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February 27, 2018

JD.com selects CanYa for AICA programme

Chinese e-commerce firm JD.com is planning to launch its AI Catapult Accelerator (AICA) programme, which has been designed to unlock the transformative potential of startups demonstrating cutting-edge talent in the blockchain space.

Chinese e-commerce firm JD.com is planning to launch its AI Catapult Accelerator (AICA) programme, which has been designed to unlock the transformative potential of startups demonstrating cutting-edge talent in the blockchain space.

The Chinese firm has selected CanYa as an inaugural member of this accelerator programme joining five other disruptive blockchain companies, including Bluzelle, Nuggets, Republic Protocol, Devery and Bankorus.

Based in Melbourne, Australia, CanYa is the first blockchain-powered marketplace of peer-to-peer services that has been helping people to find, book and pay for digital and home services.

“This is a validation of CanYa’s business model and global disruptive potential.”

As part of AICA programme, JD.com will be supporting CanYa through its international business development, marketing and PR resources, as well as its global network.

CanYa CEO John-Paul Thorbjornsen said: “This is a validation of CanYa’s business model and global disruptive potential. JD is one of the most significant technology companies in the world, to have their full support and backing is huge for our platform and the acceleration of blockchain technology.”

JD also intends to translate the services offered by CanYa into Chinese in order to offer new options for local customers.

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Earlier this month, Bubs Australia has signed a direct international supply agreement with JD.com.

The deal will see Bubs’ range of infant formula, baby food and cereals, as well as the group’s line of CapriLac goat milk powder sold on JD.com.