Venture capital industry ready to accelerate growth ambitions

The budget announcement of a $300m commitment to accelerate ambitions for the New Zealand venture capital industry was welcomed by the New Zealand Private Capital Association and Angel Association New Zealand.

NZ Private Capital Executive Director, Colin McKinnon, said ” “It has long been recognised that there is a gap in the market particularly when it comes to accessing capital in the start-up and early growth end of the market.”

“The proposed Government programme is expected to help private investors establish new funds, that will invest in New Zealand’s most promising fast-growth companies.”

We acknowledge the success of the Angel Association in developing networks that invest in early stage businesses. Now with this new package announced today, we hope to work alongside the Angel’s to build a larger venture capital market for the benefit on NZ entrepreneurs.”

Angel Association Executive Director Suse Reynolds, said: “This is a positive development. There will inevitably be some details to understand to ensure that the programme remains flexible so as to support marketplace innovation. We know there are angel-backed companies ready for venture capital to execute growth ambitions. We look forward to working with the Government and the venture funds to help accelerate the early-stage capital market and support work to match the capital being deployed with the requisite specialised capability.”

For more information, please contact:
Colin McKinnon, Executive Director, New Zealand Private Capital Association,
Mobile: +64 27 640 6406 or

Andrew Frankham, Chair, New Zealand Private Capital Association,

Suse Reynolds, AANZ executive director
mob: 021 490 974 or email:

John O’Hara, AANZ chair
mob: 021 040 3198 or email:            

New Zealand Private Capital Association (NZ Private Capital)
NZ Private Capital is an advocate for the industry – giving it more voice and profile in and outside the industry. We champion and actively help businesses navigate and understand the Private Equity and Venture Capital world.
Our members span the activities of the private capital market including international and domestic fund managers; law, accounting and banking professionals; institutional investors; business angels and government agencies.

The Angel Association of New Zealand (AANZ)
The Angel Association is an organisation that aims to increase the quantity, quality and success of angel investments in New Zealand and in doing so create a greater pool of capital for innovative start-up companies. It was established in 2008 to bring together New Zealand angels and early-stage funds. AANZ currently has over 30 members representing nearly 800 individual angels associated with New Zealand’s key angel networks and funds. Recent NZVIF data revealed angels have invested more than $NZ681m in over 1,200 deals and 413 companies in the last 10 years. AANZ works closely with NZTE, NZVIF and Callaghan Innovation and a number of private sector partners including First NZ Capital, PWC, Avid Legal, Baldwins, KiwiNet, Uniservices, Christopher and Banks, AWS and Spark Ventures. For more, please visit:

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Angel Association NZ 2019 Summit – 8th/9th November

AANZ are holding this year’s Summit in Christchurch at Pemberton which is 15 minutes’ drive from town in a beautiful country setting.

The theme this year is “Delivering Exponential Value … how growing a venture from New Zealand makes it uniquely possible”.

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.

Register here 

We will be repeating our Runway event for founders and our investor directors who are looking to scale and prove value quickly on Wednesday 6 November. This is an invitation only event – you need to be a member of one of the Angel groups in NZ to attend.

On the first morning of the summit we set the context for the two days by reviewing the year and exploring what it means to be a venture scaling from New Zealand. In the afternoon we dig into case studies and data. And on Friday morning we focus on how we amplify value. All of this will be shot through with perspectives from people who are at coal face doing this thing!!

Please note we only have half the allocated Early Bird tickets left, so get in quick if you want to take advantage of this offer.

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Investor Evening – June 20th

June Investor Evening

Thursday 20th June – 5:30pm
Venue: Lane Neave – 141 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch

Register here

Lock Thursday 20th June into your calendar to come along to our next investor evening.

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

We have a great lineup of speakers including Georgia Robertson from Humantix. Watch this space for more info…

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Pitch & Pizza Investment Evening – Thursday 16th May

Great Information, Great Fun, Free Pizza
Thursday 16th May, 5:30pm at Ministry of Awesome

This event is going to be slightly different from the usual Pitch & Pizza as we are combining it with an Investor evening so it will be a mix of very early stage start ups alongside some who may be ready for investment.

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.



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Angel 101 – with Ken Erskine

When: Wednesday 8th May
Where: GreenHouse – 146a Lichfield Street, Christchurch
Time: 11am – 3pm

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 for further details and to register.


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New Date for NZTE, CA, AANZ Workshops

On Thursday 11th of April, Canterbury Angels (CA), New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), and the Angel Association New Zealand (AANZ), hosted by the Vodafone Xone are holding two interactive workshops aimed at early-stage / growth companies and investors.

As the workshop was previously at full capacity, we are first offering it to those who were coming to the original date.

Demystifying Term Sheets 2:30pm – 3:45pm
Presenters: Avid Legal, Lane Neave
Format: A presentation providing a clear overview of what terms sheets are, the key terms and concepts involved and current dynamics in the sector.

The Investee and Investor Relationship 3:45pm – 5:00pm
Panellists: Canterbury Angels, Genesis Private Equity, NZVIF, Fuel 50 and Limpidity
Format: A panel discussion with industry experts, covering expectations post deal – including milestones, reporting, board representation and paving the way for the next round for both investors.

Register here

South Island Investment Showcase

Following the Investment Workshops, hosted by the Vodafone Xone CA, NZTE and AANZ will be showcasing the best and brightest early-stage/growth companies in the South Island as they pitch for capital. These ventures have been selected for their innovation, scalability and global ambition.

Please join us for drinks and canapés on arrival followed by a five-minute pitch from each company. The evening will continue with an opportunity to meet with the companies while enjoying local food, wine and hospitality.

