Tech startup secures US$20k funding

SOUTH AFRICA – Tech start-up has raised US$20,000 in funding from an impact investor to scale up and expand its visitor and access management platform.

Earlier this year, the company launched CoronaFighter, a chatbot and Web-enabled app that assists large organisations to screen and track symptoms of COVID-19 in the workforce through a simple self-monitoring process.

Founders of the start-up, doctors Jarrad Van Zuydam and Rick Diesel, who partnered with Paul Van Zyl of Sigma Digital, as well as Daniel and Devon Solomon of LeadRobot, say they are ready to scale and the seed fund will assist them in this regard. was selected as one of 10 promising African start-ups to present at the recent VC4A Africa Early Stage Investment Summit.

It has been successfully rolled out across eight African countries in multinationals, including Barloworld, Cerebos, Dairymaid and MultiChoice, among others.

CoronaFighter has since evolved into fully integrated enterprise visitor and access management solution,

The management dashboard tracks the flow of people in real-time, giving users a live view of exactly who is on the premises at all times and access zones are adjustable to allow entry privileges for each user type.

Employees, contractors, and visitors can interact with the WhatsApp chatbot for authorised access to a specific area.

A secure QR code will grant them right of entry to the premises and notify the relevant parties of their arrival.

In the case of a fire or other emergency, the platform will facilitate rapid evacuation, and an efficient head count ensures all persons have exited the building.

“Large organisations require a simple and streamlined process to manage the movement of people on their premises. Instead of cumbersome paperwork or complicated app-based systems,’s visitor and access management software meet users on the apps they already use. Adhering to the strictest security and privacy standards, a ubiquitous chatbot is encrypted end-to-end, ensuring minimal interference,” Van Zuydam said.

Marc Wetselaar, CEO, said: “ has created the first integrated suite of compliance-based visitor and access management applications, including an admissions chatbot, a QR scanning access management app and an advanced management dashboard, complete with live statistics and detailed reporting capabilities. In addition, the CoronaFighter module can screen and monitor COVID-19 symptoms, and trace contact and area exposure to keep the workplace infection-free.”

According to Van Zuydam, one of the key challenges of launching compliance software is adoption.

“We are taking a unique approach that combines the reach of WhatsApp and other instant messaging platforms with a highly-focused product strategy, providing a solution that can be rolled out to tens of thousands of multinational employees in a single day.

“ is a comprehensive, easily integrated tool enabling organisations to control access to their premises, monitor the attendance of employees and visitors, and disseminate information seamlessly throughout their company,” he added.

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