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

Date:
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

(Society)

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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AANZ 2017 Exit Workshops

Angel Association NZ is pleased to invite you to the second iteration of its workshop on active portfolio management:

  • Auckland – Tuesday 15 August
  • Tauranga – Wednesday 16 August
  • Wellington – Thursday 17 August

This one day workshop is separated into two sessions and starts at 9.30am and concludes at 3pm.

In the morning we focus on driving for exits. Over two and half hours we address 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.

Active portfolio management also means knowing when and how to get out of under performing ventures. So in the second session of the day after lunch 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.

The course presenters are AANZ Chair, Marcel van den Assum, AANZ Expert Partner Avid Legal’s, Bruno Bordignon and NZVIF’s Bridget Unsworth. And as mentioned, you will also hear from some of our more recently exited investor-directors.

We understand you may not have time to attend the whole day so you can choose to attend either or both sessions. The first session starts at9.30am and will run until midday, when we will have a half hour break for lunch, and the afternoon session will begin at 12.30pm and conclude at 3pm. Each session costs $150 to attend. All attendees are welcome to be there for lunch.

Please register here. If you wish to only attend the morning OR afternoon, please type in ‘AM only’ or ‘PM only’ to the promotional code field when registering.

Hope you can make it!

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Demo Day Next Steps

Demo Day Friends,

Many thanks for taking part in last week’s Demo Day. We were thrilled to host nearly 500 of you for our largest event to date. In case you missed out, videos of the pitches will be out late next week.

We are pleased to report all 11 startups attracted the interest they were seeking and are well positioned to attract the support they need.

So, what happens next? For those of you who expressed interest in particular startups we will follow up with email introductions to the respective founders on Monday. If you are new to the space, we are hosting 2x “Demo Day Debrief Lunches” where experienced investors will share their perspective on each of the 11 startups. Details below.

There are essentially two types of opportunities:

  1. Startups requiring a lead investor, due diligence, and investment documentation. In these cases, we will support teams of investors to collectively lead a process to evaluate the startups, produce a due diligence report, and negotiate terms. Many hands make light work!
  2. “Take it or leave it” opportunities with startups like Mastaplex or Melodics that already have their investment documentation & due diligence complete. In these cases, each of you have the opportunity to connect with the teams, speak with existing investors, review all existing documentation, and then make a call whether or not it’s right for you.

Many of the startups have substantial lists of investors to work through. To help streamline their process, we encourage you to be responsive to their follow up and to be proactive to let them or us know if you are ready to proceed or no longer interested.

If you have questions at any point please feel free to call me or Jack. We are also happy to connect you to other experienced members of the ICE Angels to learn from their perspectives.

We will have a number of ways for you to get involved over the next few weeks. Details below. Email us if you would like to take part.

Demo Day Debriefs
12pm, Friday 7th of July
12pm, Thursday 13th of July

We’re hosting two lunches in the next fortnight to discuss the companies that pitched and their capital raise progress.

The Debrief lunches enable individuals, regardless of experience, to quickly learn about each of the companies, share insights and opinions, and see the momentum of each company’s capital raise.

RSVP to Jason here, letting us know which date you would like to attend.

7th Annual Showcase
Thursday, 21st of September
Viaduct Events Centre

Our Showcase will feature up to twelve exceptional startups seeking capital.

The Showcase is similar in format to the Demo Day but will host a more diverse range of startups representing wider industries, stages, and backgrounds.

If you would like to RSVP, or are interested in hosting a VIP table, RSVP to Jack here.

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HealthTech Innovation & Investment Workshop 2017

Callaghan Innovation, along with CMDT, ATEED, MTANZ and James & Wells will hold the 4th HealthTech Innovation & Investment Workshop as part of HealthTech Week on Wednesday, 21st June at The Hilton Hotel in Auckland.

This full-day workshop provides a forum for investors and Healthtech companies interested in raising capital, and a space for entrepreneurial clinicians and scientists to meet and identify collaborative funding and partnership opportunities.

The workshop comprises of two sections: showcase and upskilling

Showcase session will feature eight NZ companies with a focus on technologies that are patient-centric, or help people live longer and better lives in the community.

This year’s upskilling session focusses on ‘Growing Global’.  Experts will share insights on investment readiness, regulatory landscape, capital raising and clinical translation.

Register now to ensure your place!

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