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New App Boosts Support for Armed Forces Community

Press release   •   May 06, 2020 16:15 BST

As the country gears up to commemorate VE Day, academics at Northumbria University are delighted to have played a vital role in the development of a new smartphone app which helps UK military veterans find support services they need; whether that’s health services, jobs or housing.

The app has been launched by Veterans’ Gateway, a 24-hour service for veterans’ support, and was developed by a partnership between Northumbria University’s Northern Hub for Veterans and Military Families Research and international software company RippleNami, Inc. The Veteran’s Gateway app has been funded by grants from the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.

The first of its kind in the UK, the Veterans’ Gateway app provides a comprehensive interactive digital directory of all services available for almost three million veterans across the country.

The fully inclusive and accessible app provides them with the locations of local hospitals, substance abuse clinics and details of how to access education, financial assistance, employment support, housing and shelters – all in the palm of their hands on a smartphone or tablet. It even includes a recently added layer of support for those facing new challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Importantly, the app has been designed to draw anonymised geolocation data on what users are searching for, to help to identify particular issues that may be faced within different regions. This will be used as evidence to show government where funding needs to be invested to improve services for veterans.

The new app builds on the success of the Veterans’ Gateway online directory which was also developed by Northumbria University’s Northern Hub for Veterans and Military Families Research and RippleNami which groups together all NHS facilities and over 2,000 charitable organisations across the country, allowing veterans and their families to access local support as and when it is needed.

Since being set up in 2017, Veterans’ Gateway has received over 47,000 calls and has signposted ex-forces personnel and their families to the wide range of support available to them.

Assistant Director of Veterans’ Gateway, Mark Collins said: “This new app is a great way of enabling the veteran community to find information and gain advice on the go. Our team are here for them 24/7 and this technology means they can access local information quickly or use it to contact the service. By showing them the help and support available locally, it strengthens the fact that Veterans’ Gateway is a key point of contact for veterans and their families.”

Northumbria University and Ripplenami have been working to develop the new app over the last five years. This work is part of a wider ‘Map of Need’ project being led by the Northern Hub for Veterans and Military Families Research, which has been funded by the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust with grants to date totalling £1.4m.

As well as providing veterans with a much-needed interactive map of all specialist services available to them, the app has also been designed to help service providers to ensure they are offering the support that former UK service men and women want and need by collecting anonymous data about the types of services veterans are searching for and using.

The prefix of the app user’s postcode – such as NW1 – is collected when veterans conduct a search through the app. This detail is then used to identify if the services people are looking for are available in certain regions.

This intelligence will inform national debate and lead to the development of policy recommendations and guidance for improvements to services provision.

Dr Matt Kiernan is an Associate Professor of Mental Health and Veteran Studies at Northumbria University and a former Lieutenant Commander in the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service. He said: “This is the first time that this type of mapping technology has been available on an app. We are proud that through this excellent collaboration we have been able to create something bespoke to the veteran community. It’s a really clever piece of software that will be ground-breaking at an international level and paves the way for mapping veteran and military families’ services worldwide. It will benefit veterans and their families as they use it and it will allow us to better understand the needs of the veteran community across the UK and use that information to develop future services.

“We can now see detail on what people are searching for and what services they subsequently access in different locations – but importantly with absolute anonymity. All we see is the first part of the user’s postcode location, but this means we can analyse variances between what people are looking for and what is available to them locally. If the services they need aren’t available close by then we will now have the evidence to advise government of where it needs to invest to meet these needs.”

The bespoke design of the app has also allowed a rapid, flexible response to the coronavirus pandemic, meaning that Covid-19 specific local support has been added to the platform.

UK veteran Tom Ripley is an MOD Army Welfare Worker who works with serving personnel and families and encourages them to use the app. He said: “Our veterans can face many different problems when they leave the forces, from mental health, alcohol and substance abuse and PTSD to housing and employment issues. The app really is a one-stop shop; you can find all the services you might need in one place. There can be a stigma attached to asking for help and some people are embarrassed to take that first step. Being able to look up support services by themselves at home can make a huge difference – the anonymity is definitely appealing.”

Veterans’ Gateway is delivered by a consortium comprising The Royal British Legion, Poppyscotland, Combat Stress, Connect Assist, the Ministry of Defence and SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity.

