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

Time

5:30pm – 8.00pm

Venue

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 gabby.addington@canterburyangels.nz 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

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  • 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

Marketing

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

Sales

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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Pitch & Pizza Evening – Thursday 18th October

 

Great Information, Great Fun, Free Pizza
Thursday 18 October, 5:30pm at GreenHouse – 146a Lichfield Street

Yes!  It’s that time again!  Pizza & Pitch #4 is next week.

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.

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September Investor Evening

September Investor Evening

Thursday 20th September – 5:30pm
Venue: Grant Thornton
L3 Grant Thornton House, 134 Oxford Terrace
Register here

Lock Thursday 20th September into your calendar to come along to our next investor evening. Canterbury Angels supporter Don MacKenzie, has kindly offered to host this event in their new Grant Thornton building at 134 Oxford Terrace.

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

We have a great lineup of speakers including Matthew Jones of Certus Bio and Craig Rowland of Sandfly Security.

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2018 Canterbury Tech Summit

Canterbury Angels is proud to be a support partner of the 2018 Canterbury Tech Summit. This event is the South Island’s largest annual tech conference that brings together leaders in innovation, technology and business to share ideas, grow their networks and be inspired.

When: 12th September
Time: Registrations from 11:30am
Where: Airforce Museum of New Zealand – 45 Harvard Ave, Wigram

Click here to see more and register.

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Get in quickly – AANZ Summit registrations open!

Diversity … making a difference and delivering outcomes

Last year we celebrated a decade of angel investing in New Zealand. And it was terrific to have that line up with some impressive success for angel backed companies with PowerbyProxi selling to Apple, Publons selling to Clarivate and ImeasureU selling to Oxford Metrics. Last year was also record year for ‘dollars into deals’ with a 26% increase on the previous year’s investment at $86m.

We are genuinely creating value for New Zealand and New Zealanders. At this year’s summit we will focus on amping up that value through the power of diversity. Why and how does a more feminine approach, both as founders and investors, add value? What values do different ethnicities bring to angel backed ventures to increase the prospect of success? Why is it important we include millennials in our ventures?

It’s all about making a difference… diversity and inclusion delivers higher value outcomes.

The 11th Annual NZ Angel Summit, 1/2 November, is being held at Marlborough Vintners, 10 minutes drive from Blenheim and in amongst the vineyards. We deliberately choose smaller intimate venues to ensure we create the right atmosphere for relaxed and rewarding conversations. Our last three summits have sold out as we prioritise places for those ‘doing deals’.

On the first morning we set the context for the two days by reviewing the year and have a session on the values that drive angel investors and how these impact on success. In the afternoon we apply these insights to the more practical aspects of angel investment with sessions on the new industry standard term sheet, how to ensure alignment with follow-on funding sources and dig into the government’s plans to support our endeavours, particularly with respect to tax reform. On Friday morning we focus on our own heroes and hear first-hand from some of our founders and investors who getting real traction offshore. All of this will be shot through with input from successful women and millennials in our community and deep engagement with Maori and our Asian investor migrant community.

Click here to register

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Pitch and Pizza – Thursday 16th August



Great Information, Great Fun, Free Pizza

16 August, 5:30pm at GreenHouse – 146a Lichfield Street

Yes!  It’s that time again!  Pizza & Pitch #3 is next week.

This is a great NEW 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.

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