Postponed – March Investor Evening

Unfortunately due to the current circumstances around Covid-19 we have postponed this event until further notice.

However, we think it’s important to keep the wheels moving and to assist early stage companies as much as possible at this time.

To this end, we have asked the four companies to video their pitches by Friday 20 March. We will send our members the videos and the pitch decks early next week and follow up with you to determine your level of interest.

If you any queries, please send an email to our Operations Manager – Gabby Addington.

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Professional Development Workshops

The Angel Association is pleased to be hosting the first series of Professional Development Workshops for 2020 to be held around the country. The first series to be held in April will focus on Effective Capital Strategy Management and will focus on the following core aspects:

Portfolio Management
•    how many ventures
•    holding periods
•    engagement levels
•    returns

 Capital Strategy Management
•    understanding your capital requirements to get to liquidity
•    sources of capital
•    venture metrics
•    managing dilution

Exit Planning
•    strategic versus financial acquirers
•    landing the valuation
•    managing the process
•    divvying up the proceeds

These sessions are all designed to be highly interactive and to bring together investors to share experiences and build on the NZ Inc way of collaborating and connecting to help build scale and impact across our investments.

The events will run from 9:30am until 3pm and will include tea and coffee on arrival as well as a light lunch. The dates and cities for the workshops are:

20 April – Auckland

21 April – Tauranga

22 April – Wellington

23 April – Christchurch

Please click on the city you wish to attend the workshop on above to register. The cost for the event is $100.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year,

I hope you had an enjoyable break with family and friends. As we enter the new decade we’re looking to build on the considerable momentum we generated in 2019 which saw record levels of investment ($845k) and new deals (nine). We will be focused on growing our membership, the number active investors, deal flow and CA’s profile.

We will also be working with the other Angel groups in the South Island to develop more critical mass so we can collectively grow angel investing, increase the skills and expertise of founder and investors and accelerate deal flow.

Best wishes for a successful year.

Ngā mihi

Paul Claridge
CA Chair

Interesting Stuff

Preparing pitches and pitching to Angel Investors is something early stage businesses find challenging and often have difficulty getting their massage across effectively. Some useful thoughts are presented in the articles below

Can you help me with this? Advising on pitch decks

5 Tips for Pitching Your Startup to Investors

CA Investment Activity

Recent Investments 

Tapi – CA members invested $50k

Evnex CA members invested $260k.

Winely CA members investred $50k

What’s coming up?

Save the date for Thursday 20th February, 5:30pm. Thanks to Chris and the team at Vodafone Xone for kindly hosting us.

Who should be there ?

  • Startups that will be seeking investment in the next year.
  • Anyone wanting to get a better understanding of fund raising
  • Investors looking for future investments
  • CA members

It’s great fun so make sure you get a seat and register here to attend, share the news and feel free to bring a friend.

CA are proudly supported by:

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Pitch & Pizza – February

 

Great Information, Great Fun, Free Pizza
Thursday 20th February 5:30pm – Venue TBC

This is a great event for startups who are looking for investment during the next six months.

The format will be three or four pitches with a relaxed “dragons den” feel, we’ll have a panel from the Canterbury innovation ecosystem, followed by a Q&A on what is an investible pitch.

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
  • CA members

It’s great fun so make sure you get a seat and register here to attend.

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Canterbury Angels November Update

Kia ora,

AANZ Annual Summit – it was great to see the Summit held in Christchurch for the first time earlier this month. Suse Reynolds and her team did an excellent job delivering an interesting and varied programme of keynotes and panels covering a wide range of topics. It’s very encouraging to see that the Angel movement is growing strong with record numbers of Angels, chapters, level of investment and deals. If you haven’t attended an Angel Summit I highly recommend you do.

All you need to know about Angel Investing  – we have the highly respected and experienced Angel Investor Ken Erskine doing another half day workshop on 28th November. During the workshop Ken takes you through all aspects of angel investing from how to build a portfolio, what you should look for, understanding the jargon, the good the bad and the ugly and how to plan for success. We get great feedback from those who attend Ken’s workshops (see below for more details)

Ngā mihi

Paul Claridge
CA Chair

Interesting Stuff

CA Investment Activity

Recent Investments

Evnex  CA members have committed $265k towards Evnex’s $500k round which is on track to be fully subscribed.


Winely 
 CA members have committed $40k towards Winely’s $150k round.

What’s coming up?

