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Brex Launches New Digital Banking* Products for Startups

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New Checking and updates to Treasury and Vault accounts offer increased saving flexibility and higher yield

New partnership with Column N.A., Member FDIC enables businesses to quickly and easily open new accounts, and avoid transaction fees

SAN FRANCISCO, June 18, 2024 — Brex, the leading all-in-one financial stack supporting 1 out of 3 startups in the U.S.**, today launched new digital banking products and a number of updates to its flagship business account, giving founders access to capital where and when they need it. This launch makes Brex the only spend management platform to marry corporate cards, expense management, bill pay, travel booking, treasury, and banking into one vertically integrated offering.

“Henrique and I started Brex after moving from Brazil to the Bay Area and seeing firsthand the uphill financial battle founders face. Traditional banking is too slow, and even ‘founder-friendly’ neobanks still charge hidden fees and lack global support,” said Pedro Franchesci, Co-Founder and CEO of Brex. “Access to banking and cash is one of the most critical factors for startup success, and we’re proud to be expanding our Banking capabilities to support founders from inception to IPO.”

Brex business accounts now benefit from new advanced security features including comprehensive fraud protection, authentication tools and built-in payment approval flows, all accessible directly from the Brex mobile app with 24/7 support via the app, by phone, or through WhatsApp. Customers can now access three distinct accounts within business accounts to:

  • Confidently open accounts and transfer funds around the world with the new Checking account powered by Column N.A., with no transaction fees on ACH transfers, checks, and domestic wires – plus international wires in over 40 currencies. Opening a Checking account is easy and can be done entirely online.
  • Expand spending power with an updated and fully-integrated Treasury account, making it simpler to oversee and manage funds and earn yield from day one with auto-transfer capabilities and no fees, minimum balance requirements, liquidity restrictions, or waiting periods.
  • Safeguard capital with the updated Vault account, where funds are diversified across more than 20 program banks with up to $6M of total FDIC insurance (20x the national average).

“Banking is highly complicated and heavily regulated, but Column built a new type of bank from the ground up and redefined what a bank could be,” said Brex Head of Startups Jason Mok. “We partnered with Column because their unique approach to banking provides the speed, flexible account model, and API-first approach that no one else can. These aspects are essential to building banking products that power our customersʼ growth.

Brex’s original business accounts launched in 2019, enabling founders to open operating accounts and manage finances from anywhere without ever stepping foot in a bank. And when SVB collapsed in early 2023, Brex and the Brex business account were on the front lines helping founders in new ways. Between March 9 and March 16 2023, Brex took in 4,000 customers and $2 billion in deposits, and within 48 hours Brex established a $1B emergency bridge loan to help impacted companies make payroll. More than 90% of the customers that signed up during the week of the SVB collapse are still active Brex customers, and more than 1/3 of customers now use Brex business accounts.

This comes as the latest of Brex’s commitment to helping the fastest-growing startups get the most out of every moment of their journey from day one. In addition to business accounts, Brex offers a full financial stack for early-stage companies:

  • Get their business off the ground faster by accessing Brex business accounts immediately upon incorporation with Stripe Atlas.
  • Unlock operating capital with higher credit limits — without a personal guarantee — and easily issue corporate cards + reimbursements.
  • Pay vendors faster with automated bill pay and simplify all of your onboarding and payment processes.
  • Extend their runway with over $400K in discounts, founder-friendly rewards, exclusive invites to events with VCs in our network, and more.

To learn more about this new capability and how Brex is giving founder a competitive edge through Banking, visit: https://www.brex.com/journal/brex-startups-modern-banking

*Brex is a financial technology company, not a bank. Checking accounts and banking services provided by Column N.A., Member FDIC. Treasury and Vault are offered by Brex Treasury LLC, Member FINRA and SIPC. Vault accounts allow customers to sweep cash into program banks. Brex Treasury is not a bank nor an investment adviser. Yield is variable.
** Market share of customers activated on Brex out of all US-headquartered startups with <50 employees and have raised a professionally invested round in the last 8 quarters.

