Featuring a special address from Colorado Governor Jared Polis, an Investor Forum, Business Conference, Farm Symposium, Exhibit Hall and an Impressive Lineup of Workshops and Education, the 6th Annual NoCo Hemp Expo is bringing a capacity crowd from throughout the U.S. and over 20 countries to Denver for its sold-out show.
Hemp growers, producers, manufacturers, retailers, investors and others will be descending this week in Denver to convene at the Crowne Plaza DIA Convention Center on March 28-30 for the 6th Annual NoCo Hemp Expo. And while tickets are still available for certain events, NoCo6 is nearly sold out.
What began in 2014 as a modest meeting of intrepid Fort Collins-based hemp entrepreneurs has grown into the world’s largest gathering of hemp industry professionals under one roof. Approximately 10,000 visitors are expected from throughout the U.S., as well as over 20 countries.
“We are very excited to welcome visitors from all over the world to this year’s NoCo Hemp Expo,” said Elizabeth (Elizzy) Knight, co-founder of Colorado Hemp Company/We Are for Better Alternatives (WAFBA), producer of NoCo Hemp Expo. “What our small team has created, along with the help of all our supporting exhibitors, sponsors, speakers and other partners, has never been done before. Together, from the ground up, we have created a world-class convention and conference that celebrates all things hemp – from botanicals and CBD to bioplastics and building materials – and that showcases Colorado as a center of the hemp marketplace.”
Hemp producers are feeling bullish in 2019, since the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, better known as the Farm Bill, which legalized the commercial cultivation and sale of industrial hemp, defined as containing less than 0.3% THC. According to Hemp Business Journal’s new report, The Global State of Hemp: 2019 Industry Outlook, U.S. sales of hemp products – from full-spectrum hemp extract and CBD products to hemp foods, textiles, building materials and more – estimated at $1 billion in 2018, are projected to grow 27% annually to reach $2.6 billion by 2022. Global hemp retail sales totaled $3.7 billion in 2018 and are projected to grow to $5.7 billion by 2020.
NoCo Hemp Expo Program Highlights
Featured speakers for this year’s NoCo Hemp Expo include Colorado Governor and hemp advocate Jared Polis; Native American tribal leader turned hemp farmer Winona LaDuke; David Bronner, 5th generation CEO of legendary soap maker Dr. Bronner’s; renowned market researcher Dr. Michelle Barry; regenerative agriculture and soil expert Ray Archuleta; hemp expert and author Doug Fine; hemp entrepreneurs Dani Billings of Nature’s Root and Janel Ralph of Palmetto Harmony; and other leaders breaking new ground in the industrial hemp market. For a complete list of speakers, visit here and for a full program schedule, visit here.
Also, NoCo6 has produced a digital and print magazine/show program, Let’s Talk Hemp, for the first time in partnership with Honeysuckle Magazine, which can be viewed here.
Other NoCo6 event highlights include:
Hemp Industry Daily Investor Forum, Thursday, March 28 – Tickets Are Still Available
Legal updates and insights; investment trends and deal flow; opportunities and investments; networking; luncheon and more. Visit here for info.
Let’s Talk Hemp Business Conference, Friday, March 29 – Sold Out!
Vertical integration; policy and regulation; compliance and certification; processing and manufacturing; market research; the global business of hemp. Visit here for info.
Let’s Talk Hemp Farm Symposium, Saturday, March 30 – Sold Out!
Regenerative farming; soil health; genetics; new technology and equipment; regulations and compliance. Visit here for info.
Expo Hall, Friday/Saturday, March 29-30, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm – Tickets Are Still Available
With more than 225 exhibitors, NoCo6’s Expo Hall is open to B2B visitors on March 29 and March 30. The Expo Hall is open to consumers and the public on March 30. Features include the Bish Equipment Zone, HempToday International Alley, Science & Tech Spotlight, Adept Payments Workshop and Education Stage, EnviroTextiles Fashion Parade, Blu Nahulu Art Zone and more. Visit here for info.
NoCo After Party, Saturday, March 30, 8:00 pm – Midnight – Tickets Are Still Available
Hang with friends at the Hemp Renaissance Ball After Party on Saturday, March 30, 8:00 pm – midnight at the Renaissance Hotel – Denver Stapleton. Buy tickets here.
Press Conference, Friday, March 29, 9:15 am – 9:45 am
For qualified and registered media attendees, NoCo Hemp Expo will host a press conference on Friday, March 29, 2019, onsite at the Crowne Plaza DIA Convention Center at 9:15 – 9:45 am, before the conference and exhibition hall opens. To qualify for a Press Pass, contact here.
