South African tech startup raises $144K to scale its access management platform

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Photo by Chait Goli on, a South African access management startup has raised R2.2 million ($143.8K) in funding to help it scale responsible access management platform to more users.

Founded in 2020, by Doctors Jarrad Van Zuydam and Rick Diesel, Paul Van Zyl of Sigma Digital and Daniel and Devon Solomon of LeadRobot, to give users advanced access and visitor management solutions.

“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 meets 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.” Jarrad Van Zuydam, co-founder of said.

The platform also helps employees, contractors and visitors interact with the WhatsApp chatbot for authorised access to a specific area. Users can also get a secure QR code to grant them right of entry to the premises and notify hosts of their arrival.

Staff can also book and access a workspace or meeting room via the app while the management tracks access via a real-time dashboard giving admin users an overall view of who is inside or has left the premises or meeting.

The platform is also important in case of emergencies such as fire, theft among others. It was successfully rolled out across eight African countries through multinationals including Barloworld, Cerebos, Dairymaid and Multichoice, among others.

“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,” Van Zuydam says. 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. 

In March, the startup launched CoronaFighter, a chatbot and web-enabled app to help organisations to screen and track COVID-19 symptoms in the workforce simply.

According to CEO of Marc Wetselaar adds, the startup 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,” he says.