Realty ONE Group Opens New Offices in Q2 2021

Realty ONE Group Opens New Offices in Q2 2021

Realty ONE Group, a modern, purpose-driven lifestyle brand and ONE Of the fastest growing franchisors today, is reporting outstanding growth in the first half of 2021 with sales volume up nearly 100% over last year and new offices opening at a record pace, up nearly 200% in the second quarter of the year alone.

"We've invested significantly in ensuring we can sign new offices. opening them quickly and efficiently to jumpstart our Broker/Owners and our Realty ONE Group real estate pros' success," said Kuba Jewgieniew, CEO and Founder of Realty ONE Group. "And it's their success that keeps the industry talking and fuels our substantial growth, feeds our COOLTURE and open new doors for so many people within Realty ONE Group and in communities globally."

The UNBrokerage, as it's known in the industry, also reports transaction count up 61% in Q2 (54% YOY), and new real estate professionals added up 25% year over year with 3,336 joining Realty ONE Group this year. The company has also sold 46 new franchises this year, announcing in the last few months that it will also launch in Singapore and Spain.

"More than just the numbers, it's that we continue to find the right business partners who believe in our business model, brand and COOLTURE and together, we're only strengthening our global network," said Vinnie Tracey, Realty ONE Group's President.

The UNBrokerage has more than 16,000 real estate professionals in more than 300 offices in 45 states, Washington D.C. and Canada and just announced it has sold the franchise rights to Singapore and Spain. As a sign of its appeal and record growth, the company was named a Top 50 Franchise for Women by Franchise Business Review and was once again named the No. 1 Fastest Growing 100%-Commission company on Entrepreneur's Fastest Growing Worldwide Franchise list of 2021.

About Realty ONE Group

Founded in 2005, Realty ONE Group is an industry disruptor, radically changing the face of real estate franchising with its unique business model, fun coolture, technology infrastructure and superior support for its real estate professionals. The company has rapidly evolved to include more than 16,000 real estate professionals in over 300+ offices across 45 U.S. states, Washington D.C. and Canada. Realty ONE Group ranks in the top one percent in the nation by REAL Trends, has been recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as a Top 5 Real Estate Franchise and has been on Inc. 500's list of the Fastest-Growing Companies for seven consecutive years. Realty ONE Group is surging ahead, opening doors, not only for its clients but for real estate professionals and franchise owners.

MedTech Innovator Selects 20 Premier Startups

MedTech Innovator Selects 20 Premier Startups

MedTech Innovator Selects 20 Premier Startups for Annual Asia Pacific Accelerator. MedTech Innovator, the largest accelerator of medical device companies in the world, in partnership with Asia Pacific Medical Technology Association (APACMed), the first and only regional association to provide a unified voice for the medical technology industry, today announced the 20 companies selected to participate in the organization's Asia Pacific Accelerator program. Each of the chosen companies will receive high-profile visibility to health care investors, stakeholders and decision-makers, as well as customized mentorship through one-on-one matching with corporate partners to help with commercialization throughout Asia Pacific.

"At MedTech Innovator, we work to identify the best and brightest disruptors the industry has to offer," said Paul Grand, CEO of MedTech Innovator. "After a rigorous narrowing process, we are excited to announce the startups selected to participate in this year's Asia Pacific program. It's an honor to take part in the development of these companies and help them get their products to market with less friction. Together with our sponsors, we aim to give these startups the individualized mentorship they need to one day bring their innovation to patients in the Asia Pacific region."

"The global pandemic has fast tracked the adoption of health care technology in the Asia Pacific region," said Harjit Gill, CEO of APACMed. "Startups form an integral part of the medical technology ecosystem in fostering innovation and developing life-changing solutions to improve access and standards of care for patients. At APACMed, nurturing medtech startups is one of the strategic pillars of our work. I would like to congratulate the companies shortlisted for this year's Asia Pacific Accelerator program and look forward to hosting them at the MedTech Forum 2021 in October."

"The 20 startups selected for this year's MedTech Innovator Asia Pacific Accelerator are working on important innovations for patients in Asia Pacific," said Tim Schmid, company group chairman, Medical Devices Asia Pacific at Johnson & Johnson. "At Johnson & Johnson we are proud to bring mentorship and expertise to these entrepreneurs, to help solve the unmet health care needs of the region and beyond."

