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The 4th APEC Women Connect “Her Power” Entrepreneurship Competition Announces 2023 Winners, Celebrates Women Empowerment

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BEIJING, Feb. 1, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — The fourth annual APEC Women Connect “Her Power” Entrepreneurship Competition came to a successful close on January 19th, 2024, wrapping up a successful four-month season of building up and empowering a new batch of over 1,300 aspiring women entrepreneurs and influencers who represent the entire gamut from nano- to mega-sized platforms.

 

 

Co-hosted by cross-border e-commerce company DHgate, social commerce platform MyyShop, and women empowerment organizations The Inner Mountain Foundation and APEC Women Connect, the “Her Power” Entrepreneurship Competition invited women e-tailers to show off their social commerce capabilities through competitive challenges focused on boosting their product sales and social awareness. Participants also learned about the many facets of social commerce (such as social media marketing) through exclusive e-learning sessions with key mentors from partner organizations. Participants of this year’s competition hailed from countries including (but not limited to) the US, Puerto Rico, Nigeria, India, China, Canada, Australia, Spain, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, Vietnam and the UK.

The competition concluded with the fourth “Her Power” Entrepreneurship Competition Awards Ceremony, held online on the afternoon of Friday, January 19th, 2024. The ceremony kicked off with inaugural remarks by Julia Torreblanca, the APEC Business Advisory Council Chair for 2024, as well as a keynote speech by DHGATE Group Founder, Chairperson and CEO Diane Wang. The ceremony proceeded with two panel discussions, two showcase presentations and the presentation of three types of prestigious awards to 23 winners.

“When we intentionally introduce digital empowerment to women and SMEs, we unlock a powerful force for positive change,” Torreblanca said. “Supporting women entrepreneurs and SMEs with the right skills and access to technology not only strengthens their individual capabilities but also contributes to the overall growth of the SME sector. This symbiotic relationship creates a ripple effect, fostering economic empowerment at both the individual and community levels.”

Diane Wang expanded on this sentiment in her keynote speech: “Having been a part of the tech industry for three decades, I have seen how technology and digital tools, especially for women, can be transformative. The digital economy has significantly lowered the barriers to entrepreneurship, enabling women from various backgrounds to pursue their dreams. This equal opportunity is a game-changer.

“To further amplify this impact, I have initiated several projects aimed at empowering women in the digital economy, including training programs and global entrepreneurship competitions,” Diane said. “Our projects have reached over 100,000 women across 51 countries, showcasing the untapped potential of women worldwide waiting to be realized through digital empowerment.”

23 Entrepreneurs Commended for Inspirational Business and Personal Growth

Three “AWC Her Power Queen” World Champions were rewarded for the competition, representing the participants who had the highest sales quantity and social media engagement and most unique story angles. 20 awards were also granted in two “Rising Star” categories this year, representing the “Best Inner Mountain Power Queens” and the “Best MyyShop Influencer Queens” of the competition, selected according to similar criteria.

The fourth “Her Power” Entrepreneurship Competition marks the first time the Inner Mountain award has been granted. Developed in partnership with The Inner Mountain Foundation, a newly launched organization focused on promoting women empowerment around the world, this award recognizes the participants who made the most progress at finding and realizing their inner strength during the event period.

The Inner Mountain Foundation fosters a community of like-minded women who can lead, nurture, and inspire those around them — starting with themselves — by providing access to various entrepreneurial resources, mentorship, training, information, support, recognition, and even funding for women-owned businesses.

“AWC Her Power Queen” Award Winners

–       World Champion: Sabrina Eshaq (@nnarrgiss)
–       World Champion: Ericka Sutton (@itsme234girl)
–       World Champion: Tiffany James (@tiiffxny)

“Best MyyShop Influencer Queen” Award Winners

1st Place: Nusaiba Labaran (@nusaeba21)2nd Place: Dakota Ackerman (@dak.bby)3rd Place: Deanna Anderson (@deannaay)4th to 10th Place, in no particular order: @suzyd03, @cxozyt, @annekoii, @ka1ese, @ersmakeup, @dulcessweetworld, @evilhiccup

“Best Inner Mountain Power Queen” Award Winners

1st Place: Lizette Baldeo (@lizettebaldeo)2nd Place: Lilly Burke (@lillybuurke)3rd Place: Damaris Sucely Mayorga Pineda (@damarispineda3)4th to 10th Place, in no particular order: @Quynh Tran, @Karen Lê, @Pagie Trần, @allisonlitt, @dawnlewinsky, @in..your..dreams, @caelielangston

Every winner was not only recognized for their achievements but also received a cash prize and exclusive gifts from the competition’s brand partners (including MySmile, a California-based oral hygiene specialist.)

