Former Dimension Data CEO Brett Dawson has announced his entrance to the competitive world of disruptor startups with investments in six early stage startups that are leveraging technology to redefine existing industries and processes.
The investments will be through Campan, a personal investment platform that will invest and nurture businesses aligned to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).
Campan will invest in and nurture businesses that are poised to challenge existing business models through the positive application of technologies such as automation, artificial intelligence, data exchanges and cloud-based solutions.
They have confirmed R10 million in funding for content aggregator, Gather Online, a website aimed at improving users’ experience of online content.
The other startups are: BrandHub, a brand management provider; Fourex, a fintech company; Free2cycle, a UK-based initiative which aims to transform well-being by reimagining the cycling commuter business model; Ubusha Technologies, an identity governance and privileged account management solutions provider focussing on cyber security; and Wrapistry, an interactive online wedding registry platform.
“The Internet of Things (IOT), big data and cloud computing are just some of the technologies that are driving the world’s transformative transition to the 4IR,” said Dawson. “We are entering an age where technology, data and business are wholly intertwined, leading to massive changes in efficiency and customer service”.
According to a press release, each of the startups will receive coaching and mentoring, Campan will also facilitate the introduction of capital to enable these businesses to accelerate their business plans.