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Start-ups Compete for Cash and Investor Interest During Ski Lift Pitch Competition at Taos Ski Valley

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During rides up the ski lifts in picturesque Taos Ski Valley, entrepreneurs pitched investors on why their fledgling businesses were worthy of prize money and investments.

TAOS, N.M., Feb. 12, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Surrounded by snow and 12,000-foot peaks and sitting 30 feet in the air, nine of New Mexico’s most exciting startups recently had the opportunity to pitch national investors while riding the chairlift at Taos Ski Valley as part of the annual Ski Lift Pitch event hosted by CNM Ingenuity.

Each startup got to ride the lift with up to six different investment firms, using their time on the chair to give an overview of their company, explain what problem they were solving for or innovation they were bringing to market, and answer rapid-fire questions from the judges.

After riding the chair, three of the startups were chosen as finalists and given five more minutes to pitch another round of judges back at the lodge. Those judges conferred and then awarded a $10,000 first prize.

This year Hoonify, an Albuquerque-based startup, took home first place at the Ski Lift Pitch. Staffed with supercomputing experts who spent their careers building some of the world’s fastest supercomputers and exploring advanced computing architectures within the US Department of Energy’s National Laboratories, Hoonify’s software, TurboOS, places supercomputing powers in the hands of everyday users.

“Winning Ski Lift Pitch means everything to us in terms of having the support of both local and national judges and it’s a big step forward in our continued growth,” said Andrew Clark, Hoonify’s chief executive officer. He along with Connor Brown, the company’s Vice President of Software, were the two representatives from the company at the event.

CNM Ingenuity CEO Kyle Lee was a finalist judge and said that Hoonify’s technology is emerging at the perfect time as the demand for supercomputing power accelerates with a massive expansion of data.

“If Hoonify can win the race against competitors by proving and then distributing their technology, they could easily be one of the largest and most impactful companies ever founded in New Mexico,” he said.

The two other finalists at the event were Both&, a national apparel company for the transmasculine, gender non-conforming, and nonbinary community, and Integrated OffGrid LLC, which is developing a solar-powered atmospheric water harvesting product capable of producing 100 gallons of water per-day. 

“We were thrilled to host such an incredible group of startups and investors for this year’s event and a huge congratulations to Hoonify,” said Jeff Bargiel, the Program Director at CNM Ingenuity, an economic development arm of Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) in Albuquerque. “We’re excited to see where Hoonify takes its technology, but we’re also excited to see what all this year’s startups are able to do with the important connections that this event facilitates.”

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The Standard Titled “Technical and Application Requirements for Intelligent Software Engineering Part 1: Large-scale Code Models”, in which Xiao-I (NASDAQ: AIXI) Participated, has been Officially Released

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SHANGHAI, March 1, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Recently, the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (“CAICT”) and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (“ICBC”) jointly released a milestone industry standard called “Technical and Application Requirements for Intelligent Software Engineering Part 1: Large-scale Code Models” (Standard Number AIIA/PG 0110-2023). It is worth mentioning that Xiao-I Corporation (NASDAQ: AIXI) (“Xiao-I” or the “Company”), a leading company in the field of artificial intelligence, has actively participated in the development of this standard. The release of this standard marks the birth of the industry’s first large-scale code model standard, providing strong support for the healthy and orderly development of the Artificial Intelligence for Software Engineering (AI4SE) industry.

The new standard provides detailed specifications for the technical capabilities and application requirements of large-scale code models, covering various stages such as research and development, evaluation, and acceptance. Its aim is to provide clear references for enterprises in the construction and improvement process of large-scale code models. The standard covers three main parts: general capabilities, specific scenario capabilities, and application maturity. These include 16 capability items and over 100 specific capability requirements. These requirements establish comprehensive technical capability standards for large-scale code models across multiple dimensions, including input diversity, task diversity, language comprehensiveness, result acceptability, and result accuracy.

The release of this standard is of great significance in promoting the standardization and development of large-scale code model technology. It will not only enhance the overall technical level of the industry but also facilitate cooperation and communication among enterprises, promoting the industry’s development towards a more standardized and professional direction.

Xiao-I has always been at the forefront of innovation in the field of artificial intelligence. In June 2023, the Company released the Huazang General Model, aiming to create an operating system for the new era of artificial intelligence with the core principles of “being controllable, customizable, and deliverable.” By actively participating in the development of industry standards related to large-scale models, Xiao-I has not only demonstrated its forward-thinking layout, but also its determination and responsibility as a leading domestic AI company in promoting the standardization process in the industry.

Looking ahead, Xiao-I will continue to devote itself to the standardization work in the field of artificial intelligence, actively participating in the development and revision of relevant standards, and contributing wisdom and strength to the healthy development of the industry. Meanwhile, the Company will continue to promote technological innovation, improve product performance, provide users with high-quality artificial intelligence services, and contribute to the efficient and rapid development of China’s artificial intelligence industry.

