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D. Enlist the assistance of the state comptroller
Answer: A
Explanation:
While the administrator may issue a cease and desist order, because the administrator is not
a court officer, he or she can't enforce compliance with that order. The administrators next
step is to bring action in a court that has jurisdiction over Titanic and to request a permanent
or temporary injunction or restraining order.
Question: 245
BigTop Brokerage wants to register in the state of Ohio. Under the Uniform Securities Act,
which of the following requirements must BigTop satisfy?
A. Verify the marital status of all partners in the business
B. Maintain at least a minimum amount of net capital
C. Maintain a minimum liquid net worth of $500,000
D. Assure the administrator that it intends to open a minimum of 40 new accounts in the
state within the first year
Answer: B
Explanation:
A state administrator may require a broker-dealer registrant to maintain a minimum amount
of net capital; the amount will be specified by the administrator
Question: 246
Which of the following securities are considered exempt securities under the Uniform
Securities Act?
I. Microsoft Corporation
II. The Knights of Columbus
III. U.S. Treasuries
IV. Corporate debt securities trading over the counter vs Securities issued by
Spokane, Washington
VI. Securities issued by London, Ontario
VII. Debt securities issued by Northwestern Mutual Insurance
VIII. A bond issued by Illinois Light & Power
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A. I, III, V and VIII
B. I, II, III, V, VI, VII, VIII
C. II, III and IV
D. II only
Answer: B
Explanation:
Microsoft is listed on the NYSE and would receive the blue-chip exemption. The Knights
of Columbus is a non-profit fraternal organization and is also exempt. All securities
guaranteed by the U.S. government are exempt. Securities issued by a U.S. or Canadian
municipality are exempt. Debt securities issued by an insurance company are considered
exempt. A bond issued by a public utility is exempt since it is specifically and otherwise
regulated. Corporate debt securities trading over the counter would NOT qualify for the
blue-chip exemption because they do not trade on a national exchange
Question: 247
Under the Uniform Securities Act, which of the following is NOT considered a security?
A. Treasury stock
B. Stock options
C. Variable annuity
D. Life insurance
Answer: D
Explanation:
Under the Uniform Securities Act, all options define a security, with the exception of life
insurance
Question: 248
Under the Uniform Securities Act, a state administrator may allow an investment advisor
the authority to trade in a client account, but the advisor may not be allowed to remove
client funds and securities from the account. This is known as:
A. Absolute option
B. Consent to process
C. Consent to authority
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D. Limited discretion
Answer: D
Explanation:
Investment advisors often have their clients open accounts at a broker-dealer so that the
advisor does not have to go through the process of obtaining state approval in order to take
custody of client funds and securities. The advisor will then receive discretionary authority
from the client in order to trade in the account on their behalf. The discretionary authority
received is typically "limited discretion" whereby the advisor may transact in the account
but is not allowed to remove funds or securities from the account
Question: 249
The maximum penalty for the criminal violation of a state securities law is:
A. $10,000 fine, five years in prison, or both
B. $5,000 fine, three years in prison, or both
C. $10,000 fine
D. $5,000 fine
Answer: B
Explanation:
Under the Uniform Securities Act, a criminal violation exists if the person willfully violates
a provision of the Act. The maximum penalty for each violation is a $5,000 fine, three years
in prison, or both. If the person proves that he or she had no prior knowledge of the
provision violated, there will be no prison sentence imposed. The state administrator does
not have the authority to impose criminal penalties - the courts in each state take these
actions
Question: 250
Which of the following is true regarding the Investment Advisor''s Act of 1940 as it pertains
to anti-fraud provisions:
A. A company that meets the definition of an investment advisor but does not have to
register due to an exemption is subject to the anti-fraud provisions of the Act
B. The state Administrator is responsible for registering all fraudulent investment advisors
who fall under the federal definition
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C. A company that is accused of committing fraud and is exonerated of all charges is then
required to register with the SEC
D. A company that meets the defintion of an investment advisor and is registered at the
federal level is not subject to the anti-fraud provisions of the Act
Answer: B
Explanation:
If a company is exempt from federal registration, it still is subject to the anti-fraud
provisions - no matter what the exemption - anti-fraud rules apply to all investment advisor
at either the state or federal level
Question: 251
Heatprod Investment Advisors is opening a new account for Mrs Mathers, but the firm does
not want to be responsible for custody of her securities. To keep her as a customer, they try
an alternate solution. Mrs Mathers will open an account at a local broker-dealer and then
give written discretionary authority to Heatprod. This will allow Heatprod to execute
transactions in her broker account. Is this legal?
A. Possibly, unless Mrs Mathers offers the broker reciprocal advantages
B. No, it is strictly prohibited for a broker-dealer and investment advisor to cross transact
C. Mrs Mathers could face charges if caught
D. Yes, investment advisors often do this
Answer: D
Explanation:
This is a perfectly legal and common solution to the challenge. Under the Uniform
Securities Act, investment advisors may keep custody of client funds and securities.
However, in order to do so, the advisory firm must obtain approval from the state
administrator first. In order to avoid going through the administrator, the advisor may
obtain written discretionary authority to trade in the client's account at the broker-dealer.
The client funds or securities are held at the broker-dealer for a fee, and everyone is
satisfied
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BERKELEY, CA — The city of Berkeley is offering a series of emergency preparation workshops for artists and art organizations beginning this week.

The workshops, scheduled for June 8, 15, and 22 can help better prepare artists and the organizations that support them to survive in the event of a disaster, according to a news release issued by the city.

Attendees will learn how to obtain insurance, craft emergency plans, and fund relief efforts in the series of virtual meetings to plan for natural or man-made emergencies.

There will also be a preparedness session to identify dangers, create business continuity plans, and access resources.

This three-session series will supply those in attendance a chance to talk directly with staff from CERF+, a national and well-respected non-profit that provides a safety net of resources and support to protect and sustain artists’ livelihood, studio, and art.

Each of the three virtual sessions will have a different focus and artists can choose to come only to the sessions that interest them or all of the sessions.

The first session, Emergency Planning and Business Insurance for Artists on June 8, focuses on artists themselves where artists can learn about risk assessment, documentation and archiving, business insurance, and resources for preparedness and recovery. Register here.

The second session, Arts Organizations Preparedness 101 on Thursday, June 15, focuses on art organizations and will identify the hazards most likely to impact an organization’s operations and programming. Participants will begin to craft a business continuity plan which includes communication planning, protecting critical assets, and personal safety. Attendees will also learn

about risk assessment, creating a communications plan, business insurance, storing critical information in the cloud, emergency supplies, and how to test the business continuity plan.

