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WISeKey’s Digital Security Rewarded by a Second French National Cybersecurity Agency’s security Visa and an ISO 27001 Certification Renewal

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WISeKey’s Digital Security Rewarded by a Second French National Cybersecurity Agency’s security Visa and an ISO 27001 Certification Renewal

These two independent cybersecurity recognitions in a row confirm the Company’s leading position for decades as a provider of hardware and software solutions to protect the most sensitive data.

Paris, France – Geneva, Switzerland – June 14, 2019: WISeKey International Holding Ltd (WIHN.SW) (“WISeKey”), a Swiss based cybersecurity and IoT company, announced today that on June 4th, 2019 it received its second security Visa for the Common Criteria security certification of its AT90SO128 Rev. H secure microcontroller (certification report ANSSI-CC-2018/34) from the French National Cybersecurity Agency (ANSSI). For more information, please refer to the dedicated section on the ANSSI website (www.ssi.gouv.fr/uploads/2018/08/anssi-cc-2018_34.pdf). This government grade award came in parallel to the renewal of WISEKEY Semiconductors’ ISO 27001:2013 certification of the Company’s Information Security Management System.

Cybercrime is dramatically increasing, particularly through the rapid expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT), causing billions of dollars in losses for organizations and individuals globally. Consequently, an increasing number of self-evaluated supposed-to-be-secure-solutions are appearing on the market. In most cases, the protection, if any, is limited, creating breaches that are still open for hackers.

WISeKey’s original unique approach, as a recognized long-time established provider of hardware and software cybersecurity solutions, is based on the concept of certified Root-to-Chip security. From its WebTrust stamped Certification Authority service (Public Key Infrastructure [PKI] Root-of-Trust) to its Common Criteria certified VaultIC secure element embedded into the connected object, all the links in the security chain are consistent and independently evaluated by third parties. The protection against cyber-insecurity is total.

WISeKey sets the security bar even higher. Not only are the products and solutions certified, but also the Company’s Information Security Management System, as a whole, is certified by an independent organization against the ISO 27001:2013 standard. This is a guarantee that, from the building to the employees and from the IT architecture to the documentation system, the state-of-the-art security policies are in place to offer a first-in-class consistent security service.

The security Visas issued by ANSSI allow users to easily identify reliable cyber security solutions that are recognized as such following an evaluation performed in accordance with rigorous and approved methods by licensed evaluation laboratories. This evaluation involves in-depth conformity analysis and penetration testing to make sure that the solutions are compliant with the targeted security need. A security Visa takes the form of a certification or qualification, depending on the context and the need. Security Visas are a security guarantee for the users.

 “Only very few companies in the world are able to maintain such a high certified security standard to offer the best solutions against cybercrime. WISeKey is one of them,” says Bernard Vian, General Manager of WISeKey Semiconductors. “The unique expertise we have been building, from the inception of the first banking systems in the late seventies until now, is an insurance for our customers. The security Visa and the ISO 27001 certification are just evidence of this dedication.”

About WISeKey:

WISeKey (SIX Swiss Exchange: WIHN) is a leading global cybersecurity company currently deploying large scale digital identity ecosystems for people and objects using Blockchain, AI and IoT respecting the Human as the Fulcrum of the Internet. WISeKey Semiconductors secure the pervasive computing shaping today’s Internet of Everything. WISeKey has an installed base of over 1 billion microchips in virtually all IoT sectors (connected cars, smart cities, drones, agricultural sensors, anti-counterfeiting, smart lighting, servers, computers, mobile phones, crypto tokens, etc.).  WISeKey is uniquely positioned to be at the edge of IoT as our semiconductors secure a huge amount of Big Data that, when analyzed with Artificial Intelligence (AI), can help industrial applications to predict the failure of their equipment before it happens.

Our technology, trusted by the OISTE/WISeKey’s Swiss based cryptographic Root of Trust (“RoT”), provides secure authentication and identification in both physical and virtual environments for the Internet of Things, Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence. The WISeKey RoT serves as a common trust anchor to ensure the integrity of online transactions among objects and between objects and people. For more information, visit www.wisekey.com.