Over 500 companies applied for the Asia Pacific program, but only five startups from the 2021 Asia Pacific cohort will advance to compete in the Grand Finals to be held at APACMed's MedTech Forum 2021 in Singapore from October 19-20. Attended by health care industry leaders, health care providers, and investors from across the region, the MedTech Forum will also showcase solutions from the 20 Accelerator companies. The winning company, which will be determined by audience vote, stands to win a non-dilutive cash prize and the title of the 2021 MedTech Innovator Asia Pacific Winner. In total, up to US$ 300,000 in cash prizes and awards will be given out to Accelerator companies.

MedTech Innovator's 2021 Asia Pacific program sponsors include Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, Align Technology, Nipro Medical Corporation, Oliver Healthcare Packaging, Olympus Medical Systems Group, Siemens Healthineers, Cambridge Consultants, and Enterprise Singapore. The MedTech Innovator Asia Pacific Program is held in partnership with APACMed.

Based in Los Angeles, Calif., MedTech Innovator is the largest accelerator of medical device companies in the world and the premier nonprofit startup accelerator in the medical technology industry.i Its mission is to improve the lives of patients by accelerating the growth of companies that are transforming the health care system. MedTech Innovator matches health care industry leaders with innovative early stage and emerging-growth medtech companies for mentorship and support.

Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Singapore, APACMed represents manufacturers and suppliers of medical equipment, devices and in vitro diagnostics, industry associations and other key stakeholders associated with the medical technology industry in Asia Pacific. Providing a unified voice for the medical devices and in-vitro diagnostics industry in Asia Pacific, APACMed works proactively with bilateral, regional and local government bodies to shape policies, demonstrate the value of medical technology and promote regulatory harmonization. We strive to promote digital health innovation and impact policy that advances healthcare access for patients by engaging with medical device associations and companies in Asia Pacific.

Sustainable Mobility Summit June 2021

Sustainable Mobility Summit June 2021

June 1 - 4, 2021, from Paris, Montreal and Singapore, Movin'On Summit brings together all players in sustainable mobility

Movin'On, the world leading co-innovation ecosystem for a sustainable mobility, created by Michelin in 2017 and gathering today more than 300 public and private organizations, is organizing its annual event from June 1 to 4.

The global pandemic has accelerated the evolution of mobility patterns and transformed transport balances, making it even more urgent that we act together towards sustainable mobility. Movin'On Summit's program has been built to meet these changes, so that all players and decision-makers are inspired, connect and act.

Over 4 days, in a phygital format, 3 studios will broadcast from Paris, Montreal and Singapore almost 50 hours of live coverage, allowing participants to connect from all over the world to listen to 80 international speakers and engage in 40 working sessions.

A program addressing the key challenges of the moment and dealing with the deep changes initiated in the past year.

Some of the topics that will be covered in the conferences, panels and working sessions include:

Changes in consumer behaviors related to the pandemic and their impact on the supply chain, up to a sustainable last mile delivery.

Action to fight climate change, an imperative that requires collaboration across transport, energy and infrastructure sectors

Beyond circular economy, the regenerative economy allows for a positive impact via the regeneration of resources.

The need to build urban and peri-urban mobility plans to integrate new mobility solutions to existing transport.

The universal right to safe and inclusive mobility, ensuring access to employment, healthcare and education

Mobility data, key for a customized service, and its ethical and responsible management.

World-class personalities working together over 4 days and beyond: Leaders of international corporate organizations, academics, representatives of cities or countries, civil society represented by the young generation.

Mobility leaders from major cities in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America will take the floor to share the initiatives carried out in their cities and the challenges they face. Among these cities: Gothenburg, Helsinki, Montreal, New York City, Quelimane, Seattle, Singapore, Vancouver.

Concrete initiatives launched during Movin'On Summit, shaping the future of sustainable mobility

The Summit is a launch pad or a milestone for many initiatives led by Movin'On members and partners throughout the year. For all participants, it is an opportunity to join working groups, to chart a roadmap, to put a project into practice or to launch an innovation.

The members of Movin'On ecosystem are working with 12 high-potential startups from Europe, Africa and North America to boost their solutions and accelerate their bringing to market. During the Summit, they will present their innovations during "flash talks" to mobility decision-makers, creating a fertile ground for the identification of partnerships and concrete opportunities.

The theme of this year's global Challenge strongly resonates this year: "Respect: ending isolation and conquering the mobility divide". The Challenge will recognize three innovative mobility projects that can create a real breakthrough in promoting accessible and inclusive mobility solutions thanks to their original design. The three projects will be unveiled as a world premiere at the Movin'On Summit on June 3

Twenty-one young people have been chosen from Asia, Europe and North America for their interest in taking action on mobility. For 24 hours, in the spirit of a real hackathon they will take turns to identify concrete ideas to integrate their generation in sustainable mobility decisions. This challenge follows the survey1 that Movin'On conducted with Kantar, on the younger generation's view on mobility, published in March 2021, in which they clearly expressed their willing to be part of the game.