We encourage all CA members to invite (and register) yourself and those who you think would be interested in exploring the investor ecosystem and getting involved in early/growth stage investing.

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Beyond the Summit

South Island Investment Showcase – POSTPONED

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Given the tragic events that unfolded on Friday 15 March in Christchurch, a decision has been made to postpone the 21 March Canterbury showcase and afternoon workshops.

This is a joint decision between NZTE, Canterbury Angels, Christchurch NZ and Angel Association NZ, which we believe is the right and respectful action to take under the circumstances.

For those in Christchurch who wish to show their respects, a ‘Remember Those Who Lost Their Lives’ 15-3-19 vigil is planned for Christchurch on Thursday 21 March.

In the meantime, our thoughts and compassion are with all those who have been impacted by this tragedy.


On Thursday 21st of March, Canterbury Angels (CA), New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), and the Angel Association New Zealand (AANZ), hosted by the Vodafone Xone will be showcasing the best and brightest early-stage/growth companies in the South Island as they pitch for capital. These ventures have been selected for their innovation, scalability and global ambition.

Please join us for drinks and canapés on arrival followed by a five-minute pitch from each company. The evening will continue with an opportunity to meet with the companies while enjoying local food, wine and hospitality.

While this is an exclusive event we encourage you to invite (and register) those who would be interested in exploring the investor ecosystem and getting involved in early/growth stage investing.

Please note that registration does not guarantee attendance.

Register here

As part of this, earlier in the day we are also running workshops (demystifying term sheets and the investee/ investor relationship) with key players on the panel from across NZ (this is both relevant for companies and investors (as opposed to the below which is focused on investors)). Register here for these.

Thursday 21 March


5:30pm – 8.00pm


Vodafone Xone
213/221 Tuam St
Christchurch City

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We’re looking for early stage companies…

For Canterbury Angels’ first event for 2019, we are inviting interested companies to pitch at our Pitch & Pizza evening on Thursday 21 February. Even if you are very early stage this is a great chance for you to find out more about investment opportunities and get feedback on your pitch.

Please contact Gabby for more information.

Pitch & Pizza is an event for start ups who are looking for investment in the next two to six months.The event is a relaxed “dragons den” format with panellists from the Canterbury innovation ecosystem, providing Q&A on what is an investible pitch. The primary objective is to provide start ups with the knowledge and direction that is required to pitch to Investor groups.

The events additional benefits are:

  • Start ups have a “stepping stone” to investibility
  • Investors can preview future deal flows
  • Begins to build investor groups around start ups
  • Encourages mentors to reach out to start ups
  • Encourages the stakeholders of the local ecosystem to collaborate
  • Allows potential startups to understand the process and expectations around capital raising
  • Helps build community and buzz around the ecosystem
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Investing in Startups: Investor 101 with Ken Erskine

When: Tuesday 6th November

Where: GreenHouse – 146a Lichfield Street Christchurch

Time: 12:30pm – 4pm

In an interactive couple of hours experienced angel Ken Erskine will cover the introductory basics of angel investing. This session is not so much a training course, more an awareness raising session, ensuring you know what you don’t know and providing you with a raft of resources and touch points for the answers. Followed by time with Ken discussing content and networking. It will cover:

  • Angel investing in New Zealand

  • What’s your motivation

  • What should you look for in an investment

  • How does it work

  • The Jargon

  • Government support

  • Tales from the real world; The Good, the bad and the ugly

  • Plan for success…

  • How Canterbury Angels as your angel club specifically works

  • Q&A

This session is for people considering early stage investment in startup businesses who want to learn more about angel investment in New Zealand and gain practical experience and insights.

Spaces are very limited so register here.

Lunch is provided. Please contact if you have any food allergies.

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Ministry of Awesome’s 6 week Startup Activation Programme

Launch Club is Ministry of Awesome‘s Startup Activation programme tailored for early-stage entrepreneurs who want to spend focused time developing their venture and defining their pathway to success.

The programme will include:

  • Six 2-hour training workshops


  • 4 x 30-minute mentoring sessions with the Ministry of Awesome’s Startup Activator

Programme Structure

Session # 1

Vision & Customer Discovery

This first session focuses first on gaining clarity around the ‘why’ of your venture. We will focus on developing your startup’s ‘Vision’, ‘Mission’, and your long-term goals. Then, for the second half of our session, we will work on identifying the market need and your potential customers.

Session # 2

Prototyping & Validation

This session takes a critical look at your product or service, explores your pricing and business model, then shows you how to quickly test your product with potential customers and optimise until you have traction.

Session # 3

Business Model & Pricing

In this session, we’re going to explore different types of business models and how each can be the key to building a sustainable enterprise. You will through the lean business canvas and work through various business models to see which creates the best outcomes.

Session # 4


Intelligent marketing drives growth. In this session, we will look at how to develop a brand and support it with impactful storytelling. We will look at how to develop an overarching marketing strategy and review some tactics that will execute that strategy.

Session # 5


Developing and maintaining a successful sales pipeline will be your single biggest challenge as an entrepreneur. In this interactive workshop, participants will be introduced to various sales strategies, techniques, and the importance of developing a robust sales pipeline.

Session # 6

Success metrics, legal foundations, and next steps.

Having a grip on your success metrics is key to running a successful business operation.

Our experienced accountant will show you which metrics to track to understand a company’s performance in real time. Then we will look at the legal set up of your young business reviewing issues such as intellectual property, company ownership, licensing, and customer agreements.

In the second half of this session, we will concentrate on your very next steps and how to build accountability into your growth process. We will also look at developing strategic partnerships and how to effectively communicate your elevator pitch and build powerful networks.

Register here.

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