Angel 102 – Digging deeper into angel-ing

Following on from Angel 101, a new workshop has been developed to focus more deeply on the investment activity an angel investor needs to undertake in order to manage their portfolio of investments and opportunities they are presented with regularly and give you some key tools and techniques in order to do this.

The course will cover:

  • Due Diligence – how to conduct DD on the team, assessment tools to use and how to assess what the information is telling you
  • Structuring an investment – planning for follow on investment, syndication and investment runway
  • Key investment terms – spend time focusing on what key terms mean, how they are calculated and what they look like in legal terms
  • Portfolio management – rationalising your portfolio, allocating follow on investment

The workshop will be run by 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.

This course will be run online and will be run over the next 3 months. It will be 2 hours long and is tailored to allow for lots of sharing, so that you will not only come away with a deeper understanding of how to invest effectively in high growth startups but also connect with angels from around the country.

Follow the links to register:

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Take Flight – June 4th

New Zealand Trade & Enterprise and Mainland Angel Investors (MAI) would like to invite you to join us for Take Flight, a virtual showcase with pitches from four innovative companies going global from the South.

Take flight is about showcasing great growth businesses in the South. Each company will pitch for five minutes, followed by five minutes of Q&A from the audience.

MAI is an angel investment collective formed by Start Up Dunedin, Start Up Queenstown Lakes and COIN South as a meeting point for start-ups ready to scale and local angels who generously want to give more money to see the south succeed.

For an opportunity to be part of MAI’s inaugural showcase please register here.

Further details, including a link for you to join, will be sent closer to the time.

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Ice House Demo Day – 21st May

Here is your invitation to Ice House’s Virtual Demo Day- 4pm Thursday the 21st of MayRegister here.

While we appreciate the current market conditions do not lend themselves to the same enthusiasm for funding startups that many investors had in previous years. The conditions do not, however, lead to a diminished demand for investment by startups that need (and merit!) capital.

We are making a few adjustments to this year’s format to ensure the startups that do merit capital are well served:

  1. The number of startups will be halved.
  2. Startups will only present if their current rounds have traction and lead investor support.
  3. Presentations will be followed by Q&A sessions to accelerate the evaluation process.

And, finally, we are going to ensure those in attendance are qualified investors that have interest in funding startups irrespective of the current challenges. It’s hard to qualify this – and we appreciate that investors are always “open for business” if a great opportunity comes along – so opt in as you see fit.

While a virtual Demo Day affords us the opportunity to host the masses, please note this invitation is for investors only.

Hope to see you online on the 21st of May.

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Legal Support Resources

What a new world we are entering!

One of our members has very kindly given me these free resources to share which might be worth drawing to your attention given the uncertainty we are all facing right now.

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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

AANZ are hosting their Professional Development course on Wednesday 22nd April 9am – 11:30am.

Each session will feature a shortened presentation from each of the speakers and with Q&A managed through the chat function on zoom via Bridge and Suse.

The topics they are covering include:

  • Portfolio Management
  • Capital Strategy
  • Covid-19 Planning – The Covid-19 session is new, focusing on how to support our companies and founders through these times, as well as key things we need to know as investors.

Please register here

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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.

 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., 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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