During the Summit, these working groups, which bring together several ecosystem stakeholders on a chosen topic, will present the progress of their work and launch the next steps. Movin'On is the world's leading co-innovation ecosystem committed to sustainable mobility. It brings together more than 300 public, private, collective, and individual players: corporates, cities, countries, academics, international organizations, civil society. Independent and not for profit, Movin'On provides concrete solutions and innovations. This is done largely through its think-and-do tank Movin'On Lab and Communities of Interest. Every year, the Movin'On community organises physical and digital events to drive projects forward in tangible ways.

Struggling with mental health in the pandemic

Struggling with mental health in the pandemic

9 in 10 Singaporeans still struggling with their mental health one year into the pandemic, men and younger adults most worried.

AIA Singapore today announced findings from a new study on the state of Singaporeans' health at the one-year mark since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. It revealed that fears over income loss and job instability caused 91% of respondents to report declines in their mental health. Around 60% of respondents are also deeply concerned about the added burden of other critical illness diagnosis such as cancer.

Ms Wong Sze Keed, Chief Executive Officer of AIA Singapore, says, "While our nation is heading for a post-pandemic recovery, mentally, we are still trying to navigate our way out of COVID-19 uncertainities. It is not enough to only take care of our physical health. This conviction drives our holistic approach to protect the many aspects of our customers' wellbeing – such as financial, physical, and mental health – to enable everyone to truly lead healthier, longer, better lives."

In the latest AIA Health Matters Survey 2021, the study polled over 300 Singaporeans aged 30 to 55 across a spectrum of working adults that is representative of the the resident population.

Path to pandemic recovery still causing anxiety, Singaporeans bogged down by fear of tackling both mental health challenges and critical illness.

Not only are Singaporeans concerned about their own health, but they are also feeling anxious about their family's and loved ones' overall wellbeing. This further adds to the stress they have been dealing with in the past year.

The past year saw an increase in diagnosis concerns for critical illnesses (+10% compared to 2016), with cancer being the most pressing concern (73% are worried). There is also a substantial increase in stroke concerns, from 60% in 2016 to 68% in 2021. Amongst mental health conditions, Anxiety and Major Depressive Disorders were revealed to be the most prevalent.

The study also shines a light on how different segments of the working population are coping with mental health challenges and critical illness worries:

Majority of the male respondents who are breadwinners stated that they are more likely to report when they are facing mental health and critical illness conditions compared to women.

Millennials (aged 30-39) reported higher stress coping with daily stressors at work as compared to pre-retirees (aged 40 and above).

Millennials aged 30 to 39 (81%) are especially worried about cancer compared to older adults.

Insights on Singaporeans' ownership of critical illness plans revealed another issue: mental health stigma still exists in society, which may stand in the way of ensuring adequate protection. Because of this stigma, while insurance plans with mental health coverage are available in the market, only 18% reported that their critical illness plans or riders include mental health coverage. Amongst the different demographic groups surveyed, men and millennials are more willing to take up more extensive insurance plans such as those that include mental health coverage.

As a leading life insurer, AIA Singapore is committed to doing more to provide comprehensive support for customers, staff, and the wider workforce, including taking care of their mental health. Since taking the lead in launching the first critical illness plan with mental health coverage in Singapore in 2019 with the launch of AIA Beyond Critical Care (AIA BCC) – the first and only critical illness plan in Singapore to provide coverage for five prominent mental illnesses: Major Depressive Disorder, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Tourette Syndrome (up to age 21). AIA BCC also covers health screening and provides a refund of total annual premium (less claims paid) at the end of the policy term.

Based on the AIA Health Matters Survey 2021, 95% of respondents feel that being adequately covered for early to advanced stage critical illness is important. Addressing these needs, AIA Singapore has in place an enhanced proposition where customers can have peace of mind knowing that they have a choice to be protected holistically from early to advanced critical illness, inclusive of mental illnesses.

AIA Singapore has also been committed to:

Investing in new stress and wellness management training for more than 350 people managers in AIA Singapore. These training sessions will teach staff to identify common mental health issues and how to appropriately support their staff in good times and bad, thus creating more positive working environments for employees to thrive.

Offering a complimentary Resilience Mindset programme for all AIA staff and corporate customers who make up about 1.2 million (or 1 in 3) members of the Singapore workforce. This complimentary access to resilience training for mental health will better equip working adults to cope with the evolving challenges posed by COVID-19 by practising positive habits daily.