Pitch & Pizza – Thursday June 21st

Thursday 21st June – 5:30pm
Venue: Vodafone Xone – 213/221 Tuam Street, Christchurch
Register here…now!

Great information, great fun, free pizza!

Pitch & Pizza is an event for start-ups who are looking for investment in the next two to six months.
The event is a relaxed “dragons den” format with panellists providing Q&A on what is an investible pitch.

Our panellist line up for this month:

                     Toni Laming – Blinc Innovation

    Rachel Wright – UC Centre for Entrepreneurship

        Peter McDonald – NZTE

Who should come?

Start-ups – looking for a “stepping stone” to investiblity.
Investors – to see future deal flows
Future start-ups – to understand the process and expectations around capital raising



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Pitch & Pizza

Great information, Great fun, Free Pizza

This is a great NEW event for startups who are looking for investment in the next six months. It’s a stepping stone between start up phase and pitching to investors. The format will be three pitches with a relaxed “dragons den” with panellists from the Canterbury innovation ecosystem, followed by a panel discussion Q&A on what is an investible pitch.

Limited seating – secure your spot here.

Who should be there?

  • Startups that will be seeking investment.
  • Anyone wanting to get a better understanding of fund raising.
  • Investors looking for future investments.

Want to pitch?

Email Gabby
or call Gerald on 021 37 35 38



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Tech talk seminar : Protecting your business information

Join Lane Neave and Secure Strategy for a seminar on helping you understand the cyber security landscape and potential cyber security threats that face your business.

Cyber security attacks are more prevalent than you might think and breaches often have financial and reputational consequences. Do you know what you can do to reduce the likelihood of a successful attack? How do you show clients that you have a plan if you suffer a successful attack? Graeme Crombie and Maria Pozza from Lane Neave join Simon Thomas of Secure Strategy to discuss:

  • Common attacks used by cyber criminals
  • Tips to better protect your business
  • What a good prevention strategy looks like
  • Key elements in a response plan

This seminar is a must for owners/directors, senior managers, risk managers, IT managers and in-house legal counsel.

When: 4:30pm – 6:30pm, Thursday 19th October (drinks and light refreshments on arrival)

Where: Lane Neave, 141 Cambridge Tce, Christchurch

RSVP: email communications@laneneave.co.nz to register


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Angel 101 with Ken Erskine

In an interactive couple of hours experienced angel Ken Erskine will cover the introductory basics of angel investing. This session is not so much a training course, more an awareness raising session, ensuring you know what you don’t know and providing you with a raft of resources and touch points for the answers. Followed by time with Ken discussing content and networking.

When: Tuesday 19th September
Time: 2:30pm
Where: TBC

Register here.

It will cover:

  • Angel investing in New Zealand
  • What’s your motivation
  • What should you look for in an investment
  • How does it work
  • The Jargon
  • Government support
  • Tales from the real world; The Good, the bad and the ugly
  • Plan for success…
  • How Canterbury Angels as your angel club specifically works
  • Q&A

Afterwards, we have our investor evening so please register here separately for this.

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New Zealand Angel Investment Showcase

Six years, 78 startups, 60 funded with $24.9m from Showcase investors. $384m raised by Showcase Alumni. Three IPOs.

Our companies and the Showcase have come a long ways since we launched in 2011. This year we’ve grown into the Viaduct Events Centre to host 500 investors and 12 startups.

6.00pm Thursday 21st of September
Hosted at Viaduct Events Centre, 161 Halsey Street

This is an invite only event. Please email here to get an invite and secure your place.


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AANZ Exits Workshop

The AANZ ‘exits workshop(s)” are a unique opportunity to get really practical insights and tips on angel portfolio management. AANZ Chair, Marcel van den Assum, Bruno Bordignon from Avid Legal and David Wallace from Armillary Capital have a wealth of hands on experience and war stories to share. In the morning (9.30 to midday) you will cover how to best set up a venture for exit, how to prepare for deploying investment bankers and in the afternoon (12.30pm to 3.00pm) we will discuss a terrific gating tool for portfolio management and some really practical tips for how to get out of deals that aren’t doing what we need them too. The afternoon session will include KPMG and AJ Park practitioners who will also be heavily focused on the practice not the theory!

Lunch will be provided at midday and you can choose to come to morning or afternoon sessions or the whole day. Whole day $300 and half day $150.
August 15th – Auckland
August 16th – Tauranga
August 17th – Wellington
Register here.
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AANZ 2017 Exit Workshop

Exit Strategy Workshop
Improving your odds of return, preparing for trade sale, divesting your portfolio of non-performers

This one day workshop will be separated into two sessions.