The Veterans’ Gateway app is available for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play. Here you can see a video demonstrating the app in use.

Notes to editors:

About Veterans’ Gateway

Veterans’ Gateway is a service which launched in response to Lord Ashcroft’s Veterans’ Transition Review. It acts as a point of contact for veterans, their families and carers who are in need of support, particularly from the charity sector. The service is funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund, which receives an annual grant from the Ministry of Defence, and is delivered by a consortium comprising The Royal British Legion, Poppyscotland, Combat Stress, Connect Assist, the Ministry of Defence and SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity. Veterans’ Gateway provides a pathway to a full list of services from housing and recovery to mental health services, financial and employment advice. The service aims to reduce the confusion for veterans seeking support within the military charity sector and will ensure it can signpost to the right service for any need a veteran may present with.

For more information on Veterans’ Gateway, or for those in need of support, visit www.veteransgateway.org.uk, call 0808 802 1212 or text 81212

The Veterans’ Gateway app is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Here you can see a video demonstrating the app in use.

About the Covenant Fund Trust

The Armed Forces Covenant sets out the relationship between the nation, the Government and the armed forces. It recognises that the whole nation has a moral obligation to current and former members of the armed forces and their families, and it sets out how they should expect to be treated. The Covenant Fund receives £10 million each year from the Ministry of Defence to support the Armed Forces Covenant by funding projects which address specific priorities. It also received a further £10m in the recent Budget to support veterans’ health and wellbeing projects

Northumbria is a research-rich, business-focused, professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence. Find out more about us at www.northumbria.ac.uk — Please contact our Media and Communications team at media.communications@northumbria.ac.uk or call +44 (0)191 227 4604 with any media enquiries or interview requests.

 

RippleNami® Wins Best Blockchain Solution from AppsAfrica® Awards

AppsAfrica Innovation Awards 2019 Honored RippleNami in Cape Town

Nairobi, Kenya…. December 18, 2019 – RippleNami, Inc., a provider of traceability and transparency technology, was named the winner of Best Blockchain Solution during the 5th Annual AppsAfrica Innovation Awards. These prestigious awards continue to showcase the best mobile and tech services launched across the African continent, from both corporates and start-ups, and this year attracted entries from 52 countries across the continent and further afield.  On 11 November 2019, RippleNami joined the winner’s stage alongside thirteen other winners in categories, such as Best IoT Solution Liquid Telecom (Kenya), Changing Africa Award Flutterwave (Nigeria) and Social Impact Award IDEA Digital Education (South Africa).

“This award comes on the heels of RippleNami launching its Traceability and Transparency Initiative™.  Anticipating the increasing demands for verifiable product management from source to end-user, we designed and launched this new platform specifically for recording, searching, tracking, and visualizing a genealogy linkage between assets,” says Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

RippleNami is the only company with the capability to provide true end-to-end traceability. We do this by utilizing our blend of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, genetics, data visualization, and mobile phones. RippleNami is the only company offering the capability to provide verifiable end to end traceability, connecting all the parties and creating unprecedented visibility and transparency all along any supply chain— from raw materials to the end user.

Kyalo Muambi, RippleNami’s Head of Africa Business Development, explains, “Africa as a continent continues to suffer from the world’s highest per-capita rate of foodborne illnesses.  According to the World Health Organization, foodborne hazards are responsible for 91 million acute illnesses in Africa every year.  On the other hand, trade is imperative to uplift African economies.  The majority of African countries do not meet the export standards to ensure food safety.  By utilizing RippleNami’s proprietary technology solution in the agriculture sector throughout Africa, we facilitate the adoption of export standards, while providing the ability to verify compliance throughout the entire value chain and are changing the global landscape in unprecedented fashion.”

“This year, we saw entries from 52 countries and are delighted to showcase tech innovators from across the continent for our fifth edition. The AppsAfrica.com Innovation Awards provide an unbiased platform for the smaller guys to compete on a level playing field against bigger corporates, who typically dominate Awards elsewhere, which is why we first set them up in 2015. Congratulations to all the winners we look forward to having them all join us at Africa Tech Summit in Rwanda next year, and a special word of thanks all entrants, our expert judging panel, sponsors and supporting partners across Africa who help each year” shared Andrew Fassnidge founder of AppsAfrica.com.

