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Could these small cap ASX shares be the next Afterpay?

It wasn’t that long ago that Afterpay Ltd (ASX: APT) was a small cap share flying under the radar of most investors.

Today the buy now pay later is one of the 20 largest companies on the Australian share market and has generated mouth-watering returns for investors.

I believe this demonstrates how rewarding it can be to invest at the small side of the market.

With that in mind, I have picked out three small cap tech shares which I think have the potential to provide strong returns for investors throughout the 2020s.

Here’s why I think they are worth watching very closely:

Bigtincan Holdings Ltd (ASX: BTH)

The first small cap share to watch is Bigtincan. It is a provider of enterprise mobility software which allows sales and service organisations to increase sales win rates, reduce expenditures, and improve customer satisfaction through improved mobile worker productivity. It has a large number of big names using its platform. This includes Red Bull, Sephora, and banking giant Australia and New Zealand Banking GrpLtd (ASX: ANZ).

ELMO Software Ltd (ASX: ELO)

ELMO is a cloud-based human resources and payroll software company. It provides a unified platform to streamline processes for employee administration, recruitment, on-boarding, learning, performance, remuneration, compliance training and payroll. Demand has been growing strongly in recent years and led to further strong recurring revenue growth in FY 2020. Pleasingly, due to the quality of its software and its sizeable market opportunity, I believe there’s plenty more growth to come from ELMO over the 2020s.

Whispir (ASX: WSP)

Whispir is a software-as-a-service communications workflow platform provider. It provides an industry-leading software platform that allows governments and organisations to deliver actionable two-way interactions at scale using automated multi-channel communication workflows. Its platform has been experiencing incredible demand during the pandemic. This led to Whispir recently releasing a very strong fourth quarter update. That update revealed annualised recurring revenue growth of 35.7% to $42.2 million thanks to strong demand from new and existing customers.

5 stocks under $5

We hear it over and over from investors, "I wish I had bought Altium or Afterpay when they were first recommended by The Motley Fool. I'd be sitting on a gold mine!" And it's true.

And while Altium and Afterpay have had a good run, we think these 5 other stocks are screaming buys. And you can buy them now for less than $5 a share!

*Extreme Opportunities returns as of June 5th 2020

James Mickleboro has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. owns shares of and recommends BIGTINCAN FPO, Elmo Software, and Whispir Ltd. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of AFTERPAY T FPO. The Motley Fool Australia has recommended BIGTINCAN FPO, Elmo Software, and Whispir Ltd. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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