Press and investor contacts:

WISeKey International Holding Ltd
Company Contact:  Carlos Moreira
Chairman & CEO
Tel: +41 22 594 3000
info@wisekey.com
WISeKey Investor Relations (US)
Contact:  Lena Cati
The Equity Group Inc.
Tel: +1 212 836-9611
lcati@equityny.com

Disclaimer:
This communication expressly or implicitly contains certain forward-looking statements concerning WISeKey International Holding Ltd and its business. Such statements involve certain known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which could cause the actual results, financial condition, performance or achievements of WISeKey International Holding Ltd to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. WISeKey International Holding Ltd is providing this communication as of this date and does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements contained herein as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities, and it does not constitute an offering prospectus within the meaning of article 652a or article 1156 of the Swiss Code of Obligations or a listing prospectus within the meaning of the listing rules of the SIX Swiss Exchange. Investors must rely on their own evaluation of WISeKey and its securities, including the merits and risks involved. Nothing contained herein is, or shall be relied on as, a promise or representation as to the future performance of WISeKey.

 

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Newchip Accelerator Launches September 2019 Pre-Seed Cohort

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34 Startups Accepted into Top Online Pre-Seed Accelerator Program

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Newchip Startup Accelerator is pleased to announce the launch of its September Pre-Seed Accelerator cohort, which includes 34 new startups from around the world. The startups range in industry focus from flying cars to social network dating, intra-oral dental sensors, robot-built custom furniture, aerospace simulators, CAD software, and more.

“The companies we help in our Pre-Seed program are often in a very critical stage in their development and they need mentorship and a community of like-minded entrepreneurs to go to the next level,” said Ryan Rafols, CEO of Newchip. “The startup game has never been easy and it is most certainly not the path for those who are faint of heart. However, our focus with Pre-Seed companies is to help them create a plan and path to success, so that they can develop their market opportunity, grow, and thrive.”

Newchip was founded as a solution to the 99%-of-startups-fail equation and it launched its inaugural online accelerator program in April 2019 with a focus on neglected startup markets. Since then, the Accelerator has hosted two additional Seed cohorts in June and July with entrepreneurs from around the world and is hosting its next Startup Expo from October 7th-11th. Similar to a demo-day, Newchip Expos are week-long online streamed startup presentations to the Newchip and global investor community.

“Whether it’s building a team, rebranding a product, or even pivoting the entire startup,” said Rafols, “My team has been dedicated to helping our Pre-Seed accelerator companies learn everything they need to know so that they can get on the right path, fundraise, and take their business to new heights.”

The Newchip Accelerator is disrupting the global startup accelerator and fundraising industry by formalizing entrepreneur education and mentorship as well as opening access to neglected markets for investors around the globe. It’s programs accept new applicants on a rolling basis, graduating more companies than typical accelerators due to its equity-free and online nature.

Companies participating in the September 2019 Newchip Pre-Seed Accelerator include:

  • Varon Vehicles (Massachusetts, USA): Varon Vehicles is developing an on-demand urban air mobility transportation service with its proprietary V200 series flying cars.
  • Brainstorm Medical (California, USA): Brainstorm Medical is developing an AI solution to support clinical decision support in cardiology and emergency medicine.
  • ForagerOne (Maryland, USA): ForagerOne connects students with faculty for integrative learning opportunities, enables faculty to build their research teams, and equips administrators with data-based actionable insights.
  • InteliCAD (Oklahoma, USA): InteliCAD offers the world’s most powerful HVAC CAD and fabrication software, designed for sheet metal and mechanical contractors.
  • Volarent Aerospace (Texas, USA): Volarent Aerospace offers a flight simulator that focuses on realistic and affordable flight training devices for the airline, law enforcement, and military sectors.
  • Orangewood Labs (California, USA): Orangewood Labs makes beautiful, custom furniture using robots, 100% on demand, and at scale.
  • The Center for Higher Education Leadership (California, USA): The Center for Higher Education Leadership provides academic leaders with information and a supportive community for improving management and leadership skills in an environment of changing demographics, financial challenges and advances in educational technology. 
  • JustAskMe (California, USA): JustAskMe is a social network dating app that enables users to recommend people to their friends, talk with matched friends, and look for partners. 
  • Deal Spotted (New York, USA): Deal Spotted geo-localizes unique experiences through local users across the world enabling everyone to post about special offers. 
  • PCS At Ease (Texas, USA): PCS At Ease lists vacation rentals that are comfortable, convenient, safe, and welcoming to military members and military families during official travel.
  • GamerJibe (Illinois, USA): Gamerjibe is the next-gen social network for gamers which allows them to connect with one another and brands through virtual communities. 
  • MechDirect (Lagos, Nigeria): MechDirect is an on-demand auto repair service app that has brought revolution to the automotive industry in Nigeria.
  • Classerium (Delaware, USA): Classerium is a universal IEM (Intelligent Enterprise Management) online ecosystem for personal and professional lifelong AI-guided learning. 
  • Gifford Lake Labs (Tennessee, USA): Gifford Lake Labs is a multifaceted development and publishing firm specializing in blockchain, AR, VR, and other emerging technologies.
  • U-Chu Biosensors (Massachusetts, USA): U-Chu Biosensors is designing wireless intraoral sensors that allow users to take control of their health by enabling them to track key diagnostic metrics within their oral environment, and improve personal health management.
  • H&J Herbal Tisanes (Texas, USA): H & J Foster Herbal Blends have developed the perfect blend of herbal teas with a splash of southern influence to bring your taste buds.
  • BlueSpace (New York, USA): BlueSpace helps employers reach across business lines, departments, or other siloed groups to tap their vast intellectual and human capital. 
  • Mind Star Health (Missouri, USA): Mind Star Health is on a mission to advocate universal self-care in a way that is fulfilling to each individual person. 
  • Poker Sports (Texas, USA): PokerSports is a platform that offers a variety of different fantasy sports games that are tailored to each user’s personal interests by requiring skill, strategy and social interaction to give users an experience never seen before in the industry. 
  • Penname (California, USA): Penname is a platform of integrated websites dedicated to content distribution, discovery, and where writers grow their audience and readers discover stories.
  • De’ Lamar Technologies (Texas, USA): De’ Lamar Technologies is a software technology company specializing in game challenge platforms for mobile devices with the mission of bringing the ultimate mobile gaming experience through fun, timeless game challenges and adventure.
  • 31:17 (Illinois, USA): 31:17 is the first coworking space designed for women of faith. 
  • AuthenticatePro (California, USA): AuthenticatePro brings buyers, sellers and experts together on brand name purchases to minimize the chances of buying or selling counterfeit goods. 
  • SamPoll (Connecticut, USA): SamPoll is a reporting platform for brand retail activation which helps staff automatically create event recaps on the go and generate actionable insights that inform marketing dollars and sales strategies.
  • SoleLife (North Carolina, USA): SoleLife is on a mission to connect, equip, and empower certified coaches throughout the world and ignite a ripple effect of powerful personal and business transformation.
  • MotorCo Technologies (North Carolina, USA): MotorCo Technologies is developing a mobile travel guide platform augmented by virtual reality (VR).
  • Appalachian Apps (Ohio, USA): Appalachian Apps is mobile app portfolio that incorporates licensable mobile app technology to entrepreneurs to help launch their mobile app startups.
  • Affordable Virtual Learning Society (Harare, Zimbabwe): Affordable Virtual Learning Society help teenagers from the rural areas come out of poverty, child marriages, and teenage pregnancies through virtual learning and training.
  • ImagineX Productions (California, USA): ImagineX designs and curates innovative event experiences that inspire connection, community, and creativity by producing events specifically tailored to the requested audience with maximum brand exposure. 
  • Preptitude Edutech (Telangana, India)
  • WizeFi (California, USA): WizeFi helps people get organized with their money, intentional with their spending so they’re putting their money where it’s most effective, and then it pays members for sharing with their friends so they can grow their net worth even faster.
  • JOZU for Women (Florida, USA): JOZU for Women is a travel portal that empowers women to travel better and safer through a unique algorithm that assists with inspiration, discovery, purchasing ease, and improves on trip experience for safety. 
  • Jobvious (North Carolina, USA): Jobvious is bringing dealerships and installers together to deliver perfectly prepared vehicles.
  • ShareNest (Florida, USA): ShareNest is the go-to app for volunteering.