Sponsored by the Africa Tech Summit Kigali, Tencent, Huawei, and Mobile Monday South Africa (MOMO), the 2019 edition saw over 400 applications assessed and judged by an independent panel of industry experts including media, investors, and leaders from the tech ecosystem. By invitation, RippleNami will be attending Africa Tech Summit in Kigali 2020 to join 400+ tech leaders from across the continent which will feature three tracks – the Money and Blockchain Summit, the Future Summit, and the Africa Start-up Summit and will bring together over 600+ corporates, mobile ventures, start-ups and investors from across the African tech ecosystem.

About RippleNami, Inc.

RippleNami recognizes that people empowered with real-time and easily accessible information around the world can connect and drive unimaginable change. RippleNami is redefining blockchain and mapping with the first visualization platform that consolidates big data and provides consumers with the information that matters most. This cost-effective, device agnostic, cloud-based platform delivers millions of actionable data points on an intuitive map that enables critical decision-making and enhanced collaboration for enterprises, nonprofits, and foreign government agencies. With seamless integration, limitless customization, and scalable architecture, RippleNami allows people to chart their world, streamline communications and improve operational effectiveness. For more information, visit www.ripplenami.com.

About AppsAfrica
AppsAfrica is a leading pan-African technology news portal and advisory service dedicated to delivering the latest insight on mobile, tech, and innovation in Africa.

AppsAfrica Advisory provides strategic, tactical, and operational Africa advisory services for mobile and tech ventures planning to launch or expand in Sub-Saharan Africa with a team of experienced advisors. Our events celebrate and connect the best in mobile and tech from across the African tech ecosystem with global players. Learn more about the AppsAfrica at www.appsafrica.com.

RippleNami® Chairman and CEO Named Top 500 Influential Leader

San Diego Business Journal Honors San Diego’s Top Business Leaders

 San Diego – December 18, 2019, RippleNami, Inc., a provider of AI blockchain data visualization technology, is pleased to announce the 2020 edition of the San Diego 500: The Book of Influential Business Leaders included their Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jaye Connolly-LaBelle for the third consecutive year.

Curated by the San Diego Business Journal newsroom, this coveted list honors business leaders across various industries who serve vital roles within the community, champion civic initiatives, and help strengthen the local economy.  Honorees featured in San Diego 500 encompass a wide range of industries, including defense, manufacturing, service providers, financial and technology firms, life sciences, and real estate companies.

“It is an honor to join the San Diego 500 of the top influential business leaders as RippleNami takes considerable pride in representing San Diego innovation in emerging nations throughout Africa,” said Jaye Connolly-LaBelle. “RippleNami is working directly with African leaders to unlock their economic potential for citizens with innovative solutions for a better life for all.”

Leveraging disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, genetics, data visualization and mobile phones, RippleNami is the only company with the ability to provide true end-to-end traceability, connecting all the parties and creating unprecedented transparency and visibility all along any supply chain―from raw materials to the end consumer. Headquartered in San Diego, RippleNami’s offices include Kenya and the United Kingdom.

About RippleNami

RippleNami recognizes that people empowered with real-time and easily accessible information around the world can connect and drive unimaginable change. RippleNami is redefining blockchain and mapping with the first visualization platform that consolidates big data and provides consumers with the information that matters most. This cost-effective, device agnostic, cloud-based platform delivers millions of actionable data points on an intuitive map that enables critical decision-making and enhanced collaboration for enterprises, nonprofits, and foreign government agencies. With seamless integration, limitless customization, and scalable architecture, RippleNami allows people to chart their world, streamline communications and improve operational effectiveness. For more information, visit www.ripplenami.com.

About the San Diego Business Journal

Each year the San Diego Business Journal selects 500 influential leaders from every significant sector of the business community.  The executives featured in the San Diego 500 consists of people who have founded or are running a significant business regarding several jobs, key products and services; experts who raise the level of the industry here and beyond; and business people who lead in the community.  Learn more about San Diego Business Journal at www.sdbj.com.

