Ag-Tech Firm Raises Investment Funding to Help Shrimp Farmers Escape the Poverty Trap

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Ag-Tech Firm Raises Investment Funding to Help Shrimp Farmers Escape the Poverty Trap

SEIS funding ensures production of unique HealthyShrimp salinity sensors to assist developing world shrimp farmers

The founders of Odyssey Sensors (http://www.odysseysensors.com)
are delighted to announce that they have secured a Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) round from 11 investors to raise a total of £140k in investment funding. This will enable them to start the rollout of their unique HealthyShrimp Salinity Sensor: a low cost, accurate, robust, and easy-to-use solar powered salt sensor designed to increase crop productivity of small plot shrimp farms and improve the livelihoods of the families that operate them. Odyssey Sensors has teamed up with Oxford Product Design (http://www.oxfordproductdesign.com/) to refine the HealthyShrimp salinity sensor prototype, and with additional support from a competitively earned Agri-Tech Catalyst grant (http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/innovation/collaboration/innovate-uk-competitions/agri-tech-catalyst/), the company is now beginning advanced field trials of the sensor in Bangladesh.

"The combination of the falling cost of electronics and the team’s ability to create customer-centred solutions for farmers currently lacking access to technological tools, allowed us to present a compelling investment opportunity while keeping true to our mission of focusing on delivering widespread social impact" explained Christopher Hunter, one of the directors of Odyssey Sensors.

The Odyssey Sensors team (http://www.odysseysensors.com/our-team.html) met while studying at the University of Oxford. Four Oxford classmates founded the company:  Kevin Baum, Stephen Honan, Christopher Hunter and Michael Thornton, joined by a recruit from the following class, Holden Bonwit. The big idea that spawned the company was the invention of the HealthyShrimp Salinity Sensor - an idea that quickly won acclaim and awards, including the Skoll Venture Award of £20k in 2013 from the Skoll Centre at Saïd Business School, giving the company its crucial first financial boost. Soon thereafter, the company began working on another product: the TroughSentry Remote Water Monitor (http://www.odysseysensors.com/trough-sentry.html) for livestock farmers, and following success in the Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) in which it placed second overall and scooped the Intel Emerging Markets Technology Award, the team brought Wayne Turner onboard as Business Manager.

“As a social enterprise company working in the ag-tech sector, Odyssey Sensors seeks out problems that persistently plague low margin farmers,” explains Wayne. “With advanced engineering, creativity, and support from partners like the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, we continue to deliver solutions to overlooked and underserved farming communities around the globe. We are aiming to join the first cohort of certified B-Corps (http://www.bcorporation.net) in the United Kingdom further underscoring our efforts to use business for good."

Odyssey Sensors is an agriculture technology company focused on designing, developing, and delivering sensors and sensor networks that increase the environmental and financial sustainability of low-margin farmers around the globe.

Ag-Tech Firm Raises Investment Funding to Help Shrimp Farmers Escape the Poverty Trap

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Ag-Tech Firm Raises Investment Funding to Help Shrimp Farmers Escape the Poverty Trap

SEIS funding ensures production of unique HealthyShrimp salinity sensors to assist developing world shrimp farmers

The founders of Odyssey Sensors (http://www.odysseysensors.com)
are delighted to announce that they have secured a Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) round from 11 investors to raise a total of £140k in investment funding. This will enable them to start the rollout of their unique HealthyShrimp Salinity Sensor: a low cost, accurate, robust, and easy-to-use solar powered salt sensor designed to increase crop productivity of small plot shrimp farms and improve the livelihoods of the families that operate them. Odyssey Sensors has teamed up with Oxford Product Design (http://www.oxfordproductdesign.com/) to refine the HealthyShrimp salinity sensor prototype, and with additional support from a competitively earned Agri-Tech Catalyst grant (http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/innovation/collaboration/innovate-uk-competitions/agri-tech-catalyst/), the company is now beginning advanced field trials of the sensor in Bangladesh.