Register here.

The final session, Emergency Relief Funding and How to Access It on Thursday, June 22, focuses on tactics to identify areas of opportunity, research funding options, and organize a plan. Attendees will also receive access to a suite of resources and information. Register here.

For more information, visit the City of Berkeley, Civic Arts Program online or send an email.

Artists are also encouraged to sign up for the Civic Arts Newsletter.

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How I Teach — Astronomy

Photo courtesy of NASA | Photo illustration by Jeffrey C. Chase

Editor’s note: First-year students, prospective students (and some of their parents) wonder and worry how they will handle the academic transition from high school to college. In a series of stories, UDaily speaks with University of Delaware professors who teach courses commonly taken by students during their first year on campus. The series includes professors who teach biology, writing, business, calculus, political science and sociology, and those stories can be read on the How I Teach website. In this story, Associate Professor Veronique Petit explains her approach to teaching astronomy.

Veronique Petit wants to help her students reach for the stars — while also learning how those stars shape our understanding of the universe.

The associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Delaware teaches a class called “Concepts of the Universe,” and although she knows that the title might sound daunting in its scope, her goal is simply to expose students to the field of astronomy. And the star of that field is, well, the stars.

When Petit introduces her syllabus for the online class to a new group of students, she quotes briefly from the description of PHYS144 in the UD catalog: “Survey of astronomy emphasizing early and modern concepts.” 

Then she quickly adds, “Dr. Petit’s more exciting description: At the end of the semester, you will be able to answer two exciting questions: How do we know that there are other planets out there in the Universe? What can gravitational waves tell us about the most bizarre objects in the Universe: black holes?”

The Department of Physics and Astronomy also offers “Introduction to Astronomy,” another popular class but one that — unlike “Concepts of the Universe” — includes a laboratory. Petit, who teaches her course in alternating semesters with Associate Professor Sarah Dodson-Robinson, said astronomy is such a broad field that she and colleagues could teach dozens of introductory courses and still not cover everything.

Petit, whose own research focuses on massive stars and the new and evolving study of those stars’ magnetic fields, aims to lead her students on “a grand tour” to understand the stars. For example, she said, because planets orbit stars, scientists can find planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets, by measuring stars. She also pointed out that intriguing phenomena such as black holes and white dwarfs are formed by the death of stars.

“The discovery of exoplanets has been the biggest discovery in the last 30 years in astronomy,” she said. “What have we learned about these planets, and how did they form? These are the kinds of questions we look at in this class, and I want students to understand that the study of stars links everything.”

The course is taught online, and Petit has structured it to keep students engaged and on track by organizing the lectures, readings, required activities and writing assignments into modules. Each module is designed to be roughly equivalent to the class attendance and homework time that students would spend each week on an in-person class.

With the help of teaching assistant Shaquann Seadrow, a doctoral student, Petit has created five-hour modules or blocks for each week of the class. Students watch her lectures on video and complete practicing assignments — “Some people learn better by watching, and some learn better by reading,” Petit says — and earn participation points by answering short essay questions and completing interactive tasks.

The modules cover such subjects as the structure of the universe, the activity of our Sun, patterns among stars, neutron stars, black holes and gravitational waves. Activities and assignments labeled “Test Your Understanding” ask students to do such tasks as ranking the size of various celestial objects, showing the relative size of the Earth in proportion to its moon and practicing math skills focused on scientific notation. These concepts are key in the study of astronomy, Petit said, because “it can be hard to wrap your mind around how big and how vast the distances are.”

The module format for these assignments is designed to help students manage their time.

“The blocks are filled with exercises to check their understanding,” Petit said. “Instead of coming to [an in-person] class for a few hours and then doing homework for a few hours each week, we mingle and merge all these aspects into a block that they can complete any time during that week.”

Petit designed the online, asynchronous format in order for the class to be offered to Delaware high school students in the Early College Credit (ECC) Program. That program, which has offered the course since ECC was launched in 2020, gives academically qualified juniors and seniors the opportunity to take certain introductory UD courses alongside regularly admitted University students. 

The online format enables participating high school students throughout the state to attend at convenient times without traveling to Newark. Its flexibility also helps full-time UD students to accommodate their other courses and responsibilities such as family or jobs.

Petit said the ECC participation hasn’t affected the course content, since the program’s goal is for eligible high school students to experience a typical, introductory UD class that is academically challenging for all students. She offers guidance on time management and study skills, and she and Seadrow work to be readily accessible to students seeking help, because of the number of first-year students including those in ECC.

Students have described Petit as enthusiastic about her subject matter and committed to helping students learn. The format of “Concepts of the Universe” was well-organized while still providing students with flexibility, they said.

“She's very knowledgeable and passionate about her work, and she is always willing to help a student,” said Pamela Zader, who was a senior in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources during the spring semester of 2023. Zader said she has had a longtime interest in astronomy and especially liked Petit’s focus on the fascinating nature of black holes.

For Emily Cox, a first-year College of Arts and Sciences student, learning about black holes, as well as such phenomena as sunspots and the Northern Lights, made the classwork enjoyable. She said she appreciated the way Petit’s lectures were presented in an understandable way, avoiding what Cox called “textbook speech.”

Petit, she said, “teaches with passion and really gets the students to understand the topic. I would tell [prospective] students … that there are things in this class that you actually learn and want to know more about.”

Hayden Atkinson, a junior physics and astronomy major, took a different class taught by Petit and described it as “the highlight of my semester.” 

“She made the material interesting, engaging and easy to grasp,” he said. “I would definitely recommend that newer students take classes taught by her.”

Support for Academic Success

The University of Delaware empowers all Blue Hens with the skills and strategies they need to succeed.

UD students in any major are encouraged to take advantage of a range of peer tutoring services, as well as comprehensive skill-building resources offered by the Office of Academic Enrichment (OAE). Most services are available free of charge. To learn more, visit the OAE website. Students may also utilize the Blue Hen SUCCESS platform to connect with their academic advisor or access additional resources on Advising Central.

For UD’s community of educators, the Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning (CTAL) offers programs, workshops and confidential consultations to support faculty as they develop and achieve their pedagogical goals. UD instructors at every stage of their career are invited to explore online and contact ctal-info@udel.edu.

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The How I Teach website provides a collection of the stories in this series.  

