How Serge Belamant Found the Inspiration to Launch Zilch Technologies
A patent holder and expert in blockchain technology, Serge Belamant was born in Tulle, France and moved to South Africa with his family at the age of 14. He later studied computer science and technology at Johannesburg’s Witwatersrand University. Belamant subsequently worked for a variety of companies across industries where he honed his professional skills and earned a stellar reputation in coding digital financial transaction software. Serge Belamant was a key contributor to many advancements in global banking.
As founder of Net1 UEPS Technologies in 1989, Belamant introduced universal electronic payment systems (UEPS). In 1995, Net1 was hired by VISA to develop a chip offline pre-authorized card with technology that’s widely used today in the form of chip-enabled credit and debit cards. In the new millennium, Serge Belamant created a digital payment system that made it easy to transfer grants and welfare funds throughout South Africa. This was especially beneficial for distributing funds to areas in dire need. The system developed by Belamant is currently used around the world. View Serge Belamant’s profile at Linkedin.
These days, Serge Belamant is on the Board of Advisors at Prism Group Holdings and Medikredit Integrated Healthcare Solutions. An entrepreneur at heart, he launched a UK-based company called Zilch Technologies. Belamant was inspired to start Zilch after a conversation with his son Philip, an IT engineer and owner of a mobile games company. The discussion was surrounding the influence of social media on the modern world and how it can be leveraged to provide financial products to young people. His though was to provide an interface and language that young people can understand.
Zilch Technologies offers products that sync with the spending habits of younger generations. They provide tailored data and direction to help people improve their financial status. The products are built into mobile phones, which literally places financial support in the hands of the user. Serge Belamant has focused on making powerful tools more accessible to people all around the world to help them make informed decisions concerning their finances and financial future. The inspiration found during the conversation with his son was the genesis of a successful venture.
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