"The combination of the falling cost of electronics and the team’s ability to create customer-centred solutions for farmers currently lacking access to technological tools, allowed us to present a compelling investment opportunity while keeping true to our mission of focusing on delivering widespread social impact" explained Christopher Hunter, one of the directors of Odyssey Sensors.

The Odyssey Sensors team (http://www.odysseysensors.com/our-team.html) met while studying at the University of Oxford. Four Oxford classmates founded the company:  Kevin Baum, Stephen Honan, Christopher Hunter and Michael Thornton, joined by a recruit from the following class, Holden Bonwit. The big idea that spawned the company was the invention of the HealthyShrimp Salinity Sensor - an idea that quickly won acclaim and awards, including the Skoll Venture Award of £20k in 2013 from the Skoll Centre at Saïd Business School, giving the company its crucial first financial boost. Soon thereafter, the company began working on another product: the TroughSentry Remote Water Monitor (http://www.odysseysensors.com/trough-sentry.html) for livestock farmers, and following success in the Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) in which it placed second overall and scooped the Intel Emerging Markets Technology Award, the team brought Wayne Turner onboard as Business Manager.

“As a social enterprise company working in the ag-tech sector, Odyssey Sensors seeks out problems that persistently plague low margin farmers,” explains Wayne. “With advanced engineering, creativity, and support from partners like the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, we continue to deliver solutions to overlooked and underserved farming communities around the globe. We are aiming to join the first cohort of certified B-Corps (http://www.bcorporation.net) in the United Kingdom further underscoring our efforts to use business for good."

Odyssey Sensors is an agriculture technology company focused on designing, developing, and delivering sensors and sensor networks that increase the environmental and financial sustainability of low-margin farmers around the globe.

International Fashion Designers & Models Prepare to Come to Milwaukee for Y Not Fashion Week

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International Fashion Designers & Models Prepare to Come to Milwaukee for Y Not Fashion Week

Exposure Magazine is proud to host the 1st Annual Y NOT FASHION WEEK happening in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 29-31, 2015

Runway Show History & Overview

Exposure Magazine is proud to host the 1st Annual Y NOT FASHION WEEK happening in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 29-31, 2015 and in Tulsa Oklahoma on February 11-13, 2015. This year’s event, consisting of a cocktail hour followed by a fashion runway and pop-up shop is poised to receive unprecedented press exposure and bring even more notoriety to Y NOT FASHION and it partners.

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to participate as a brand or media partner for the Y NOT FASHION WEEK 2015-16. The Power of International Fashion Exchange: An evening of confident style. These opportunities offer a host of exclusive benefits designed to enhance your brand’s visibility among Y NOT FASHION WEEK patrons. Our projected attendance for the opening is 400 plus in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and 1200 plus motivated consumers in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Y NOT FASHION WEEK receives press coverage in numerous media outlets such as Exposure Magazine,  Fashion Bloggers Worldwide, Caribbean Radio Station, FOX6 NEWS, 58 CBS NEWS, and a host of other viable media sources.  This year we anticipate an attendance of motivated consumers with disposables incomes  with the advantage age group between 25-45— Our average ticket holders based on data collected spends and average of $250 per transaction, 45% own a home, nearly half drive a luxury automobile. We also expect between 75 -120 males between 25-35 who also own a home and drive a luxury automobile.

Another important component to our event is the charitable aspect. Not only is this a high end evening of style, but it also raises money for women in homeless shelters, Exposure Magazine’s humanitarian project has raised over $1200 through ticket sales as a donation. This year Y NOT FASHION WEEK hopes to exceed our projected donation with your support we are sure to do so.

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Please review these brand partner opportunities. We look forward to working with you to ensure a mutually beneficial strategic partnership.

The estate of the late Julian and Agatha Bennett will be auctioned October 3rd in Panama City, Fla

The estate of the late Julian and Agatha Bennett will be auctioned October 3rd in Panama City, Fla

Hundreds of antique and collectible items gathered over the course of decades by the late Julian and Agatha Bennett, plus wonderful furniture pieces (many of them in the French style), will be sold on-site on Saturday, Oct. 3, in Panama City, Fla.