RippleNami® Wins Prestigious Company of the Year in the 2019 Women World Awards®

Winners will be honored at the 2019 Red Carpet Awards Ceremony Dinner in San Francisco

RippleNami, Inc., a provider of blockchain data visualization technology, is pleased to announce they have been named Company of the Year for the 2019 Womens World Awards.

The coveted annual Women World Awards program encompasses the world’s best in leadership, innovation, organizational performance, new products and services, and milestones from every major industry in the world. Organizations from all over the world participated including public and private, for-profit and non-profit, largest to smallest and new start-ups.

RippleNami employs a powerful team of women who share a deep conviction that by empowering emerging countries, the world will experience rapid transformation.  RippleNami’s mission is simple: connect the globe’s unconnected citizens with identifications, resources, and services essential to survive and thrive by leveraging their proprietary technology and the mass adoption of mobile phones. RippleNami is headquartered in San Diego with offices in Africa and United Kingdom.

“It is an honor to be named Company of the Year by Women World Awards for this esteemed industry and peer world recognition,” said Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, Chairman and CEO.  “These awards are a testament to RippleNami’s determination to aggressively introduce and deploy our blockchain data visualization platform which empowers individuals and organizations to generate, collect, analyze and transact data to ultimately establish ‘smart economies.’  This award comes on the heels of RippleNami expansion into e-government, agriculture and real-time livestock traceability programme to fuel the change in Africa at a rapid pace. We thank the judges who selected RippleNami and acknowledging our fast track to foster lasting change,” said Connolly-Labelle.  “I would like to personally thank our powerful women including Amy Johnson, COO; Kendra Berger, CFO; Clara Bova, QA; Jewel Zolman, HR and Joyce Yegon, Africa Sales.”

Judges from a broad spectrum of industry voices from around the world participated and their average scores determined the 2019 award winners. Winners will be honored in San Francisco on Monday, October 28, 2019 during the annual Silicon Valley United States (SVUS) Red Carpet Awards Ceremony Dinner in San Francisco attended by the finalists, winners, judges and industry peers.

About RippleNami

RippleNami recognizes that people empowered with real-time and easily accessible information around the world can connect and drive unimaginable change. RippleNami is redefining blockchain and mapping with the first visualization platform that consolidates big data and provides information that matters most to its users. This cost-effective, device agnostic, cloud-based platform delivers millions of actionable data points on an intuitive map that enables critical decision making and enhanced collaboration for enterprises, nonprofits, and foreign government agencies. With seamless integration, limitless customization and scalable architecture, RippleNami allows people to chart their world, streamline communications and improve operational effectiveness. For more information about RippleNami, visit www.ripplenami.com.

About the Women World Awards  

Women World Awards are an annual industry and peers recognition program honoring women in business and the professions and organizations of all types and sizes in North America, Europe, Middle-East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin-America. The Annual Women World Awards is part of the SVUS Awards® recognition program from Silicon Valley in the United States of America which also includes other programs such as CEO World Awards, Consumer World Awards, Customer Sales and Service World Awards, Golden Bridge Awards, Globee Awards, Info Security PG’s Global Excellence Awards, Network Products Guide’s IT World Awards, Pillar World Awards, and PR World Awards. For complete list of winners visit https://womenworldawards.com/winners/2019-winners/

RippleNami® Chairman and CEO to Speak at 31st Annual National Defense Department of the Navy Conference in San Diego

San Diego – July 22, 2018 – RippleNami, Inc., a provider of blockchain data visualization technology, announced today that its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, will speak at the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Department of the Navy (DoN) Gold Coast Conference with Bank of America Merrill Lynch on July 25, 2019, in San Diego, California.

Connolly-LaBelle will share her in-depth experience working directly with foreign leaders, reveal the horsepower behind RippleNami’s technology platform and how it’s converting Africa’s development challenges into prosperity and furthering its sovereign powers.

Technology is the major driver of human advancement.  By 2030, Africa will have the world’s largest workforce.  RippleNami’s mission is for every one of the 1.3 billion current citizens to be connected, digitally skilled and an empowered global citizen. RippleNami is working closely with African leaders to execute on connecting unconnected people to resources and services needed with an easy-to-use blockchain data visualization solution leveraging the proliferation of mobile phones.  RippleNami is headquartered in San Diego with offices in Africa and the United Kingdom.

