Impression™ founder named one of the top aspiring innovators in Africa

Impression™ Signatures founder, Andrew Papastefanou was named one of Africa’s Aspiring Innovators 2016 at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in September at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

The event is described as “the World's Most Important Gathering of CIOs and Senior IT Executives” as it allows the executives to identify and explore technology and service providers that address their specific business needs and gain the insights into the next generation of IT.

For the second year running, select aspiring innovators were chosen to exhibit their start-ups at the symposium by Research VP at Gartner, Jeffrey Mann.

“We asked on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook for companies doing interesting things, and selected six out of the 35 proposals from five countries to highlight at the event,” Mann says in his blog.

As one of the innovators chosen, Papastefanou presented the Impression™ video which demonstrates the benefits of digital signature solutions through an animated storyline.

“It was fantastic to be named as one of the start-ups to keep an eye on in Africa,” says Papastefanou, “and the reaction we received for Impression™ was overwhelming.”

Symposium attendees were able to see first-hand how the technology behind Impression™ provides mobile, secure and legally recognised digital signatures that can be made on any smart device.

“Businesses urgently need to focus on their customer journeys,” says Papastefanou, “when the customer feels like a process is made simpler and more effective for them, you automatically build trust and brand loyalty.”

Impression™ allows companies to push documents directly to your customers’ devices, making them immediately available for review.

“With a few swipes of a smart device the document is signed and sent back without any hassle, helping close deals faster, improve service levels and enhance the customer journey,” Papastefanou says.

Impression can be seamlessly incorporated into an enterprise’s operations. It can be used as a standalone app process, an enterprise-branded version of the app or incorporated into existing customer channel ecosystems and processes.

Papastefanou concludes, “Digital signature technology looks set to revolutionise the way businesses operate, moving away from outdated physical signature processes that are time-consuming and impractical in the digital era.”


  • Read more about Africa’s Aspiring Innovators 2016 here!
  • Listen to Andrew Papastefanou being interviewed on CliffCentral here!
  • Watch the Impression™ company video here!