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World-first space solar demonstration beams power from orbit to Earth

A Caltech team is celebrating the world's first space-based wireless power transmission, and the first time detectable levels of power have been beamed down to Earth. The Space Solar Power Project (SSPP) aims to unlock huge orbital clean energy resources.

Space-based solar could solve a lot of Earth's clean energy problems; an orbital solar setup can harvest sunlight 24/7 – and the good stuff, too, unmolested by atmosphere or weather conditions. Theoretically, the solar potential in space is eight times better per square meter than a solar panel on Earth.

Thus, several groups are attempting to get things started, despite some incredibly daunting challenges. One of which is the size of a useable array – as we pointed out just before this orbital prototype was launched, back in October last year. The eventual size of a commercially relevant space solar array might be around 3.5 square miles (9 sq km), with similarly massive receiver arrays down on Earth to capture the energy transmitted to the surface.

How Does Wireless Power Transfer Work?

This could require as many as 39 space launches, even with the clever, ultra-lightweight, self-deploying modular array the Caltech team is working on. This would feature a series of modules, each around a cubic meter (~35 cu ft) at launch, but capable of unfurling into huge flat squares, around 50 meters (164 ft) per side, with solar cells on one side and wireless power transmitters on the other.

Of course, as we discussed when we wrote about this project last year, space launches are not cheap, and thus the economics look difficult as well, with a Levelized Cost of Energy (LCoE) predicted to be between US$1-2 per kWh –nearly six times the retail price of electricity in the USA.

Nonetheless, the project is charging full steam ahead, buoyed by more than US$100 million's worth of donations from Irvine Company chairman Donald Bren. And it's now announced the results of its first phase orbital prototype testing.

Engineers loading the DULCE portion of the SSPD onto the Momentus Vigoride spacecraft prior to launch

Caltech

The 50-kg (110-lb) Space Solar Power Demonstrator (SSPD-1) was loaded into a Momentus Vigoride spacecraft and sent into a low orbit by a SpaceX rocket on January 3 this year. It was designed to test three systems: the DOLCE module was designed to test design and deployment mechanisms for the lightweight, foldable structures the SSPP team hopes to use in a larger array. It's yet to begin unfolding. The ALBA module was there to test a number of different solar cell designs to see which would be most effective in space, and these tests are ongoing.

And the MAPLE (Microwave Array for Power-transfer Low-orbit Experiment) module was designed purely for early-stage verification of the wireless power beaming technology that would take solar energy and send it back to Earth, aimed precisely at receiver stations on the surface without any moving parts at the transmitter.

Part of this MAPLE test sequence involved a short-range power-beaming demonstration in which a transmitter array sent power to two different receiver arrays, only about a foot (~30cm) away from the transmitters. This was a chance to validate the team's beam-steering technology – which uses nothing but phase manipulation and constructive/destructive interference between waves to precisely direct the beams – in the harsh temperatures and radiation environment of space. And sure enough, the team was able to light up little LEDs on each receiver at will.

LEDs in the MAPLE module light up to confirm wireless power transmission across a short distance

Caltech

"To the best of our knowledge, no one has ever demonstrated wireless energy transfer in space even with expensive rigid structures," said Ali Hajimiri, Bren Professor of Electrical Engineering and Medical Engineering and co-director of the SSPP team. "We are doing it with flexible lightweight structures and with our own integrated circuits. This is a first."

The MAPLE unit also has a small window through which the transmitter array was able to beam energy directly down to Earth, aimed at a receiver unit on the roof of an engineering lab at Caltech Pasadena. And again, this experiment was successful; the power beam was detected at the ground station, at the expected time and frequency, and with the correct frequency shift predicted based on the distance traveled.

This wasn't a useful amount of power, but it validates the team's ability to precisely target a power beam over great distances, and confirms that the gear involved can survive the trip to orbit.

Space Solar Power Demonstrator

"The flexible power transmission arrays are essential to the current design of Caltech's vision for a constellation of sail-like solar panels that unfurl once they reach orbit," said Sergio Pellegrino, Joyce and Kent Kresa Professor of Aerospace and Civil Engineering and co-director of SSPP.

"In the same way that the internet democratized access to information, we hope that wireless energy transfer democratizes access to energy," Hajimiri continued. "No energy transmission infrastructure will be needed on the ground to receive this power. That means we can send energy to remote regions and areas devastated by war or natural disaster."

So the technology for a space-based solar array is absolutely coming along nicely. As stated earlier, the economics of such a project in a commercial setting don't exactly look rosy, but who knows what kind of tricks a good business head might be able to use to turn those tables. Certainly a fascinating project to keep tabs on.

Source: Caltech

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This startup tests employees’ “trustworthiness” with a CIBIL-like score

Sudhakar Raja faced a few incidents that changed him forever. One of them happened in 2018 when he got cheated of Rs 1.5 crore by some employees while running an insurance broking house. 

Another set of events occurred in 2021 when he was building an app with his team. He found some employees stealing money, and some candidates accepted offers but didn’t join; they wouldn’t even bother to inform him. 

At first, these incidents made him angry but also curious. He researched the extent of such employment frauds and their impact on companies. According to one statistic, around 30% of business failures in the United States are caused by employee theft. However, there is no equivalent data for Indian companies. 

Raja, the Founder and Chief of Strategy at TRST Score, is on a mission to prevent or minimise the occurrence of such events. With his team of 20 people, including consultants, he is building a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that calculates an individual’s trustworthiness. 

Simply put, TRST Score can verify a potential candidate’s background, and companies can base their hiring decisions on it. 

“CIBIL helps you with financial risk mitigation. We look at human risk mitigation,” says Raja. CIBIL score—issued by Credit Information Bureau (India) Limited (CIBIL)—is a three-digit numeric summary of an individual’s credit history, calculated to determine one’s creditworthiness. 

Based on extrapolation, TRST Score estimates that over $100 billion is lost owing to human risks in India. 

The perfect score

Once a company is convinced of this idea, the TRST Score platform’s application programming interface (API) is integrated with the former’s human resource tech product, which typically takes about seven days. 

The startup also helps its customers perform 15 different background verifications, a mix of both automated and manual.

During the integration process, the startup verifies and stores employees’ data, including their names, permanent account numbers (PAN), employment history, and salary levels. It excludes details like performance reviews and assessments, as they are subjective. 

The platform claims to do an employment check “in a few seconds”, compared to background verification firms that usually take a few days. 

According to Raja, the Chennai-based startup collects data after receiving explicit consent from concerned employees. The employee and their employer receive notifications, including the reason for the check done, whenever a company conducts background verification on the former. 