In the morning the focus is on driving for exits – what active portfolio management to improve the odds of liquidity looks like. This includes delving into:
• Capital strategy considerations required for acquisition or IPO;
• How to position the venture acquisition or IPO; and
• How and when to engage an investment banker.
We will hear from investor-directors who have recently exited an angel backed venture.

The second session will focus on knowing when and how to get out of under-performing ventures. NZVIF will provide an overview of the Seed Co-Investment portfolio, setting the context by explaining what proportion of your portfolio you should expect “not to make it”. We then explore the various options for “liberating” your capital and capability from those under-performing ventures, including the conversations and practical steps required.

Course presenters include AANZ Chair, Marcel van den Assum, AANZ Expert Partner Avid Legal’s, Bruno Bordignon, NZVIF’s Bridget Unsworth and Armillary Capital. And, as mentioned, you will also hear from some of our more recently exited investor-directors who have “actually done it”.

We understand you may not have time to attend the whole day so you can choose to attend either or both sessions. Pricing: $300 (incl GST) for the day or $150 (incl GST) for either the morning or afternoon. Lunch included for both sessions.

Registration: Click here to register directly on the AANZ website

15th August – Auckland,
16th August – Tauranga
17th August – Wellington

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Aussie VC Tour – New Zealand’s Best Tech Startups

Amazon Web Services and New Zealand Trade & Enterprise are teaming up to bring over some of Australia’s best venture capitalists, representing funds totalling over $2bn, to New Zealand for a pitch roadshow in late August.

We know there’s a vibrant startup ecosystem in New Zealand, but growth capital is still hard to come by.

A tour like this hasn’t been done before, but we’re extremely optimistic about the opportunities it presents for the local startup communities.

Encouraging entrepreneurship and deal-flow is the core reason for this tour….so if you’re a tech startup seeking funding, or planning to raise in the near future, this is a fantastic opportunity.

Applications are now open for the best of New Zealand’s tech startups to pitch to Australia’s best venture capitalists in:

  • Auckland on Thursday, 24 August: 12 of the best tech startups will pitch – 6 over breakfast and 6 over lunch
  • Wellington on Friday, 25 August: 6 of the best tech startups will pitch over breakfast

Selection Criteria:  The only real criteria is that you must have a tech business to apply, and that you’re currently raising (or planning to raise in the near future) – anything from Seed to Series B.

Follow this link to apply.

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Launch of Angel Investors Marlborough

Business Trust Marlborough & Angel Investors Marlborough invite you to join them for cocktails in celebration of two important new Marlborough initiatives:

  • The Launch of Angel Investors Marlborough (AIM)
  • A Preview of Inspire Foundation Marlborough

With official welcome from Marlborough Mayor John Leggett. Come be a part of Marlborough history in the making!

When: Thursday August 3rd 5:30 to 7pm (guest speakers from 6pm)
Where: The Whitehaven Room, ASB Theatre, Blenheim

Please feel free to bring along a partner or colleague
RSVP with numbers by Friday July 28th.

Angel Investors Marlborough (AIM) is a recently incorporated society whose members are locally based seasoned investors, business people and entrepreneurs, who seek to assist early stage businesses by providing capital, expertise and contacts to support future growth plans. Investments ranging from $50k to $1m will preferably be in Marlborough but AIM will also consider other NZ and international opportunities.

Founded by locally based entrepreneur, Richard Coon (Partners Life), AIM currently has 30 members, who all qualify as wholesale investors.
AIM work closely with Business Trust Marlborough, who run the Government’s Business Mentor programme in Marlborough. AIM is a member of the Angel Association of New Zealand.For more information please check out the AIM page on www.businesstrustmarlborough.co.nz or contact the Manager via email.

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Canterbury Angels 2017 AGM

Notice of Annual Meeting

Canterbury Angel Investors Incorporated


Notice is hereby given that the annual meeting of the Society will be held at Greenhouse, 146a Lichfield Street, Christchurch on the 27th day of July 2017 at 5:30pm, with the following business to be considered:

  1. Welcome.

  2. Apologies.

  3. Annual Report of the Chair for the year ended 31 March 2016.

  4. Annual Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2016.

  5. Special business – retirement of Board and election of new Board.

  6. General business.

  7. Closure. By order of the Board.

If you would like to put yourself forward to serve on the committee for Canterbury Angels, email Gabby Addington
Please register here for catering purposes.
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