Angel 101 – with Ken Erskine

When: Thursday 28th November
Venue: TBC
Time: 12:30pm – 4pm (Lunch provided)
Click here to register

Understanding your motivation for becoming an angel investor and having an appreciation for the risk profile and mechanics of angel investment is all covered in this succinct ‘awareness raising’ course.

The workshop will be run be Ken Erskine who has extensive experience as an angel investor both from managing his own broad portfolio and leading the Ice Angels team for six years.

Ken has developed and run the AANZ’s Angel 101 workshop across New Zealand, receiving rave reviews for the content and his unique and fun delivery style.

The course will cover:

  • The rewards and challenges of being an angel.
  • The legal requirements around eligibility and if you decide to become an investor director.
  • The importance of building a portfolio and how to go about this.
  • The importance of being involved.
  • The role of exits.
  • Where and how to access support.

 

CA are proudly supported by:

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November Investor Evening

November Investor Evening

Thursday 21st November –  5:30pm
Venue: Deloitte – Level 4, 151 Cambridge Terrace

Get your ticket now for Thursday 21st and come along to our last event of 2019. Canterbury Angels event sponsor Deloitte have kindly offered to host us.

Our confirmed line up is:

Tapi is your personal assistant. With Tapi on your side, any maintenance issue is an opportunity to connect with your landlords and tenants. Tapi turns a traditionally stressful property maintenance process into a simple experience that brings you closer to your network and helps you grow your business.

100Rails is a New Zealand based software development company that builds cloud hosted SaaS products. Scaflog.com, a management tool for scaffolding businesses, is the company’s main product which is now in growth mode and has paying customers in NZ, Australia and the UK. The scaffolding industry was struggling to keep up with technology and compliance requirements, so a customised system was designed to fill the growing markets need.

MYOVOLT is therapeutic massage that you wear. MYOVOLT is a clinically validated consumer product for the sports and fitness market delivering Vibration Therapy in a unique, wearable design that is easy to use on any part of the body. MYOVOLT stimulates muscles and gives the following physiological benefits; faster recovery after exercise, increased flexibility & range of motion, increased circulation and muscle soreness relief.

NuPoint’s innovative system collaborates mapping, live tracking, job scheduling, data capturing and analytical reporting which increases visibility, productivity and profitability to your operation.

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Angel 101 with Ken Erskine

When: Thursday 28th November
Venue: TBC
Time: 12:30pm – 4pm (Lunch provided)

Understanding your motivation for becoming an angel investor and having an appreciation for the risk profile and mechanics of angel investment is all covered in this succinct ‘awareness raising’ course.

The workshop will be run be Ken Erskine who has extensive experience as an angel investor both from managing his own broad portfolio and leading the Ice Angels team for six years.

Ken has developed and run the AANZ’s Angel 101 workshop across New Zealand, receiving rave reviews for the content and his unique and fun delivery style.

The course will cover:

  • the rewards and challenges of being an angel,
  • the legal requirements around eligibility and if you decide to become an investor director,
  • the importance of building a portfolio and how to go about this,
  • the importance of being involved
  • the role of exits, and
  • where and how to access support

Click here to register.

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Canterbury Angels October Update

Kia ora,

This year we have been focused on increasing deal flow and our membership. Deal flow has been good. We are on track to have our best year to date with more deals in the pipeline. We have made some progress on growing our membership but it’s not at the rate we would like. This begs the question, given the level and quality of the deal flow on offer and the opportunities to invest in exciting young companies pushing the boundaries, why growing our membership has been a bit of a grind.

If I think back to when I decided to joined CA around 3 years ago, I must admit I was a little concerned I might not have enough knowledge about early stage investing and may not have the level of resources required to invest in opportunities.  My concerns were allayed by the welcome and help I received to get a handle on angel investing and the realisation that you don’t have to invest large sums to be involved in deals (some members invest as little as $5k in deals). The other big benefit I discovered being part of CA has been the opportunity to assist the companies we invest in be more successful.

So we’d like your help to spread the word we’re looking for new members. Feel free to bring someone you think may be interested along to one of our pitch evenings to get a feel for how we operate or contact us through the CA website and we’ll arrange a coffee to have a chat about angel investing.