The DoN Gold Coast Event is the premier Navy procurement conference in the country. Gold Coast provides a forum to educate, guide, and assist businesses, large and small, in support of the warfighter mission within Department of the Navy and throughout the Department of Defense.

Leaders from both government and industry will discuss critical policy, programs and maritime service issues in insightful panels, workshops, and networking events to identify how to meet DoN needs with cutting edge solutions. Attendees will have an opportunity to connect with over 200 government agencies and industry organizations, including Acquisition Professionals from the 10 Navy Systems Commands acquisition commands. One-on-one matchmaking sessions provide a unique opportunity for industry personnel to meet key government procurement authorities. As the only DoN co-sponsored procurement event, Gold Coast is invaluable for everyone interested in growing their business through defense contracting.  The conference will be held July 24 -26, 2019 at the San Diego Convention Center.

About RippleNami

RippleNami recognizes that people empowered with real-time and easily accessible information around the world can connect and drive unimaginable change. RippleNami is redefining blockchain and mapping with the first visualization platform that consolidates big data and provides information that matters most to its users. This cost-effective, device agnostic, cloud-based platform delivers millions of actionable data points on an intuitive map that enables critical decision making and enhanced collaboration for enterprises, nonprofits, and foreign government agencies. With seamless integration, limitless customization and scalable architecture, RippleNami allows people to chart their world, streamline communications and improve operational effectiveness. For more information about RippleNami, visit www.ripplenami.com.

About the National Defense Industrial Association 

The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is America’s leading Defense Industry association promoting national security. Each year NDIA holds an annual Department of the Navy Gold Coast Event which is the premier Navy procurement conference in the country. Gold Coast provides a forum to educate, guide, and assist businesses, large and small, in support of the warfighter mission within Department of the Navy and throughout the Department of Defense. The San Diego Chapter of NDIA is proud to present the NDIA 31st Annual Department of the Navy Gold Coast Small Business Procurement Event:  Engaging with Small Business to Fortify National Defense.  Visit www.ndia-sd.org for more information.

About Bank of America Merrill Lynch   

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is one of the world’s leading financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 67 million client relationships with approximately 4,400 retail financial centers including more than 1,700 lending centers, more than 1,900 Merrill Edge investment centers and more than 1,300 business centers, approximately 16,100 ATMs, and award-winning digital banking with more than 36 million active users, including 25 million mobile users. Bank of America is a global leader in wealth management, corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations across the United States, its territories and more than 35 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. For more Bank of America news, visit www.bankofamerica.com.

RippleNami® CEO Named Finalist for CEO of the Year Awards

San Diego Business Journal Honors the Top CEOs on June 19, 2019

San Diego – June 17, 2019, RippleNami, Inc., a provider of blockchain data visualization technology, is pleased to announce their Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, has been named a finalist for the 2019 CEO of the Year Awards.

Each year, the San Diego Business Journal recognizes industry leaders’ great achievements within their companies and in the community. The winners and finalists are lauded for demonstrating determination and insight yielding huge successes for their organizations. These executives have taken the lead in driving their businesses and the local economy. The San Diego Business Journal honors these CEOs by hosting an exclusive reception and awards program to honor the winners, finalists and guests.

Technology is the major driver of human advancement.  By 2030, Africa will have the world’s largest workforce.  RippleNami’s mission is for every one of the 1.3 billion current citizens to be connected, digitally skilled and an empowered global citizen. RippleNami is working closely with African leaders to execute on connecting unconnected people to resources and services needed with an easy-to-use blockchain data visualization solution leveraging the proliferation of mobile phones.  RippleNami is headquartered in San Diego with offices in Africa and United Kingdom.

“Receiving this distinction from our own backyard is the very essence of what fast-growing global startups like Ripplenami can expect from the San Diego ecosystem. Through our innovative technology, RippleNami is quickly affecting change for people in developing countries. We thank the San Diego judges who selected RippleNami and acknowledging our fast track to foster lasting change,” said Connolly-Labelle.

Connolly-LaBelle and her fellow finalists will be honored at a reception hosted by San Diego Business Journal on June 19th at National University in La Jolla, California.