About Newchip Accelerator
The Newchip Accelerator is an immersive, equity-free, online accelerator program for Early Stage to Series A startups serious about scaling their businesses to the next level. Participants engage in a comprehensive curriculum of training, 1-1 mentor sessions, Masterminds, and live classes to prepare them to raise investment capital from Angels, VC’s, and the crowd. Three components comprise the Newchip Accelerator: Bootcamp, Pre-Seed, and Seed. Startups apply and are accepted into an appropriate Accelerator program based on the stage, traction, and trajectory of their business.

To apply for the Newchip Accelerator, please visit https://launch.newchip.com/

To RSVP for the Q3 Newchip Startup Expo, please visit the following page.

Follow Newchip on Linkedin, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

CONTACT: Contact:
Mr. Armando Vera Carvajal
Newchip Media Relations
Austin, TX USA
pr@newchip.com
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European High Growth Opportunities Securitization Fund Converts Debentures of Alternate Health Corp.

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TORONTO, Sept. 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — European High Growth Opportunities Securitization Fund (the “Fund”) announced today the conversion of $300,000 of its aggregate $700,000 of Debentures (as defined below) of Alternate Health Corp. (“Alternate Health” or the “Company“) (CSE:AHG) (OTCQB:AHGIF) between July 23, 2019 and September 3, 2019 (collectively, the “Conversions”) and the sale of an aggregate 1,645,111 Shares (as defined below) between July 12, 2019 and September 6, 2019.

Pursuant to the terms of a financing arrangement (the “Financing”), the Company issued to the Fund a convertible debenture (the “Debenture”) in the principal aggregate amount of $700,000 and share purchase warrants (the “Warrants”) exercisable to acquire up to an aggregate of 3,348,484 common shares of the Company (the “Shares”). The Debenture and Warrants otherwise have the terms described in the Company’s press releases dated July 5, 2019 and July 17, 2019. Further terms of the Financing are set out in the Subscription Agreements as filed on SEDAR and available under the Company’s profile at www.sedar.com.

Immediately following the closing of the Financing, the Acquiror owned, controlled or directed (directly or indirectly): (i) an aggregate principal amount of $700,000 Debentures; and (ii) 3,348,484 Warrants. Based on the foregoing, the Acquiror, directly or indirectly, beneficially owned or exercised control or direction over 67,752,095 Common Shares, representing approximately 13.19% of the issued and outstanding Common Shares on a non-diluted basis (assuming the conversion of the aggregate principal amount of $700,000 Debentures and the exercise of the 3,348,484 Warrants) and 12.14% of the issued and outstanding Common Shares on a diluted basis.

After giving effect to the Conversions and the sale of Shares, the Acquiror owns, controls or directs (directly or indirectly): (i) an aggregate principal amount of $400,000 Debentures; and (ii) 3,348,484 Warrants, representing 10.58% of the issued and outstanding Common Shares on a non-diluted basis (assuming the conversion of the aggregate principal amount of $700,000 Debentures and the exercise of an aggregate of 3,348,484 Warrants) and 9.89% of the issued and outstanding Common Shares on a diluted basis.

Debentures and Warrants were acquired by the Fund for investment purposes. Depending on market and other conditions, the Fund may, directly or indirectly, acquire ownership or control over additional securities of the Company, through open market or through private acquisitions or sell securities of the Company either on the open market or through private dispositions in the future depending on market conditions and/or other relevant factors.

This press release is issued pursuant to National Instrument 62-103 – The Early Warning System and Related Take-Over Bid and Insider Reporting Issues, which also requires a report to be filed with regulatory authorities in which the Company is a reporting issuer containing information with respect to the foregoing matters (the “Early Warning Report”). A copy of the Early Warning Report will appear at www.sedar.com under the Company’s profile.

