To provide unique, intuitive and simple patented digital ID verification solutions.
To help companies and individuals protect their Data and Identities by providing innovative authentication solutions suitable for banking, payments, IoT services and more. These solutions provide high security that is easy to integrate, implement and use. We help you to reduce the ongoing cost of protecting assets and identity.
10 years ago, founder and CEO Curtis Chan, was designing and developing mobile games for the gaming industry. Everything was smooth sailing, however, he noticed a reoccurring issue: hackers trying to steal users’ account details. Whilst developing his own games, Curtis spent much of his free time brainstorming various ways in which to protect and verify user identity. Realizing that online identity protection would only become a bigger issue moving forward — as businesses are becoming more digitalized —, Curtis began to put a plan in order.
Curtis had an epiphany: he could use the existing mobile network, which already has a global infrastructure in place...
The year is now 2012 — Curtis Chan has just established PolyDigi Ltd, Hong Kong to conduct further research into authentication methodology.
— Yes, he still produces his own mobile games as well.
In 2013, Curtis entered the Science Park Incubation Program to further improve his research and product. The first game he built from scratch accumulated over 12 million downloads; yet again, it soon fell under attack from hackers trying to breach its security. Enough was enough. From then on, Curtis decided to completely shift his focus to developing an authentication technology, designed to improve cybersecurity and online identity verification for asset protection.
Fast-forward to 2015 — Alexander Chow (now the sitting COO) joins forces with Curtis Chan. Together, they obtain their first patent for their authentication technology. What was once a dream has now become a reality. They begin by setting their sights on the one industry that requires only the best of the best when it comes to multi-factor authentication to protect their end-users: the banking sector.
After conducting some in-depth research, it became apparent that additional technology would be required in order to partner with the banking sector. As such, a second patent was applied for.
In 2018, the duo decided to enter a “hackathon” organized by the Bank of China (Hong Kong). As a result of the competition, PolyDig Tech’s technology was endorsed by the Bank of China and won an award for Outstanding Network Security System — the outcome of which led to worldwide exposure and attention.
In 2018, PolyDigi took part in the UK FinTech Awards, put on by the Department for International Trade (DIT), and won the Gold Prize. This marked the beginning of yet another exciting chapter.
Following praise from the DIT, PolyDigi was invited by the government of the UK to explore their market, essentially opening the door to the global market. That settled it — together with Yves Segovia, Curtis and Alexander solidified the founding of PolyDigi and moved their company to the UK.
In 2019, PolyDigi was granted their second patent and was accepted into The Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS) Accelerator Program.
In November 2019, PolyDigi’s headquarters is established in Edinburgh, Scotland, home to one of the most secure, regulated, and competitive banking environments in the world — only the best for client and company would suffice.
Since setting up headquarters in Scotland, a lot has happened. To commercialize and further develop our technology, we’ve partnered with three prestigious Scottish universities. In February 2020, we secured a £200,000 Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) grant, from Scottish Enterprise, to create a technology hub in Edinburgh, creating 16 new jobs.
In June 2020, we secured a place on the first CENSIS’s IoT cybersecurity accelerator program, with three other ambitious SMEs, receiving support to help our development.
In September 2020, PolyDigi was named “One of the Top Five Most Important Players in Scottish FinTech” by The Scotsman Newspaper, and in October 2020, PolyDigi was ranked 12th place in BusinessCloud’s Scotland Tech 50 rankings of 2020.
PolyDigi is looking for further investment and enthusiastic business partners to help us expand and implement our state-of-the-art technology. If you are interested in hearing more about this exciting opportunity, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
—The team at PolyDigi
Dr. Anthony Evans
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A serial entrepreneur, Curtis has more than 7 year R&D
experience in cyber security and blockchain. With more than 15 years in the mobile gaming industry including
design, development, and delivering, Curtis also specialises in user identity protection and identity theft
prevention. Curtis is also the Founder/CEO of CreDeOne Ltd., a gaming company that developed a mobile game with
more than 12M downloads —one of the highest records in Hong Kong.
Alexander has extensive experience of more than 20 year in
information technology consultancy, security operations, process improvement, and manufacturing process automation
in the APAC region. He also has more than seven years of experience in Automobile JIT and R&D projects, and more
than 8 years experience in independent review and assessment on projects for listed companies and MNCs.
Yeow Pin Lee (Johnathan Lee), is a People Oriented, Strategic Minded and Result Driven - Johnathan has a diverse experience with 20 years of business development in various industries ranging from finance, healthcare, education and technology.
In the last 10 years alone, he has helmed several senior management roles – from helping a top government agency put Malaysia on the startup map globally, to starting his own healthcare startup, to heading business development for one of Malaysia largest public listed tech company, to building and fundraising for an early stage VC firm.
Now, Johnathan spends his time advising companies in the areas of innovation, growth and investment. He strongly believes that a combination of factors including a strong team, a good business model and proper execution, along with financial support are vital to grow a successful business.
Apart from his commercial acumen, Johnathan is a strong supporter of social innovation to solve the world's growing environmental and social economic problems. Preferring to work behind the scenes, he has been volunteering and advising foundations, humanitarian organizations, non-governmental organizations and social enterprises.
CTO & Co-Founder
Yves Segovia has over 15 years of experience as a project
manager and software architect for multiple projects. Yves successfully developed multiple projects and deployed
to production for multiple multinational corporations in multiple countries including SharePoint implementation
and development for large corporation including Federal Bank Reserve of New York and Asian Development Bank.
