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The Bicester Collection announces the winners of the Unlock Her Future Prize 2024 LATAM Edition



The start-up competition for women social entrepreneurs empowering positive impact in Latin America has awarded the prize to Thamires Pontes (Brazil), Valentina Agudelo (Colombia), Annie Rosas (Mexico) and Leydi Cruz (Bolivia), which includes individual grants of up to US$100,000.

MADRID, June 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — The Bicester Collection, a family of 12 distinctive shopping destinations across Europe, China and soon the US, in partnership with Tecnológico de Monterrey and Ashoka Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, announced the winners of the Unlock Her Future Prize 2024 LATAM Edition during a prize-giving ceremony in Madrid’s Galería de Cristal.

The Unlock Her Future Prize, which launched its first edition in the MENA region in 2023, is a cornerstone of The Bicester Collection’s philanthropic programme, DO GOOD, unified by the shared mission to empower women and children across the globe. With the support of key regional partners, Tecnológico de Monterrey and Ashoka Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, the 2024 edition of the Unlock Her Future Prize identifies and supports women social entrepreneurs across Latin America – regardless of age – who possess inspiring, early-stage start-up ideas (less than three years in operation) that drive positive social, cultural or environmental impact, aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

From an outstanding talent pool of 954 applicants embodying the entrepreneurial drive of the LATAM region, an International Selection Committee identified eight finalists who embarked on an intensive skills accelerator with Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico City before travelling to Sao Paulo to pitch their start-ups to a panel of distinguished judges. The panel included Elena Foguet, Business Director at The Bicester Collection; Maria-Noel Vaeza, Regional Director for the Americas and Caribbean at UN Women; Gilda Perez-Alvarado, Chief Strategy Officer and CEO Orient Express at Accor S.A; Mireya Cisneros, Philanthropist and Businesswoman; Paola Rojas, journalist and television news anchor; and Luiza Helena Trajano, Chair of the Board at Magazine Luiza.

At the prize-giving ceremony in Madrid’s glistening Galería de Cristal, Paola Rojas – the evening’s Master of Ceremonies and Prize judge – announced the winners of the Unlock Her Future Prize 2024 LATAM Edition, recognising the exceptional talent of:


Thamires Pontes, Brazil
PHYCOLABS: Develops products and technologies, harnessing the potential of seaweed as an alternative to replace petrochemical materials.

Valentina Agudelo, Colombia
SALVA HEALTH: Develops portable devices with AI to analyse breast tissue, helping detect breast cancer early and making it accessible to women in remote areas.

While there are three prizes on offer, the judges, inspired by the talent and innovation displayed by the finalists, unanimously agreed to split the third prize between two impressive candidates. This prize, which is sponsored by Grupo Financiro Banorte, will be shared by:

Annie Rosas, Mexico
BLUEKALI: A social enterprise utilising technology to clean oceans and rivers, addressing challenges in recycling plant material collection and uplifting scavenger jobs.

Leydi Cruz, Bolivia
AGRIMET: Aids climate resilience for small farmers through a specialised data subscription and consultancy service, enabling them to improve their agricultural practices in irrigation management and generate higher yields.


Each winner will receive a grant of up to US US$100,000, accompanied by a programme of expert mentorship and ongoing education to nurture their entrepreneurial skills and accelerate the successful launch and growth of their start-up ventures. The programme is presented with the generous support of Grupo Financiero Banorte and Creel, García-Cuellar, Aiza y Enriquez and UN Women.

Additionally, Kristal de Valle, 17 from Guatemala, was recognised as the Unlock Her Future Prize Young Game Changer for MINDVERSE, her mission to empower students to discover and develop their full potential through personalised education. Supported by a virtual avatar tutor powered by artificial intelligence, it aims to offer 24/7 access to education beyond the classroom and embrace the diverse skills and needs of students.