So far, TRST Score has over 130 customers with a cumulative workforce of a million. Of this, it has onboarded about 3.5-4 lakh employees on its platform, and in a couple of months, it will onboard the rest. The startup aims to get 3,000 customers and 10 million employees within the next three years.

Initially, TRST Score assigns each employee the perfect score of 1,000 points. Any transgression, including suspension orders, warning letters, accepting offer letters but not joining, (sexual) harassment complaints, charges for financial fraud, submission of fake documents, absconding, moonlighting (if it is against the company policy), bribery, and behavioural problems, results in point reduction. 

“Anything less than 850 points is really bad,” says Raja. “But if you see, only 5-10% of the employees would fall in this category. In a way, this is helping the rest of the 90%.”

TRST Score Founder and Advsior/Mentor

(L to R): Girish Ramdas, Co-founder and CEO of Magzter India/Mentor and Advisor to TRST Score, and Sudhakar Raja, Founder of TRST Score.

Initial traction

Though Raja is tightlipped about its customers due to the non-disclosure agreements signed with them, he claims to have marquee companies, especially from the banking, financial services, and insurance and services sectors. 

Recently, TRST Score partnered with Sa-Dhan, an association for microfinance companies, and The Finance Industry Development Council—the association of non-banking finance companies (NBFCs)—to do human risk mitigation through TRST Score as part of their code of conduct.

The startup has onboarded over 30 companies through these partnerships. Additionally, it has joined hands with the Retail Association of India, the World Association for Small and Medium Enterprises, and the National HRD Network to recommend their members to use TRST Score.

Raja is also desparate on approaching the problem with a “360-degree view”. Not only does he want to bring in salaried employees but also others in the ecosystem, including outsourced contract workers, direct selling agents, partners, gig workers, interns, students, and customers, onto the platform.

TRST Score is in talks with insurance companies to include their agents in the network. Besides, it is convincing colleges and universities to help them capture student data to verify if a potential candidate has actually graduated from an institution and if their academic records are genuine.

Once verified, these entities can enable individuals to get a “green tick” next to their relevant details. 

Customers can join and use the platform for free for about two years. Additionally, those joining within this period can run checks at 50% of the verification fees (Rs 150 per check). For the rest, it would be Rs 300 per check.

“We would like to bring the cost of risk mitigating a person to Rs 300. Currently, it is free,” says Raja, adding the company is in the pre-revenue stage. 

Next on the cards

Raja is trying to onboard companies from across sectors. Listing cases that caused companies to lose money, Raja argues the current practices are time-consuming, cumbersome, and difficult to conclude the authenticity of a potential candidate or a company.

“For example, how does a venture capital firm know that the company they are funding is not an offshoot of an intellectual property theft? How does a company know if an employee has signed a non-compete clause in their previous organisation if they don’t talk about it upfront?” says Raja. “How do you mitigate risks you don’t even know exist?”

TRST Score promises to bring down costs for its customers and save time for customers and their employees, besides making it difficult for unethical employees to find jobs. In addition to screening individuals, the platform can also authenticate a particular entity (for example, if it’s a shell company or a politically-influenced firm) in the BFSI sector.

The startup also offers risk mitigation services to all, irrespective of whether they are part of the platform, including checking Aadhaar, PAN, driving license, voter’s ID, address proof, and CIBIL score, besides court cases and prior employment verification. Those on the platform can avail of these services at lower rates.

Raja is now trying to get banks, lending institutions, and insurance companies to come on board the platform. Once the startup gets enough companies in the BFSI sector, it will integrate their employee data with their lending and underwriting platforms to enable financial use cases, such as making loan sanctions easier.

“Is there a correlation between an absconding employee and their repayment behaviour? Is somebody’s acceptance of multiple offer letters (and not joining) and their performance related? These are all new metrics we are coming out with,” explains Raja, emphasising the importance of companies’ risk mitigating themselves using diverse data points.

It is also working on providing predictive analytics and actionable insights based on the collected data, including the probability of an employee leaving an organisation, moonlighting by any individual (if both companies are on the platform), and market salary insights for a comparable job in the same industry.

The SaaS platform has a personally identifiable information vault, which the founder says is compliant with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Indian laws. 

The startup’s advisory board boasts names, including Girish Ramdas (Co-founder and CEO of Magzter India), Satish Mehta (former Founding MD and CEO of CIBIL), Srinivas Acharya (former MD of Sundaram BNP Paribas), and Taruna Hinduja (former HR Head of SPI Cinemas). 

TRST Score has raised Rs 2 crore and Rs 1 crore in seed and pre-Series A rounds, respectively. Now, it is in the midst of raising $4 million in a Series A round.

(Feature image by Winona Laisram)

(This story was updated with additional information from the company and a factual error was corrected.)

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A UK Tech Plan: How the next Government can use technology to build a better Britain

1 - Excellerate access to day-to-day digital services, cutting costs for both central and local Government as well as improving public services: update policy to introduce common standards and Excellerate the interoperability of digital public services to cut the costs of administration for local authorities, and help UK companies seize the benefits of the global digital ID market predicted to value $40.44 billion by 2027. 

2 - Make the UK one of the most trusted, safe and secure places to be online: launch a new online safety sandbox to help deliver the aims of the Online Safety Bill, facilitate a new cross sector data and intelligence sharing initiative between the tech, telecoms and financial services industries and publish a ‘top 5’ priority list of smart data schemes to put consumers back in charge of their data.  

3 - Plug the digital skills gap to boost pay, opportunity and our national resilience:  help raise British workers' pay by £5.69 billion by making the Apprenticeship Levy more flexible, delivering an Employment Bill, and building an online Digital Skills Toolkit to help individuals and employers identify accredited courses to boost digital skills.  

4 - Make sure everyone has access to the online world: through a new future network strategy that could help 1 million people back into the labour market and add £159 billion to the economy by 2035 through the widespread uptake of 5G, and by using satellite and drone technology to help rural and hard-to-reach communities get connected.  

5 - Deliver the digital transformation that the NHS and social care system needs: reform how we spend the existing £2.1 billion earmarked for NHS and social care digital transformation, so we can better onboard the technologies that will cut waiting times, save staff hours and support more preventative treatment.  

6 - Rethink our approach to how technology can support the criminal justice system: enable the criminal justice system to better leverage digital tools could cut the cost to the public of cyber and fraud related crime in the UK, which amounted to £4.1 billion between April 2022 and May 2023. 