About RippleNami

RippleNami recognizes that people empowered with real-time and easily accessible information around the world can connect and drive unimaginable change. RippleNami is redefining blockchain and mapping with the first visualization platform that consolidates big data and provides information that matters most to its users. This cost-effective, device agnostic, cloud-based platform delivers millions of actionable data points on an intuitive map that enables critical decision making and enhanced collaboration for enterprises, nonprofits, and foreign government agencies. With seamless integration, limitless customization and scalable architecture, RippleNami allows people to chart their world, streamline communications and improve operational effectiveness. For more information about RippleNami, visit www.ripplenami.com.

About the San Diego Business Journal

Each year the San Diego Business Journal recognizes industry leaders’ great achievements within their companies and in the community. The winners and finalists are lauded for demonstrating determination and insight yielding huge successes for their organizations. These executives have taken the lead in driving their businesses and the local economy. Learn more about the www.sdbj.com.

Athena Pinnacle Awards Honors RippleNami® CEO

Connolly-LaBelle reaching a new Pinnacle at the Khumbu Ice Fall at the base of Mt. Everest, Nepal

California’s Signature Awards Celebrates Women Champions on May 7, 2019

San Diego – May 6, 2019 – RippleNami, Inc., a global technology company offering the first blockchain data visualization platform, announces today that its chairman and chief executive officer, Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, is a finalist in Athena’s 21st Anniversary Pinnacle Awards.  The Annual Pinnacle Awards Celebration is a staple in California’s technology and life sciences sectors, convening 600+ industry leaders to honor those advancing careers of women in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.

In developing nations, females suffer from a multitude of market and cultural disadvantages.  For example, African women farmers are locked out of land ownership, do not have childcare, no access to proper tools, fertilizer or banks, and the list goes on.  African girls spend six hours every day, gathering water and vital provisions rather than learning in school or working to support their families. RippleNami understands that by empowering these deserving women and children, the world will experience rapid transformation.  RippleNami’s mission is simple: connect the globe’s unconnected citizens with identifications, resources, and services essential to survive and thrive by leveraging their proprietary technology and the mass adoption of mobile phones. RippleNami’s proprietary technology solution has been deployed into developing countries is poised to change the global landscape in unforeseen ways.

As an Athena board member, Connolly-LaBelle shares Athena’s deeply held conviction and singular cause to drive a societal impact of this magnitude leveraging her global reach and San Diego roots. Connolly-LaBelle realizes empowering women and children will make the world a better place. Connolly-LaBelle saw something in RippleNami she knew would impact the world & wanted to be part of the sea change it had the potential to affect. Connolly-LaBelle travels the globe witnessing circumstances she never dreamed imaginable. She is quickly helping advance the adoption of RippleNami’s technology to solve problems & change lives in unconnected nations by connecting those in need with essential data.

Every year, Athena Pinnacle Awards places the national spotlight on the individuals, corporations and institutions that excel in mentoring, promoting and advancing women working in the STEM fields. Connolly-LaBelle’s 2019 nomination recognizes her as an extraordinary woman committed to helping women through her global vision and technology solution while affirming the significance of RippleNami’s bold mission.

About RippleNami

RippleNami recognizes that people empowered with real-time and easily accessible information around the world can connect and foster unimaginable change. RippleNami is redefining blockchain and mapping with the first blockchain visualization platform that consolidates big data and provides information that matters most to users and organizations. Its cost-effective, device agnostic cloud-based platform delivers millions of real-time actionable data points on an intuitive map to customers across enterprises, nonprofits and foreign government agencies that are enabling critical decision making and enhanced collaboration. With seamless integration, limitless customization and scalable architecture, RippleNami allows people to chart their own world, streamlining communication and improving operational effectiveness. For more information about RippleNami, visit www.ripplenami.com.

About Athena

Athena is a professional association dedicated to empowering progress together by advancing women in STEM. Athena’s 500+ member community accesses executive leadership forums, educational and mentoring programs, and targeted networking that empower women to accelerate their careers and perform at their highest levels. Athena members hold positions of senior executive, entrepreneur, educator and manager from across the STEM fields, as well as the associated service providers. Learn more about Athena.