Chantal Khoueiry, Chief Culture Officer at The Bicester Collection, commented: “Empowering these visionary women is about more than celebrating their individual successes; it’s about fostering ecosystems of innovation and resilience that can transform societies. Today, we celebrate the remarkable achievements of the four Latin American women who have won the Unlock Her Future Prize 2024 LATAM Edition. They are architects of a brighter future, inspiring us all with their unique visions for sustainable, equitable and inclusive growth.”

The winners were joined by the additional four finalists of the Unlock Her Future Prize 2024 LATAM Edition:

Andrea Nunes, Venezuela
EASY CLEAN WATER: Provides drinking water to Latin American communities through solar purification systems, promoting health, local development and environmental preservation.


Florencia Sosa, Argentina
ANDINA: Empowers women who work with vicuña wool in the Puna de Catamarca, combining ancient craft techniques with modern technology. Each piece tells a story, enhanced through Web 3.0, a triple-impact enterprise that reinvests profits in community training.

Gabriela de Sá, Brazil
COLORAR: A mobile application supporting women in Brazil and Latin America facing domestic violence, offering comprehensive assistance from reporting to education, to achieving financial independence.

Shirley Matos, Panama
INFONIMADOS: Transforms education into an entertaining experience through the creation of animated content for people of all ages, bridging the gap between learning and entertainment.

In honour of the achievements of all of these remarkable women, the star-studded prize-giving ceremony in Madrid featured a keynote address from Unlock Her Future Prize judge Maria-Noel Vaeza, Regional Director for the Americas and Caribbean at UN Women, a dance performance by Spain’s Got Talent finalists, Lola’s Girls, in celebration of the cultural richness of Madrid, a reading by Mexican poet Maria Milo, and the European debut of 19-year-old Mexican singer, Lucerito Mijares.

A global initiative celebrating a different geographical region each year, The Bicester Collection has announced that, in 2025, the Unlock Her Future Prize will travel to South Asia


To learn more about the prize, visit


#DoGood #UnlockHerFuture#TheBicesterCollection




About The Bicester Collection

The Bicester Collection is a family of 12 distinctive shopping destinations in Europe, China and soon the US, defined by extraordinary experiences while offering remarkable value. The Collection, created and operated by Value Retail, brings together the world’s most discerning guests and the world’s most renowned brands – often for the first time – on a journey of discovery. The Villages are located close to some of Europe’s and China’s most celebrated cities: London, Paris, Milan, Barcelona, Madrid, Dublin, Brussels, Munich, Frankfurt, Shanghai, Suzhou and, opening in September 2024, New York. Collectively home to more than 1,300 boutiques, The Bicester Collection offers guests an ever-evolving curation of fashion and lifestyle brands, world-famous restaurants, exciting pop-ups, and imaginative art installations throughout the year. For more than a quarter of a century since its founding, The Bicester Collection’s mission has been to make the lives of others better – from the communities it serves to its guests, brand partners and its people. Through its DO GOOD programme, The Bicester Collection aims to drive sustainable social change in support of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on unlocking futures for women and children, wherever they’re born. Discover more at

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China remains stabilizing force for global economic growth



BEIJING, July 20, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — A report from People’s Daily: In the first six months of this year, China’s economy continued its recovery trend and maintained steady progress.

On July 16, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released an update to its World Economic Outlook, predicting that China’s economic growth rate will be 5 percent in 2024, an upward revision of 0.4 percentage points from the forecast in April.

The stable operation and long-term positive outlook of the Chinese economy have also boosted confidence in global economic recovery.

The IMF believes that Asia’s emerging market economies, represented by countries including China, remain the main engine of the global economy.

China’s economic growth is not only quantitative but also qualitative.


In the first half of this year, China’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew 5 percent year on year to around 61.7 trillion yuan ($8.49 trillion).

During the period, the country’s total retail sales of consumer goods went up 3.7 percent year on year, with retail sales of services expanding 7.5 percent; investment in infrastructure construction rose 5.4 percent from a year ago while manufacturing investment increased 9.5 percent, signaling burgeoning recovery; and the foreign trade reached a new high, with the goods trade volume reaching 21.2 trillion yuan.