About Xiao-I Corporation

Xiao-I Corporation is a leading cognitive intelligence enterprise in China that offers a diverse range of business solutions and services in artificial intelligence, covering natural language processing,voice and image recognition, machine learning and affective computing. Since its inception in 2001,the Company has developed an extensive portfolio of cognitive intelligence technologies that are highly suitable and have been applied to a wide variety of business cases. Xiao-I powers its cognitive intelligence products and services with its cutting-edge, proprietary AI technologies to enable and promote industrial digitization, intelligent upgrading, and transformation.For more information, please visit: www.xiaoi.com. 

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this announcement are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on the Company’s current expectations and projections about future events that the Company believes may affect its financial condition, results of operations, business strategy and financial needs. Investors can identify these forward-looking statements by words or phrases such as “approximates,” “assesses,” “believes,” “hopes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “projects,” “intends,” “plans,” “will,” “would,” “should,” “could,” “may” or similar expressions. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent occurring events or circumstances, or changes in its expectations, except as may be required by law. Although the Company believes that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot assure you that such expectations will turn out to be correct, and the Company cautions investors that actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results and encourages investors to review other factors that may affect its future results in the Company’s registration statement and other filings with the SEC.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:
Ms. Berry Xia
Email: ir@xiaoi.com 

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Update on shares repurchased during the first quarter 2024: Loomis AB

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STOCKHOLM, March 1, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Loomis AB has through the repurchase program that was resolved and communicated on January 30, 2024, and that is still being executed, repurchased 310,898 shares as of February 29, 2024. Loomis AB’s holding of own shares thereby amounts to 4,519,680 shares, corresponding to 6.0% of the outstanding shares in the company. The total number of shares in Loomis AB, including the company’s own shares, amounts to 75,279,829.

The share repurchases may comprise an amount up to a maximum of SEK 200 million and will end no later than on April 5, 2024.

For information about transactions in the repurchase program, please see: www.nasdaqomxnordic.com/news/corporate-actions/repurchase-of-own-shares.

This press release is also available on the company’s website, www.loomis.com.

Contact:

Jenny Boström
Head of Sustainability and IR
Mobile: +46 79 006 45 92
Email: jenny.bostrom@loomis.com

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Bitget Wallet now supports the Blast Mainnet, pioneering full ecosystem support as a Web3 wallet

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VICTORIA, Seychelles, March 1, 2024 /CNW/ — The globally leading Web3 trading wallet Bitget Wallet has now integrated support for the Blast Mainnet, making it the first all-in-one Web3 wallet for the Blast ecosystem. Users can effortlessly add and switch mainnets within the wallet with just one click, without the need for manual configuration. This integration enables users to manage, transfer, swap, and interact on one of the largest L2 launches in 2024.

Bitget Wallet has aggregated liquidity from mainstream DEXs within the Blast ecosystem, such as BlasterSwap and MonoSwap, into its Swap feature. This allows for mainnet token Swap transactions, providing users with convenient services for trading assets on the Blast blockchain.

During the Blast testnet phase, Bitget Wallet was among the first to offer support, unveiled a dedicated zone in its DApp page for Blast. This section featured over 40 elite projects from Blast’s Big Bang incentive program, enabling users to easily explore, interact, and potentially receive future airdrops in the Blast ecosystem. Following the launch of the Blast mainnet, Bitget Wallet plans to continue integrating popular projects from the Blast ecosystem, offering users extensive asset management features and a comprehensive ecosystem experience.

Bitget Wallet’s COO, Alvin Kan, highlights Blast as a Layer 2 solution with staking at its core, gaining market attention since launch. He says, “We’re committed to cutting-edge tech, lowering Web3 engagement barriers. Collaborating with quality mainnets like Blast, we aim to drive Web3 ecosystem growth.”

This week, Bitget Wallet engages with popular Blast ecosystem projects, exploring market traction, “Stake Layer 2” narrative, TVL enhancement strategies by staking and earning points, notable projects, and effective ways for users to participate in the Blast ecosystem upon mainnet launch. This provides users with valuable insights for meaningful ecosystem engagement.

Additionally, Bitget Wallet is organizing major events to support the Blast ecosystem, providing users with opportunities for discovering new assets.

About Bitget Wallet

Bitget Wallet stands as Asia’s largest and one of the world’s top non-custodial Web3 wallets, boasting over 19 million users globally. Featuring a comprehensive array of features including asset management, intelligent market data, swap functionality, launchpad, inscribing, DApp browsing, and more, Bitget Wallet promises users an unmatched multi-chain Web3 experience. Currently, Bitget Wallet supports over 100 blockchains, hundreds of EVM-compatible chains, and more than 250,000 cryptocurrencies. By aggregating liquidity across hundreds of leading DEXs and cross-chain bridges, Bitget Wallet is able to facilitate seamless and efficient trades on 40+ blockchains.

For more information, visit: Website | Twitter | Telegram | Discord

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