Ngā mihi

Paul Claridge
CA Chair

Interesting Stuff

CA Investment Activity

Recent Investments 

  • Winley  – we have a number of CA members interested in Winely and are working through DD process – if you are interested please contact Gabby.
September Investor Evening 

                      

It was great to hear from Abbe and Jacob – Winely, Clare – Edmund Hillary Collection and Olo – Punakaiki Fund at our recent investor evening. Thanks to Nathan Jones and his team at PwC for hosting us.

What’s coming up?

October Investor Evening

Lock Thursday 17th October at 5:30pm into your calendar to come along to our next investor evening. Canterbury Angels event sponsor BNZ have kindly offered to host us. Please register here.
 

Veritide is an innovative company with committed scientists and engineers developing biological detection and identification solutions.

EVNEX are back and raising another round. EVNEX are a New Zealand company designing the future of EV  charging. Their solutions help home and fleet customers charge faster, save money, and reduce their environmental impact.

Astrolab adopts complex technologies across a range of sectors. Working alongside our early-stage partners, we develop robust venture pathways enabling NZ’s ideas to navigate toward success on the world stage.

It’s Governance but not as we know itBeing a director of an early stage / angel backed company is different, and in many ways more challenging than established company directorships.

As angel investors, we promise founders our money and our time – joining the board is a powerful way to truly contribute to the success of these businesses.

This course is designed specifically for those who want to learn more about the specific challenges and rewards of governance in angel backed companies. We’re looking for more angel investors to step into these board roles –  this course will give you the confidence to step up and become actively engaged in this important role.

This course is run as a facilitated workshop, with experience directors in attendance to share their wisdom and war stories.

Tuesday 5th November
EY -Ernst & Young, 93 Cambridge Terrace
$350 incl GST
Register here
 

Angel Association NZ 2019 Summit – In Christchurch 

Delivering Exponential Value …how growing a venture from New Zealand makes it uniquely possible.

The Angel Association NZ are holding this year’s Summit in Christchurch at Pemberton which is 15 minutes’ drive from town in a beautiful country setting on November 7th & 8th.

Recent summits have been inspiring for the growing confidence and awareness about the unique and powerful approach New Zealanders take to scaling businesses. We have a capacity for empathy which gives our ventures a competitive advantage and a foundation that sets them apart from others striving for traction in global markets.

At this summit we will explore how amplifying and leveraging empathy and our New Zealandness puts us ahead of the curve. We are at a tipping point where New Zealand and our businesses can set the standard for how to deliver exponential impact and value while taking care of each other and the planet.

See more information and register here 

Save the date – November 21st for our final event of the year. Pitch & Pizza, kindly hosted by EY. Watch this space for more information. Register here.

CA are proudly supported by:

 

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Techstars Startup Weekend

Calling all developers, designers, and business/non-technical participants to come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, launch startups and have absolute fun with strangers in a 54-hour weekend. – Friday, September 27th – 29th 2019.

Startup weekend is a global movement about breaking tech barriers for everyone in the community, thereby the world no matter gender, ethnicity, background or technical ability.

Don’t miss your chance to meet your future co-founders or the opportunity to get one-on-one mentorship sessions from VCs, Angels and some of the most recognised startup leaders in the Christchurch community.

Early-bird tickets at special prices are available NOW! — only until 25 August! Get yours here.

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September Investor Evening

Thursday 19th September at 5:30pm
Venue: PwC
PwC Centre, Level 4
60 Cashel Street
Register here

Lock Thursday 19th September into your calendar to come along to our next investor evening. Canterbury Angels event sponsor PwC have kindly offered to host us.

Bring along a friend who may be interested and register you both here.

See our confirmed line up:

Winely is a precision winemaking company. Winely’s technology gives winemakers real-time insights on the fermentation process – saving them upwards of $200,000 in labour and preventing loss of sales from ‘off spec’ wines.

Edmund Hillary Collection was co-founded with the Hillary family and launched in August 2018 at NZ Fashion Week. This is a high-quality collection of jackets and knitwear inspired by the gear worn on the first ascent of Mt Everest on the 1953 British expedition.  Mainly made of natural fibres it would have been technical climbing gear in the 1950’s but today is a premium lifestyle range.  2% of proceeds from every sale goes to supporting Himalayan communities and outdoor education in the UK and New Zealand – causes close to Ed Hillary’s heart. They have a strong retail base in New Zealand including their own brand store in Queenstown and a global e-commerce site.

Punakaiki Fund Limited makes long-term investments into high-growth, revenue-generating New Zealand companies. They have investments in over 20 Portfolio Companies.

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