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South African secure data collaboration startup Omnisient raises $1.4m for global expansion


Omnisient, a South African secure data collaboration platform, has achieved its second raise this year totalling USD1.4 million. 

The investments will be used to expand the Omnisient team, accelerate product development and drive international expansion. The goal is to focus international expansion with the United States, UK, and the Middle East as key territories.

” We have brought in visionary international investors – Technova, Grand Bay Ventures, Tahseen Consulting, and Kepple Africa Ventures – who will be key to supporting our expansion globally. Investec, Nedbank, and Compass – Omnisient’s three original investors – led the round, reflecting their confidence in our ability to innovate and grow. The data economy is at the heart of the digital transformation that many of our customers embraced a couple of years back and this has been accelerated by the global pandemic. We see a huge and largely unaddressed market opportunity.” said Jon Jacobson, Chief Executive Officer.

“Omnisient is a company with the potential to disrupt a global market. They have assembled a world-class team and are building a unique transformational data exchange and collaboration product,” said Shane Rogel, of Grand Bay Ventures. “We are excited about the opportunity, in both South Africa and abroad, and have the utmost confidence in the team and their ability to deliver on their vision.”

The platform ensures organisations can derive meaningful insights from datasets without compromising personal information. It’s a highly relevant solution in a market that’s hungry for insights, but focused on compliance.

“Companies are increasingly sophisticated in how they approach customer insights”, said Anton Grutzmacher, the company Chief Revenue Officer. “They are also aware of the concerns that come with the use of this information and the need for compliance with global data privacy regulations such as the GDPR and POPIA”.

Omnisient’s platform was developed by a team of data experts that include data scientists and engineers. The company’s proprietary technology empowers organisations to partner (or collaborate) with other companies in overlaying shared, de-identified customer assets without disclosing personal information. This new concept of data virtualisation allows for organisations to enable business intelligence (BI) and analytics teams to unpack new insights and target new audiences while never physically sharing data.

“Omnisient has radically shifted how organisations innovate and grow their profits through data,” concludes Grutzmacher. “According to Gartner, organisations that promote data sharing are more likely to outperform their peers on most business value metrics, and this is something that companies all over the world are keen to achieve. With the Omnisient platform, companies can enable collaborative marketing opportunities, launch new ventures and redefine customer metrics without impacting on privacy or compliance mandates.”

Omnisient’s technology is currently being used by leading financial institutions, retailers and healthcare providers to drive deeper, more actionable customer insights that reinforce loyalty. Customers benefit from increasingly tailored products and offers while organisations benefit from improved engagement and stickiness.

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Reginah is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with a keen interest in business and African startups. Send tips to info@techtrendske.co.ke or wamboi@techtrendske.co.ke

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