Empowering Women Through Digital Literacy E-Learning

The awards ceremony featured two panel discussions focused on educational topics. The first panel was about the importance of enhancing one’s digital skills, and was presented by Microsoft China Senior Program Manager Melinda Ma, along with DHGATE Group’s Vice President of Global Business Development Justin Hu and Vice President of Logistics Supply Chain Shawn Liu.

The second panel, called “Empower Women Inner Light”, invited Lean In China co-founder Leiya Lei, International Association of Women President Megan Bozzuto and the SHERO Initiative co-founder Rita Chao to discuss the overarching theme of the “Her Power” competition: women’s empowerment in entrepreneurship.

Two “My Journey to Digital Proficiency” showcase presentations highlighted three success stories from two ongoing programs in the China chapter of The Inner Mountain Foundation. The first story came from the organization’s pioneering “Women Going Global” program, which targets female entrepreneurs and business leaders in cross-border industries, and was presented by The Inner Mountain Foundation member Qiuling Zhuang. Two more case studies from the foundation’s “Sailing Youth” course, designed by DHgate for university students majoring in cross-border e-commerce and business, were presented by Andrea Qi and Chanunthida Chumchong.

These presentations built on the content of the “Her Power” Entrepreneurship Competition itself, which was highly focused on cross-disciplinary e-learning courses related to improving social commerce skills such as cross-border e-commerce, how to boost sales on social media, novel shopping experience strategies, cultivating a sales persona and securing financing. All of the learning content was designed specifically with Gen Z in mind, to further empower young entrepreneurs from any background.

The competition’s 22 e-learning sessions were all uploaded to Youtube for contestants and all other interested parties to review the content at their leisure. The courses were delivered by a wide array of mentors from partner organizations, including Snapchat, Flyway, Bonjour Girls, Y.O.U Beauty and NETEASE, among many others. A few examples of course titles include “How to Become a Great Product Manager”, “Build Digital Ad Creatives with High Revenue Potential in the New Digital Era”, and “Women Empowerment Self-Discovery Story Sharing”.

This year’s partnership with The Inner Mountain Foundation also brought a new focus on personal growth and inspirational motivation. “To achieve this, we’ve provided numerous experience programs focused on tapping one ‘s inner strength, networking platforms for sharing and inspiring, and most importantly, a decentralized mechanism for realizing companionship within our community,” Diane Wang said in her keynote. “We’ve successfully created a safe space where women can lead, nurture and inspire each other, through the strength they uncover within after discovering and climbing their Inner Mountains.”

In addition to the people mentioned above, other attendees of this year’s “Her Power” Entrepreneurship Competition Awards Ceremony included:

Danning Zhang, from HEBE GroupSteffi Sun, from Quadrant LabRui & Francisico, winners of the third “Her Power” competitionTom Tran & Phuong Hoang, winners of the third “Her Power” competition

About APEC Women Connect

Founded in 2016, APEC Women Connect is an APEC-endorsed program initiated by Ms. Diane Wang, the China Representative on the APEC Business Advisory Council, Chair of the APEC Women Leadership Forum, Co-Chair of WiBAC of B20 Indonesia, and Founder, Chairperson and CEO of DHgate.com. APEC Women Connect aims to empower women, especially young women, to realize entrepreneurship via digital solutions through inspirational sharing, practical learning, effective recognition, and awards. APEC Women Connect has been included in the annual recommendation to the APEC Economic Leaders for three consecutive years. It has also been included in the annual recommendation to G20 Leaders by B20 for two consecutive years.

About DHgate

Founded in 2004, DHgate has become the leading B2B cross-border e-commerce marketplace in China, boasting over 34 million live listings annually. Through their global operations and offices, including in the USA and UK, DHgate reaches millions of people with trusted products and services. As of December 31, 2022, DHgate served more than 59.6 million registered buyers from 225 countries and regions, connecting them to over 2.54 million sellers in China and other countries.

