Angel Profiles

Trevor Smith – Why Wings Matter

Trevor Smith – Why Wings Matter

Trevor Smith was one of New Zealand’s earliest “official” angels, he tells why he first donned his wings and how important angels are to New Zealand.

Trevor Smith was one of New Zealand’s earliest “official” angels, he tells why he first donned his wings and how important angels are to New Zealand.

Steven Saunders – Angel Investors Wear Red Bands Too

Steven Saunders – Angel Investors Wear Red Bands Too

Steve Saunders, Farmer, Angel Investor and member of Enterprise Angels, the Bay of Plenty’s investment group, applies ‘growth’ thinking to his most recent crop – of innovative startup businesses.

Steve Saunders, Farmer, Angel Investor and member of Enterprise Angels, the Bay of Plenty’s investment group, applies ‘growth’ thinking to his most recent crop – of innovative startup businesses.

Marcel van den Assum

Marcel van den Assum

Chairman of the Angel Association of New Zealand Marcel van den Assum has been appointed chair of the New Zealand Angel Association (AANZ). Marcel is a professional director and Angel investor. As we all as AANZ chairman he serves on the boards of Voco, GreenButton, Simpl Group, Yonix, Syl Research, Varigate and the Wellington-based angel

Susan Iorns – From despair to delight in 12 lightning weeks

Susan Iorns – From despair to delight in 12 lightning weeks

Angel investor Susan Iorns says she despaired when she heard the pitch from online English language-teaching start-up LearnKo when it entered the Wellington-based, Lightning Lab business accelerator. But a lot can change with a few weeks’ intense mentoring. LearnKo was forced into a dramatic rethink early on at the three-month startup bootcamp. The focus of

Oren Gershtein – Israel lights way for tech start-ups

Oren Gershtein – Israel lights way for tech start-ups

First published in the New Zealand Herald Thursday February 27, 2014 Government plans to replicate successful business model to set up technology incubators in New Zealand. Israeli technology expert Oren Gershtein is a true believer in his homeland’s start-up incubator programme, which New Zealand wants to replicate. While Israel is better known for its long-running

Business incubator launches in Hawke’s Bay

Business incubator launches in Hawke’s Bay

First published in the New Zealand Herald on Friday April 19, 2013 Auckland-based business incubator The Icehouse, which offers training, networks and access to funding for start-up companies, has launched a hub in Hawke’s Bay. The Icehouse officially kicked off in the region last night at a Mission Estate event attended by local business owners and

Growing funding network gives support to tech start-ups

Growing funding network gives support to tech start-ups

First published in the New Zealand Herald on Monday April 15, 2013 Angel investors provide both capital and capability to entrepreneurial initiatives. How is the New Zealand Angel Association – and you personally – involved in the IT industry? I’m an Angel investor as part of the AngelHQ club in Wellington, but we syndicate investment

Franceska Banga – Angels on our shoulders

Franceska Banga – Angels on our shoulders

First published in the New Zealand Herald on Tuesday February 26, 2013 Innovation companies need to have a global focus, writes Franceska Banga New Zealand has no problem generating innovation. Hardly a day goes past without a story in the media about some new technology or a smart idea being turned into a business by

Global from Day One – Kiwi seed fund makes first investments

Global from Day One – Kiwi seed fund makes first investments

First published in the New Zealand Herald on Thursday November 29, 2012 A new fund aimed at globally focused New Zealand start-ups has made its first investments into two technology companies. Last minute accommodation booking service Stay Today and data management provider Mohio have received $150,000 and $100,000 respectively, from the Global from Day One