Posts Tagged ‘Anton Gaylard’

Investec Asset Management Buys Stake in wiGroup

August 12th, 2015 | Messages, News | 0 Comments

Investec Asset Management has acquired a significant shareholding in wiGroup, South Africa’s only interoperable point-of-sale mobile transacting network. The deal will enable Investec Asset Management to partner with wiGroup and Capital Eye Investments (“CEI”) to support wiGroup’s growth and development on a local and international level.

Founded in 2007, and backed by CEI, wiGroup’s proprietary mobile transacting network has grown to over 55,000 point-of-sale lanes, providing services to more than fifty mobile transacting issuers. The mobile transaction platform, wiCode platform, is utilised by multiple industries including five large retail chains, over ten hospitality chains, more than fifty FMCG brands and eight mobile issuers in South Africa alone; with a total in-store mobile transaction value of over R4 billion processed securely to date.  In addition, wiGroup develops innovative technology solutions that enable integrated mobile-based payments, loyalty, coupon, voucher, reward and gift programmes.

Anton Gaylard, Capital Eye Investments Executive: “CEI backed the founding management entrepreneurs from inception, and having reached a level of critical mass locally, we are excited about working with Investec Asset Management’s Private Equity team to expand the business across Africa and other relevant international markets.”

wiGroup’s technology is well-suited to emerging markets in Africa and beyond where mobile-based transacting is poised to leapfrog traditional card-based payment, reward and loyalty solutions. Recently wiGroup established a joint venture with Nigeria’s leading SWITCH and payment processor, expanding the wiGroup technology platform into West Africa.

Bevan Ducasse, wiGroup Founder & CEO: “Our partnership with Investec Asset Management marks an important milestone for wiGroup. The expansion capital will enable wiGroup’s international growth objectives, the enhancement of our current product portfolio and will facilitate R&D and the development of new products. We look forward to working closely with both Investec Asset Management and Capital Eye as we grow the business to the next level.”

The expansion capital is funded via Investec Asset Management’s African private equity capability. The Private Equity strategy focuses on growth capital and buyout investments in established mid-market and larger companies in Africa, with the objective of supporting the creation of local or regional champions in their respective industries.

William Alexander, Private Equity Investment Principal at Investec Asset Management: “Investec Asset Management is delighted to partner with wiGroup’s founder-management.  wiGroup has established itself as the leading mobile transaction technology company in Africa and we are looking forward to supporting the business as it enters its next phase of growth and development.”

Click here for wiGroup’s radio interview on ‘The Money Show’.

Click here to watch Bevan Ducasse on CNBC Africa.

Capital Eye Executive Chairs the ‘Next Generation Payments Southern African Conference & Exhibition’

March 17th, 2014 | Messages | 0 Comments

Capital Eye Investments Limited (“CEI”) Executive, Anton Gaylard, was asked to both chair and present at the ‘Next Generation Payments Southern African Conference & Exhibition’. Anton is responsible for looking after the Mobile.Social.Payments.VAS related investments (click here to see snapshot).

Anton was joined as a presenter at the conference by wiGroup CEO, Bevan Ducasse, presenting on ‘Enabling an open future for mobile transactions’, touching on, inter alia: retail interoperability, driving revenue and measurable ROI, NFC platforms, and some of the future applications that will soon enhance and stimulate the mobile transactional ecosystem.

Capital Eye Executive featured in CEO Magazine’s CEO 2 CEO Publication

June 1st, 2013 | Messages | 0 Comments

Capital Eye Executive, Anton Gaylard, was featured in CEO Magazine’s CEO 2 CEO publication titled “Bed down the plumbing for a Customer-centric business”. Anton unpacks the trends within customer-centric technologies, particularly the rationale behind moving from individual product services to platforms supporting Customer-centric architecture, agile and able to plug in and out of constantly evolving product offerings, collating and summarising data across channels.

As retailers begin to understand and engage with their customers using a variety of channels, Customer-centricity continues to be a key theme, enabling a retailer to collate multi-channelled data to form a holistic view of a single customer. Furthermore, the ability to integrate value added services onto Customer-centric platforms enables retailers to instantly engage with and offer their customers those services across channels, be it point-of-sale, loyalty scheme, website, or smartphone application; as easy as flipping a switch.

CEI is a private equity / venture capital company focusing purely on technology and associated assets, with a particular focus on emerging markets and the opportunities present in many African regions, investing behind both start-up and mature cash generating technology companies.

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Capital Eye Executive presents at the Annual Cards and Payments Africa Conference

March 2nd, 2013 | Messages | 0 Comments

Capital Eye Executive, Anton Gaylard, presented at the 2013 Annual Cards and Payments Africa conference held in Sandton, Johannesburg, unpacking the trends and developments within mobile payment technology and its link to the retail world. This is the 3rd time that Anton has been invited to talk at the conference, his presentation titled “The Facilitation of Mobile Transacting in Retail and the Advent of Social Commerce”.

Mobile continues to drive innovation as the focal touch-point in commercial, consumer and private interactions, spawning a plethora of startup businesses and technologies geared at enhancing and commercializing this evolving human experience. The continued evolution of money dating back to the 6th century BC, has seen the concept of legal tender progress from rare metals, to paper & ink, to plastic magnetic strips, to mobile technology and perhaps even ultimately to biometrical solutions, muddying the water between traditional and future custodians of such wallet.

CEI is a private equity / venture capital company focusing purely on technology and associated assets, with a particular focus on emerging markets and the opportunities present in many African regions, investing behind both start-up and mature cash generating technology companies.