7 - Regain the UK’s reputation as a global leader in Open Data and rank among the five countries on the UN E-Government Index: enact reforms to open up Government and public data sets to help create a better environment for UK Govtech solutions and Excellerate our approach to public procurement.  

8 - Ensure the UK holds on to its fintech crown: facilitate the uptake of new technologies such as AI and machine learning to deliver fintech services that speed up the delivery of a Central Bank Digital Currency and shore up the fundamentals of our fintech system by delivering reforms on Digital ID and Smart Data.  

9 - Grow tech clusters across the UK: supply local and combined authorities more incentives and confidence to invest in digital projects and review the roles of the British Business Bank and National Infrastructure Bank to accelerate digital transformation across local Government and support tech clusters across the UK.  

10 - Support a thriving digital and AI ethics ecosystem to enable better governance and regulation: by establishing emerging tech taskforces under the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, promote education and training for digital ethics from the classroom to the boardroom and delivering an approach to artificial intelligence underpinned by a system of AI ethics, governance and regulation.  

11 - Digitise the day-to-day economy helping small businesses get ready for the AI revolution: set up a costed Digital Growth Fund by reallocating money unspent under Help to Grow: Digital which could help 600,000 SMEs adopt new digital technologies such as AI and increase sales by as much as 18% over three years. 

12 - Fix the UK’s broken scale up economy so British firms have the opportunity to become global champions: supply start-ups certainty over existing support schemes and launch a British ‘Scale-up Sprint’ to identify, within six months, new investment vehicles and regulatory changes that could create new investment opportunities into critical technologies such as green tech, AI, quantum and semiconductors.  

13 - Ensure we have a competitive innovation economy: set out a five-year plan for gradual reform of the UK’s R&D Tax Credit, bring down the cost and time it takes to get a connection to the national grid and reduce the cost of lab space, to make the UK a more competitive investment destination for highly innovative businesses and reach the target of 3.0% of UK GDP being invested in R&D per annum.  

14 - Commercialise and deploy the emerging technologies vital to a growing and resilient economy: ensure the next Government builds on existing plans to support the commercialisation and deployment of emerging technologies, from AI and Quantum to semiconductors and autonomous vehicles, we could send strong signals to the market that the UK wants to be a hub for emerging technologies that will shape the future economy.  

15 - Build a smarter approach to foreign and trade policy for the UK in a more complex and less secure world: focus UK efforts on supporting multilateral systems such as the WTO, take targeted action alongside allies to secure supplies of key technologies such as semiconductors, and update rules on investment screening and how the Government consults on new free trade and digital economy agreements, to enable the UK to build a smarter and more responsive approach to foreign policy and international trade.  

16 - Boost the competitiveness of the UK as a green technology hub: add £13.7bn to the economy by 2030 through reforms to the grid, Environmental Social Governance requirements, and providing a database of green tech investment prospects.  

17 - Empower individuals and businesses to better understand and Excellerate their own environmental footprint: change planning rules so all new homes can support smart tech that can empower people to better manage their energy bills, create standards so home smart tech is interoperable and reduce the cost of switching and speeding up the rollout of EV charging points.  

18 - Make tech greener: deliver a strategy to recycle and re-use the UK’s e-waste and critical minerals, reduce our dependence on imports, digitise the grid to reduce the cost of reaching net zero by up to £16.7bn per year, and secure a first-mover advantage in biodiversity reporting. 

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June headliners for the Triangle: Local events & deadlines to kick off your summer

Editor’s note: WRAL TechWire’s event calendars are part of our weekly Startup Monday package.

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – WRAL TechWire keeps tabs on the latest meetups, panels, workshops, conferences, application deadlines and everything happening in the entrepreneurial, technology and business communities in the Triangle and across North Carolina.

Following is a list of events in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and the greater Triangle area through the end of June. Many events will be held in person, as some organizers are returning to a live format.

If you’d like to suggest an event for WRAL TechWire’s statewide events calendar, feel free to reach out here

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Test Flight Pitch Practice

June 6, 8:30-9:30 a.m. (online)

Test Flight Pitch Practice, hosted by First Flight Venture Center, is an opportunity for early-stage startups to hone their pitch and get feedback from an audience of investors, mentors, customers and other reviewers.

CapNC Business Connectivity Alliance

June 6, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (online)

Thread Capital will host its quarterly CapNC Business Connectivity Alliance meeting via Zoom this month. The program brings together business resource organizations in North Carolina’s Capital region to network and collaborate on business support initiatives.

Raleigh Chamber We Connect

June 6, 4-6:30 p.m. @Raleigh Chamber

Raleigh Chamber’s next We Connect event will provide tips and strategies to support LGBTQIA+ employees in the workplace.

Downtown Techies Raleigh Happy Hour

June 6, 5-7 p.m. @Lynnwood Brewing Concern

The Downtown Techies Happy Hour event series is back at Raleigh’s Lynnwood Brewing Concern. Join to network with peers.

Cary Chamber Meeting: No-Cost Business Resources

June 7, 8-9 a.m. @Cary Chamber

Cary Chamber will host a workshop covering all the services available to local business owners and entrepreneurs through the Small Business and Technology Development Center.

1 Million Cups RTP

June 7, 9-10 a.m. (online)

1 Million Cups, presented by Kauffman, is a weekly informal pitch event for the startup community. Join for free coffee and entrepreneurial support as local startups deliver their presentations.

Connected Cities Tour: Cary

June 7, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. @Cary Arts Center

This event will include keynotes and a workshop covering IoT, sensors, broadband, digital equity and federal funding.

All Things Open Meetup

June 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. @IBM Campus

All Things Open RTP’s next meetup will center around application programming interfaces (APIs). Food and beverages will be provided, along with giveaways.

Bagels & Business: How to Build a Go-To-Market Strategy

June 8, 7:30-8:30 a.m. (online)

This new series from RIoT will cover subjects relevant to starting or growing a business, such as customer discovery, sales, finances, product development, marketing and more. This month’s event will focus on building a go-to-market strategy.

Test Flight Pitch Practice

June 8, 1-4 p.m. (online)

Test Flight Pitch Practice is an opportunity for early-stage startups to hone their pitch and get feedback from an audience of investors, mentors, customers and other reviewers. This month’s event will feature six companies from the University of Luxembourg Accelerator.

AITP-RTP: Fixing the Revenue Leaks in Your E-Commerce

June 8, 5:30-8:30 p.m. @NC State University Club

AITP-RTP’s next meeting will cover sourcing and procurement best practices for optimizing sales in the e-commerce market.