CFO & NED
Robin McGregor joined PolyDigi as CFO and NED from its
inception. He has a comprehensive background in Corporate Finance. He started his career at a Big 4 accountancy
practice then worked in corporate banking. He moved to a lead advisory role and lead several listed transactions
before moving into industry as Financial Director of a start-up. Following the sale of that business, he returned
to professional practice and has assisted many early-stage companies in their growth.
Dr Anthony Evans
Open Banking Advisor
Dr Anthony Evans was an early member of UK’s OBIE. In 2019
he founded OB Delivery to support emerging OB ecosystems and participants Worldwide, e.g. Brazil, Chile and
Mexico. In the UK he is dedicated to supporting the World-leading innovation of TPPs in their OB adventures
Prof. Terence Chong
Prof. Terence Chong is Executive Director of Lau Chor Tak
Institute of Global Economics and Finance, Associate of New Asia College and Co-Director of Global Economics and
Finance Program, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He served as Siyuan Chair Professor of Nanjing University in
China from 2013 to 2016. Prof Chong received his Bachelor degree in Economics from The Chinese University of Hong
Kong in 1991, and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Rochester in 1995. His main research area is financial
econometrics. He has published over 1000 articles in international journals and newspapers covering a wide
spectrum of topics in Econometrics, Finance, Mathematics, Psychology, Education and the Chinese Economy. Prof.
Chong ranks top 37th worldwide in theoretical econometrics,top 1% in terms of number of distinct works and top 5%
economists worldwide (RePEc). His papers are published in reputable international journals, including Journal of
Econometrics, Econometric Theory, Econometric Review, Econometrics Journal, Journal of Time Series Analysis,
Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Journal of Banking and Finance, Financial Management,Journal of Futures
Markets, Quantitative Finance, Financial Review, Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, Journal of Behavioral Finance,
Southern Economic Journal, Economics Letters, Journal of Economic Psychology, Review of Income and Wealth, Small
Business Economics, and China Economic Review. Prof. Chong is dedicated to community service. He provides training
to government officials of China and Hong Kong. He was also a project consultant to World Bank and an advisor to
the World Green Organisation of the United Nations, a Part-time member of the Central Policy Unit and a member of
Standard Working Hours Committee, Transport Advisory Committee, Land and Development Advisory Committee of HKSAR
Government. He is currently a member of Standing Committee on Disciplined Services Salaries and Conditions of
Service, Vetting Committee of the SME Development Fund and the Dedicated Fund on Branding, Upgrading and Domestic
Sales and a panel member of the Telecommunications (Competition Provisions) Appeal Board of the HKSAR Government.
He is also a horse owner, a member of the Economic Policy Committee of Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce and
Hong Kong Jockey Club, the associate editor of Singapore Economic Review and Economics Bulletin, and the director
of the Financial Markets Program, Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies.
Dr. Ramona Blanes
Ramona has more than 20 years of experience working in
senior positions in financial services and management consultancy organisations. She has worked in Asia and
Europe, and with clients and colleagues in Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America and the Middle East.
Ramona has a MBA specialising in Islamic Banking and Finance. Her PhD research explored the concept of Public
Value and the Public Sector Reforms through the lens of Intelligent Transportation Systems.
Dr. Michael Shafir
Dr. Michael Shafir is an exceptional engineer having both a full understanding of the technology with its implications and risks - Broad technology expertise in applications such as FDA legislations and multi-disciplinary researches, medical hardware and/or networking software, communication protocols, TCP-IP, Load-balancing, IT Security, Medical/Health-Care instruments, TCP/IP security, Traceless Biometrics, ID-Theft… IT/Biometric/Cyber & Homeland Security expert, accomplished leader in systems engineering and program management with a proven track in planning and developing advanced security systems, authentication, and communications networks. Experienced in both, startups as well as large corporations. Strengths include a unique combination of interpersonal and technical skills, team building and experience in all phases of the product development lifecycle. Broad technology expertise in applications such as IT Security, TCP-Balancing, TCP/IP, hardware and software, Traceless Biometrics, and Medical/Health care instruments and researches. A good presenter, Inventor, read and understand patents, and effectively write and file them. Fluent in Hebrew and English. Patent granted on Traceless Biometrics System (TBS) Authenticating Humans without using databases - Founded CrossID communication Materials, and Pons Technology Greenhouse, during that time, founded PonsEye Medical Sciences LTD. On August 2000 founded MagniFire and acted its CTO and Chief Architect. (F5 Networks has bought MagniFire WebSystems on June 2004 for US$29 million in cash). Michael has over 20 years of networking and information security experience (Include medical device innovation). Before joining PolyDigi as Consultant in 2017. Now also founding MagniFire, before that he headed new product development at Radware Ltd. (NASDAQ: RDWR). At Radware Micha participated in and led the new technology definitions and implementations, working closely with resellers worldwide and established the company's support team. Prior to his work in Radware, Michael established the integration department and acted as its manager at Israel's largest networking company, Bynet Data Communication Ltd. - Michael holds a B.Sc., M.Sc., in Computers Science & Electronics Engineering, from Ben-Gurion University, Israel and long patents attainments (Medical Science, Biometrics, Security, Networking, Transportation/Navigation and Communication). And Ph.D degree in Biometrics authentication technology. Michael’s Innovations (Patents) include: Smart City in a box – Virtual patrol | Traceless biometrics | Drivers hazardous navigation system | Bolinas Chemical to trace cancer noninvasive in secretion | Remote polygraph/Biofeedback | Extreme fast (Nano sec.) databases lookup engine | Traceless Intrusions detection system (Positive attitude – No signatures) | Chipless RFID |Eye site automatic perimeter |Multi Homing balancer | Noninvasive (Dry) Lithotripter