Fanfire provides solutions for artists, athletes and businesses who recognise the opportunities presented by the third-generation web (“Web3”), such as cryptographic tokens, web wallets, NFTs, and loyalty economies. The team has worked
with a diverse range of partners such as the Cell C Sharks rugby franchise and Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary to create new Web3 engagement strategies, and is also involved in digitizing the ownership and trade of collectible art & wines.
Fanfire is part of Alphawave, a leading technology group consisting of businesses with products and services that are hard to replicate. The group is headquartered in Stellenbosch and applies South Africa’s signature high-innovation-low-cost creativity to concepts with world-wide application.
The company is led by the former Research Chair in IoT at Stellenbosch University (who co-founded Custos, an InfoSec blockchain company, in 2013). It is chaired by an industry veteran who has led two JSE-listed companies, and has decades of experience in technology, entertainment and consumer businesses.
Meet The Directors
Gert-Jan van Rooyen
Chief Executive Officer
Gert-Jan has more than 20 years of research and industry experience, and co-invented an early commercial use of NFTs in content security in 2013.
He co-founded Custos and Octoco, holds directorships in several tech companies, and is Associate Professor Extra-Ordinary in Industrial Engineering at Stellenbosch University.
André van der Veen
Chairman & Lead Investor
André owns interests in several listed and unlisted firms and has invested in Fanfire with Alphawave. He previously served as director on a number of listed firms.
Incl. Clover, HCI, E-Media, Tsogo Sun and Niveus Investments. He currently serves as a director of A2 Investment Partners and chairman of Alphawave.
As co-founder and CEO of Alphawave Holdings, Frans guided it from a consulting start-up to a group of 14 companies and 300+ engineers.
He's been involved with numerous successful start-ups and various enterprises in the Group. He is an active Non-Executive director of each company in the Group.
Mike serves as global board director of Population Services International (PSI), Chairperson for PSI Health Services in RSA, Non-Execuctive Chairperson of Quicket
Executive Chairman of Shopstar, Non-Executive Board Director at Clark Holdings, Advisory Board Member at Ctrl Technologies and as trustee of WWF® South Africa.
Meet The Team
Calvin's experienced in analog and digital circuit design enables rapid prototyping of new hardware designs.
Coupled with experience in multiplatform software design enables ease of workflow & seamless systems integration of scalable, human-centered designs and interfaces.
Smart Contract Developer
An enthusiastic, dedicated and versatile developer with an outstanding academic background in Data Science & excellent attitude to work. Highly motivated, reliable, and eager to learn.
Passion for everything new, interesting, likes challenges and enjoys teaching anyone who's prepared to listen. Louwrens hold a MSc in Data Science from the University of Cape Town.
Client & Integration Manager
Collin holds a BSc cum laude in International Business from Stellenbosch University. He also completed an economics exchange programme at the University of Bristol, UK.
Being highly analytical with a demonstrated work history in business analyses, marketing, government administration and NPO's, Collin is geared to boost Fanfire.
Jacques holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering, and an MEng in Industrial Engineering (cum laude). He is a specialist in decision support, technological readiness.
Including research and development risk estimation and enterprise operational maturity. He brings these data-driven
analysis methodologies to Fanfire.