Hundreds of antique and collectible items gathered over the course of decades by the late Julian and Agatha Bennett, plus wonderful furniture pieces (many of them in the French style), will be sold on-site, at the couple's former residence located at 3127 West 30th Court in Panama City. The auction will be held Saturday, Oct. 3rd, starting at 8 a.m. Central time.

For those unable to attend the event in person, internet bidding will be facilitated by both LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Bennett were prominent members of the community. Julian Bennett was an attorney for more than 60 years, served two terms in the Florida House of Representatives from 1961-1967, opened The Reef Hotel with his brother Don in the 1950s, and was instrumental in developing Panama City's beachfront area with projects like the Miracle Strip Amusement Park.

Agatha Bennett taught in the Bay County school system and served as president of the Bay County Democratic Women's Club. She also helped host visiting state Chambers of Commerce groups during the 1960s. She took an active role in the family's many business enterprises (to include the hotel and amusement park). She passed away in 2012, her husband passed in 2013.

What they left behind is a houseful of treasures, with most of the collectible items and decorative accessories carrying Mrs. Bennett's personal stamp. She was very fond of figures that depicted monkeys and cherubs (especially cherubs; they are scattered liberally throughout the house). She also collected nutcrackers (50-60 will be sold, in varying sizes), miniature shoes and Christmas items.

“Mrs. Bennett had a keen eye for quality, and she spent a lot of time in the area's antiques shops, just browsing and buying,” said Logan Adams of The Specialists of the South, Inc., the Panama City-based firm conducting the auction.

In all, around 600 lots will come up for bid at the three-story structure the Bennetts called home. Sold will be Noritake (including a 55-piece china set in the Avalon pattern), Bavarian, Haviland, Lenox, Tiffany and handpainted china pieces, a service for eight Royal Copenhagen dinnerware set, a 1945 Rookwood vase, a Shirley Temple pitcher and many Fritz & Floyd Christmas pieces.

Collectible items will feature ladies' fans (one from 1939, framed), perfume bottles (to include commercial and dresser, plus atomizers and a Shannon crystal bottle with a floral stopper), sculptures and figures (to include a thumbs-up, a stork with spring neck, deer and other brass animals), and music boxes.

Silverplated items will include a punch bowl with 12 cups, tea services, large United States Navy tablespoons, a large repousse boat centerpiece (12 inches tall and 19 inches wide), a large figural planter (or fountain, cherub decorated, 51 inches tall), a pair of tall, graduated, pierced baskets, each one 19 ½ inches in height, and a revolving world. Also sold will be a milk glass punch bowl with 12 cups, and a 12-piece Victorian fruit knife set with stand.

Glass items will feature opalescent glass, elegant Depression glass (including Rosepoint), 53 pieces of Depression glass dinnerware, cut glass (including a large punch bowl on a stand), cut crystal stemware, cobalt blue glassware and a large amber blown glass jar and two cornucopias.

The French-style furniture will include a recamier sofa, bombe chests with ormolu and marble tops, a ladies' roll-top desk with ormolu, a kidney-shaped vanity with ormolu and side lamps, and an armoire with three-dimensional carvings and glass doors. Other furniture will feature a Victorian chaise longue, a wood settee (circa 1900), and a Chippendale-
style dining table, with chairs and a china cabinet.

Wild and wonderful offerings will feature an Illinois rolled gold pocket watch, an original reel-to-reel soundtrack recording of Gone With the Wind, a mink stroller coat and full-length fox coat from Goldstein's, an Art Nouveau light (marked Crosa, 1995), a Carl Reitz German wall clock, a signed oil on canvas depicting Texas bluebonnets and a Human Touch robotic massage chair.

The Bennetts loved mirrors, and there are many in the sale. Examples include a large brass cheval mirror, a girandole convex mirror with eagle crest, an ornate Venetian-style beveled mirror, framed beveled mirrors, and swing mirrors incorporated into a Victorian dark oak dresser and a hardwood antique dresser. Brass pieces will include a brass easel, scales and other items.

Certain to spark keen bidder interest is a framed ruling from New York Supreme Court Justice Joseph Yates, dated 1808.