Workplace DEI Conference: Triangle

June 8 @McKimmon Conference & Training Center

At this conference, C-suite executives and HR professionals from private and nonprofit sectors will discuss diversity programs, recruitment and retention, unconscious bias and other topics.

Application Deadline: Leadership Raleigh

June 9

Applications are live for the next Leadership Raleigh cohort. Around 100 established leaders will be selected to participate in a comprehensive curriculum spanning quality of life, justice/public safety and more topics.

Raleigh Chamber Business After Hours

June 12, 4:30-6:30 p.m. @The Cambridge at Brier Creek

Raleigh Chamber’s next Business After Hours event will be held at The Cambridge at Brier Creek. Note: This event is exclusive to Raleigh Chamber and Young Professionals Network members. 

Networking + NEXT TECH Awards Celebration

June 12, 4:30-6:30 p.m. @Raleigh Convention Center

To kick off the State of Tech Exponential Conference, NC TECH will host an awards celebration for this year’s inaugural class of NEXT TECH winners. (Read more about the winners here.)

NC TECH, Business North Carolina name 30 ‘Next Tech’ award winners

2023 TriWiSTEM Summer Intern Event

June 12, 4:30-8:15 p.m. @NCBiotech

Triangle Women in STEM will hold its seventh annual summer intern event, convening professionals throughout the Triangle for networking, a keynote presentation and breakout sessions.

2023 State of Tech Exponential

June 12–13 @Raleigh Convention Center

This two-day conference, hosted by NC TECH, will offer networking, keynotes, interactive sessions, workshops and a showcase of early-stage tech startups.

Five startups crack Startup Showcase for NC TECH’s 2023 State of Technology event

Robbie Hardy Fed Up to Start Up Book Launch Party

June 13, 5-7 p.m. @First Flight Venture Center

The Launch Place and xElle Ventures are hosting an event to celebrate Robbie Hardy’s second book release, “Fed Up to Start Up.” Hardy will discuss the inspiration behind the book and her experience as an investor and entrepreneur.

Triangle Biotech Tuesday

June 13, 6-7:30 p.m. 

Triangle Biotech Tuesday is a monthly meetup that connects scientific professionals across the RTP/greater Triangle area. Join to network with professionals from different industries. The group meets on the second Tuesday of every month.

Medical, Biomedical & Biodefense: Support to the Warfighter Symposium

June 13–14 at NCBiotech and The Friday Center

This annual event brings together military departments and other federal agencies that purchase medical supplies, equipment, and biomedical and biodefense technologies. Before the symposium, a pre-event session on June 13 will cover the truths and misconceptions of Department of Defense funding.

Founded Roundtable: Where Do I Start?

June 14, 12-1 p.m. @Raleigh Founded Gateway

Chip Kennedy, a local entrepreneur and startup advisor, will lead a roundtable discussion offering advice from his experience helping founders turn their ideas into businesses.

Lunch & Learn: Smart Way to Build Smart Products

June 14, 1-2 p.m. (online)

This online lunch and learn will show participants how to deliver product functionality, certification compliance and a customized user experience across several verticals/applications.

Cofounders Corner: An Afternoon with Cofounders Capital

June 15, 12:30-3:30 p.m. @Raleigh Founded Gateway

In this quarterly event, Tobi Walter and Tim McCloughlin of Cofounders Capital will offer tips and guidance to local entrepreneurs. Programming will be followed by one-on-one office hours.

Misconceptions in Solar: Policy & Finance

June 15, 1-2:30 p.m. (online)

This webinar will cover key misconceptions about solar policies and financial programs, including government incentives, tax incentives and funding sources.

Cary Chamber Business After Hours

June 15, 5-7 p.m. @The Walker

Cary Chamber’s next Business After Hours event will be held at The Walker in downtown Cary. Join to connect with local professionals over appetizers and beverages.

Party in the Park: Juneteenth Edition

June 19, 12-2 p.m. @RTP Experience Center

This month, Research Triangle Park will host an event celebrating Juneteenth, featuring giveaways, lawn games, food trucks and live music.

1 Million Cups RTP

June 21, 9-10 a.m. (online)

1 Million Cups, presented by Kauffman, is a weekly informal pitch event for the startup community. Join for free coffee and entrepreneurial support as local startups deliver their presentations.

Why IoT Development Needs its Own Create React App

June 21, 1-2 p.m. (online)

This virtual lunch and learn will cover various pain points in IoT development and lessons from the Create React App. It will also present live-coded demos.

Digital Health Happy Hour: Pittsboro

June 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m. @79° West Innovation Hub

The Digital Health Institute for Transformation will host its happy hour at 79° West in Pittsboro this month. Join to connect with colleagues in the Triangle’s digital health community.

IoT Slam 2023

June 21-22 @SAS Global Headquarters

This year’s IoT Slam conference will include several technical sessions, tutorials, interactive panel discussions, keynotes and roundtables focusing on the latest trends and advancements in the IoT industry.

Maximizing Federal Funding Opportunities in the Cleantech Industry

June 22, 2-4 p.m. @Sertoma Arts Center

In this workshop, the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster will provide an overview of the latest cleantech funding opportunities available from the state and federal government, including through the Inflation Reduction Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Triangle Women in STEM Happy Hour

June 22, 6-8 p.m. @Boxyard RTP

Join this in-person event to network with other women in the local STEM ecosystem and learn more about Triangle Women in STEM’s 2023 event lineup.

Cary Chamber Eye Opener Breakfast

June 28, 8-9 a.m. @Prestonwood Country Club

Cary Chamber’s next Eye Opener Breakfast event will feature a talk from RDU International Airport CEO Michael Landguth.

Hangar 6 Deep Tech Innovation Workshop

June 28, 5-7 p.m. @First Flight Venture Center (& online)

This hybrid workshop series offers eight sessions focusing on the Design, Build, Test, Learn (DBTL) methodology for product development. The program will present case studies and hands-on exercises to help participants develop prototypes and refine their ideas through feedback and data-driven decisions.

Raleigh Chamber Economic Development Meeting

June 29, 8:30-11 a.m. @Raleigh Marriott City Center

Raleigh Chamber’s next Economic Development Meeting will feature leaders from three peer metros sharing how they addressed challenges and leveraged opportunities for growth in their cities.

DEI Panel: Recognizing Bias in the Workplace

June 29, 12-1 p.m. @Raleigh Founded Gateway

This workshop, led by Dezbee McDaniel of CliniSpan Health, will cover the various types of bias in the workplace and strategies for recognizing and combating them.

