EventsAIR Wins Gold Stevie® Award in 2020 International Business Awards®

BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND – 11 September 2020 – – EventsAIR was named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Event Management Solution category in the 17th Annual International Business Awards® today.

The International Business Awards are the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide – public and private, for-profit, and non-profit, large and small – are eligible to submit nominations. The 2020 IBAs received entries from organizations in 63 nations and territories.

More than 3,800 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Company of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Startup of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, and Executive of the Year, among others.  This year’s competition also featured several free-to-enter categories to recognize organizations’ and individuals’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

EventsAIR won in the Event Management Solution category for its 6th Generation Event Management Platform – EventsAIR.

For the new 2020 COVID-19 Response category, EventsAIR was also a Bronze Stevie Winner in both the Most Valuable Technical Innovation and Most Valuable Product categories for its OnAIR virtual and hybrid event solution that have helped businesses regain customer connections amidst pandemic restrictions.

The EventsAIR 6th Generation Event Management Platform is built on the latest web architecture and delivers a comprehensive suite of event management tools that is trusted by event planners around the globe. Its recent addition to the platform is OnAIR, allowing event organizers to run virtual events with ease.

The EventsAIR 6th Generation platform has been designed by event planners for event planners and has evolved thanks to the feedback and support from our loyal customers plus our dedicated EventsAIR team who makes it happen every day.

“We are very honored and humbled to win this prestigious award and congratulate all the nominees. I would like to dedicate this award to our hardworking team who work tirelessly to design, develop, and deliver great software so that event planners can add value for their attendees and delegates,” says CEO Trevor Gardiner.

The EventsAIR 6th Gen platform and OnAIR are well positioned to help event organizers transition from virtual to hybrid to in-person events from one secure solution and can scale to meet the demands of a range of conference and event requirements.

Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 250 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process from July through early September.

“Despite the unprecedented impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on organizations and working people worldwide, the number and quality of nominations we received in this year’s International Business Awards attests to the continued outstanding performance of many organizations.  The commitment we’ve seen through these nominations to maintaining the success, health, and safety of employees, customers, and communities is truly impressive,” said Stevie Awards president Maggie Gallagher.

Details about The International Business Awards and the lists of Stevie Award winners are available at

About EventsAIR

EventsAIR has been at the forefront of Event Technology and Innovation for over 30 years, continually pushing the boundaries of what an event management platform can do. Built by event planners for event planners, EventsAIR is a secure, scalable, cloud-based solution that can manage everything from in-person, virtual to hybrid conferences, meetings and events in a single online platform – anywhere, anytime and on any device. In use in over 50 countries by multi-national corporations, professional conference organizers, government departments and tertiary education institutions, EventsAIR is also used in global congresses such as G20, APEC, CHOGM and ASEAN, as well as sporting events like The Olympic Games, World Rugby, Commonwealth Games and Pan Am Games. EventsAIR is trusted by event professionals around the globe. For further information, visit

About the Stevie® Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 nominations each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at

Flowers & Plants Co. Launch New Collections

London, 07/09/2020 – Flowers & Plants Co. have announced the launch of their autumn collections. The new lines feature both horticultural and floral designs, with a range of gifts and exclusively imported products also available.

The company, based in Kensington, London, have emerged during the Covid-19 crisis as one of the floristry sector’s few success stories. Formed in 2020, the business has made inroads into traditional markets and completed significant gains under difficult conditions. The move towards home-delivery and online shopping has helped accelerate the pace of the success, as Freddie Bettles Lake, the Head of Commerce, said at a recent store-opening. ‘We’re very happy to be fairing as well as we are at the moment. The climate is extremely difficult for retailers of every kind and there are obvious problems with staffing, supply chain and Covid-19 regulations.’

The launch of the new collections is hoped to push sales on for the company and help tempt customers back onto the high street. ‘The new collections are packed with innovative designs and arrangements,’ J. Jones, Head of Development said, ‘and we’re really looking to provide a fresh and dynamic narrative for customers visiting our store. The season is all about bright colours and bold design choices, whether it’s floral arrangements or in our range of planted gifts.’

