Deep Tech Event

Kia ora koutou,

We would like to invite you to join us for a MacDiarmid Institute Industry Interface event as part of the Techweek series. We will be showcasing a mix of excellent, commercially relevant research, researcher-industry linkages, and exciting technology companies. Please join us in celebrating deep tech companies and meeting the research entrepreneurs who can deliver commercial solutions to some of the world’s major challenges. 

When: 5-7pm Friday, 28 May  

Where: Ti-Kouka, 90 Ilam Road, Christchurch 

Further details: For the event programme, speakers and our event partners, see the Techweek website 

Register: here  

What’s Deep Tech?  

“Deep tech” is a relatively recent name coined by investors for technology companies that emerge from scientific research. These companies offer a major competitive advantage to their host countries in providing solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Deep tech companies apply research to solving issues like sustainability, Covid-19, space travel, green energy and advanced manufacturing, all emerging commercial frontiers that stand to provide the competitive edge needed by economies in these times of change. 

Brought to you by:  

  • The MacDiarmid Institute – the Centre of Research Excellence for materials science and nanotechnology and we have a focus on materials for sustainability. 
  • NZProduct Accelerator (NZPA) – an industry facing, research intensive network for helping NZ companies develop new products and processes, by pulling research and expertise from all NZ Universities, one CRI, and other organisations as needed. 
  • Momentum – a national ākonga/student-led investment committee program which provides access to world class advice, connections, and investment opportunities to ākonga/students and start-ups across Aotearoa. 
  • CHIASMA – a student-led network with the mission of connecting the next generation of innovators with the science and technology sectors of New Zealand. 
  • MacDiarmid Emerging Scientists Association (MESA) – a thriving community of materials science PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, working together to deliver training workshops, seminars and engage with the public. 

·         Biomolecular Interaction Centre (BIC) – a multi-disciplinary research centre at the University of Canterbury dedicated to the study of molecular interactions critical to biological function. Understanding these interactions is central to a range of fundamental sciences, discovering new treatments for disease and developing highly functional products. 


Not in Christchurch? Join us for our Wellington Deep Tech event on 26 May – find out more here

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Early Stage Investment Series 2 Workshop

We’re back with our early stage investment series hosted by AANZ and NZGCP.  Portfolio Management is the second workshop of the series, a half day morning event to showcase how a well-structured and well-managed early-stage venture portfolio can deliver outlier returns, both financial and socio-economic.

This workshop is designed for investors and provides networking opportunities after the presentations (here’s hoping we won’t have to go ‘digital’ this time, so that we can enjoy in-person conversation!).


Marcus (Investment Director) and Hursh (Investment Manager) will take you through the processes and management of the Aspire NZ Seed Fund with 160+ active portfolio companies. Topics covered will include venture capital portfolio theory, investment strategy and portfolio management. The duo will share their watchouts and recommendations as well as highlights of success within the portfolio.


Marcel will lead a discussion on the importance of portfolio balance in regards to sectors, stage and diversity to increase the chances of success. He will share insights from his vast portfolio and experience in early-stage investment. He will then lead a discussion with a panel of early-stage investors (participants TBC) on their portfolio investment approach and how to determine which companies are best to double down on and why.


Details: When: Thursday 13th May 2021 9am – 1pm
Where: NZX. Level 1, NZX Centre, 11 Cable Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Cost: The cost for this event is $100+ GST and includes coffee on arrival and lunch.
Register: Register here

We are capping this event to 25 Investors – so be sure to book your spot today to avoid missing out. We look forward to hosting you at this session!

Best wishes,
Suse, Bridge and the team at NZGCP

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May Investor Evening

Thursday 13th May –  5:30pm – 8pm
Venue: KPMG, Level 5 – 79 Cashel Street

Kia ora, reserve your spot and register here to come along to our May investor evening. The evening will be kindly hosted by Craig Jakich and the team at KPMG.

See below for our excellent looking lineup:

Happy Moose – Automatically curating the best family photos from tens of thousands of photos on your mobile.


TankView has been established to enable tank owners and wider communities better manage water usage through easy to use, reliable water monitoring and advanced prediction algorithms. TankView uses long-range, low power internet of things technologies to connect water tanks, tank owners, water carriers and community groups and provide real-time information that delivers value to each stakeholder.


HuntingHQ connects hunters with exclusive locations to hunt and stay. The community is powered by landowners, who provide vetted hunters access to approved and unique locations not available to the general public.


KiwiNet’s Alexandra Stuthridge is giving an update on:

  • KiwiNet’s Auaha Innovation Platform
  • Pathways project – mapping of pathways to funding and expertise of the innovation ecosystem
  • KiwiNet driven commercial upskilling programmes

Canterbury Angels’ members are welcome to bring along guests free of charge but make sure to register all of you here.

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