobilized the leaders of moving, relocation, and multi-family industries to provide their customers, clients, and residents with the opportunity to donate their food when they move. Members of Move For Hunger also organize community food drives, participate in awareness campaigns, and create employee engagement programs. For more information, or to find out how you can host your own food drive, visit https://moveforhunger.org/.

About Assurant

Assurant is a leading global provider of housing and lifestyle solutions that support, protect and connect major consumer purchases. Anticipating the evolving needs of consumers, Assurant partners with the world's leading brands to develop innovative products and services and to deliver an enhanced customer experience. A Fortune 500 company with a presence in 21 countries, Assurant offers mobile device solutions; extended service contracts; vehicle protection services; pre-funded funeral insurance; renters insurance and lender-placed homeowners insurance. The Assurant Foundation strengthens communities by supporting charitable partners that help protect where people live and can thrive, connect with local resources, inspire inclusion and prepare leaders of the future. Learn more at http://assurant.com/ or on Twitter @AssurantNews.

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Sacramento SPCA Receives Lifesaving Investment from Newly Named Petco Love for the Zoe K. McCrea Animal Health Center

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento SPCA announced today that they received a $15,000 grant investment from Petco Love, to support their lifesaving work for animals through the newly constructed Zoe K. McCrea Animal Health Center.

A check presentation was held at the Petco retail store located at 855 E Bidwell Street in Folsom, California on Friday, July 9 at 11 a.m.

The Sacramento SPCA applied for the lifesaving investment as part of a year-long fundraising campaign to complete construction of the new state-of-the-art animal hospital located at 6201 Florin Perkins Road in Sacramento.

A remodel of the shelter's administrative office and sick bay building began in May 2020, renovations were complete in January 2021 and the Zoe K. McCrea Animal Health Center performed its first public surgeries in late January.

The expanded facility has allowed the Sacramento SPCA to immediately increase public access to low-cost and no-cost spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, and preventative care for animals in the Sacramento region and beyond.

The Kristan Otto Shelter Medicine Program, with species-specific housing for sick and injured animals; an isolation ward for managing contagious diseases; and examination, laboratory, and treatment space, is also located inside the new Zoe K. McCrea Animal Health Center.

"We are incredibly grateful for our partnership with the Petco Folsom store and Petco Love to support our lifesaving work in the new health center," said Kenn Altine, Sacramento SPCA CEO. "With Petco Love's local and national support, we can provide expanded access to low-cost preventative care to our community's pets, help animals get into homes faster and save more lives."

Petco Love is a nonprofit leading change for pets nationally by harnessing the power of love to make communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since their founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, they've empowered organizations with $300 million invested to date in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. And, they've helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and more than 4,000 organizations, like the Sacramento SPCA, nationwide.

"Today Petco Love announces an investment in the Sacramento SPCA and hundreds of other organizations as part of our commitment to create a future in which no pet is unnecessarily euthanized," said Susanne Kogut, President of Petco Love. "Our local investments are only one component. In April, we also launched the first of our national tools to empower all animal lovers to drive lifesaving change right alongside us."

For more information about the Sacramento SPCA, visit http://sspca.org/. To learn more about Petco Love, visit http://www.petcolove.org/.

About the Sacramento SPCA

Founded in 1892, the Sacramento SPCA has been providing homeless animals with individual comfort, shelter, and love for more than 129 years. They provide compassionate medical care to tens of thousands of animals annually and offer a variety of programs and services designed to keep people and pets together for life. Visit http://sspca.org/ or follow at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Petco Love (Formerly Petco Foundation)

Petco Love is a nonprofit changing lives by making communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since our founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, we've empowered animal welfare organizations by investing nearly $300 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. We've helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and organizations nationwide.

Today, our love for pets drives us to lead with innovation, creating tools animal lovers need to reunite lost pets, and lead with passion, inspiring and mobilizing communities and our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners to drive lifesaving change alongside us. Is love calling you? Visit http://www.petcolove.org/ or follow at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to be part of the lifesaving work we're leading every day.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Dawn Foster, Sacramento SPCA Marketing & Communications Director, dfoster@sspca.org or (916) 802-0915

Jennifer Perez, Petco Love, media@petcolove.org

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Abyan Nur Announces Heated Menstrual Cup Kickstarter Project for Safe and Eco-Friendly Relief from Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Women's health enthusiast Abyan Nur and her team are introducing the Heated Menstrual Cup to help women find relief from menstrual pain and reduce or eliminate dependence on over-the-counter medication.

