Sea Monster: SA company recognised by London Stock Exchange Group
Cape Town company were one of 23 South African companies recognised by the London Stock Exchange Group.
A Cape Town animations company has been recognised by the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) as “one of the companies to inspire Africa.
Sea Monster, who offer “full, cross-platform game development services, as well as Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality solutions”, recently returned from a European roadshow where they showcased some of their work.
Much of their work focuses on the education of young people and corporates.
The “Companies To Inspire Africa” report, now in its second iteration, is compiled and published by LSEG. It showcases private African companies which it believes have the most inspiring stories and strongest growth potential.
SEA MONSTER RATED AS A GAME-CHANGER
Sea Monster is among 23 other South African companies on the list, which includes digital learning platform Snapplify and credit bureau Compuscan.
The company was identified as one of South Africa’s most fundamental game-changers in its respective market.
CEO Glenn Gillis said that the recognition was something the company was extremely proud of.
“It is great to see Sea Monster being recognised as one of the companies driving a positive narrative from Africa,” said Gillis.
“Of course, there are a lot of challenges, for the continent, for our country, and for our growing business, but if we look at the other companies chosen, and the fact that the London Stock Exchange Group recognised us, we know that we are starting to make a difference in the world.”
Speaking to The South African, Gillis said that Sea Monster was recognised for its role in inspiring Africa because it is concerned with challenges specific to the continent.
“When you think of it in an African context, you have to think data,” he said, referring to the considerably less sophisticated access to data Africa compared to other continents.
“Europeans don’t necessarily think about those challenges, and as a result, we are built for the world.”
He said that his company were geared towards driving change in spheres of society that are not necessarily receiving the best support from the government.
“We believe that education is a strategic business opportunity. That means that the government is perhaps not responding as quickly as they should to problems within that sphere and that companies are needing to earn trust from their customers in order to assist with those challenges.”
The company were hosted by the LSEG in London, following a pan-African roadshow.
The programme featured a series of interactive panel sessions with a range of the nominated
private businesses, who shared their stories.
Other high profile speakers included representatives from the UK government, private equity, venture capital and impact investors, as well as partners on the publication and media.
Take a look at all the South African companies that were recognised below:
- Ad Dynamo International (Pty) Ltd
- Coega Dairy (Pty) Ltd
- Comsol Networks Proprietary Ltd
- FibreCo Telecommucations Holdings Propriety Ltd
- GPR Leasing Africa Ltd
- IQ Business Group (Pty) Ltd
- Jumo World Ltd
- Lula Lend (Pty) Ltd
- Paycorp Investments Pty Ltd
- Roff Industries Pty Ltd
- RSAWEB Pty Ltd
- Rush Nutrition Proprietary Ltd
- SA Taxi Finance
- Sea Monster
- Sherylle Calder Visual Performance (Pty) Ltd
- Snapplify (Pty) Ltd
- Sparta Holdings (Pty) Ltd
- Supertech Durban
- The Training Room Online
- Waco International Holdings Ltd
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