 

RippleNami® Board of Directors to Speak at Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts – May 2, 2019 – RippleNami, Inc., a provider of blockchain data visualization technology, announced today that its valued Board of Directors member Glenn D. (Terry) Dunmire, III will speak at the Doing Business in Congo Forum, on May 3, 2019, at Center for African Studies in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Doing Business in Congo Forum at Harvard is dedicated to promoting dialogue around the business climate and investment opportunities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The government of His Excellency the President of DRC Hon. Felix Tshisekedi has indicated its commitment to creating and sustaining a platform of economic growth and prosperity. This forum hopes to engage in dialogue around the issues needed to make this happen. The Democratic Republic of Congo is open for business.

Distinguished guests will include members of DRC government, private sector, leading entrepreneurs and academicians. This is event is sponsored by the Harvard University Center for African Studies.  Panelists will include:

  1. Stephen Lande (President, Manchester Trade)
  2. Glenn D. (Terry) Dunmire, III (Chairman, Groundswell and Board of Directors, RippleNami)
  3. Jean Claude Kabongo (Special Advisor to the President on Investments)
  4. Anthony Nkinzo Kamole (CEO, DRC Investment Agency)
  5. Patricia Nzolantima (Country Manager, Comuni-cart)
  6. Perry Mulenga Diyoka (COO, New Frontier Consulting)
  7. Jonathan Leye (Precision Agriculture)

Dunmire and RippleNami share a deep conviction that by empowering emerging countries, the world will experience rapid transformation.  RippleNami’s mission is simple: connect the globe’s unconnected citizens with identifications, resources, and services essential to survive and thrive by leveraging their proprietary technology and the mass adoption of mobile phones.

Dunmire brings decades of experience as an international attorney, investment banker, and business development specialist. As the Investment Banking and Strategic Business Development Advisor under USAID to the Governments of Egypt and Nigeria, Dunmire was responsible for the privatization programs and procedures having authored privatization processes and procedures for both.  Dunmire is an Honorary U.S. Ambassador for Sustainability to the United Nations General Assembly, former Chairman for Corporate Council on Africa’s Infrastructure Conferences, and Chairman for the committee that wrote policy recommendations for the Obama Administration. Dunmire is a two-time board member of the Corporate Council on Africa, Board of Directors of RippleNami, Inc., Chairman of Groundswell and is currently member of the Atlantic Council.

About RippleNami

RippleNami recognizes that people empowered with real-time and easily accessible information around the world can connect and drive unimaginable change. RippleNami is redefining blockchain and mapping with the first visualization platform that consolidates big data and provides information that matters most to its users. This cost-effective, device agnostic, cloud-based platform delivers millions of actionable data points on an intuitive map that enables critical decision making and enhanced collaboration for enterprises, nonprofits, and foreign government agencies. With seamless integration, limitless customization and scalable architecture, RippleNami allows people to chart their world, streamline communications and improve operational effectiveness. For more information about RippleNami, visit www.ripplenami.com.

About Harvard University Center for African Studies

The Harvard University Center for African Studies supports and promotes Africa-related seminars, workshops, events and conferences in Cambridge, the Boston area and in Johannesburg, South Africa.  For more information, please email africa@harvard.edu.

RippleNami® Named Top 100 “Best Companies in America”

Entrepreneur Magazine Features RippleNami Again in Prestigious Entrepreneur360 List

San Diego – December 19, 2018 – RippleNami, Inc., a provider of blockchain data visualization technology, announces today its designation as one of the “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America.” Earning this distinction for a second year in a row by Entrepreneur Magazine, the Entrepreneur360™ List is an esteemed compilation delivering the most comprehensive analysis of private companies in America. Based on this study and forged by Entrepreneur, RippleNami is recognized as a well-rounded company that masters a balance of impact, innovation, growth leadership and value.

“It’s no small feat to run in this race for the 2018 Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America,” said Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, RippleNami’s CEO and Chairman. “RippleNami takes considerable pride in representing San Diego’s innovation economy in its work throughout emerging nations in Africa. Working with African leaders to unleash their citizen’s economic potential through our technology solutions, makes it the best job in the world,” Connolly-LaBelle continued.