To purchase tickets for all remaining available events, visit: www.NoCoHempExpo.com.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
GenCanna is the Presenting Sponsor of NoCo6.
Business Conference Sponsors include: Elixinol, New Hope Network, Benmar Extractions, Hoban Law Group, Lilu’s Garden, McAllister Garfield P.C., Frank Robison Law Group, and Steep Fuze Coffee.
Farm Symposium Sponsors include; Bluhen Botanicals, Bish Enterprises, Colorado Breeders Depot, Front Range Biosciences, Hempsac, New West Genetics, ProVerde Labs and Rad Extracts. Meet all of our Sponsor Partners here: https://nocohempexpo.com/sponsors/.
Bleckwen Raises $10m and Appoints David Christie as CEO
Bleckwen, a provider of real-time analytics software for fraud detection & prevention in payments, has come out of stealth to announce a $10 million first funding round. The funding will be used to support Bleckwen’s international expansion and the continued development of the company’s exciting software capabilities in AI-based fraud detection. The company’s expertise is strategically focused on the wider anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorism financing (CTF) context. Bleckwen recently spun-off from Ercom, the French cybersecurity firm. The round was led by Ring Capital, a Paris-based venture capital firm and existing investors, including TempoCap, Bpifrance and Ineo, alongside senior management.
Built with banks, for banks, Bleckwen’s real-time, dynamic behavioural analytics & explainable AI-engine is well placed to detect the surging fraud threats in payments, such as authorised push payment fraud or the “human hack” which is growing by circa 60% year-on-year, driven by the surge in real-time payment networks globally. The platform also protects banks from the emergent risks of open banking under PSD2, where banks will no longer have full control of the end-to-end user experience and security perimeter, presenting a completely new threat dimension.
Over the last year, the company has also strengthened its management team with the hire of David Christie, a 20-year veteran in financial services, previously the COO of Euronet’s money transfer business, which included the brands Ria, HiFX and XE. David is also Chairman of VitessePSP and investor in Shieldpay, bringing with him a wealth of experience implementing and operating both fraud and AML systems in payment businesses.
David is also joined by Matt Knowles, who was recently appointed Chairman of Bleckwen. Matt was previously CEO of HiFX, and together he and David successfully scaled HiFX into a world leading international payments company prior to its successful sale to Euronet.
David Christie, Bleckwen’s CEO, commented: “Nearly $4 trillion is stolen and laundered through banks annually – circa 3% of global GDP. Existing technologies are just not cutting it in the fight against this scourge of society. Something else needs to be done and at Bleckwen, we have made tremendous progress over the last two years as part of the Ercom Group, developing solutions to bring the fight to these criminals.”
“This fundraising is confirmation of our ‘scale-up readiness’ and the support from Ring Capital and our existing investors is testament to our expertise in productising class-leading AI-based analytics in the fight against financial crime for banks. Using Bleckwen’s software, we are seeing false positive ratios drop by over 95%, the time taken to resolve alerts fall by over 50%, and a reduction in fraud loss ratios by over 60% – as compared with incumbent legacy-based rules systems.”
“Working very closely with our customers, which include a tier-1 global bank, we have developed a market-leading, payment-type agnostic, real-time capability to meet their fraud detection and prevention requirements at industrial scale. Bleckwen’s software can also dynamically adapt to ever-changing customer behaviours and profiles. We have also significantly strengthened our senior management team and operational infrastructure and will be opening offices in the UK and the US in 2019.”
Matt Knowles, TempoCap Partner and Bleckwen Chairman, commented: “Having co-founded and scaled an international payments company that processed $20 billion annually, I have extensive real-world experience of the challenges faced by both fintechs and banks in of the domain of fraud detection and AML. I have been deeply impressed by Bleckwen’s advanced use of machine learning technology to radically increase fraud detection over current solutions, but, as importantly, substantially reduce the volume of false positives (which build friction and cost into the customer journey). We see significant potential to commercialise this technology across banks, fintechs & other multi-national enterprises to help combat fraud and AML risk across all payment types.”
Nicolas Celier, co-founder of Ring capital, commented: “Bleckwen has appeared to us as the unique combination of state-of-the-art AI technology, built by a leading French data team, together with top international management with a solid track record of scaling up Fintech companies worldwide. Ring knew Bleckwen before the spin-off and has contributed to design this deal in order to help Bleckwen grow and scale.”
