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Startups find beauty in Indonesia's halal economy
March 7, 2019

Startups find beauty in Indonesia’s halal economy

Jakarta is expected to see a $1.6 billion boost from the Halal economy. That’s after a new labeling law goes into effect for Indonesia later this year. That’s also why some cosmetic companies are looking forward to a beautiful bottom line.

October 4, 2018

Tech startup brings wellbeing to the workplace

An injury that ended his collegiate swimming career and the stress of attending the competitive Johns Hopkins University, led Ed Pagano to seek therapy. But when he later moved to San Francisco for a job at a tech company, he had no idea where to turn for help.

December 7, 2017

US startup feeds businesses with food waste

Well in the US more than 200 billion dollars’ worth of surplus food is wasted every year. One startup in the state of Colorado is trying to do something about that, by selling excess food at a steep discount.

August 3, 2017

Bright future: Solar energy industry expects rapid growth, profits

With solar panel system prices falling nearly 20-percent last year, the industry is expected to almost triple in size within the next five years. That’s why in Oakland, California, an accelerator program is hoping to cash in on the boom by developing innovative products to usher in an intelligent energy era.

July 7, 2017

Startup seeks to improve diversity in tech

Statistics show the percentages of men, women and minorities working in the tech sector haven’t changed much. One company believes intelligent machines can help eliminate gender bias in the workplace.

November 4, 2016

Starting Block: Raising children for entrepreneurship

To understand what common factors set children on the path of success, CCTV America’s Rachelle Akuffo spoke with Margot Machol Bisnow, author of “Raising an Entrepreneur: 10 rules for nurturing risk takers, problem solvers and changemakers”.

September 8, 2016

Prison encourages convicts to cultivate entrepreneurship

With high walls and barbed wire, Uruguay’s Punta de Rieles prison looks like any other penitentiary. Inside, it’s a different story. Inmates here are encouraged to explore their creative side through music, working and setting up their own companies.

June 26, 2015

Technology is helping respond to disasters

For more on disaster technology, CCTV America’s Rachelle Akuffo spoke with Evert Bopp. He is the Founder and CEO of Disaster Tech Lab which is a company that helps local organizations around the world when disaster strikes.

May 8, 2015

Virtual reality startups take users to another dimension

Virtual reality has taken a leap forward this year with major companies and numerous startups offering technologies that take users to another dimension. It’s actually part of a growing field called neurogaming – where all the sensations of mind and body meet for an immersive […]

April 10, 2015

Mobile app to help doctors diagnose unusual cases

Millions of us use photo-sharing apps like Instagram or even Weibo, but think about this: how would you feel about the world seeing your medical issues at the click of a button? Doctors are starting to use a new smartphone app that lets the medical community […]