Consumers and businesses in the UK are facing a tough autumn and winter, with the run-up to Christmas already looking to be more crucial than ever for struggling companies. Flowers & Plants Co., for their part, are looking to move into the lucrative houseplant market in order to negate any loss in sales prompted by the Covid-19 downturn. Their new collection of exclusive plants features exotic varieties as well as all the household favourites. And the message from the company’s Head of Commerce is clear, ‘we’re looking to diversify as much as possible. Moving into the horticultural supply market is one way of covering for potential problems in the future. I think it’s extremely important for our company and I’m excited to be involved in the drive to bring customers quality plants and flowers at competitive prices.’

Flowers & Plants Co. are based in Kensington. Their store, part of a collaboration with Whole Foods Market, is now open and stocking plants and plants from the new collections.


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Freddie Lake, Flowers & Plants Co.
020 3137 6215

SpeedDater 2.0: returning to real life with unique social distancing singles events

The coronavirus epidemic rocked many areas of our lives. One of them is acquaintances and meetings with new people, which allowed us to find each other, meet love and build relationships. Now, in the age of stay-at-home meetings, social distancing and masks, singles are finding it even more challenging to find a soulmate, much less maintain one.

To help people fight loneliness and continue the search for love during the lockdown period, SpeedDater, one of the leaders in the UK singles events market, launched virtual speed dating events, where people could date with each other without leaving home.

However, nothing can replace face-to-face communication, so as soon as the government announced lockdown easing measures from July 4, the SpeedDater team launched a new formats of offline events where people can mingle, observing all the rules of social distancing. The first event format is Picnic Speed Dating, which will be held in London, Newcastle and Manchester.

“The launch of our picnic dating events was in Battersea Park in London, on the 18th of July, where you were greeted by a glass of prosecco. The event consisted of getting to know each other and some fun social distancing games, frisbee and scatch. If you’ve been in lockdown for three months, doesn’t this just sound so enjoyable?” – Speeddater Events Manager, Sarah Payne described the first event.

At the moment, the company is developing other events formats that promise to be exciting.
“Dating during quarantine can be very inspiring! There is no need to stop searching for your soulmate. We already have many ideas that we are ready to implement in the very near future. Picnic Speed Dating will be our first social distancing format, but besides it, our customers will have other opportunities not only to find love, but also to have an extremely interesting time” – shared details Sarah Payne.

It should be emphasized that Virtual Speed Dating events, which the company has been running for more than three months, will remain a separate format on an ongoing basis. During this time, SpeedDater held about 200 online events, which were visited by more than 3,000 people.

Many of our customers liked the virtual dating format. It gives more freedom in actions – the event can be visited from anywhere, without wasting time on the road, and you can even go on a date in another city, which is impossible to do in offline format” – said Sarah.

Coronavirus has forever changed our lives, the SpeedDater team is confident, so we will continue to live in two dimensions – real and virtual. Thus, the company will try to take into account the needs of each customer by providing a variety of online and offline formats, where everyone will have the opportunity to meet true love.

About SpeedDater, Ltd

At SpeedDater, we believe that chemistry happens only in person. You will never know if you’re truly compatible with someone until you meet face to face. This is what Speed Dating is all about. We offer busy professionals a great way to meet new people in a fun, safe and chilled environment.

SpeedDater was the first singles events site to launch in the UK, way back in 2002. We’ve run over 10,400 events and introduced over 306,000 singles. SpeedDater now runs up to 70 events every month in 24 UK cities.

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Outsourced Events launches DigitalAssist to support businesses in the “new normal” world of virtual

Outsourced Events, a leading UK event agency, announces the launch of their new service DigitalAssist – the support team for virtual events and webinars. The service has been created in response to numerous client requests and enquiries.

Alexandra Sibley, Commercial Director at Outsourced Events said, “In these unprecedented times, when all in-person events have either been cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19, we are seeing increasing pressure being put onto marketing teams to deliver the same leads in a virtual environment. This, coupled with a freeze on recruitment, is proving extremely challenging for those needing to scale quickly at short notice. Spotting this trend and following demand from clients, we have launched DigitalAssist.”

