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.

Watch this space for our full line up.

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Canterbury Angels August Update

Being able to craft and deliver a convincing pitch is no simple matter. Early stage companies seeking investment put considerable time and effort trying to get this right. It would be fair to say some do, but many don’t. Common mistakes we see made include

  • Pitching the product, rather than the solution they developed to deal with a pressing problem or pain that customers really want to have sorted.
  • Not focusing enough on the company’s ability to execute – this includes not just those working in the business but also advisors and board members who can bring a wealth of experience to the table.
  • Companies assuming because their target market is huge they will be able to get 1% of it, rather than demonstrating how they are going to penetrate the slice of the market where they think they can win.
  • Founders not showing enough passion or delivering an engaging sense of purpose. Pitches can be well rehearsed with slick delivery, but if they lack passion they are often not convincing.
  • Being reluctant to surface the challenges ahead and how these will be mitigated. We all understand growing a start-up is a tough gig. Investors want to know how key challenges and obstacles will be dealt with and how they may be able to help.

Other things founders should be mindful of when pitching are

  • Messaging needs to be clear, concise and convincing – the pitch deck should be able to stand alone without the need for detailed explanations, complex diagrams and notes.
  • Facts tell, stories sell. We remember and engage with stories but often forget the facts and figures. Developing storytelling capability can be very powerful when pitching (see the article below on storytelling techniques).

Preparation for investment pitches is an area where Angels have an important role to play to help founders develop and deliver convincing pitches. The onus on us, as part of supporting founders, is to make sure we do this prior to pitch night.

Regards,

Paul Claridge
CA Chair

Interesting Stuff

CA Investment ActivityRecent Investments 

CA members have recently invested in

  • Fileinvite  – an automated document collection solution
  • Mevo – a flexible car sharing service.
Pitch & Pizza Evening 
                                   

It was great to work alongside Lightning Lab Tourism and see four of their teams present at our Pitch & Pizza evening last week. A special thanks to Dave Ward and the team from BDO for hosting us. Also, thank you to Geoff Brash, Derek Ensor and Michael Philpott for giving valuable feedback to the companies presenting.

What’s coming up?

September Investor Evening

Lock Thursday 19th September at 5:30pm into your calendar to come along to our next investor evening. Canterbury Angels event sponsor PwC have kindly offered to host us. Register here

Watch this space for our full lineup.

Australian VCs in Christchurch

Want to meet and hear from Australian venture capitalists who have backed incredible Kiwi and Australian startups, as they demystify their investment and speak on how they identify, invest and work with startups?
Join in for a special panel event – Australian VCs in New Zealand, on 3rd September in Christchurch.
Spaces are limited, register now for your ticket.

Techstars Startup Weekend

We are 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.
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.

Innovation Expo

The Smart Christchurch team is hosting the third annual Innovation Expo at the newly restored Christchurch Town Hall.  We are inviting exhibitors to showcase their innovative solutions to the Christchurch public, civic leaders, and other key people invited to attend.

The outcomes for the Smart Christchurch Innovation Expo include:

  • Demonstrate new approaches to solving persistent problems.
  • Showcase Smart Christchurch initiatives, partnerships & collaborations.
  • Showcase innovation happening within the city and beyond.
  • An opportunity to connect with other innovators and spark ideas.

Please apply to exhibit here or to sponsor 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 

CA are proudly supported by:

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AANZ Governance Courses

Wondering about early stage governance? 
Do you need a Board, and if so, what sort of board?

This free workshop specifically for start-up founders is for you (but only if you’re a founder!).  If you’re an investor, please consider passing this invitation on to the founders in your life.

A summary of our popular Angel Governance workshop normally run for investors and aspiring directors, this workshop will give you the tools you need to understand what boards do (or are meant to do), and discuss how others navigating the world of early stage company governance.  Plenty of opportunity to ask questions, to bring you up to speed on getting the right governance in place for your early stage company.

Founder event 5th November 9am-11am

It’s governance but not as we know it!

Being 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.

Investor Director event 5th November 12:00-5:30pm $350 incl GST

 

 

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Pitch & Pizza – August 15th

Great Information, Great Fun, Free Pizza
Thursday 15th August, 5:30pm at BDO – Level 4, 287/293 Durham Street North, 

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” with 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.

Please note this event has been moved from July 18th to the new date of August 15th.

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Lightning Lab Tourism Demo Day

Date & Venue  

20 August, 5:30pm
James Hay Theatre – 86 Kilmore St, Christchurch Central

Join Lightning Lab as their tourism teams celebrate their Lightning Lab journey

You’ll have the opportunity to hear from the inaugural cohort of Lightning Lab Tourism.

Featuring 10 ventures, you’ll hear how the Tourism 2019 teams have spent three months working on projects that can contribute to the development a sustainable tourism industry in New Zealand.