"Many women suffer severe discomfort and pain before and after menstruation due to cramping. For relief, most of them go for over-the-counter drugs, which offer a temporary solution," said Nur.

Abyan Nur announces a Kickstarter campaign for Heated Menstrual Cup to help women find a safe and simple way to get relief from premenstrual syndrome (PMS). The product contains two components, including a cup for collecting menstrual fluid and a removable thermogenic heating ring, which attaches to the open upper end of the cup. Heated Menstrual Cup is made from 100% hypoallergenic medical grade silicone, making them safe, comfortable, convenient, and flexible.

Pain during menstruation is common for many women and can affect physical and mental health. Abyan Nur created the Heated Menstrual Cup because of her passion and commitment to improving women's health and helping them find relief and reduce or eliminate dependence on pain relief and other drugs. While taking the pain pills, women have suffered severe and mild side effects that have left them with symptoms that affect their happiness and reduce productivity.

Heated Menstrual Cup offers so many benefits to help women maintain a healthy and pain-free menstrual cycle. It doesn't introduce any chemicals into the body, making it safe for most people no matter their age, size of the cervix, and flow rate. They are affordable and pocket-friendly, compared to other options like tampons.

Heated Menstrual cups permit multiple uses, making them a huge money saver. The product is eco-friendly and easy to maintain and clean to ensure high-level hygiene. They're also travel-friendly and will be a perfect companion for girls who like to go on vacation. So, go trekking, road trips, sightseeing, adventures, and camping without worry.

Supporters of the Heated Menstrual Cup Kickstarter campaign will have the privilege of becoming part of the product development process. They'll also get the product at a discounted price, among other perks.

For more information, please visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/heatedmenstrualcup/heated-menstrual-cup.

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Kognity raises USD 20m to improve learning in US high schools

STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Kognity, a Stockholm based EdTech company with customer schools in over 100 countries, is taking the next step towards its ambition of radically improving learning globally by entering the US high school market. To support the growth journey, Kognity is partnering with leading Nordic growth investor, Alfvén & Didrikson.

Kognity launched its learning platform in 2015. Through initially targeting international curricula, the company has established a global school customer base across more than 100 countries. Following this growth, Kognity is now initiating an expansion of its offering to state curricula, starting with US high schools.

"We are beyond excited to start this next phase of our journey. Since our launch, we have helped over 1/4 million teachers and students across all continents to better learning outcomes," says Kognity's CEO, Hugo Wernhoff. "During the Covid pandemic, many schools have relied on Kognity to continue their operations. But we're only at the beginning of our journey. We're convinced that Kognity can play a role on a global scale in solving the massive challenges facing education today. Expanding to US high schools, as our first national curriculum market, is an important step towards that."

To support the growth journey, Kognity has partnered with renowned Nordic growth investor, Alfvén & Didrikson, who are now investing USD 20 million. Alfvén & Didrikson is drawing from experience of scaling global success stories such as Trustly, Acast, Quinyx and Mentimeter, in helping Kognity succeed in this next phase of its journey.

"We are very impressed by Kognity, its growth and its established market positions in existing verticals. We are now looking to back Kognity's purposeful expansion to the large and important US high school market. Over the longer term, we believe Kognity is one of few players that can address inequity in education globally. This is a meaningful mission that we are proud to support," says Alfvén & Didrikson's CEO and partner, Maria Åhr, who is joining Kognity's board of directors together with Ken Liebkind, also partner at Alfvén & Didrikson.

About Kognity

Kognity is a fast-growing EdTech company that aims to radically improve learning for 1.5 billion school students globally. Kognity provides intelligent textbooks to schools in over 100 countries on 5 continents, allowing students to learn faster and more effectively, and teachers to help students reach their goals. For more information, visit https://kognity.com/. Press contact: Carl Emilsson, carl.emilsson@kognity.com, +46709218686

About Alfvén & Didrikson

Alfvén & Didrikson is an active and long term backer of passionate entrepreneurs and teams with international growth ambitions. Since 2010, the Alfvén & Didrikson team has made investments in fast growing Northern European companies such as Trustly, Quinyx, Acast, Mentimeter, Sympa and Klevu. For more information, visit https://www.alfvendidrikson.com/.