The London based events agency is an expert in the delivery of end-to-end event management services, both face-to-face and virtually, for the technology, associations, and professional services sectors. Specifically, this new tiered subscription service supports companies that are facing a shortage of resources or lack experience in running virtual events and webinars. DigitalAssist provides a cost-effective solution allowing companies to upscale instantly. It includes:

• Platform configuration
• Registration management
• Speaker liaison
• Branding
• Presentation upload and collateral management
• Session moderation
• Surveys, Q&A, polling management

Feedback on DigitalAssistfrom clients has been very positive, with one Outsourced Events client saying:

“I have been working with the Outsourced Events team to support the delivery of our webinar series – I am absolutely delighted with the results. Highly professional, extremely engaging and just great to work with”

Further information and pricing on DigitalAssist is available from Outsourced Events via

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Event to Mark Khalifa’s First-Ever Gaming Live Stream


Funds Raised to Support People of Color in Need of Mental Health Care

PITTSBURGH / ATLANTA — Global esports team, the Pittsburgh Knights, and charity fundraising platform, Softgiving, have announced a partnership to create live-streamed charity events together. The first event, the Wiz and Friends Charity Livestream, will take place on Saturday, July 11, 2020, and will be hosted by multi-platinum recording artist Wiz Khalifa in his first-ever gaming live stream. Wiz is a strategic partner for the Knights and will be the featured personality at the center of these new philanthropic initiatives by the team. Additional charity stream events for 2020 will be announced.

In addition to Wiz, Twitch streamer Austin (formerly “RajjPatel”) will be featured at the event. Additional talent will be announced.

The July 11 event will benefit Rise Above the Disorder (RAD), which provides a universal mental healthcare system accessible to youth all over the world. Since 2017, RAD has covered the cost of mental health care for more than 35,000 people across 132 countries. All funds raised will support people of color in need of mental health care.

People of color in the U.S. experience a significant degree of marginalization and discrimination, which is a top risk factor for poor mental outcomes. As in health care, mental health care disparities associated with access and lack of insurance are substantial.

“In light of this extraordinary time when the Covid-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests have swept across the U.S. (and the world), we believe it is an especially important time to support those who are suffering and in need of mental health care,” said Knights president James O’Connor. “This charity live stream is a direct way to help those who do not have easy access to the care they need and deserve.”

The live-streamed event will feature guests including music artists, professional athletes and gaming influencers, as well as members of Khalifa’s artist collective, Taylor Gang. For a chance to play with Wiz during the livestream, fans can donate now at Two winners will be chosen.

A Forbes-profiled entrepreneur, Wiz Khalifa is recognized for his business acumen, creative excellence, and charitable efforts. He has had his finger on the pulse of the video-gaming scene for several years, including the launch of his own top-rated mobile game in 2017.

Khalifa has said: “Nowadays artists are breaking music as well as premiering on different platforms like Twitch. I have always tried to be at the forefront of technology and I think this is another amazing moment in history. I am happy to be a part of it.

O’Connor added: “We’re looking forward to using both our platform and our network to bring attention to worthy causes. We believe that esports is a wonderful way to bring people together and promote community, especially during such an unprecedented and isolating time. Softgiving is an amazing resource for us to bring everything and everyone together in order to make this all happen.”

Softgiving, an Atlanta-based fintech company, creates innovative and convenient fundraising solutions for nonprofits and is the first charity streaming platform to have a 0% platform fee. Their technology provides all of the tools and resources necessary to produce online charity events, such as custom landing pages, live support, streamer tech, and prize giveaways. Softgiving will also be instrumental in matching complementary nonprofits to the Knights and their associates.

“This partnership with the Knights is truly an amazing opportunity to help bring attention to the needs of so many charities all around the country … especially at a time like this when they may need support more than ever,” said Softgiving CEO Matt Pfaltzgraf. “Gaming brings communities together, so we are pleased to be a part of the efforts the Knights are making to impact people in a positive manner by supporting Rise Above the Disorder.”

“We’re thrilled to be teaming up with the Knights, Softgiving and Wiz to put on an event that will completely change the way we talk about mental health,” said Rise Above the Disorder CEO Jason Docton. “Now, perhaps more than ever, mental health care is so greatly needed. Through this event we’ll be able to raise the critical resources needed to provide free mental health care to people around the world.”

Softgiving and the Knights have developed integration opportunities for brands to sponsor the charity streams. Brand and donation partners for the July 11 charity stream will include Schell Games, MetroStar Systems, DREAM Clothing, and NFL Alumni Association.

