Investor Education Series – Putting the Diligence in DD

Kia ora, Wednesday 28th July we have two events. First up from 4pm – 5pm we have one of our Investor Education Series – ‘Putting the Diligence in DD’ Featuring:

  • Joelle Grace – Partner, Lane Neave
  • Ben Reid – Memia, Futurist
  • David Oliver – Ascend Capital Partners.

To register for this session, please click here. Feel free to stay on for the Investor evening straight after.

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July Investor Evening

Wednesday 28th July –  5:30pm – 8pm
Venue: PwC, Level 4 – 60 Cashel Street

Kia ora, reserve your spot and register here to come along to our June investor evening. The evening will be kindly hosted our sponsor PwC.

Watch this space for our line up…

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Deep Tech Event

Kia ora koutou,

We would like to invite you to join us for a MacDiarmid Institute Industry Interface event as part of the Techweek series. We will be showcasing a mix of excellent, commercially relevant research, researcher-industry linkages, and exciting technology companies. Please join us in celebrating deep tech companies and meeting the research entrepreneurs who can deliver commercial solutions to some of the world’s major challenges. 

When: 5-7pm Friday, 28 May  

Where: Ti-Kouka, 90 Ilam Road, Christchurch 

Further details: For the event programme, speakers and our event partners, see the Techweek website 

Register: here  

What’s Deep Tech?  

“Deep tech” is a relatively recent name coined by investors for technology companies that emerge from scientific research. These companies offer a major competitive advantage to their host countries in providing solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Deep tech companies apply research to solving issues like sustainability, Covid-19, space travel, green energy and advanced manufacturing, all emerging commercial frontiers that stand to provide the competitive edge needed by economies in these times of change. 

Brought to you by:  

  • The MacDiarmid Institute – the Centre of Research Excellence for materials science and nanotechnology and we have a focus on materials for sustainability. 
  • NZProduct Accelerator (NZPA) – an industry facing, research intensive network for helping NZ companies develop new products and processes, by pulling research and expertise from all NZ Universities, one CRI, and other organisations as needed. 
  • Momentum – a national ākonga/student-led investment committee program which provides access to world class advice, connections, and investment opportunities to ākonga/students and start-ups across Aotearoa. 
  • CHIASMA – a student-led network with the mission of connecting the next generation of innovators with the science and technology sectors of New Zealand. 
  • MacDiarmid Emerging Scientists Association (MESA) – a thriving community of materials science PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, working together to deliver training workshops, seminars and engage with the public. 

·         Biomolecular Interaction Centre (BIC) – a multi-disciplinary research centre at the University of Canterbury dedicated to the study of molecular interactions critical to biological function. Understanding these interactions is central to a range of fundamental sciences, discovering new treatments for disease and developing highly functional products. 


Not in Christchurch? Join us for our Wellington Deep Tech event on 26 May – find out more here

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Early Stage Investment Series 2 Workshop

We’re back with our early stage investment series hosted by AANZ and NZGCP.  Portfolio Management is the second workshop of the series, a half day morning event to showcase how a well-structured and well-managed early-stage venture portfolio can deliver outlier returns, both financial and socio-economic.

This workshop is designed for investors and provides networking opportunities after the presentations (here’s hoping we won’t have to go ‘digital’ this time, so that we can enjoy in-person conversation!).


Marcus (Investment Director) and Hursh (Investment Manager) will take you through the processes and management of the Aspire NZ Seed Fund with 160+ active portfolio companies. Topics covered will include venture capital portfolio theory, investment strategy and portfolio management. The duo will share their watchouts and recommendations as well as highlights of success within the portfolio.


Marcel will lead a discussion on the importance of portfolio balance in regards to sectors, stage and diversity to increase the chances of success. He will share insights from his vast portfolio and experience in early-stage investment. He will then lead a discussion with a panel of early-stage investors (participants TBC) on their portfolio investment approach and how to determine which companies are best to double down on and why.


Details: When: Thursday 13th May 2021 9am – 1pm
Where: NZX. Level 1, NZX Centre, 11 Cable Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Cost: The cost for this event is $100+ GST and includes coffee on arrival and lunch.
Register: Register here

We are capping this event to 25 Investors – so be sure to book your spot today to avoid missing out. We look forward to hosting you at this session!