About Brex
Brex is the AI-powered spend platform. We transform finance teams from reactive no-sayers to proactive growth drivers. With Brex, companies spend with confidence by empowering employees to make smarter financial decisions from anywhere. Brex provides corporate cards, business accounts, and global payments, plus intuitive software for travel and expenses, that make it easy to plan and track all company spend in one place, in real time. Tens of thousands of companies from startups to global enterprises — including DoorDash, Flexport, and Compass — use Brex to proactively control spend, reduce costs, and increase efficiency on a global scale.

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StockGro Teams Up with Dubai Financial Market, Eyes UAE Debut with Enhanced Market Data Access

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To boost financial literacy in the UAE, StockGro, India’s largest stock market experiential learning platform, has partnered with Dubai Financial Market (DFM) to integrate a live data feed. This collaboration aims to enhance retail investor participation by fostering stock market literacy across the region.

StockGro’s community-based learning platform features over 100 licensed financial experts educating millennials about the financial markets. With DFM’s live data feed implemented on StockGro’s risk-free education platform, the partnership aims to propagate financial awareness in the UAE region.

Ajay Lakhotia, Founder and CEO of StockGro, commented on the expansion, saying, “Launching in UAE marks a significant milestone in our journey to make financial education accessible globally. With DFM’s support, we are excited to empower lakhs of UAE-based investors to become financially free.”

StockGro is India’s premier experiential social learning platform for trading and investments. With over 35 million users nationwide, StockGro is the trusted destination for individuals seeking to learn and master the art of trading and investments. StockGro has successfully empowered financial enthusiasts across 1000+ prestigious educational institutions, offering a unique and immersive learning experience.

Dubai Financial Market (DFM) is the UAE’s premier stock exchange, facilitating financial growth for investors and market participants by offering innovative products in an efficient, transparent and liquid environment. Dubai Financial Market (DFM) was established as a public institution with independent corporate bodies. DFM operates as a secondary market for the trading of securities issued by public shareholding companies, bonds issued by the Federal Government or any of the local Governments and public institutions in the country, units of investment funds and any other financial instruments, local or foreign, which are accepted by the market.

The DFM commenced operations on March 26, 2000, and became the 1st Islamic Shari’a-compliant exchange globally since 2007. Following its IPO in November 2006, when DFM offered 1.6 billion shares, representing 20% of its paid-up capital of AED 8 billion, DFM became a public joint stock company, and its shares were listed on 7 March 2007 with the trading symbol (DFM). Following the IPO, the Government of Dubai retained the remaining 80% of DFM Company through Borse Dubai Limited.

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Aviat Networks Acquires 4RF, a Leading Provider of Industrial Wireless Access Solutions for Critical Infrastructure

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AUSTIN, Texas, July 2, 2024 — Aviat Networks, Inc. (“Aviat”) (Nasdaq: AVNW), the leading expert in wireless transport and access solutions, today announced the acquisition of 4RF Limited (“4RF”), a leading provider of industrial wireless access solutions, including narrowband point-to-point/multi-point radios and Private LTE and 5G routers.

Designed specifically for critical infrastructure networks including utilities, oil and gas, mining, public safety and military, 4RF’s family of narrowband radios and LTE and 5G routers offer industry leading reliability and performance. Common applications include Private LTE/5G, smart grid, distribution automation, metering and renewables, as well as general supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and telemetry applications.

Spending on critical infrastructure networks is increasing worldwide driven by growing demand for security, automation, and fixed and mobile data communications such as video. Additionally, the increasing availability of spectrum for private networks in various countries around the world is a catalyst for growth.

This acquisition opens new segments for Aviat: a $200M 1 narrowband connectivity segment and the Cellular (LTE/5G) Router market which is $1.4B 2 market today growing to $2.5B by 2027.

With a proven and established presence in over 300 critical infrastructure customers in 160 countries worldwide, 4RF’s portfolio augments Aviat’s established offering of wireless access and transport solutions for private networks. Approximately 90% of 4RF and Aviat Networks utility customers are distinct, creating the possibility for future cross-selling opportunities.