Additional details about the July 11 charity stream are available at


The Pittsburgh Knights are a global esports organization headquartered in Pittsburgh. Since launching in 2017, the Knights have focused on entertaining fans, sharing esports, and bringing people together. They solidified their spot in the City of Champions by partnering with six-time Super Bowl winners the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018. Since then, Pittsburgh-native and multi-platinum recording artist Wiz mKhalifa has come on board as a strategic partner. Adding to their troop is Pittsburgh Penguins’ alternate captain Evgeni Malkin – 3-time Stanley Cup winner. To cap off their powerhouse group, they brought on Mexico City-based media fund MX LATAM in 2019. Officially recognized by Pittsburgh as a premier team, they have partnered with the most talented, innovative, and prestigious sports and entertainment industry leaders – both in the city and around the world. Their team includes some of the top Rocket LeagueⓇ, Super Smash Bros. Melee™, PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUND©, SMITE©, TrackmaniaⓇ, Gears 5™, and Madden NFL© players in the world. Please go to for more information and the latest news on the Knights.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Softgiving makes it easy for influencers to fundraise for their favorite causes in a fast, convenient, lifestyle-based way. As the first charity streaming platform with a 0% Platform Fee, Softgiving is committed to raising more money for more nonprofits to make an even greater global impact. For more information, visit and follow the company on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Too many people can not afford mental health care. We’re working to change that. Rise Above The Disorder, RAD, provides a universal mental healthcare system accessible to people all over the world. Since 2017, Rise Above The Disorder has covered the cost of mental health care for over 35,000 people across 132 countries. If you believe in a world where everyone has access to the hope, health,and happiness they deserve, visit

Pittsburgh Knights media contact:
Angelica Sirabella
412-953-8362 |

Softgiving media contacts:
Melissa A.E. Sanders, Tadpole Communications | GEPRA
404.909.6726 |
Mitch Leff, Leff & Associates | GEPRA
404.861.4769 |

Rise Above the Disorder contact:
Michael Chavez Booth, The Story Mob
619.757.6392 |

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Clique Luxury Events acquires theProfileClub

Private members’ business club, theProfileClub has been acquired by Clique Luxury Events and has been rebranded the Clique 100 Club. The official launch was held last night at an exclusive event held at The Stock Exchange Hotel; Manchester supported by the members.

Set up in 2011 by Barbara Hallwood, Managing Director of Marketing Profile, based in Hale, theProfileClub has attracted top executives from across the North West providing top business introductions at prestigious events coupled with a package of benefits. The unique approach aimed predominantly at senior decision makers coupled with a cap of just 100 members each year has attracted top organisations and brands.
Sarah Restrick and Barbara Hallwood

Commenting on the sale, Barbara said, “No business can stand still, and I believe that the time is now right for the club to evolve further.  The team at Clique totally understand the concept and I feel sure will take the Club to the next level. I am grateful to all the members who have made it such a success.   For the foreseeable future I am pleased to continue as a consultant for the Clique 100 Club”.

Commenting on the deal, Director of Clique Luxury Events, Sarah Restrick added, “We are delighted to take over such a prestigious Manchester based Club with such a diverse membership.  We very much look forward to working with members to build on the past established brand whilst increasing the benefits and opportunities across the North West. When I was first introduced to theProfileClub I liked the approach, sociable however with a genuine business focus. I believe that the Clique 100 Club will fit perfectly within the Clique portfolio.”              

For further information:
Sarah Restrick
Clique Luxury Events.
Tel: 07921 507442
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Barbara Hallwood
Tel: 07939 905412

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Meet Lyfetymes, the All-In-One Digital Party Planning Platform shaking up the $400B Events Market

LYFETYMES, a party planning platform which makes it easier for anyone to plan and host a party- from family gatherings to VIP parties – is here to disrupt the multi-billion dollar party planning industry and puts it on the cutting edge of the digital platform.

“Our goal is to make Millions of Memories. LYFETYMES is your All-In-One Digital Party and Celebration Planner; you can plan all your celebrations in one experience and end-to-end,” says Katie Cunningham, founder and CEO of LYFETYMES. “It’s great for Birthday Parties, Baby Showers, Bridal Showers, Holiday’s, Graduation Parties, or Any Occasion. We take the stress out of planning, allowing you to spend more time celebrating and making memories. You can start planning a party or collaborating with Co-Hosts in 30 seconds from your couch in your pajamas.”

Deciding to step away from her career as Vice President in Mortgage Finance for several Fortune 100 Companies, Katie Cunningham was inspired to develop a business that empowers the people and families that she loves the most with a party planning platform.