From a medium to long-term perspective, the economic fundamentals that sustain China’s long-term growth remain unchanged, and the trend toward high-quality development in China’s economy has not changed.

China continues to be an important engine and stabilizing force for the world economy.

Facing complex and volatile domestic and international environments, China has maintained stable expansion of its economy and pushed forward industrial upgrading and high-quality development in an orderly manner, spurring the pursuit of high value-added and sustainable economic growth.


Positive factors driving China’s economic transformation, upgrading, and high-quality development have continued to accumulate.

For instance, the country’s output of smart and green products, such as integrated circuits, service robots, new energy vehicles, and solar panels has maintained double-digit growth in the first half of this year.

Besides, the emergence of new consumption scenarios spawned by new technologies like big data and artificial intelligence as well as new consumption models has driven an 8.8 percent year-on-year increase in China’s online retail sales of physical goods during the period.

Meanwhile, China’s energy consumption per unit of GDP has continued to decline.

“With the global economy facing uncertainties and challenges, China’s role as a stabilizing force is more crucial than ever,” pointed out a recent article by Zamir Ahmed Awan, founding chair of Pakistani think tank Global Silk Route Research Alliance.


China’s efforts to deepen reforms across the board have injected strong momentum into the country’s high-quality development and pursuit of Chinese modernization.

Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), China has deepened reforms across the board, with efforts concentrated on making reform more systemic, holistic, and coordinated and on stimulating the dynamism, vitality, and potential of high-quality development.

International observers have paid close attention to the third plenary session of the 20th CPC Central Committee. They believe that China’s economy is undergoing a transition from old to new drivers of growth, and that a smooth transition can be guaranteed by further deepening reforms in a comprehensive manner.

Iqbal Survé, chairman of South Africa’s Independent Media, pointed out that China is building a modern industrial system underpinned by advanced manufacturing and pushing forward reforms, which demonstrates the CPC’s foresight, wisdom, courage, and resolve.

By solidly promoting high-standard opening up, China has opened up vast space for economic development.


During the first six months of this year, China has for the first time released a negative list for cross-border trade in services at the national level, expanded the opening up of value-added telecom services within pilot areas, and introduced new measures to encourage overseas institutions to invest in China’s domestic sci-tech enterprises…

Such policies and measures have demonstrated the country’s resolve to promote reforms and development through opening up.

China is the main trading partner of over 140 countries and regions, with its total volume of foreign trade in goods ranking first globally for seven consecutive years.

China has expanded its circle of friends under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to include more than 150 countries and 30 international organizations, and the ChinaEurope freight train service now reaches over 200 cities in 25 European countries.

In addition, international exhibitions hosted by the country, such as China International Import Expo, China International Fair for Trade in Services, China International Consumer Products Expo, and China International Supply Chain Expo, have served as win-win platforms for mutually beneficial cooperation across different countries.


A prosperous China not only sustains its own future but also provides opportunities for other countries, said an article published on the website of Argentine newspaper Clarin.

The Chinese economy is overcoming challenges and moving steadily forward along the country’s path of high-quality development, which is a defining feature of Chinese modernization.

Looking forward, China will provide more opportunities for countries worldwide and contribute to the stable and sound development of the global economy as it continuously marches toward modernization.

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RoboSense Sales Volume of LiDAR for ADAS Achieved 487.7% YOY Growth in H1 2024



HONG KONG, July 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Recently, RoboSense announced its business progress for the first half year of 2024, demonstrating a high-growth trajectory and maintaining its leadership in the global market. For the six months ended June 30, 2024, RoboSense’s sales volume of LiDAR products and LiDAR products for ADAS applications amounted to approximately 243,400 and 234,500 units, separately reflecting a year-on-year increase of 415.7% and 487.7%.

As OEMs rapidly pursued advancements in intelligent technology, RoboSense achieved nearly its 2023 annual sales volume in the first half year of 2024. RoboSense and the global automotive industry’s intelligent upgrade are progressing and succeeding together. This exponential growth underscores RoboSense’s exceptional capabilities in technological innovation and market expansion, reinforcing our trajectory of outstanding growth as an industry leader.