After the close of pitches, we invite you to stay and join the teams for a drink.

 Please register here

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In conversation with Bill Murphy from Purpose Capital

Bill Murphy is from Purpose Capital which “Mobilizes new capital for systemic social and environmental change”. He is based in Tauranga but will be visiting Christchurch on 5 August and after recording an episode for Seeds Podcast he will be speaking about what they are doing, why they have that focus and what sort of investment they are looking at. Come have a chat with Bill at Parry Field Lawyers at 1 Rimu Street from noon – it’s free but please email stevenmoe@parryfield.com to confirm your attendance (limit of 30).

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Canterbury Angels July Update

What’s your core investment Philosophy?

 

A challenge for all Angels’ when investing to deciding whether to invest or not in a particular opportunity. Given the diverse nature and background of the Angels community its hardly surprising there are a wide variety of views on the best approach. Some invest based on their knowledge of the sector, some favour new technology, some look for a great team. Others invest where trusted members of their Angels group invest or look for where they can offer the most assistance or focus on having a diverse portfolio. Regards of the approach you take its helpful to develop your own approach or Philosophy to assist with your investment decisions. For more details…Investing Philosopy

CA Investment Activity

Following recent  pitches we have a number of CA Angels planning to invest in  Mevo, Synthase Biotech and Fileinvite.  Our July Pitch evening (kindly hosted by EY) has an interesting line up with a couple of smart agritech solutions and  an innovative solution for enabling your toddler to be a more active helper!

Interesting Stuff

Check out these useful insights into Angel investing

Regards,

Paul Claridge 
CA Chair

What’s coming up?

July Investor Evening

Lock next Thursday 18th July at 5:30pm into your calendar to come along to our next investor evening. Canterbury Angels event sponsor Ernst & young have kindly offered to host us. Register here

If you aren’t yet a member of CA but want to see what our investor evenings are all about – this one is on us… register as a members’ guest.

Here’s our lineup…

Arc NZ Baby  ‘The Arc Assistant’ which is a Toddler Safety-Fun Stool. It connects adult and toddler. Facilitates bench height activities, helping child development.

Hectre is an orchard management software platform designed to help growers increase profits by lifting the consistency of high grade, verifiably safe fruit. Hectre achieves this by moving paper based data collection to the cloud, bringing together orchard management activities onto one platform.

 
Next Farm is developing platforms for farm monitoring starting with water and effluent management. Their solutions are designed to enhance management practices and streamline labour input.
 

Our next Pitch & Pizza evening is on Thursday 15th August, 5:30pm at BDO This is a great event for startups who are looking for investment during the next six months. The format will be three pitches with a relaxed “dragons den” with 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
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.
VC’s are coming to town – What a fantastic opportunity for Christchurch companies – Innovation Bay is bringing 50+ VC investors to Christchurch in September and are looking for the best Kiwi startups to present to them.

2019 Angel Summit

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

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 

CA are proudly supported by:

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Investor Evening – 18th July

July Investor Evening

Thursday 18th July at 5:30pm
Venue: Ernst & Young
93 Cambridge Terrace
Register here

Lock Thursday 18th July into your calendar to come along to our next investor evening. Canterbury Angels event sponsor EY have kindly offered to host us.

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

Here’s our lineup…

Arc NZ Baby  ‘The Arc Assistant’ which is a Toddler Safety-Fun Stool. It connects adult and toddler. Facilitates bench height activities, helping child development.

Hectre is an orchard management software platform designed to help growers increase profits by lifting the consistency of high grade, verifiably safe fruit. Hectre achieves this by moving paper based data collection to the cloud, bringing together orchard management activities onto one platform.

Next Farm is developing platforms for farm monitoring starting with water and effluent management. Their solutions are designed to enhance management practices and streamline labour input.

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Tech Activator Sessions – June 27th

Ministry of Awesome’s Tech Activator Sessions are made up of 20-minute mentoring sessions where tech entrepreneurs of all sizes and stages talk through their tech startup, venture or idea and get focused feedback from our Startup Activator and a veteran panel of tech experts. This is your opportunity to use their expertise and networks to ensure your best possible chance of success.

Spaces are limited, and the programme is almost always sold out so make sure you get in quick.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Select a 20-minute appointment that works for you and tell us about your idea or your business.
  2. Feel free to bring along any materials that will assist you (notes, drawings, websites, photos, presentations, etc.) or just bring you.
  3. These sessions are always sold out so please show up on time, get ready to focus, and gear up for a great session.

We can’t wait to help you make your dream a reality or help you get on that road to successful entrepreneurship whatever that looks like for you. 

All sessions take place at Ministry of Awesome, Ground Floor, Kahukura Building, Corner of Moorhouse Ave and Madras St, Christchurch.

See more here.

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