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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Powerhouse New Zealand Portfolio Showcase Briefings

Photonic Innovations Limited is currently raising capital to position itself for rapid Australasian expansion in the short term and, ultimately, international growth in the medium term. The company uses patent-protected laser-based spectroscopy techniques to detect dangerous, and sometimes deadly, gases in industrial workplace applications – a global, multi-billion dollar gas leak detection market. With a compelling competitive advantage over incumbent technologies Photonic Innovations is strongly positioned to become a leading global provider of gas leak detection equipment; saving time, money and enhancing health and safety outcomes for target clients.

For more information or to discuss an investment in Photonic Innovations please contact:

Powerhouse New Zealand Portfolio Showcase Briefings

Powerhouse is bringing five portfolio companies on a roadshow around New Zealand and we will be visiting Christchurch.

Date: Monday 22 May 2017
Time: Commence at 4.30pm
Venue: Rydges Latimer Christchurch, 30 Latimer Square, Christchurch Central

Details are available on the Powerhouse website.

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Major International Blockchain Conference coming to New Zealand

The Blockchain and Smart Contracts are set to transform the world.

This event is about helping people to understand how the blockchain and smart contracts are going to change & disrupt every business sector from agriculture to finance.

The event is aimed at anybody who wants to know what all the fuss is about including CEO’s, Directors, Entrepreneurs, Project Managers, Programers in every business domain . We will take you on a journey from teaching you the basics through to exploring some of the real life ways that blockchain technology is being used to disrupt business models and transform our society.

See more and register here.


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