What can be learned from Silicon Valley?

The following interview with Jamie Rhodes, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Alliance of Texas Angel Networks, was conducted at the Asian Business Angels Forum and AANZ Summit 2015.

Jamie Rhodes talks about what New Zealand can learn from Silicon Valley.

You can meet a quality network of investors and experts in early-stage company growth, acquisition and exits in person by registering your place at the 9th Annual NZ Angel Summit 2016.

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Angel opportunities in China

In the following interview with David Chen, conducted at the Asian Business Angels Forum and AANZ Summit 2015, he talks about Angel opportunities in China.

You can meet a quality network of investors and experts in early-stage company growth, acquisition and exits in person by registering your place at the 9th Annual NZ Angel Summit 2016.

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Robotis study case – David Chen from AngelVest

We have interviewed David Chen at the Asian Business Angels Forum and AANZ Summit 2015, in Queenstown.

David Chen tell us how and why the founder of a robotics company moved to Asia.

You can meet a quality network of investors and experts in early-stage company growth, acquisition and exits in person by registering your place at the 9th Annual NZ Angel Summit 2016.

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Expectations for NZ’s angel investment community

During the Asian Business Angels Forum and AANZ Summit 2015 we talked to David Chen, co-founder of AngelVest Group in China.

In this interview David Chen talks about what he would like to see New Zealand’s angel investment community do as a result of ABAF 2015.

You can meet a quality network of investors and experts in early-stage company growth, acquisition and exits in person by registering your place at the 9th Annual NZ Angel Summit 2016.

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Sucessful cross-boarder deals

The following interview with David Chen, co-founder of AngelVest in China, was conducted at the Asian Business Angels Forum and AANZ Summit 2015.

David Chen talks about what are the key element for successful cross-boarder deals.

You can meet a quality network of investors and experts in early-stage company growth, acquisition and exits in person by registering your place at the 9th Annual NZ Angel Summit 2016.

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Equitise

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Equitise delivers intuitive and automated investment ecosystem which is highly social and inclusive for ALL investor (from family offices, to VC’s, high net worth angels and less experienced retail investors).

We want to make investing in private companies accessible, efficient and cool.
This is achieved within our investment platform through syndicate investment clubs. A “syndicated group” is an umbrella term it covers VC’s, Angel Groups and Investment Clubs.

The syndicated investment model sits within our equity crowdfunding technology and streamlines the traditional investment process for private investment groups.

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What investment opportunities get you excited?

The following interview with Eric Wikramanayake from Sri Lankan Angels was conducted at the Asian Business Angels Forum and AANZ Summit 2015.

Eric talks about what his angel groups are looking to invest in.

You can meet a quality network of investors and experts in early-stage company growth, acquisition and exits in person by registering your place at the 9th Annual NZ Angel Summit 2016.

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Lankan Angel Network chairman thoughts on NZ entrepreneurs and angels

We interviewed Eric Wikramanayake, chaiman of the Lankan Angel Network, at the Asian Business Angels Forum and AANZ Summit 2015.

In this video Eric tells us what he thinks of New Zealand entrepreneurs and angels.

You can meet a quality network of investors and experts in early-stage company growth, acquisition and exits in person by registering your place at the 9th Annual NZ Angel Summit 2016.

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Acquisition Process

The following interview with Bob Kelly was conducted at the Asian Business Angels Forum and AANZ Summit 2015.

Bob Kelly talks about what should entrepreneurs and angels know about the corporation acquisition process.

You can meet a quality network of investors and experts in early-stage company growth, acquisition and exits in person by registering your place at the 9th Annual NZ Angel Summit 2016.

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Improving volume of exits in NZ’s early-stage investment community

In the following interview with Bob Kelly, conducted at the Asian Business Angels Forum and AANZ Summit 2015, he talks about the challenges New Zealand Angel community have to face.

 

You can meet a quality network of investors and experts in early-stage company growth, acquisition and exits in person by registering your place at the 9th Annual NZ Angel Summit 2016.