After a decade of spending time in Mortgage Finance at Citi and a few other Fortune 100 Companies – Katie found it difficult to balance the responsibilities of the Corporate World and being a mother who could be there to celebrate all the memories and life events of her loved ones. The time she had at home when she wasn’t being whisked away from city to city, she was in charge of planning many life events for her family and friends, from Birthdays, Baby Showers to Funerals. Frustrated at the lack of tools and options to help her manage the chaos after trying service and app that was available – she decided to leave the Corporate World and build something she knew could change the lives of millions of people experiencing the same frustrations as her.

“Our users can create a sharable Party Website in a click via Text, Email, Facebook to share details with guests in a click, get instant RSVPs, verify who’s attending, venue mapping and even send a note back to the host and even personalize your URL We also are the only planning site where you can personalize your party website with photo AND video now.” says Katie.

Every pain point and frustration that she felt over the years being Planner-in-Chief of dozens of events, she’s built as a solution into LYFETYMES. Rather than being exclusive to any one type of party or celebration, LYFETYMES aims to be inclusive of all different types of events spreading across all cultures by building tools that empower planners to easily plan, invite, collaborate, and share memories.

“LYFETYMES takes the stress out of planning, allowing you to spend more time celebrating and making memories” – as Katie puts it.

LYFETYMES has experienced massive early traction and engagement. Thousands of people have signed up on their platform, and have invited tens of thousands of guests over the last 30 days, with an unheard of 60% engagement rate on the platform.

Clearly many people resonate with the message of LYFETYMES and what it aims to do to help people plan events more easily.

Katie announced that she is fundraising for LYFETYMES through Wefunder – an online fundraising and investment platform that crowdsources funding starting November 10, 2019. She intends on expanding the platform’s features and functionality and to skyrocket growth based on the early traction she’s received.

“LYFETYMES has been very successful on Pinterest, where people go to begin ideation of parties has 15MM impressions and 350K engagements in the last 90 days with no marketing spend,” says Katie. “Now that we’ve validated our business model and demand, we’re ready to scale to the next level”

People who are interested in learning more about LYFETYMES fundraising should visit Wefunder where you can invest as little as $100 to be a part of their journey.  This story was produced by Content Engine, the Content Marketing Automation Platform that
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PosecAfrica Launches African Continental on Building Sustainable Wealth

Denis is a young builder in Cameroon who has opened a new office and increased revenues by almost 35%. Esther is a roadside vendor in Nigeria who is adept at saving and reinvesting into her business by making little adjustments on what she spends on. Philemon runs a small production plant where he makes various flavors of popcorn. He has succeeded to expand his production plant’.

What all these hustlers have in common is, they found suitable investment opportunities and raised as little as $1,000 to expand their businesses through collaboration with PosecAfrica. At the back of their successes is PosecAfrica (Political, Social, and Economic Change Through Entrepreneurship in Africa), a 2-year-old platform Gerald Chiatoh Etangayong founded in November of 2017.

PosecAfrica Continental Tour:

Now, Gerald has launched the PosecAfrica Continental Tour to help entrepreneurs build sustainable wealth with through their businesses. The tour which will start in Yaounde, Cameroon, from November 2019, will run under the theme: “Building Sustainable Wealth ‘Money’ How to Make it and Keep It.”

Commenting on the tour, Gerald Chiatoh said:
“This topic has been the one topic that resonates with all our platform members from the moment we began. We believe in teaching people how to build sustainable wealth and by this, we are doing Africa three favors:

1) Helping to create entrepreneurs who will usher in economic prosperity.

2) Empowering people who will create jobs to solve the massive unemployment we face in Africa today.

3) We also believe that the collective impact of these empowered entrepreneurs will bring in the needed economic reforms and even force politicians to make economic and social-friendly policies.”

Besides building sustainable wealth, having the right mindset is uber important for succeeding in business and in life.

As an entrepreneur and founder of PosecAfrica, Gerald Chiatoh understands the struggles of entrepreneurship in Africa and across Europe.
“We create change, starting with the mindset. Our work centers around creating political, social and economic change, not through politics or engaging in policy formulation, but by creating and empowering entrepreneurs. We believe creating millions of entrepreneurs across Africa will usher in an era of prosperity and the need for better economic policies, will bring about needed reforms in the political and social milieu. The impact we create through our network and community of entrepreneurs cannot be overlooked. Society depends on the creativity and bravery of these entrepreneurs to create opportunities for themselves and their communities,” he said.