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London Company Building Digital Ecosystem for Creators in Sub-Sahara Africa

LONDON, U.K. -- Pioneering London-based ForeMedia Group Plc (an international company well known for its top-rated extensive media and entertainment operations in Nigeria and United Kingdom, along with delivering Afro-centric media and entertainment to audiences worldwide), is delighted to announce that it is building the first digital ecosystem for talented entertainment creators in sub-Saharan Africa.

At this juncture in time, when diversity is being met with such strong enthusiasm, the company's strategy is to support sustainable creative initiatives, thereby enabling creators to learn, produce, distribute, and monetize their work. Various elements include new media and marketplace services and products such as content production, distribution and marketing, video streaming and advertising.

Riding the Wave of Rapid Annual Growth

Data from PwC's Entertainment & Media Outlook (2017-2021), projects that Nigeria will enjoy a rapid annual growth of 12.1%, thus making it the world's fastest-growing media and entertainment market over the upcoming years. However, due to the lack of platforms around the world which cater to African audiences, there is an urgent need for a dynamic, high capacity omni media platform. To that end, the entrepreneurial Founder/CEO, and associates of the ForeMedia Group (all of whom are renowned for their expertise in Afro-centric media and entertainment), have carried out substantial groundwork to make the ForeMedia Group the number one digital ecosystem in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. At the core of every digital ecosystem is a platform business model, and the ForeMedia Group has built an extremely robust tech infrastructure to support its omni media platform.

Mission

"The company's strategic plan will empower one million young talents in media and entertainment in the medium/ long term and have large scale creation plans," says Hareter B. Oralusi, founder and CEO.

The ForeMedia Group provides a perfect new media and entertainment platform for young talented creators and SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises), thus empowering them to export and create a global market for commercially feasible afro-centric content. The company's ethos is "to use the latest cutting-edge digital technology help empower the next generation of Africans through media, entertainment, and entrepreneurship; thus, spreading the wonderful diversity of Afro-centric media and entertainment all over the world." This is set to give both African and non-African people alike, a fantastic new sphere of brilliant second to none, entertainment, and media.

ForeTVHub

ForeTVHub (one of the ForeMedia Group's platforms), is dedicated to distributing the most engaging and original content. It covers media and entertainment from both ForeMedia creators and notable third-party partners. The platform continues to delight both the creators and users in new ways.

And with innovative cutting-edge sports and entertainment videos, TV shows, top rated documentaries, music, books and podcasts, and so much breaking content from across the globe, many people and their families visit the site multiple times a day. Learn more: https://foretvhub.com/

ForeMedia Creator

ForeMedia Creator is a stimulating initiative which backs and empowers the creators who work with the ForeMedia Group. It supports creators with the essential tools for success: infrastructure, equipment, technical support, distribution, and monetization.

About the Founder and CEO

Hareter B. Oralusi M.S., is a renowned visionary, serial entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is dedicated to spreading diversity around the world and kindling economic growth in Africa (according to African Economic Outlook 2021, "Real GDP in Africa is projected to grow by 3.4 percent in 2021"). This is substantially higher than other countries.

Oralusi has substantial business experience. He founded the ForeMedia Media Group Plc (2017). Founded the London School of Social Enterprise and Sustainable Economics (2014).

Founded the Nigerian Capital Development Fund (2010). Further, he was awarded a Master of Science (M.S.) in human resource management and organizational development from the PEF, Private University for Management, in Vienna, Austria.

Learn more at: https://foremediagroup.com/

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact person:
Timilehin Suara
Email: info@foremediagroup.com
Telephone Number: +44 7769 345 292

Address: Accelerator, 35 Kingsland Road, London, England, E2 8AA

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Pattison announces the closing of a $17 million credit facility funded by Amerisource Business Capital

CLAYTON, Iowa -- Pattison Company, a leading provider of high-quality industrial sand, construction aggregate, armor stone and rail car storage, will use the proceeds to refinance existing term debt and equipment debt, new projects, and working capital.

Kyle Pattison, CEO and owner of Pattison, said, "We are very pleased with the pricing, structure and covenants of the package. Amerisource will be an important partner going forward. This refinancing gives us an exceptionally strong balance sheet and the liquidity to take advantage of the numerous opportunities we have before us. Our sand, aggregate and storage businesses are all growing, and we have several new initiatives. We deeply appreciate the intense due-diligence Amerisource performed and their response which was tailored to meet all our needs."