For more information, please visit DHgate.com and follow @DHgate.com.

About MyyShop

MyyShop is a pioneering social commerce platform launched by DHGATE Group that provides an effortless selling experience on social media. The platform aims to empower different types of creators—from nano to mega-influencers—to turn their social media influence and passion for content creation into thriving online businesses. Equipped with MyyShop’s social commerce and online store creation toolkit and resources, creators can quickly identify viral or in-demand products, leverage MyyShop’s AI-powered product recommendations based on shoppers’ interests and sales trends, build a customized online shopfront and earn commission through social commerce sales. Creators can also efficiently create their own personalized product lines through MyyShop’s centralized platform and extensive network of verified cross-border suppliers and manufacturers.

For more information, please visit MyyShop.com and follow @MyyShopOfficial.

About The Inner Mountain Foundation

The Inner Mountain Foundation promotes the empowerment of women through education, community, and outreach. We are led by our Founder and Chairperson Diane Wang, who first articulated the principles of Inner Mountain Thinking in her 2024 book, The Inner Mountain. As a global foundation and women’s empowerment community, we invest in impact-making educational resources that we seek to make as broadly accessible as possible. Our goal is to focus the work of the Inner Mountain on the soft skills training that we believe helps equip women to be their greatest, most empowered selves across their most wholly integrated life (connecting the self with work, family, community, and legacy).

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Pathlock Receives SAP® LAC Partner Excellence Award 2024 for Solution Extensions

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Award presented at Customer Success Kickoff 2024

DALLAS, March 1, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Pathlock, the leading provider of identity and application access governance, announced it received an SAP® LAC Award for Partner Excellence 2024 for Solution Extensions. Awards were presented by SAP to the top-performing SAP partners in the Latin America Caribbean (LAC) region that have made outstanding contributions to driving digital transformation for businesses that use SAP solutions. Recipients – in partnership with SAP – help customers adopt innovation, gain results rapidly, grow sustainably, and run more simply with SAP solutions.

“Pathlock and SAP share a common vision of empowering our customers to achieve their business goals with security and compliance,” said Susan Stapleton, Vice President, Customer Advisory, Pathlock. “Our partnership enables us to deliver integrated solutions that leverage the power of SAP applications and the flexibility of Pathlock’s access governance platform. With Pathlock, customers can automate, monitor, and manage their SAP and non-SAP systems from a single pane of glass, reducing access risk and complexity. We look forward to our continued collaboration with SAP to provide our customers and partners with the best security and access control solutions on the market.”

Selected from SAP’s large and diverse partner base, nominations for the SAP Partner Excellence Awards are based on internal SAP sales data. A committee composed of regional and global SAP representatives determine winning partners in each category according to criteria such as sales achievement and performance. Awards are presented in a variety of categories, including overall sales, innovation, technology, services, and solution-specific areas.

“SAP Partner Excellence Awards distinguish our top regional partners, who are tightly aligned with our vision to bring out the best in every business, helping our customers through their value journey, while innovating with new technologies and providing solutions that address real-world business challenges,” said Leandro Estanga, Chief Partner Officer for Latin America, SAP. “With an outstanding performance these partners are driving our accelerated growth in the region. I am excited to recognize and congratulate Pathlock as the recipient of the SAP LAC Partner Excellence 2024 for Solution Extensions.”

Pathlock and SAP have a long-standing and strategic partnership that dates back to 2010, when Pathlock (then known as Greenlight Technologies) became the only solution endorsed by SAP that extends SAP Access Control to cloud and non-SAP systems. Since then, Pathlock and SAP have collaborated to deliver innovative and integrated solutions that help customers secure and optimize their business applications across the enterprise. Pathlock and SAP will continue to collaborate to provide customers with the best-in-class capabilities to automate, monitor, and manage their SAP and non-SAP systems from a single pane of glass.

Pathlock received its award during the Customer Success Kickoff 2024, a gathering of SAP executives, SAP field employees, and partners. This is SAP’s largest yearly sales meeting, focused on exchanging information on SAP’s strategy, sales methodology, growth opportunities, and product innovations, as well as ways to drive success during the year.