GRO Demo Day

June 29

Join this event to hear pitches from founders in the fifth cohort of the 12-week GRO Incubator, hosted by the Council for Entrepreneurial Development. Presentations will be followed by an evening of networking.

Application Deadline: One North Carolina Small Business Program

June 30

Applications are open for the One North Carolina Small Business Program, comprising SBIR/STTR phase I grant-matching and incentive funds. (Read more TechWire coverage here.)

NC small business owners can now apply for next One North Carolina grant funding round

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Sweden is developing its own big language model

In 2019, a group of researchers at AI Sweden received funding from the Swedish Innovation Agency (Vinnova) for a project called Language model for Swedish Authorities. The goal was to produce language models that could be used primarily by the public sector and made available for use by the private sector. 

A language model is a machine learning model that learns language to solve processing tasks. A foundational language model is a large example that has been trained on huge amounts of data and has general capacities that can be applied to a wide range of language processing tasks. It has what is called zero-shot learning capacities, which means the linguistic capabilities of the model can be used to solve new tasks.  

Swedish researchers had already been working on language models for several years. Very early on, the researchers thought about which sectors of society would be the fastest to take up this type of technology. They landed on the idea that it would be the public sector in Sweden because that’s where you find the most prominent users of text data in Swedish, with most companies in the private sector relying much more on English-language text data.  

“We needed models we could work on to do research on and modify to suit the needs of Swedish society,” said Magnus Sahlgren, head of research in Natural Language Understanding (NLU) at AI Sweden – and former heavy metal guitarist. “The foundation models from Google, for example, are not publicly accessible. That’s one big reason we are building our own.”

But another reason for building language models has to do with sovereignty. Foundation models are essential components of a lot of language applications. A country could be vulnerable if they depend too much on the private sector for such a fundamental resource – especially when the private companies are based outside Sweden. To close this gap, the research team decided to develop their own models for Swedish. 

Along came GPT-3 

About a year into the project, GPT-3 was released, causing huge disruption in the field of natural language processing (NLP). This was the largest language model the world had ever seen, with 175 billion parameters. All machine learning models can be thought of as a series of linear algebra equations, with coefficients, or weights, that can be modified to produce an output given a certain set of inputs. The number of weights that can be tweaked in a model is often referred to as the number of parameters.  

Inspired by GPT-3, the researchers at AI Sweden, who had already been working on language models, started thinking about how they could accomplish something like GPT-3 in a small country. They put together a consortium of different organisations that could help build foundation models. The consortium included the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) and the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software programme.

By association with Wallenberg, the consortium gained access to the Swedish supercomputer Berzelius, which was specifically designed to help solve AI problems. The consortium also works closely with NVIDIA, who provide the hardware and software to power the models. 

“The ultimate goal of our research project – and now of the consortium – is to determine whether home grown language models can provide value in Sweden,” said Sahlgren. “We are completely open to a negative answer. It might prove to be the case that our resources are too limited to build foundation models.”

The challenges of running a large project 

The new goal meant the team had to learn how to run large scale projects. They also had to make decisions on which type of data to use and how to process the data to build a basic linguistic foundation. And very importantly, they had to figure out how to make the best use of the supercomputer they have access to. 

“We want to use the computer resources in optimal way to arrive at an optimal model,” said Sahlgren. “We’ve never done this and neither has anybody else – not for the Swedish language. So, we must learn by doing, which means we will iterate several times and produce more than one version of our model.

“We have trained models of various sizes, ranging from 126 million parameters up to our largest model with 40 billion parameters. The model is a text-only model. Other groups in other parts of the world are starting to integrate other modalities, including images and speech.”

Berzelius in Linköping University is by far the most powerful computer in Sweden, and it is the only supercomputer in Sweden dedicated to AI. Because of the high demand, AI Sweden cannot gain access to the full cluster and instead have been given access to a third of the cluster, which takes two to three months to train the largest models. 

But the main bottleneck for the Swedish researchers is data. Because of the limited number of speakers in the world, there isn’t much online text in Swedish. The researchers worked around this problem by taking advantage of the fact that Swedish is typologically similar to the other languages in the North Germanic language family. By taking data in Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, and Icelandic they have access to sizable amounts of data that can be found in open data collections online.  

“We used derivatives of common crawl for example, and other published datasets, such as the Norwegian Colossal Corpus and OPUS,” said Sahlgren. “We collected all those data sets, and then we also took some high-quality datasets in English. We did that because we’re interested in seeing if we can benefit from transfer learning effects from the English data to the Swedish and Norwegian languages. We are already starting to see those type of effects with our models.”

An example of transfer learning is training AI Sweden’s models to summarise documents by using English data that includes documents and summaries of the documents. The Swedish researchers are hoping their model will learn the general competence of summarising text from the English data. 

Another example of transfer effects is training models the general task of translating. “You can train on a couple of language pairs and then all of a sudden your machine translation system will be able to translate between pairs that you haven’t had any training data for,” said Sahlgren. “It’s an established effect in the field that no one really understands.

“We use a form of supervised learning. The only training objective is to try to predict the next word. We feed it all this text and for every word it sees it tries to predict the next word. It has a specific context window where I think in our case it has a few thousand tokens that it can have in the context. That’s quite a long context when it tries to predict the next word.”

There are initiatives in other parts of Europe for training models on other languages and language families. All the projects have the same challenges, including getting access to data, handling the data once you have it, and initialising the model. 

AI Sweden trains its model from scratch. Researchers train a completely empty model using the organisation’s own data, but you can also use an existing model and then continue training with your own specific data – for example, AI Sweden’s model, which is a Nordic model, could be used as a starting point to train a model that is specifically Icelandic. 

The consortium started training its model six months ago and has so far produce five versions, which are available on Hugging Face. But it doesn’t stop there. They have new architectures and new ideas for the next few generations of language models, which will include a multimodal language model. 

A matter of investment

Now would not be a good time for Sahlgren to dust off his guitar and get the heavy metal band back together. There’s just too much to do in NLP – right now and for the foreseeable future. This is evidenced by how much major tech players are investing in it. 

Microsoft, for example, is investing $10bn in Open AI, the maker of ChatGPT, and it is already putting GPT functionality into their production systems, such as the Office Suite and Teams. Microsoft and other large tech companies are putting this much money into NLP because they see the commercial value.  

Sweden is trying a similar approach, but on a smaller scale. The number of Swedish speakers is much smaller than the number of English speakers, and the computing power available to train and run language models in Sweden is also much smaller. But researchers are already working on ways of making the model available to application developers. 