Bill Herrington, EVP of Amerisource, added: "We are very pleased to partner with Kyle and the entire Pattison team. The company has a rich history and track record, and we look forward to supporting their continued growth and expansion."

The facility was arranged by JFM Capital Advisors, LLC and CS Merchant Capital Partners. Joe Maly, Managing Partner of JFM Capital Advisors, said, "The high overall interest level this transaction generated in the credit market is a testament to Pattison's diversified business model, their high caliber management and great team."

More information can be found here: http://www.pattisonsand.com/pattison-announces-major-refinancing-package/

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NFT-craze continues: the first NFT house on the Moon is up for sale for $100,000

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Today, Roman Kropachek, co-founder of CleverFiles, serial IT entrepreneur, has announced the bid for the first ever NFT house on the Moon. The project has been in development by the team of architects and 3D visual artists with a total of over 1500 hours invested in its design, and turned into a viable plan for construction, including a detailed 3D map, interior and exterior visualization and planning. The bid starts at $100,000 equivalent in Ether and is available for purchase at Open Sea.

Should the house be sold for more than $100,000, the rest of the proceeds made from the 3D digital file will head to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Education Foundation to inspire the next generation of innovators and pioneers through technology, engineering, and mathematics programs.

"Experimenting and taking risks is an integral part of my entrepreneurial DNA. I've always wanted to create some unconventional products, and with the development of the NFT-art, the opportunity presents itself. The team and I have spent over 1500 hours in total working on it and it actually became a viable plan of the house, with its interior and exterior design, room layout, materials to be used and so much more. The buyer will not only get the originals of the digital files, but also a daytrip on my yacht in Miami as a bonus," says Roman Kropachek.

The Moon house is not the only thing to be sold as an NFT art by Kropachek. Another perfect imperfection to be auctioned, is a series of corrupted images called "Stunning Fragmentation" that were created during the data recovery with Disk Drill. The series consists of 6 images, each of them to be auctioned for $50,000 equivalent in Ether at Open Sea.

CleverFiles lab's data recovery attempts sometimes result in distorted photos. It can be considered as both: accident and art. In some cases, Disk Drill's internal algorithms and macOS file system procedures may come up with something random, unique and beautiful at the same time. File fragmentation, unpredictable internal code labyrinths, combined with version compatibility mismatch, and corrupted data storage trick Disk Drill's Deep Scan and macOS Quick Look into creating distinct art effects when reconstructing partially recovered TIFF images. One of the examples is the Star Wars wallpaper that was previously stored on macOS 11 Big Sur, turned into a corrupted file and an NFT artwork.

Both offers are available at Open Sea, the world's largest digital marketplace for crypto collectibles and non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

Learn more: https://opensea.io/assets/0x495f947276749ce646f68ac8c248420045cb7b5e/65213817091493522833689331958610492281659304869464207112996087112323771138049

About Roman Kropachek

Roman's journey in entrepreneurship started in 2000, at a time when the very young ventured into private entrepreneurship in 3D modeling, designing and development of websites, SEO, and marketing.

In 2002 he co-founded Eltima, a global technology development company providing premium software solutions for Windows, Linux macOS, and Android platforms, and where he also acts as the designer and marketing strategist. In 2009, he co-founded Cleverfiles, a company that has grown to be a top data recovery vendor in the United States. He also co-founded Netspot App, a Wi-Fi survey app for Mac.

About CleverFiles

CleverFiles is a US-based software development company, specializing in data recovery solutions, creators of Disk Drill for Mac & Windows. Our mission is to secure personal data one computer at a time. Empowering users with affordable tools to solve everyday technical challenges. Clever Data Powers Clever Decisions. For more details please visit: https://www.cleverfiles.com/

MEDIA CONTACT:
Alina Mulova
alina@cleverfiles.com
404-512-2336

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Alternative Finance Network Announces New Lending Partner, Providing Cannabis Real Estate Loans Starting at 5%

DENVER, Colo. -- Alternative Finance Network (AFN), a leading provider of financing for the cannabis industry led by Marijuana Money Man, Scott Jordan, announces its new lending partner for single-digit real estate loans. The partnership will allow AFN to offer bank-like rates, resulting in real estate loans starting at five percent for high quality borrowers.