About Pathlock

Pathlock is the leader in identity and application access governance. When traditional identity governance and administration is not enough, Pathlock enables enterprises to manage all aspects of application access governance, continuous controls monitoring, and cybersecurity via a single platform, across applications, including fine-grained user provisioning, User Access Reviews, segregation of duties, control testing, and audit preparation. Today, many of the world’s most respected global 2000 companies rely on Pathlock to protect their critical digital assets from financial, regulatory, and security threats, ensure corporate compliance and improve performance. As a result, our customers have saved millions in employee productivity, labor costs, audit fees, and data loss prevention.   

For media inquiries:  
Caroline Dobyns
410-353-5340
caroline@luminapr.com 

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Interlink Electronics Announces 50% Common Stock Dividend

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IRVINE, Calif., March 1, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Interlink Electronics, Inc. (Nasdaq: LINK) (the “Company”), a world-leading provider of sensors and printed electronic solutions that support a wide range of applications, including Human-Machine Interface (“HMI”) devices and IoT solutions, today announced that it will issue a 50% common stock dividend on March 22, 2024 to its stockholders of record as of March 11, 2024 (the “Stock Dividend”).

The Stock Dividend will affect all stockholders uniformly and will not alter any stockholder’s percentage interest in the Company’s equity, except to the extent that the Stock Dividend results in a stockholder owning a fractional share. No fractional shares will be issued in connection with the Stock Dividend. Rather, stockholders who would otherwise be entitled to receive a fractional share instead will become entitled to receive one (1) share in lieu thereof.

All convertible and exercisable securities of the Company outstanding immediately prior to the Stock Dividend will be appropriately adjusted by multiplying the number of shares of common stock into which the convertible or exercisable securities are convertible or exercisable by 1.5 and dividing the conversion or exercise price thereof by 1.5.

Upon completion of the dividend, the outstanding shares of Interlink’s common stock will increase to approximately 9,860,355, based on the number of shares outstanding as of March 11, 2024.

Stockholders with shares in brokerage accounts should direct any questions concerning the Stock Dividend to their broker; all other stockholders may direct questions to the Company’s transfer agent, Computershare, at (800) 962-4284.

About Interlink Electronics, Inc.

Interlink Electronics is a world-leading provider of sensors and printed electronic solutions that support a wide range of applications, including Human-Machine Interface (“HMI”) devices and IoT solutions, utilizing our expertise in materials science, manufacturing, firmware and software to produce in-house system solutions for custom specifications. We have a proven track record of supplying mission-critical technological solutions in diverse markets including medical devices, automotive, gas detection and environmental quality monitoring, oil and gas and general industrial, and consumer electronics, providing standard and custom-designed sensors that provide the flexibility and functionality needed for today’s sophisticated applications.

The Company’s products and solutions currently focus on three main fields:

For nearly 40 years, the Company has led the printed electronics industry in commercializing its patented Force Sensing Resistor® technology, which offers pressure and position sensing and rugged capabilities in a very wide range of temperatures. Our piezoelectric film sensors offer strain, bend and vibration sensing and can be used on curved surfaces, while our advanced matrix sensor solutions offer multiple touch capabilities. We supply some of the world’s top electronics manufacturers with intuitive sensor and interface technologies for use in advanced applications such as medical robotics and vehicle collision detection.Our Gas and Environmental Sensors division has over 25 years of experience in cutting-edge design and manufacture of electrochemical gas-sensing technology for industry, community, health and home. We provide advanced sensor solutions, precision sensing instruments, and custom engineering services for detecting gases such as carbon monoxide, ozone, hydrogen, NOX gases and ammonia, for transdermal alcohol detection and for air quality monitoring. Our innovative printed sensor design enables high-sensitivity, low-power and cost-effective solutions for broad adoption in the rapidly growing IOT market.Our Calman Technology subsidiary brings over 25 years of experience in the design and manufacture of membrane keypads, graphic overlays and industrial label products. We offer IP-rated digital and hybrid printed devices featuring integrated backlighting and shielding and printed electronics with advanced materials ink printing. Calman has customers in fields such as medical devices and defense technologies and gives the Company a base in Europe.

We serve our international customer base from our corporate headquarters in Irvine, California; our Global Product Development and Materials Science Center and distribution and logistics center in Camarillo, California; our advanced printed-electronics manufacturing facilities in Shenzhen, China, and Irvine, Scotland; and our proprietary gas-sensor production and product development facility in Newark, California.