“Our annual evaluation of vetted data offers a 360-degree analysis of top, privately-held companies across a multitude of industries,” explains Jason Feifer, editor in chief of  Entrepreneur Magazine. “They are deemed successful not only by revenue numbers, but by how well-rounded they are. The companies that make the list have pushed boundaries with their innovative ideas, fostered strong company cultures, impacted their communities for the better, and increased their brand equity.”

RippleNami continues to execute on connecting 5 billion unconnected people to critical resources and services with an easy-to-use blockchain data visualization solution leveraging the proliferation of mobile phones.  Headquartered in San Diego, California, RippleNami’s operations span across Kenya, Uganda, Sierra Leone, the United Kingdom, and Southeast Asia.

Honorees were identified based on a comprehensive study of independently owned companies using proprietary algorithm and other advanced analytics. The algorithm was built on a balanced scorecard designed to measure five metrics reflecting major pillars of entrepreneurship: innovation, growth, leadership, impact and business valuation.  For more on RippleNami, Inc., visit www.ripplenami.com.  For additional details on the E360 List and the awardees visit: www.entrepreneur.com/360.

About RippleNami

RippleNami recognizes that people empowered with real-time and easily accessible information around the world can connect and drive unimaginable change. RippleNami is redefining blockchain and mapping with the first visualization platform that consolidates big data and provides information that matters most to its users. This cost-effective, device agnostic, cloud-based platform delivers millions of actionable data points on an intuitive map that enables critical decision making and enhanced collaboration for enterprises, nonprofits, and foreign government agencies. With seamless integration, limitless customization and scalable architecture, RippleNami allows people to chart their world, streamline communications and improve operational effectiveness. For more information about RippleNami, visit www.ripplenami.com.

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RippleNami® Chairman and CEO Joins UN Global Compact in San Francisco

Corporate Leaders Convene to Address the Future Face of the Global Workforce

San Diego – December 7, 2018 – RippleNami, Inc., a provider of blockchain data visualization technology, announces today that its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, will attend the UN Global Compact and Athena’s collaborative event in San Francisco, California on December 6-7, 2018.

As a leader in women’s empowerment through science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Connolly-LaBelle joins Athena’s Chief Executive Officer, Holly Smithson, to address ways in which business can take action on promoting gender equality in the workplace, marketplace, and community.

Just returning from Uganda, Connolly-LaBelle spent time with the Wembly Mo Foundation, an orphanage full of talented youth.  “I asked each kid what they wanted to be when they grow up,” said Connolly-LaBelle.  “Full of laughter and joy, their responses ranged from doctor, lawyer, pilot, rapper, pastor, footballer to dancer. RippleNami supports these children and assists them in setting and reaching their dreams.”  Access Wembly’s children in French Montana’s Unforgettable music video.

“RippleNami is a commendable model of how companies can dramatically empower women and children, at scale, said Holly Smithson, CEO of Athena. The sheer horsepower behind RippleNami’s technology platform is converting Africa’s development challenges into prosperity by positioning women out of poverty and into financial independence.”

RippleNami operates on the premise that by empowering these deserving children that the world will experience rapid transformation.  RippleNami’s mission is clear: connect the globe’s unconnected citizens with identifications, resources, and services essential to survive and thrive by leveraging its proprietary technology and the mass adoption of mobile phones.

About RippleNami

RippleNami recognizes that people empowered with real-time and easily accessible information around the world can connect and drive unimaginable change. RippleNami is redefining blockchain and mapping with the first visualization platform that consolidates big data and provides information that matters most to its users. This cost-effective, device agnostic, cloud-based platform delivers millions of actionable data points on an intuitive map that enables critical decision making and enhanced collaboration for enterprises, nonprofits, and foreign government agencies. With seamless integration, limitless customization and scalable architecture, RippleNami allows people to chart their world, streamline communications and improve operational effectiveness. For more information about RippleNami, visit www.ripplenami.com.

About Athena

Athena is empowering progress together by advancing professional women in the STEM workforce. Athena offers its member community instruments for change through professional development, community investment, and market research. Its 20-year history of advancing women in one of the nation’s leading STEM hubs marks Athena as a premier women’s empowerment advocate. For more information visit www.athenasd.org and follow @athenasandiego.