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Optima Leads Seed Investment in PR.CO
 1 March 2017

 

Optima has invested in pr.co for the unique capabilities in solving the problem of managing communication workflows with a scalable platform.  As part of the investment, Gilberto Arredondo will join the management team as the Chief Commercial Officer to help take a successful company with happy customers and growing revenues to the next level in an enormous global market for this service.  The first step is to further expand into the United Kingdom and consolidate a leading position in Europe.

“Literally any company needing to market itself, can use pr.co to finely tune their message to the correct audience, automate workflows and improve overall communication efficiency” said Brian Reaves, Director of Optima Investments BV.  Woodwing Ventures joins Optima in supporting pr.co bringing additional relevant expertise in publishing software.

www.pr.co

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Optima Raises New Early Stage Investment Fund
 10 January 2017

 

Optima has raised a EUR 1 million early stage investment fund.  As a small family fund, we seek to make seed or series A stage investments into perspective technology companies with partners.

 

Optima Makes Follow up Series A Investment in Payworks GmbH
 3 September 2016

 

Optima has backed the payworks team building product development capacity to support a strong customer pipeline while in expanding sales and marketing efforts in Europe and the U.S.

www.payworks.com

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Optima Invest in Payworks GmbH
 12 June 2015

 

Optima has backed the payworks team in developing their white label payment platform for powering point of sale solutions. The funding will be used to expand sales and marketing efforts as well as growing the business geographically in the U.S.

www.payworks.com

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Samsung Buys LoopPay
17 February 2015

The board of LoopPay has approved the acquisition of the company by Samsung Electronics. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but the transaction is expected to close in time for the Mobile World Congress in March where it is rumoured the next generation of Samsung’s flagship phone the Galaxy S6 will include Loop’s MST Technology.

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Fastacash Closes Series A
4 June 2014

Fastacash has closed its series A with a total raise of US$8.5 million. The investors include Jungle Ventures, Spring SEEDS Capital, the investment arm of SPRING Singapore, Hong Kong-based Funding the Future (FTF), Jagdish Chanrai, Principal of the Kewalaram Chanrai Group and Golden Oriole Investment.

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Investment in LoopPay
8 April 2013

As Optima has invested into LoopPay in conjunction with Brian Reaves joining the founding team of LoopPay Inc. As part of this deal, Optima Payments, the mPOS business of Optima Wireless will cease operations and the customers transferred.

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Optima Invest in Fastacash
4 April 2013

Optima Investments followed on the management contract to accelerate Fastacash with an investment in the seed funding round. We have a strongly believe in the execution skills of the management team to deliver results and have decided to back them in creating value in the social network payment space.

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Surprise Drinks Shares Sold
10 September 2012

Optima Investments sold its minority holding in Surprise Drinks in accordance with it’s strategy to divest passive investments. We believe the Surprise has a bright future, especially given the launch last year in Western Europe and the continued international expansion with their content partner Disney.

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Investment into Online Health Innovations Ltd
10 November 2010

Optima Investments takes a majority shareholding in the online medical services distribution company, Online Health Innovations Ltd, based in Malta.

We decided to make another investment in the online wellness sector to augment our investment in Young at Heart International. After extensive research in the online wellness sector and given the growth prospects in this field, we feel further exposure to this sector is warranted.

Online Health Innovations Ltd is the exclusive European distributor for Young at Heart and a leading innovator in the delivery of wellness screening technologies in Europe. OHIL’s products are sold under the SENZIO brand name.

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Investment into Young At Heart International BV
19 October 2010

Optima Investments takes a minority stake in Young at Heart International BV, based in the Netherlands. Y@H has quickly developed a leadership position in the growing wellness sector with their unique internet based screening technology for the early detection of cardiovascular problems.
“The deciding factors for us making this investment were the credibility of the CEO, the clear scalability of the product and the recurring revenue model that we understand very well”, said Brian Reaves, Director.
Young At Heart is a health and technology company dedicated to bringing low-cost screening solutions to consumers.
www.youngatheart.info

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TransferTo sold to Ingenico
15 July 2010

Optima Investments sells its minority stake in the Fixed & Mobile Pte, operating under the trade name TransferTo™, based in Singapore. “This investment exit was quicker than expected, but we felt the valuation on offer represented fair value”, said Brian Reaves, Director.

TransferTo™ operates a global airtime remittance network interconnecting the mobile operators’ prepaid users. Simply by SMS, foreign workers can recharge the prepaid mobile phone of their relatives back home. Real time airtime transfers enable to send micro value amounts complementing regular money remittance: 200 million migrants remit $300 billion yearly. Mobile operators offer this innovative and differentiating service to their ethnic segment – an underserved market with a high telecom spending profile.

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Investment in Transfer To
25 May 2009

Optima Investments takes a minority stake in the Fixed & Mobile Pte, operating under the trade name TransferTo™, based in Singapore.

TransferTo™ operates a global airtime remittance network interconnecting the mobile operators’ prepaid users. Simply by SMS, foreign workers can recharge the prepaid mobile phone of their relatives back home. Real time airtime transfers enable to send micro value amounts complementing regular money remittance: 200 million migrants remit $300 billion yearly. Mobile operators offer this innovative and differentiating service to their ethnic segment – an underserved market with a high telecom spending profile.

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Investment into Surprise Drinks
5 May 2009

Optima Investments takes a minority stake in Surprise Drinks Holding BV via one of our partners. “We decided to pursue this investment based on the clear opportunity presented by the innovative products and our close relationship with the co-investors that know this type of business inside and out.”, said Julia Gortinskaya.

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Islandcom Sold to CellularOne
15 October 2008

AMSTELVEEN, The Netherlands – Optima Investments BV, a company which acts as an angel investor with management to develop opportunities for larger later stage investors, today announced the sale of a strategic stake in Islandcom Telecommunications, a Turks & Caicos-based company, of which Optima Investments was a founding investor in 2006, to Bermuda Digital Communications Ltd. (BDC), a subsidiary of Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATNI – News), which operates in Bermuda under the CellularOne brand.

Chris Taylor, CEO of Islandcom Telecommunications, says: “Islandcom welcomes Bermuda Digital Communications as a significant investor in our company. BDC brings a strong track record as one of the leading wireless telecommunications operators in Bermuda, both in its operational skills and its ability to gain market share in a competitive environment. Their expertise and their reputation for excellent customer service and network quality will be key factors in guiding Islandcom toward further growth.”

Islandcom is the first operator to integrate CDMA and GSM technology on a single platform. BDC will contribute its financial and strategic resources to strengthen Islandcom and develop it into a leading telecommunications company. Islandcom will use the capital investment to add cell sites that expand wireless coverage across the Turks & Caicos Islands and introduce agreements that will allow customers to roam when they are travelling outside the country. The transaction has been approved by the Turks & Caicos Telecommunications Commission.

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Islandcom Granted Mobile License in Turks and Caicos Islands
21 July 2006

Turks and Caicos Islands, BWI – Islandcom Telecommunications of which Optima Investments is a founding investor, has today received a mobile license from the Ministry of Telecommunications, as signed by His Excellency the Governor of Turks and Caicos, Sir Richard Tauwhare. The license provides both GSM and CDMA frequencies and is technology neutral, giving Islandcom the opportunity to integrate both technologies on a single platform.