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What kind of angel backed companies are corporate acquires looking for?

During the Asian Business Angels Forum and AANZ Summit 2015 we talked to Bob Kelly, Vice President Mergers and Acquisition at Microsoft.

In this interview Bob Kelly talks about how he chooses the companies he buys.

You can meet a quality network of investors and experts in early-stage company growth, acquisition and exits in person by registering your place at the 9th Annual NZ Angel Summit 2016.

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What Angel Investors need to know about corporate acquirers?

The following interview with Bob Kelly, Vice President Mergers and Acquisition at Microsoft, was conducted at the Asian Business Angels Forum and AANZ Summit 2015.

Bob Kelly talks about what kind of companies he is looking for how how they must align with Microsoft missions.

You can meet a quality network of investors and experts in early-stage company growth, acquisition and exits in person by registering your place at the 9th Annual NZ Angel Summit 2016.

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Benefits to international angel investors – Eric Wikramanayake

In this interview with Eric Wikramanayake conducted at the Asian Business Angels Forum and AANZ Summit 2015, he talks about the benefits to international investors of New Zealand’s entrepreneurial and Angel investment community.

You can meet a quality network of investors and experts in early-stage company growth, acquisition and exits in person by registering your place at the 9th Annual NZ Angel Summit 2016.

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Key Learning from Angel Investing – Asian investors

The following interview with Eric Wikramanayake was conducted at the Asian Business Angels Forum and AANZ Summit 2015.

Eric Wikramanayake talks about the key learning from Angel investing gained from ABAF 2015.

You can meet a quality network of investors and experts in early-stage company growth, acquisition and exits in person by registering your place at the 9th Annual NZ Angel Summit 2016.

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Should angel backed companies focus on global scale or great product?

We have interviewed Bob Kelly at the Asian Business Angels Forum and AANZ Summit 2015. And in this video Bob tells us his toughts on global scale versus great product.

You can meet a quality network of investors and experts in early-stage company growth, acquisition and exits in person by registering your place at the 9th Annual NZ Angel Summit 2016.

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Founders role in an angel backed company – Corporate Acquisition

We have interviewed Bob Kelly at the Asian Business Angels Forum and AANZ Summit 2015, in Queenstown.

Bob Kelly questions whether founders should think about exit in the very beginning of the venture.

You can meet a quality network of investors and experts in early-stage company growth, acquisition and exits in person by registering your place at the 9th Annual NZ Angel Summit 2016.

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WNT Ventures

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WNT Ventures is a technology focused incubator with a committed pool of capital in a fund structure, for investing into pre-seed, seed and start-up stage companies.  Based in Tauranga, New Zealand, we actively seek IP-rich technologies throughout the country from publically funded institutes and the private sector.  WNT is often actively involved in company formation and assisting companies in becoming investment ready including developing company strategy, initial IP protection and sourcing of management teams and Boards.

Together with our Limited Partners, we offer significant hands-on experience for investing into a range of technologies including but not limited to the Primary Sector – Agriculture, Horticulture and Food technologies, ICT, Engineering and Materials, Medical Technologies along with Robotics and High-Value Manufacturing.

Our collaborative approach we have with our investment partners means WNT Ventures has the ability to address complex IP opportunities from different perspectives.  We leverage our commercial backgrounds, risk-capital, domestic and international networks and our links within the NZ government via Callaghan Innovation, to provide early stage, high risk capital investment and incubation of technology, accelerating their growth in a targeted manner.

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Angels head to TechweekAKL

New Zealand’s angel investors, a community which actively supports the development of new technologies, will be out in force at TechweekAKL.

Angel Association of New Zealand member’s are involved in two key events, positioned right in the centre of the week-long celebration of all things new and innovative.

[email protected]: 18th May, from 6pm, The Grid – book your seat here.
Tech Innovation Showcase: 18th May, 3.30–5.50pm, Astrolab – apply for an invitation here.

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An important event revealing personal accounts of angel-entrepreneur relationships. It is a must-attend evening for founders, and would-be angels.