The address of the Fund is:

            European High Growth Opportunities Securitization Fund
            25 Hanover Square, 2nd and 6th Floor
            London W1S 1JF
            United Kingdom

About Alternate Health

Alternate Health is an international leader in the hemp-derived CBD industry, including extraction, product development and distribution. Through Alternate Health’s subsidiary, Blaine Labs, the Company has 23 years of experience in FDA-registered and cGMP medical product manufacturing and distribution, with over 50 product SKUs available from major retailers, including Walmart, Amazon, CVS and Walgreens. Alternate Health’s innovative software systems provide the platform for the company’s diverse operations, including CBD product distribution, hemp-derived extract manufacturing, blockchain tax collection systems and electronic medical records (EMR) platforms. Alternate Health’s corporate office is located in Toronto, Canada, with additional offices in Venice, California, and San Antonio, Texas. The Company is well positioned to reinvest internal operating cash flow in its platform and product development over the long term, creating an attractive investment profile for its shareholders. For more information about Alternate Health Corp., visit www.alternatehealth.com.

About European High Growth Opportunities Securitization Fund

Neither the CSE nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the CSE) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Statements included in this announcement, including statements concerning plans, intentions and expectations, which are not historical in nature are intended to be, and are hereby identified as “forward-looking statements”. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words including “anticipates”, “believes”, “intends”, “estimates”, “expects” and similar expressions. The Fund cautions readers that forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements.

Contact:
Pierre Vannineuse
+44 (0) 203 855 0088

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Armanino Releases Video Showcasing a Day in the Life at the Firm

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Story Told Through a Search for the Perfect Taco

SAN RAMON, Calif., Sept. 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Armanino LLP, one of the 25 largest accounting and business consulting firms in the U.S., released a video showcasing its innovative and progressive workplace culture by way of the search for the perfect taco. As the nameless protagonist attempts to inconspicuously infiltrate the firm in search of his satisfying lunch, he quickly discovers Armanino’s perfect taco is in fact a metaphor for the ingredients that make the firm one of the best places to work in accounting and consulting.

“Through our hero’s journey, all the values, programs and policies that make Armanino a top-ranked Vault company are on display to give viewers a sampling of what they can expect at our firm,” said Matt Armanino, CEO of Armanino LLP. “Many of the programs featured in the video, such as the Women’s Advancement Network, Staff Advisory Board (SAB) or new service lines and industries such as blockchain and cannabis, would not have been possible without an open culture that encourages innovation and individual empowerment.”

Filmed on location at the firm, “The Perfect Taco” features Armanino staff and partners in a variety of settings engaging in many of the day-to-day activities one can find at the firm, from getting a video update by Matt Armanino about the firm’s diversity and inclusion CEO pledge to the SAB meeting discussing the firm’s robust internal career mobility program. Also featured is a conversation about the Armanino Foundation’s 2020 Volunteer Vacation to Thailand, which already has more than 50 firm employees and guests signed up to volunteer to help local children and elephant preservation efforts. 

Armanino is guided by its purpose to be the most innovative and entrepreneurial firm that makes a positive impact on the lives of its clients, its people and its communities. Armanino employees are supported by an extensive team of experts in a variety of industries and practice areas, and are encouraged to explore career paths that make them passionate and engaged with their clients, careers and the firm’s goals.

For more information about careers at Armanino, please visit:
https://www.armaninollp.com/careers/

Check out “The Perfect Taco” today:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1XZ72kyZjA

About Armanino LLP

Armanino LLP (https://www.armaninollp.com/) is one of the 25 largest independent accounting and business consulting firms in the nation. Armanino provides an integrated set of audit, tax, business management, consulting and technology solutions to companies in the U.S. and globally. The firm helps clients adapt and change in every stage of business, from startup through rapid growth to the sale of a company. Armanino emphasizes smart technology, leading a cloud revolution of financial, operational, sales and compliance tools that are transforming the way companies do business. The firm extends its global services to more than 100 countries through its membership in Moore, one of the world’s major accounting and consulting membership organizations. In addition to its core consulting and accounting practices, Armanino operates its division, AMF Media Group (www.amfmediagroup.com), a media and communications services agency. Its affiliate, Intersect Capital (www.intersectcapitalllc.com), is an independent financial planning, wealth and lifestyle management firm.

Kyle McGuire, AMF Media Group
925.790.2788
kyle@amfmediagroup.com

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