“Currently, we released the models openly and the current models can be hosted locally by having access to powerful GPU’s,” said Sahlgren. “Most organisations probably do not have that resource. It will get even more challenging over time. For the largest models, it will require a substantial amount of hardware to run.” 

Running language models takes less computing power than is needed to train them, but it still requires substantial processing – for example, two or three nodes on Berzelius. AI Sweden is exploring the idea of creating a Swedish national infrastructure for hosting Swedish Foundation models. Using public resource would help bolster sovereignty – at least for the time being. 

“We haven’t yet figured out a good solution for hosting these models in Sweden,” said Sahlgren. “You need a major player that can put investments into this. It’s going to require a dedicated datacentre to run and serve the very large models. You need to have machine learning operations and personnel that work on the supercomputers and, currently, there is no organisation in Sweden that can do that.”

Just how intelligent are the language models? 

As the general public explores the power of ChatGPT, the question often comes up about how intelligent the language models really are. “I may be a little strange,” said Sahlgren, “but I think language models do really understand language. What I mean is that language models can at least seemingly handle the linguistic signal in exactly the same way as we do.

“The current language models can handle all kinds of language processing tasks. Currently, when we try to evaluate these models, they are on par with humans on the test sets we use, and they also exhibit emergent phenomena like that they can be creative – they can produce text that has never been produced before.”

The idea isn’t exactly new. In the 1960s a model called Eliza was developed to pose as a psychoanalyst. But Eliza could only do one thing – act as a psychiatrist. This generated a lot of interest for a short time in the 1960s, but people quickly caught on to the lack of real humanity. 

Natural language processing and natural language understanding have come light years since the 1960s – and the rate of change has picked up recently. Stanford Business School researcher Michal Kosinski published a provocative “working paper” in March 2023, claiming that a series of breakthroughs have occurred in accurate years with successive versions of GPT.

The breakthroughs can be measured by theory of mind tests – tests that indicate whether a person (or machine) recognises that other people (or machines) have a different mindset than them. The paper is called Theory of mind may have spontaneously emerged in large language models

According to Kosinski, prior to 2020, language models showed virtually no ability to solve theory of mind tasks, but successive models have scored better. The most accurate version, GPT-4, was released in March 2023. GPT-4 solved 95% of the theory of mind tasks at the level of a seven-year-old child. 

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Odyssey Marine Exploration Announces Partnership with Ocean Minerals LLC for a New Cook Islands Exploration Project No result found, try new keyword!--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Odyssey Marine Exploration ... and cash contributions of up to $10 million in a series of transactions over the next year. The purchase agreement allows Odyssey to acquire a total ... Mon, 05 Jun 2023 00:46:00 -0500 https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20230605005282/en/Odyssey-Marine-Exploration-Announces-Partnership-with-Ocean-Minerals-LLC-for-a-New-Cook-Islands-Exploration-Project/ Power Nickel Inc. Presents in Red Cloud's Virtual Webinar Series

Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - May 29, 2023) - Power Nickel Inc. (TSXV: PNPN) is pleased to announce that the company is presenting a live virtual corporate update hosted by Red Cloud Financial Services on May 31st, 2023 at 2:00pm ET.

We invite our shareholders, and all interested parties to register for the webinar and participate in the live Q&A session at the end of the presentation moderated by Red Cloud.

The replay will be emailed out to all webinar registrants proceeding the event and will also be available on the Red Cloud website.

For more information and to register: https://www.newsfilecorp.com/conference/red-cloud-webinar-series/.

Power Nickel is advancing the high grade Nickel Sulfide Project Nisk to a inaugural 43-101 that would establish it as a commercial mine. It’s potential is that it could be much more than just a mine it could be a major mine like a Lynn Lake (22 Million Tons) or Voisey’s (50 Million +tons). Funded for its next 15,000 metre drill program that starts in July with near term catalysts in additional Assay results and an updated 43-101. Did we mention it’s located in the best jurisdiction in mining – Quebec- where federal and provincial incentives provide 2:1 exploration funding and contributions of up to 50% of mine capital cost.

Commodities to be covered: Nickel and other Critical Minerals

About Power Nickel Inc.

Power Nickel is a Canadian junior exploration company focusing on high-potential nickel, copper, gold, and other battery metal prospects in Canada and Chile.On February 1, 2021, Power Nickel (formerly called Chilean Metals) completed the acquisition of its option to acquire up to 80% of the Nisk project from Critical Elements Lithium Corp. (CRE: TSXV)The NISK property comprises a large land position (20 kilometers of strike length) with numerous high-grade intercepts. Power Nickel is focused on expanding its current high-grade nickel-copper PGE mineralization Ni 43- 101 resource with a series of drill programs designed to test the initial Nisk discovery zone and to explore the land package for adjacent potential Nickel deposits.Power Nickel announced on June 8th, 2021 that an agreement has been made to complete the 100% acquisition of its Golden Ivan project in the heart of the Golden Triangle. The Golden Triangle has reported mineral resources (past production and current resources) in a total of 67 million ounces of gold, 569 million ounces of silver, and 27 billion pounds of copper. This property hosts two known mineral showings (gold ore and Magee), and a portion of the past-producing Silverado mine, which was reportedly exploited between 1921 and 1939. These mineral showings are described to be Polymetallic veins that contain quantities of silver, lead, zinc, plus/minus gold, and plus/minus copper.Power Nickel is also 100 percent owner of five properties comprising over 50,000 acres strategically located in the prolific iron-oxide-copper-gold belt of northern Chile. It also owns a 3-per-cent NSR royalty interest on any future production from the Copaquire copper-molybdenum deposit, which was sold to a subsidiary of Teck Resources Inc. Under the terms of the sale agreement, Teck has the right to acquire one-third of the 3-per-cent NSR for $ 3 million at any time. The Copaquire property borders Teck's producing Quebrada Blanca copper mine in Chile's first region.

About Red Cloud Financial Services Inc.

Red Cloud Financial Services Inc. is a comprehensive capital markets platform that provides a full range of unconflicted corporate access and media related services. Offering these services as a unified platform provides the ultimate value proposition for junior resources companies in their efforts to broaden their capital markets presence.

About Red Cloud Securities Inc.

Red Cloud Securities Inc. is an IIROC-regulated investment dealer focused on providing unique comprehensive capital market services and innovative financing alternatives to the junior resource sector. The company was founded by capital markets professionals with extensive experience in the junior mining industry.

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Power Nickel Inc.
Terry Lynch, CEO
(647) 448-8044
terry@powernickel.com

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