Statement from Clevertar

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Clevertar, an award-winning SA technology company that received international recognition — including from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak — has gone into voluntary administration.

The digital innovation company which brought intelligent virtual agents to commercial application from origins in university research, is now in voluntary administration with Pitcher Partners’ Michael Basedow having been appointed Administrator.

Tanya Newhouse, co-founder and CEO said: ‘Clevertar’s technology has already been shown to make a real difference in the lives of individuals, providing a ‘health coach in your pocket’ and has supported patients suffering from chronic pain, mental health challenges and heart failure.”

“More recently, we have created website applications that help service providers engage with their consumers in areas like sales support and customer care.

“Commercialising innovation is not without risk but we remain optimistic about this technology – which received global recognition from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. The Administration process is intended to help us restructure so that we can continue to develop and refine Clevertar’s game-changing virtual agent technology.”

The Administrator is continuing to trade with a view to maximising the chances of the company, or its business, existing beyond the Administration while also maximising the return to creditors.

The Administrator has commenced his investigations into the affairs of the company including the factors which led to his appointment.