Returning to furniture, noteworthy lots will include seven barrister bookcases (six of which have seven sections) by  makers such as Globe-Wernicke and Macey, a vintage cedar chest, a painted floral decorated vanity with mirror, Federal-style oval coffee tables, a hardwood wall shelf with pierced sides, a king-size poster canopy bed, a lovely Victorian-style Craftsman sofa, and four different Victorian side chairs with needlepoint seats.

Previews will be held all day Friday, Oct. 2, and on auction day, Oct. 3 (from 7-8 a.m), or by appointment.  For an appointment, call 850-785-2577.  A buyer’s premium will be applied to all purchases. All sales are final. Phone and absentee bids will be accepted with prior arrangements.

The Specialists of the South, Inc., is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, estate or collection, you may call them at (850) 785-2577, or you may e-mail them at contact@sospcfl.com. To learn more, or to register for the October 3 auction, you may log on to either of the two websites: www.SpecialistsoftheSouth.com.

Hillsborough Gallery Artists Show Us What They See In Their “Mind's Eye”

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Hillsborough Gallery Artists Show Us What They See In Their “Mind's Eye”

In its September Featured Artist Exhibit, In the Mind’s Eye, the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts showcases the work of fused glass artist Susan Hope, painter Jude Lobe and photographer Eric Saunders.

Fused glass artist Susan Hope’s mind’s eye sees a wonderful comparison between listening to beautiful music and observing the beauty found in painting with glass. She writes, “In music, a single note does not make a symphony. For us to hear music, the composer must first arrange the notes one by one, placing and spacing and allowing them to interact with one another. So it is with the interaction of colors and their relationships to each other. This show, In the Mind’s Eye, is a review of past color work in glass as well as venturing into a new realm of color mixing to produce glass 'paintings' that reflect in three dimensions the excitement of color in flux. Just as in musical harmony, color harmony brings joy and emotional response to the heart and sings a lovely song.”

In explaining the inspiration behind her work for In the Mind’s Eye, painter Jude Lobe says "Recently on a trip to the big sky country in and near Santa Fe, New Mexico, I had an explosion of new sun-drenched images imprinted in my mind. In this show, a majority of the artworks represent a visual adventure in expressing the glory and exuberance of these images I now see in my mind's eye. Some pieces are representations of the natural environment;
some are more abstract. Both, however, exude the emotion of the moment and reference our strong connections to the earth."

Photographer Eric Saunders ponders what the phrase “the mind’s eye” really means. He writes, “In thinking about the title of our show, In the Mind’s Eye,I found myself asking many questions: “Why do I make photographs? What do I see when I make photographs? What do I think I see when I make photographs? What do viewers of my photographs see? What do they think they see? What do I want them to see? I realized these very questions imply that, depending on the context, the term “mind’s eye” can mean many different things.

He goes on, “For me, each image I make is an attempt to create an abstract visual adventure for the viewer – an adventure like reading a story or listening to a piece of music. In order to do this effectively I look past the literal (i.e. a cloud, a sky, a house, a barn, a rock, a ripple in a stream, a placard, a beach, a section of rusty metal fence) and see abstract orderly patterns of light, color, line, texture, and form. Depending on the angle of view and the cropping and editing of the image, these patterns will move the viewer into the image and hold the viewer’s attention for a period of time. Perhaps thy will stimulate the viewer’s imagination in a meaningful way. This is the eye in my mind.”

In The Mind’s Eye goes up on September 21st and runs through October 25th, with an opening reception during Hillsborough’s Last Friday art walk on Friday, September 25th from 6-9pm.

The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts (HGA) is owned and operated by 22 local artists and represents these established artists exhibiting contemporary fine art and fine craft. HGA’s offerings include acrylic and oil paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography, textiles, jewelry, glass, metals, encaustic, enamel, and wood. 121 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278. Phone: (919) 732-5001. The gallery is open 10am-6pm Monday - Thursday, 10am – 8pm Friday & Saturday and noon – 4pm on Sunday. More information can be found on the HGA website: www.HillsboroughGallery.com

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