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Synapt are business creators, builders and fixers.

We apply inspiration, experience and determination to transform ideas into commercial substance.

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WHAT WE DO

SYNAPT ARE BUSINESS CREATORS, BUILDERS AND FIXERS.

Our purpose is to develop businesses of substance of which we can be proud. We do this by:

 

• Developing new business ideas from proof-of-concept to a sustainable level

• Acquiring or partnering in distressed or healthy businesses that show particular promise or will complement others

• Partnering with other investors/businesses to develop opportunities or troubleshoot problems, taking a stake in the success

 

We bring different strengths. As a team, we have the right mix of imagination, passion experience, values and temperament to build and improve businesses, whether by pursuing opportunities or turning around underperforming or distressed organisations.

WHAT WE'RE DOING

WHAT WE'VE DONE

 

 

 

Managed companies with up to 2,000 employees, including CEO-level roles with full executive responsibility for all aspects
of the business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leadership and

Execution

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lead architects and business development for greenfield mega-projects in the South African transport technology space. These culminated in the successful award of design-
build-operate contracts
of R10 billion (largest of its kind globally) and R300 million
(a first of its kind in South Africa) respectively.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business

development

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Established multiple business and projects from concept to steady state. These include TxPoint,
Vehicle Data Services, Mark Eden Management, Pinnacle Solutions, Fresh Connection and Unique Building Projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entrepreneurship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investigated and established business structures in more than
20 countries to support contracts or operations in technology services, international marine contracting and technical
product distribution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate

and Commercial structuring

 

 

 

 

" Good ideas are common -
what's uncommon are people
who'll work hard enough
to bring them about.
"

- Ashleigh Brilliant

 

Led the turnaround of a contracting company in distress, achieving a R500 million turn from loss to profit in 18 months. This was complex and multifaceted, with contractual, financial, technical, operations restructuring,
socio-political pressures and labour interests all playing
a strong part.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turnarounds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Led the establishment of a
1 billion US Dollar international syndicated finance facility in order to refinance a fleet of ships
at attractive rates and to
provide a funding line for a
new-build program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Led a major credit business, melding bureau profile products, analytic and decision models, credit vetting and risk models and collection methods into bespoke client and industry services
and products.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bid, negotiated, closed and managed major contracts in various industries, including marine services and vessel charters, transport technology
and services. Value ranged up to
R10 billion, duration up to 10 years and complex forms including design, build, operate and maintain contracts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contracting

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEET THE TEAM

 MARK RIDGWAY Mark has a proven background leading internationally focused knowledge-based organisations as well as guiding the development of highly specialised software systems and solutions. He has over 25 years’ experience as a senior management specialist, with roles including COO of Electronic Toll Collection (2,000 employees at peak, R1 billion turnover) and CEO of TransUnion Receivables Management. He has strong strategic, analytical and operational skills, with a bias for operations and the development of the people, processes and technology required to achieve results.

Mark Ridgway

 JAMIE SURKONT Jamie is a business leader with a wealth of experience in business building, development and management, both in South Africa and abroad. Among his roles, he has been CEO of Electronic Toll Collection (2,000 employees at peak, R1 billion turnover), global division head for Kapsch TrafficCom, and CFO of various multinational businesses His particular strengths reside in strategy, leadership, management and building relationships. He has a focus on getting things done, and holds accountability as a key value.

Jamie Surkont

 COLIN MORGAN Colin is a qualified chartered accountant with strong commercial and financial expertise, but allied to a creative and entrepreneurial bias. In addition to holding roles as CFO and COO of companies in the transport, beverages and marine contracting sectors, he has founded or co-founded several start-up businesses. His particular strengths are strategy, analysis and planning. He has a penchant for the assessment, design, modelling and planning of new or complex concepts.

Colin Morgan

Synapt are business creators, builders and fixers.

We apply inspiration, experience and determination to transform ideas into commercial substance.

 MARK RIDGWAY Mark has a proven background leading internationally focused knowledge-based organisations as well as guiding the development of highly specialised software systems and solutions. He has over 25 years’ experience as a senior management specialist, with roles including COO of Electronic Toll Collection (2,000 employees at peak, R1 billion turnover) and CEO of TransUnion Receivables Management. He has strong strategic, analytical and operational skills, with a bias for operations and the development of the people, processes and technology required to achieve results.

Mark Ridgway

 JAMIE SURKONT Jamie is a business leader with a wealth of experience in business building, development and management, both in South Africa and abroad. Among his roles, he has been CEO of Electronic Toll Collection (2,000 employees at peak, R1 billion turnover), global division head for Kapsch TrafficCom, and CFO of various multinational businesses His particular strengths reside in strategy, leadership, management and building relationships. He has a focus on getting things done, and holds accountability as a key value.

Jamie Surkont

 COLIN MORGAN Colin is a qualified chartered accountant with strong commercial and financial expertise, but allied to a creative and entrepreneurial bias. In addition to holding roles as CFO and COO of companies in the transport, beverages and marine contracting sectors, he has founded or co-founded several start-up businesses. His particular strengths are strategy, analysis and planning. He has a penchant for the assessment, design, modelling and planning of new or complex concepts.

Colin Morgan