For more information, please visit InterlinkElectronics.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be generally identified by phrases such as “thinks,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” and similar words. Forward-looking statements in this press release include statements about our products, operations and the markets we serve. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are inherently subject to uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statement. These statements are based upon, among other things, assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management, including management’s own knowledge and assessment of the company’s industry, R&D initiatives, competition and capital requirements. Other factors and uncertainties that could affect the company’s forward-looking statements include, among other things, the following: our success in predicting new markets and the acceptance of our new products; efficient management of our infrastructure; the pace of technological developments and industry standards evolution and their effect on our target product and market choices; the effect of outsourcing technology development; changes in the ordering patterns of our customers; a decrease in the quality and/or reliability of our products; protection of our proprietary intellectual property; competition by alternative sophisticated as well as generic products; continued availability of raw materials for our products at competitive prices; disruptions in our manufacturing facilities; risks of international sales and operations including fluctuations in exchange rates; compliance with regulatory requirements applicable to our manufacturing operations; and customer concentrations. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by our forward-looking statements are under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our most recent Annual Report (Form 10-K) or Quarterly Report (Form 10-Q) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this release, and we expressly disclaim any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact:
Interlink Electronics, Inc.
IR@iefsr.com
Steven N. Bronson, CEO
805-623-4184

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Docupace Wins in Onboarding Product Category at WealthBriefing WealthTech Americas Awards 2024

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HOLMDEL, N.J., March 1, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Docupace, the leader in cloud-based fintech digital operations software for the wealth management industry, won the WealthBriefing WealthTech Americas Award for Onboarding Product, presented to a wealth-management focused provider operating in the U.S. market that offers onboarding solutions. PreciseFP, Docupace’s digital data gathering and client onboarding platform, offers a streamlined, paperless process that brings financial advice to the digital age.

“With PreciseFP financial advisors can simplify the client onboarding process by eliminating the need for clients to print, sign, scan and return documents,” said Ryan George, Docupace’s Chief Marketing Officer. “The feature not only saves time for advisors but also enhances the overall client experience. This award honors us all, and on behalf of our team, I express my deep gratitude to WealthBriefing and the panel of judges.”

PreciseFP’s impact on financial advisors’ work stands alone. In 2023, financial advisors used the PreciseFP platform to gather more than 10.7 million data elements that did not have to be manually captured or rekeyed; moved datasets among integrated platforms more than 67,000 times; facilitated the creation of more than 200,000 client accounts and saved more than 33,000+ hours doing so. By PreciseFP calculations, this means the total amount of money we saved financial advisors in 2023 was greater than $5 million.

The prestigious recognition comes as Docupace moves full speed ahead with offering advisors across wealth management a comprehensive solution to improve a relatively manual client engagement process. By reducing the “leg work” associated with collecting financial data, PreciseFP also is allowing advisors to allocate more time to essential activities such as client meetings, creating financial plans, and growing their business.

PreciseFP offers real-time assistance through chat, allowing users to share screenshots and valuable information for immediate issue resolution. The platform’s customer support includes live chat support, personalized 1:1 coaching sessions, and a multifaceted support system, going beyond industry norms to ensure users are proficient.

Another key pillar of PreciseFP’s solution is the integration with technology tools already in use by registered investment advisors (RIAs) and wealth management firms. The company’s success at the WealthBriefing WealthTech Americas Awards 2024 is a testament to its steadfast commitment to excellence and its ongoing dedication to elevating wealth management.

For a complete list of winners, please visit: https://clearviewpublishing.com/events/the-third-annual-wealthbriefing-wealthtech-americas-awards-2024/

About Docupace

Docupace is a solutions provider focused on digitizing and automating operations in the financial advice and investment industry. Financial services firms use the Docupace Platform (a cloud-based, integrated software suite) to reduce back-office expenses, improve efficiency, strengthen recruiting, and enhance the experience of advisors and investors. With headquarters in Holmdel, New Jersey, Docupace is proud to serve some of the largest independent broker-dealers and registered investment advisers (RIAs) in the financial services industry.

For more information, please visit www.docupace.com.

Docupace Media Contacts:

Ryan George
Chief Marketing Officer
ryan_george@docupace.com

Joseph Kuo / Donald Cutler
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