Thierry Sommelet, Managing Director at Bpifrance Growth Capital – Head of Technology, Media, Telecom, said: “Bleckwen is uniquely positioned to help the fast-moving payments ecosystem improve clients’ protection and transaction efficiency, thanks to a leading-edge AI technology and experienced management. We are very happy to see David Christie and Matt Knowles join this adventure, as well as Ring Capital. We are confident that they will collectively thrive in driving the company on its new phase of growth.”
Bleckwen was recently awarded Fintech of the year at the EBAday 2019, an event run by the Euro Banking Association – an expert-led forum for the European payments industry with nearly200 member banks. Selected out of a category of 16 other finalists, the company received the prestigious award based on the innovative and dynamic nature of its market-leading AI-powered platform.
KLoBot – An Enterprise Chatbot Builder Platform launches Twilio Integration to Enhance Customer Experience
KLoBot – a DIY Chatbot platform is pleased to set in motion the much-awaited integration to Twilio. With technology and social media enabling an always-on approach to business, customer expectations have been higher. Voice and Text enabled chatbots empower customer-facing organizations across numerous industries to communicate and engage with every end user seamlessly.
To learn more about KLoBot, visit us online – www.klobot.ai
“Businesses must support ease of chatbot interactions for their customers using traditional communication such as a simple phone call or text messaging,” said Ragav Jagannathan, Founder of KLoBot, Inc. “With KLoBot based chatbots readily available on Twilio platform, businesses can offer their customers 24/7 first line of support using a simple voice call or SMS to a phone number and automatically have chatbot respond to their query.”
Customers can get access to information ‘on-demand’ via a simple text message or voice call in real time. These cutting edge, no-code chatbots streamline communication and enhance customer engagement. If the requests get complicated, they are smoothly transitioned from bots to human via KLoBot’s ‘Live Agent Handoff’ skill. Watch Video
KLoBot and Twilio, together, will allow companies to manage customer relationship via automating routine tasks and processes. Early adopters of KLoBot can drastically save operation costs, improve sales, offer personalized customer service and in turn, gain a sustainable competitive advantage by discovering the benefits of this KLoBot and Twilio compelling integration.
SOURCE KLoBot, Inc.
Synopsys and GLOBALFOUNDRIES Collaborate to Develop Broad Portfolio of DesignWare IP for 12LP FinFET Process
- DesignWare IP portfolio for GLOBALFOUNDRIES 12LP FinFET process includes Multi-Protocol 25G, USB 3.0 and 2.0, PCI Express 2.0, DDR4, LPDDR4/4X, MIPI D-PHY, SD-eMMC, and Data Converters
- Synopsys’ DesignWare IP are optimized for high performance and low latency in compute-intensive applications, such as artificial intelligence, high-end smartphones, and networking infrastructure
- Long-standing collaboration between the two companies has resulted in the successful development of DesignWare IP from 180-nm to 12-nm
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) today announced its collaboration with GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF) to develop a broad portfolio of DesignWare® IP, including Multi-Protocol 25G, USB 3.0 and 2.0, PCI Express® 2.0, DDR4, LPDDR4/4X, MIPI D-PHY, SD-eMMC, and Data Converters, for GF’s 12-nanometer (nm) Leading-Performance (12LP) FinFET process technology. Synopsys’ DesignWare IP on the GF 12LP process enables designers to implement the latest interface and analog IP solutions in their artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, mobile, and consumer system-on-chips (SoCs) on GF’s 12LP technology, which delivers a 10 percent improvement in logic density and more than a 15 percent improvement in performance compared to previous FinFET generations. This collaboration is another extension to the long-standing relationship between the two companies, which has delivered DesignWare IP for GF’s processes from 180-nm to 12-nm.
“In response to growing demand for differentiated, feature-rich FinFET offerings, we are collaborating with Synopsys to provide quality IP in GF’s processes, enabling designers to deliver differentiated products to a broad set of market segments,” said Mark Ireland, vice president of Ecosystem Partnerships at GF. “The combination of our 12LP process with 3D FinFET transistor technology and Synopsys’ high-performance DesignWare IP allows our mutual customers to accelerate their time to volume production.”
“As the leading provider of interface IP, Synopsys continues to collaborate with key foundries, such as GF, to deliver DesignWare IP solutions for the latest FinFET process technologies,” said John Koeter, vice president of marketing for IP at Synopsys. “With Synopsys’ DesignWare IP portfolio in GF’s 12LP process, designers can efficiently integrate the necessary functionality into their complex SoCs while meeting the bandwidth and power requirements of their mobile and high-end computing applications.”
SOURCE Synopsys, Inc.
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