Living the PosecAfrica dream

Believing that Africans have the power to shape their destinies according to their imagination, Gerald and his team at Posec Africa are out to reset the mindset of Africans.
“My motivation comes from making people believe they can have what they want. Do what they want. Create the change they desire and make the world better.
Changing the mindset of African youths and preventing them from falling into online scams, is, therefore, the sole goal of this vibrant entrepreneur. He aims to create and empower entrepreneurs who will change Africa’s landscape.
“I am excited about the opportunities I see around Africa. That creates a passion in me to make sure that others see it too and take full advantage of it. It was for this reason that we created Posec Africa in 2017 to enable young Africans to maximize their opportunities.

“There are over 600 million youths across Africa. Our goal is to transform one million of them into successful entrepreneurs by 2025. So far, we have almost 14,4000 entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs in our network. My goal is to see Africa transformed to become the economic bedrock of the world. Leading in all aspects. To see that goal achieved, I believe entrepreneurship is a fundamental part and milestone to enable it happen.”

Meet Gerald Chiatoh Etangayong

Gerald Chiatoh Etangayong grew up in Cameroon. He holds a in Political Science and Administration from the University of Buea, Cameroon. He also has Masters in Business Administration with a specialty in International Business.

Growing up, Gerald’s parents made him to believe that the more degrees he had, the higher his value in the job market would be. However, when he started his business, he realized, true value comes from what one can give (talents, work ethics, beliefs, and knowledge).
“I realized that the best education we get is the one we map out for ourselves, not the curricula laid out by pedagogy.”
With that notion, Gerald found his way to the United Kingdom, and that was where he got his vision.
I came to the UK with one goal, learn how to make money to empower others and use my success experiences to teach others to do the same. So far, I believe the plan is working

The power of persistence

A successful social entrepreneur who coaches and mentors, Gerald remains relentless in his fight for a better Africa.
“The first lesson anyone doing anything needs to learn is, believe you can and you will. Nothing has or will ever be achieved if the one bearing the dream or vision doesn’t believe he/she can succeed. After believing, comes action and persistence until success comes. Sometimes, people give up too quickly and easily. Persistence means sticking to it till it’s done, and that’s how you win or get anything done. Strategy is only 2%, execution is 3%, mindset, faith, and persistence make up 95% of success.”

A positive mindset is what Gerald believes can create millions of entrepreneurs across Africa and usher in an era of prosperity.
He’s, therefore, calling on Africans to think positively as limited thinking leads to limited ideas, which stunt growth and performance.

Instagram: @Pose_africa.

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Medcann World Forum Malta 2019 Announces Initial Conference Speakers

Following the successful inaugural two-day event in 2018, Medcann World Forum has officially announced the 2nd annual event in Malta set for November 19th – 21st.

Key speakers at this year’s summit will include, Malta’s Prime Minister, Dr. Joseph Muscat. In 2008 Dr. Muscat was elected as the leader of the Labour Party and was subsequently elected Prime Minister on the 11th of March 2013. Dr. Muscat won his second term as Prime Minister in June 2017.

Hendrik Knopp, the Managing Director of Aphria Germany will also be addressing the forum in 2019. Knopp has been at the helm of Aphria Germany since the company was set up and has recently lead the process which resulted in Aphria being successfully selected by the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices to receive a license for the domestic cultivation of medical cannabis in Germany.

Tjalling Erkelens CEO at Bedrocan has also been announced as one of this year’s speakers. For the past 26 years, Erkelens has developed and standardized unique methods of producing cannabis to pharmaceutical standards, to a level achieved by no other company. His strong commitment to product quality resulted in the Dutch Bedrocan production facilities being approved for GMP/API (Good Manufacturing Practice/Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients) by the Dutch Health Authorities in 2017.

Additionally, Prof. Anthony Serracino will be speaking at this year’s event. Anthony Serracino Inglott is a Professor at the Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Malta. He is also the Chairman of the Malta Medicines Authority, Chairman of the Malta Laboratories Network and a member within the Ethics Committee, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and the board of governors of the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority.

Medcann World Forum is set on bringing together policymakers, analysts, researchers and business leaders, that will provide key insights from the professionals at the forefront of the cannabis industry.


Medcann World Forum 2019 will take place at the Mediterranean Conference Centre which has long been considered one of Valletta’s most remarkable landmarks. Located towards the tip of Valletta peninsula, the MCC stands for distinction with magnificent views across the Grand Harbour.