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BlueFinity International signs distributor deal with Axiz to expand into South Africa

BlueFinity International has signed a strategic distribution partnership with leading South African technology distributor, Axiz, for the supply of Evoke, BlueFinity’s innovative rapid business app development platform, to South Africa and other African markets.

Evoke is a low-code/no-code RAD platform that allows a company’s existing staff to cost effectively design, develop and deploy business apps across multiple mobile and desktop devices, allowing for the creation of web, hybrid and native apps and the full integration and synchronisation with back-end systems and databases. The solution is completely flexible and scalable and will allow businesses to future proof their apps, so they can evolve in line with their own development and growth.

The partnership will enable Axiz to distribute Evoke to customers across the continent as well as providing for the support, development and implementation services associated with the development of business apps. Axiz will also employ Evoke to design and develop its own apps for the benefit of its customers. For BlueFinity, the partnership brings with it the support of Axiz’ experienced technology, development and sales teams which will allow it to expand the, already rapidly growing, Evoke customer base in to new markets.

The market demand for mobile apps globally is growing rapidly. Analyst firm App Annie[i] estimates the global app economy will be worth $6.3 trillion by 2021, a 380 per cent jump from the $1.3 trillion app market in 2016. This is in part fuelled by increased smart phone usage. Evoke is helping companies meet that demand.

Both companies see huge potential for growth in South Africa. According to Google’s 2017 Connected Consumer Survey[ii] 60 percent of South Africans now use a smartphone, an increase of 13 percent since 2014. It is estimated that the number of smartphone users in South Africa will expand to over 25 million by 2022.

Also Evoke’s ability to generate solutions that can integrate both SQL and Multivalue databases in to the same desktop and mobile app offers great possibilities to Axiz’ clients. The MultiValue market in South Africa in particular, has been asking for a full function mobile business app development system for some time. Evoke is currently viewed as the one of the most significant additions to this market for many years as it offers a truly mainline product for Multivalue.

Malcolm Carroll, Director at BlueFinity International, said, “Axiz is a dynamic company and a major player in the technology market in South and East Africa, with an excellent reputation. We’re delighted that Evoke will become their flagship App Development solution.

“Demand for mobile business apps is growing fast in the region and Evoke is the perfect, low code solution that will enable companies to effectively realise their app development ambitions. The partnership with Axiz will also ensure that the product is supported by excellent levels of local support, training and implementation and development services.

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BATTLEFACE RECEIVES INVESTMENT FROM FINTECH VENTURES FUND

battleface Inc., a rapidly growing tech-enabled insurance startup focused on providing travel insurance products for unconventional travellers worldwide, announced today that it successfully closed its seed financing round with backing from leading strategic and venture capital investors.

 

Atlanta, Georgia-based Fintech Ventures Fund has invested in the company, joining existing investors Greenlight Re and Tangiers Group. This investment will be used to expand software development, hire sales and business development personnel, and further the company’s global reach.

 

Sasha Gainullin

battleface is led by a team of travel insurance experts. CEO Sasha Gainullin previously developed global operations for AIG Travel Guard and has worked with battleface since its inception. Managing Director Paul Simmonds brings experience as a Lloyd’s of London underwriter with previous leadership roles at Berkley Syndicate, CNA Hardy, Brit, and Goshawk.

 

“We got our start because many travellers couldn’t find the right insurance products with coverage for their unique travel destinations and real needs,” said Gainullin. “With the latest investment from Fintech Ventures Fund, we’ll continue to expand our B2B partnerships custom-building travel insurance solutions for groups, including business and NGO travellers, associations and membership-based organisations.”

 

battleface combines innovative technology and underwriting to create, distribute and service specialty travel insurance products for people in both retail and wholesale. Products are supported by a network of 24/7 assistance coordinators, medical providers and on-the-ground field agents who provide emergency claims, medical and travel assistance services on a global basis.

 

Fintech Ventures Partner Lucas Timberlake said: “A core area of our fund’s investment thesis is that technology can be leveraged to more efficiently provide insurance products to markets that have been underserved by current offerings. We believe that battleface’s seasoned management team will create an industry leader in the travel insurance space. It is for these reasons that we are excited support the company’s future growth.”

 

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VANQUIS BANK PARTNERS WITH HOOYUTO DIGITALISE KYC PROCESSES

HooYu KYC digital journey deployed during the customer lifecycle on a risk-based approach

 

Leading customer onboarding and KYC technology firm, HooYu, has announced a partnership to digitalise Vanquis Bank’s KYC processes.  The HooYu KYC journey has been selected to provide additional identity proofing during the customer lifecycle when customers perform a potentially high-risk action on their accounts.

 

Vanquis Bank is part of the Provident Financial Group, a UK and Ireland business with over 140 years’ experience in lending to consumers who are not well served by mainstream lenders. With millions of customers, Vanquis needed to find a way to help balance fraud prevention and KYC with a great customer experience.

 

Existing customers calling in to the change the details on their account were in some cases having to wait weeks before the change could be approved.   The team at Vanquis Bank is continually looking to improve how their products work for their customers and that they are easy to apply for and manage.  Vanquis Bank decided to implement an ID document validation solution that would speed up customer lifecycle management and improve the customer experience.

 

Sue Singleton, Process Change Assurance Manager at Vanquis Bank said, “By adding HooYu to our KYC tools, we can improve some of our higher risk customer processes and can now facilitate customer requests without asking the customer to post in copies of documentation. Our agents deal with thousands of customers a day and now what could have been a delay of weeks for our customers, can be achieved in a matter of minutes with HooYu”.

 

David Pope, Marketing Director at HooYu said, “It’s been great to see the results of Vanquis implementing the HooYu digital journey and how the HooYu UI and UX tools are helping their customers though the KYC process.”  

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