“Operators of mission critical networks around the world rely on Aviat Networks for ultra-reliable and high-performance wireless solutions,” said Pete Smith, President and CEO of Aviat Networks. “Our acquisition of 4RF will further strengthen and expand our product offering for the global industrial wireless access markets including Private LTE/5G.”

Aviat expects the transaction to be immediately accretive to Aviat’s gross margin and to be accretive to adjusted EBITDA and non-GAAP EPS in the first year. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

About Aviat Networks
Aviat Networks, Inc. is the leading expert in wireless transport and access solutions and works to provide dependable products, services and support to its customers. With more than one million systems sold into 170 countries worldwide, communications service providers and private network operators including state/local government, utility, federal government and defense organizations trust Aviat with their critical applications. Coupled with a long history of microwave innovations, Aviat provides a comprehensive suite of localized professional and support services enabling customers to drastically simplify both their networks and their lives. For more than 70 years, the experts at Aviat have delivered high performance products, simplified operations, and the best overall customer experience.

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Thiozen, the first company ever to produce clean hydrogen from “sour gas” waste streams, announces total of $3.2M in funding

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Producing hydrogen from ‘sour gas’ waste streams for Emissions Reduction Alberta,
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Thiozen, the first company ever to produce clean hydrogen from “sour gas” waste streams, today announced it has received a total of $3.2M in funding for a clean hydrogen project in Alberta, Canada. Administered by Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) and Alberta Innovates, the funding is part of an overall $57 million commitment by the Government of Alberta to support 28 projects that advance the hydrogen economy, reduce emissions, and create jobs in Alberta.

Projects cover the spectrum of hydrogen production, storage, transmission, distribution, and usage. The Thiozen project will produce zero-emission hydrogen, which will be used to decarbonize onsite operations as a way of addressing one of the energy industry’s leading challenges: finding economically viable ways to decarbonize remote industrial locations.

“The Government of Alberta recognizes that sour gas processing is a major cost associated with energy supply, and appreciates both the economic and environmental value of removing the hydrogen sulfide and producing a new energy stream in hydrogen,” said Ryan Gillis, co-founder and President at Thiozen. “We’re honored to be selected to participate in this project and to help Alberta leverage an entirely new method of producing hydrogen.”

Thiozen will use ERA funding to install its proprietary technology at a gas processing site in Alberta. The Thiozen platform will facilitate the “de-souring” – or removal – of hydrogen sulfide from the sour natural gas streams while simultaneously generating zero-emission hydrogen.

“Hydrogen has the potential to transform global energy markets and to create trillions of dollars of economic activity,” said Nate Glubish, Minister of Technology and Innovation with ERA. “Alberta’s government is committed to investing in new technologies to develop a hydrogen market and to ensure that Alberta is the Hydrogen capital of Canada. These investments will help to grow and diversify our economy and secure our future as a global energy powerhouse for generations to come.”

If successful, the eight projects funded through ERA’s Accelerating Hydrogen Challenge are expected to deliver annual greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions of 13 thousand tonnes, cumulative reductions of 81 thousand tonnes by 2030, and 493 thousand tonnes by 2050.

“Thiozen’s selection by the Government of Alberta reflects the urgency of finding efficient decarbonization strategies for some of Canada’s most important industries,” said Gillis. “This is truly a transformational moment for Canada’s hydrogen economy and for the energy industry as a whole.”

About Thiozen’s Breakthrough Hydrogen Production Technology
Thiozen’s patented chemical cycle produces hydrogen from hydrogen sulfide – the “sour gas” waste stream – thereby replacing traditional hydrogen production. This process will dramatically reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the technology will improve air quality and respiratory health in communities near current hydrogen infrastructure while providing cost-sensitive firms a path to both procuring additional hydrogen and lowering the carbon intensity of their products.

About Thiozen
Thiozen is an MIT spinout and the first-ever company to commercialize a process that can produce hydrogen from sour gas waste streams. By developing a low-cost, low-emission method of producing hydrogen, Thiozen helps meet the energy industry’s growing demand for clean, affordable hydrogen. Thiozen recently validated its technology in an in-field pilot unit in the Permian Basin. The 3-year-old company has headquarters in Pasadena, CA.

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