Best wishes,
Suse, Bridge and the team at NZGCP

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May Investor Evening

Thursday 13th May –  5:30pm – 8pm
Venue: KPMG, Level 5 – 79 Cashel Street

Kia ora, reserve your spot and register here to come along to our May investor evening. The evening will be kindly hosted by Craig Jakich and the team at KPMG.

See below for our excellent looking lineup:

Happy Moose – Automatically curating the best family photos from tens of thousands of photos on your mobile.


TankView has been established to enable tank owners and wider communities better manage water usage through easy to use, reliable water monitoring and advanced prediction algorithms. TankView uses long-range, low power internet of things technologies to connect water tanks, tank owners, water carriers and community groups and provide real-time information that delivers value to each stakeholder.


HuntingHQ connects hunters with exclusive locations to hunt and stay. The community is powered by landowners, who provide vetted hunters access to approved and unique locations not available to the general public.


KiwiNet’s Alexandra Stuthridge is giving an update on:

  • KiwiNet’s Auaha Innovation Platform
  • Pathways project – mapping of pathways to funding and expertise of the innovation ecosystem
  • KiwiNet driven commercial upskilling programmes

Canterbury Angels’ members are welcome to bring along guests free of charge but make sure to register all of you here.

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Clare Capital Workshop

Mark Clare from Clare Capital Limited advises clients on capital raising activities such as VC investments and rights issues, and brings significant M&A experience to help clients achieve high-quality outcomes in commercial transactions.

From Xero to the Ranqx deal with Kiwibank, he is highly regarded within industry and will deliver a SaaS valuation workshop which includes the SaaS Metrics Cheat Sheet (see below). He’s also about to close three VERY interesting M&A deals that he might be able to tell us about.

Where: BNZ Centre – Level 4 111 Cashel Street.
When: Thursday 25th February
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Please email Gabby Addington if you are keen to attend this session.

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February Investor Evening

Welcome back to our first event of 2021. Prior to this event we have a workshop with Mark Clare from Clare Capital – see more here.

When: February 25th
Time: 5:30pm – 8pm
Where: BNZ Centre – Level 4, 111 Cashel Street

Our current line up is looking great:

oVRcome is a virtual reality app that helps people overcome phobias and social anxiety through exposure therapy. The team is based here in Christchurch and the app has just launched in New Zealand, Australia and the U.K.

Starzcom has found a niche in the gymnastics & cheerleading markets, by selling a premium product and they also solve every parents problem, of “what track is right for my child?”

We are lucky enough to have Mark Clare – Clare Capital in town who is doing a workshop prior to this event (see below) he is going to have a chat to the group as part of the investor evening.



Canterbury Angels’ members are welcome to bring along guests free of charge but make sure to register all of you here.




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Angel Summit 2020 in Review

The Angel Association New Zealand (AANZ) held its 13th annual summit at Hunting Lodge on the outskirts of Auckland in the lovely green rolling hills last week. Several members from Canterbury Angels were among the 160 in attendance. This year the focus was ‘How to be the best angel you can be’. The format for the two days was a good mixture of presentations, discussions and time to meet others who are passionate about angel investment.

Day one started with Ian Taylor from Animation Research who talked to us about his company who make the graphic overlays to help us all understand what’s happening in things like America’s cup, cricket, golf etc. Covid hit them hard but with some changes it allowed them to keep the entire workforce.

Bernard Hickey’s chat on early stage companies and their role in economic prosperity was very interesting and as usual he delivered it in a fun, captive way.  ‘NZ is looking like the best horse in the knackers yard’.

Some key points from day one included:

  • COVID has made us more adaptable and agile than ever before.
  • The economy in NZ will be rebuilt on tech/ICT.
  • We need to improve founder/investor relationships.
  • More talent is needed with access to NZ residency.
  • Angel investment is tracking to similar levels as 2019.
  • Globalisation and disruption of the service industry is needed, especially health sector.

The ‘fireside chat’ with Sir Stephen Tindall and his son Robbie was excellent on day two, speaking from their own experience and despite huge success they came across as very humble and down to earth people.