"This is truly a historic moment for the cannabis industry, and we could not be more excited to introduce this partnership that will allow us to deliver real estate loans in the single digits to marijuana businesses," says Scott Jordan, founder, Alternative Finance Network. "I have been an advocate for over a decade, helping cannabis companies achieve parity within the lending community. Today, we are seeing rates dropping significantly from loans I secured 10 years ago at 40 percent, to an astonishing low mark of mid-single digits. This is a trend I am extremely pleased to see and I am thrilled to be a part of the forward momentum and equality for the cannabis industry."

Low rates are available for the purchase of cannabis tenanted buildings, dispensaries, warehouses and more. The loans can provide up to 60 percent loan-to-value for purchases with bank-like rates available in all legal states for well-qualified borrowers.

For more information about real estate loans or other lending options with Alternative Finance Network, visit http://alternativefinancenetwork.com/.

About Alternative Finance Network

The Alternative Finance Network (AFN) was created by Scott Jordan, the Marijuana Money Man, in 2019 with the mission of providing multiple funding options to cannabis business owners for equipment, real estate and working capital financing. The AFN network provides access to private lenders, banks, credit unions and more with vetted capital partners. Please visit http://alternativefinancenetwork.com/ to learn more about cannabis financing options.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Jordan Callahan
Aimee Miller Marketing
303.406.8839
jordanjacksoncallahan@gmail.com

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Rockfleet Announces Availability of CapRaize

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Rockfleet Financial Services, Inc. ("Rockfleet") announced today immediate availability of CapRaize℠, enabling entrepreneurs and qualified all-stage companies seeking capital to connect seamlessly with all classes of investors, including crowdfunding enthusiasts, accredited investors, qualified purchasers, institutions, and family offices. CapRaize is now available at https://capraize.com/.

"Rockfleet believes that there is a need to keep the human element involved in the capital raising process while simultaneously amplifying access to opportunities for investors," said Cathy Corrigan, CEO of Rockfleet. "Founders of companies meeting our vetting requirements will benefit not only through targeted outreach via our sales force, but also through this new capability to reach potential investors we have not yet met."

"CapRaize allows us the advantage of creating the right balance between the high touch human connection with entrepreneurs and investors that we at Rockfleet value, while using state of the art cloud-based technology, enabling seamless interaction and transaction between the two. We see this as both a way for Rockfleet to offer our clients this service and additionally to expand access via our affiliate program to other boutique broker/dealers seeking this type of approach," added John Swift, Managing Director and Group Head of Private Capital and Wealth Management Groups at Rockfleet.

Rockfleet also announced its recent addition to the Private Capital Group, Lindi Salasko, Managing Director. Salasko is a closely-held advisor to private companies from early-stage technology businesses to multi-generational family-owned corporations. Her career began in 2000 with Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., in corporate finance. Most recently, Salasko co-founded Nuova Capital, a micro-VC fund investing in very-early-stage companies in North America and the Middle East with the aim to be the first institutional check. Prior to Nuova, she established Unison Capital FZE, a boutique investment bank headquartered in the UAE with offices in Hamburg, Hong Kong and San Francisco, focusing exclusively on cross-border transactions.

Salasko said of CapRaize, "As the landscape continuously shifts for middle market, privately-held businesses, the ability to cast a wider net to garner investment from institutions, family offices and accredited investors is more necessary than ever for these companies to achieve growth. The launch of a digital fundraising platform of CapRaize's breadth and caliber could not come at a better time!"

POSITIVE IMPACT

Several of Rockfleet's institutional clients seek to benefit from early adoption of CapRaize℠:

Sonatafy Technology, a client-centric focused technology services company featuring nearshore software developers, recently committed to the CapRaize platform to complement its capital raising efforts to address its need for growth capital while diversifying its investor base in a meaningful and responsible way.

Kannact™, a digital health company providing chronic management solutions, is augmenting its traditional capital raising efforts with CapRaize to address its need for growth capital for its rapidly expanding business.

TwoWayMed™, a cloud based, healthcare services marketplace for the under- and un-insured, is using CapRaize to heighten investor awareness of its initial seed capital round, complementing Rockfleet's sales efforts.

AuthentiFact℠, the provider of DLGNZ℠ - an online marketplace that seeks to democratize the due diligence process by expanding companies' access to a larger, diversified pool of due diligence services providers - is launching its initial capital raise on CapRaize.

About Rockfleet

Founded in 2008, Rockfleet is a recognized leader in financial services. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to bring and execute the best choices for its clients. For mor information about Rockfleet, visit https://rockfleetfinancial.com/.

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