As of June 30, 2024, RoboSense’s cumulative sales volume of LiDAR have reached approximately 583,500 units, with LiDAR for ADAS approximately 518,300 units. Since pioneering the mass production of LiDAR for ADAS in 2021, RoboSense has demonstrated significant growth, with steadily increasing sales that continue to lead the industry’s development.

Leveraging its powerful LiDAR hardware and perception software technology, as well as leading product performance, RoboSense has made remarkable progress in obtaining vehicle model designs and achieving mass production for various vehicle models. As of May 17, 2024, we have received mass production designation orders for 71 vehicle models from 22 global OEMs and Tier 1 customers. By the end of the first quarter of 2024, we have achieved SOP 25 vehicle models from 12 of these customers.

At the 2024 Auto Beijing Show, RoboSense ranked No.1 with equipment for 37 models, and its occupation was over 50%. As more collaborative vehicle models launch and reach mass production, RoboSense repeatedly shatters records.


In technological innovation and product development, RoboSense continues to launch powerful and technologically advanced products that drive industry progress. In 2024 Q2 and Q3, RoboSense launched the M3, a long-range LiDAR, and the MX, a medium-range LiDAR. In particular, MX gained three new mass production projects shortly after its release, and is expected to realize its first mass production in 2025.

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KuCoin Introduces Omnibus Account Structure to Enhance Liquidity for Brokerage Partners



VICTORIA, Seychelles, July 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — July 23, 2024 – KuCoin, a leading cryptocurrency exchange, is pleased to announce a significant enhancement to its Broker Program, designed to cater to liquidity-seeking partners. This upgraded program enables participants to leverage KuCoin’s superior liquidity and diverse asset offerings across both Spot and Futures markets. With this enhancement, participants can now benefit from KuCoin’s top-tier liquidity, high-revenue shares, unlimited sub-accounts, and independent deposit addresses, allowing for functional flexibility and maintaining their own client management powers.

“Our new brokerage infrastructure is suitable for multiple types of institutional partners, such as crypto exchanges, execution terminals, layer 2 aggregators, OTCs, and traditional financial service providers venturing into crypto,” said Anton Starchenko, Director of Institution Business Development of KuCoin. 

“This upgrade demonstrates our commitment to providing our partners with the tools they need to succeed in the rapidly evolving crypto market.”

By joining the KuCoin brokerage service, brokers gain access to one main broker account with unlimited sub-accounts. Each sub-account features an exclusive deposit address, serving as a wallet to separate funds and trades. Additionally, each sub-account undergoes independent risk checks. These ongoing risk and compliance measures bolster KuCoin’s commitment to protecting partner interests. Broker accounts are subject to separate fee structures, while the broker receives a combined commission based on the cumulative volume across all accounts.

As a leading platform in the cryptocurrency industry, KuCoin is dedicated to providing top-notch security and reliability. The platform employs state-of-the-art security measures, including advanced encryption protocols, multi-factor authentication, and real-time monitoring systems to ensure the safety of users’ assets. KuCoin’s unwavering focus on security and innovation has solidified its reputation as a trusted and forward-thinking exchange in the global crypto market.


For more information about the KuCoin Broker Program and the new omnibus account structure, please visit KuCoin’s official website.

About KuCoin

Launched in September 2017, KuCoin is a leading cryptocurrency exchange with its operational headquarters in Seychelles. As a user-oriented platform with a focus on inclusiveness and community engagement. It offers over 900 digital assets across Spot trading, Margin trading, P2P Fiat trading, Futures trading, and Staking to its 34 million users in more than 200 countries and regions. KuCoin ranks as one of the top 6 crypto exchanges. KuCoin was acclaimed as “One of the Best Crypto Apps & Exchanges of June 2024” by Forbes Advisor and has been included as one of the top 50 companies in the “2024 Hurun Global Unicorn List”. Learn more at .

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