📣 Fun(d) News - 10/20
What's happening on the investment front for the month of October?

Ananas Anam receives backing from US-investor Beneficial Returns. The capital will be used to install five decorticators for “extracting the cellulose fibres from leaves”; a fundamental process for creating the Piñatex textile. Beneficial Returns, based in San Francisco, operates a debt investment fund providing loans for equipment related to sustainable agriculture, sustainable energy, waste reduction and poverty reduction in Latin America and Southeast Asia.

Iris.ai hosts free webinar series with CEO Anita Schjøll Brede. Recently, Brede spoke at 'Getting real with AI - the hype, the hope and the opportunities' where she discussed artificial intelligence with real-life breakthrough examples, as well as the ethical implications of building intelligent machines. The event was part of a The Chemist series hosted by Iris.ai, with more webinars coming up in November and December.

Circuit Scribe launches new online classes for "hands-on learning at home". Circuit Scribe Classroom allows online and interactive STEM learning to children of all ages. Participants can register for live weekly classes where they'll "draw free-form circuits on ordinary paper to power a limitless combination of modules that activate lights, sounds, motors, and more".

what3words announces new partnerships in emergency services to improve response times. Emergency services in Germany, Austria and Switzerland are now using what3words to ensuring help is sent exactly where it is needed, faster. These countries now join the UK, Canada, Australia, the Philippines and many more countries who are using what3words to improve the delivery of critical aid.

Wefarm named in '10 ag-tech startups that will change the world' by TechRound. From AI to precision farming, and blockchain traceability to communication networks, TechRound compiled a list of tech startups "leading the way towards a more sustainable future". Wefarm was among other ag-tech frontrunners such as Ecosia, Infarm and Air Protein. 

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