Some of their key must have’s in a company:

  • Scalability, great teams, people you want to spend time and work with.
  • How do the founders respond when things get tough?
  • Get the people side right and the rest will (often) follow.
  • In the last 10 years Angel Investing has changed significantly.

Some other takeaway nuggets of advice from VCs to Angels were:

  • Lead by example
  • Show the results
  • Exit plan
  • Be around more
  • Work together with VCs

To be the best Angel group that we can be we need to live up to the idea that it takes a village.

Ian Bishop from Mentemia spoke around founder mental health and some of the results were surprising – Entrepreneurs are 50% more likely to report mental health conditions:

  • 10x suffer from bi-polar disorder
  • 6x suffer from ADHD
  • 3x suffer from substance abuse
  • 2x have suicidal thoughts
  • 2x suffer from depression
  • 2x have psychiatric hospitalisation

The summit concluded with award presentations and the winner of the Arch Angel Award was Serge van Dam. Serge is an experienced high-tech company founder, director and investor. He loves globally-minded Kiwi software companies and is actively engaged with companies such as Montoux, Landlord Studio, Wiptser, Common Ledger, Tourwriter, Raygun and CoGo and is an exited investor in Publons and IMeasureU. The recipient of the Kotahitanga Award is one of’s founding partners, Bruno Bordignon. The Puawaitanga Award has been presented to FileInvite CEO James Sampson and investor-director chair, Flying Kiwi Angels’ Garth Hinton. See more here.

Gabby Addington
CA Operations Manager

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November Investor Evening

Thursday 26th November –  5:30pm – 8pm
Venue: 141 Cambridge Terrace

Our event sponsor Lane Neave have kindly offered to host our final CA event for 2020. Please register here.

Come along to listen to key players in the NZ and Canterbury start-up ecosystem.

Boyd Warren – ChristchurchNZ’s GM of Innovation and Business Growth. ChristchurchNZ is the city’s economic development and city profile agency charged with igniting bold ambition, excitement, connecting changemakers, stimulating economic activity and attracting visitors to Ōtautahi Christchurch.

Jon Sandbrook – Investment Manager at WNT Ventures which began as a collaboration between experienced entrepreneurs and investors passionate about helping emerging companies bring their visions to life. They have two existing funds, with one currently open to investors.

Maria José Alvarez 
and Byron van Vugt from New Zealand Growth Capital Partners The NZGCP is helping to build a vibrant early-stage investment market in New Zealand with two venture capital investment vehicles; the Aspire Fund and the Elevate Venture Fund.

Canterbury Angels’ members are welcome to bring along guests free of charge.

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Angel 2020 Summit


Angel 2020 Summit
Thursday 5th & Friday 6th November
Being the best Kiwi angel investor you can be… and how we can shape the future!
There are two qualities angels have in spades… optimism and creativity.

Covid is going to keep lobbing curve balls at us for a while but we are surging on with plans to run the summit in person. We are optimistic that we will be back at Level 1 by then and if we are not, then we will lean on the ‘creativity’ piece and run something fabulous and virtual.

If we are at Level 2 then the first 100 people registered will be our summit attendees. We will let you know when you register if you are not one of the first 100.

If we are at Level 3 or 4, then we will go virtual. At that point, if you’re still up for attending the virtual event and have paid for your in-person summit ticket we will refund a percentage of your ticket. We will provide a full refund if you do not wish to attend the virtual event.

We are continuing to line up some terrific speakers. In launching registrations we mentioned that Animation Research’s Ian Taylor, who was just fantastic at the Waiheke Summit in 2017, is returning to talk to us about “why this is the time to be thinking differently”. Other sessions will include a fireside chat with a rock star founder and investor team who are scaling rapidly, leveraging New Zealand’s unique reputation to create venture value, a debate on whether you should love or hate convertible notes and a repeat of last year’s popular session with three serial investors sharing their portfolios and their performance.

Please feel free to check out the DRAFT programme and let us know if you have any great ideas or contacts for speakers.

Thursday 5th and Friday 6th November.
Hunting Lodge Winery in Waimauku
There are only a few early bird registrations left. Register here to snaffle one.

Member only Early bird tickets: $1206.35 incl gst

Full member ticket : $1,321.35 incl gst

Non member ticket : $1,713.50 incl gst

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