In relaxed and informal format investors from Flying Kiwi Angels, AngelHQ, Ice Angels and Enterprise Angels will share their personal stories, including their individual entrepreneurial experiences, investment thesis, what they expect from entrepreneurs and how they help grow successful companies – alongside investing their money.

As well as bringing together angels, entrepreneurs and angel groups [email protected] event also brings together key organisations in our New Zealand innovation ecosystem. The event is being held at The Grid, organised by Venture Centre, and is only made possible with the sponsorship of AANZ, alongside New Zealand Software Association and AngelEquity.

To book your ticket and make the most of the opportunity to share a drink, nibbles and some rare ‘get to know you time’ up close and personal with Angel investors click here

The Tech Innovation Showcase

An opportunity for current angel group members to register for a private event focusing on some of the IP rich organisations emerging from government-funded Tech Incubators, Astrolab, Powerhouse Ventures and WNT Ventures. Set up by Callaghan Innovation the incubators are mandated to draw complex IP from Crown Research Institutes and NZ University R&D departments for commercialisation. The event is being held at Astrolab for an invitation click here.

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Closing Remarks #ABAF15NZ and intro to #ABAF16Korea

#ABAF15NZ: Closing Remarks and intro to #ABAF16Korea

Wrap up of #ABAF15NZ from #Marcel Van den Assum (Angel Association New Zealand)

Introduction to # John Choy (Korean Angel Association) who invites international visitors to #ABAF16Korea

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Silicon Valley / Silicon Dragon – Complimenting or Competing #ABAF15NZ

#ABAF15NZ: Silicon Valley / Silicon Dragon – Complimenting or Competing

What influence or roles does “the valley” play in approaches to scaling, building markets and creating value in Asia for liquidity success? How do we best access capital connections and customers across the two? Is that even possible for early-stage ventures?

Key note : #Jayesh Parekh (Jungle Ventures, Singapore)

Two promising New Zealand entrepreneurs discuss international scaling from the founders perspective.

# Jo Mills (Fuel50, NZ)

# Jonny Hendrikson (Shuttlerock, NZ)

DEBATE: “Silicon Valley can’t teach us much about scaling angel backed ventures in Asia”

Moderator : # Raiyo Nariman (Malaysia)

Affirmative :

# Marcia Dawood (Golden Seeds, USA)

# Eric Wikramanayake (Lankan Angels, Sri Lanka)

# Lee Bagshaw (Simmonds Steward, NZ)

Negative :

# Jamie Rhodes (Central Texas Angel Network, USA)

# Lucy Lu (Life Science Angels, USA)

# Jordan Green (Australian Association of Angel Investors)

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Building an International Portfolio #ABAF15NZ

#ABAF15NZ: Building an Internation Portfolio

Getting real on the likely hood of cross-border deal syndication – the risks, the restrictions and the potential. Is it possible to build an international portfolio? What are the pros and cons?

Moderator – # Nelson Gray (Scottish Angel Capital Association, SCT)

# Ashley Krongold (Our Crowd, AUS)

# Raiyo Nariman (Malaysian Business Angel Network)

# Bob Kelly (Microsoft, US)

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The Role and Relevance of Listing #ABAF15NZ

#ABA15NZ: The Role and Relevance of Listing

Where does listing fit in the lifecycle of an early-stage company? Is it different internationally? What are the options?

Introduction presentation from Tim Bennett, CEO, NZX who explains New Zealand’s regulatory environment, markets and opportunities for high growth companies and angel and venture capital investment markets.

Moderator – # Chris Twiss (NZVIF, NZ)

# Chris Twiss, New Zealand Venture Investment Fund

# Garth Sutherland, and Bronwyn McGrayth from Adherium, NZ who recently listed on the the New Zealand stock exchange

# Chris Twiss, NZVIF explains the NZ fund investing and compares to international markets with comment from Ron Weissman, US and David Chen, China.

How much time should founding team of early-stage companies be giving to thinking about IPO.

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Role and Importance of IP in building Angel Venture Value #ABAF15NZ

#ABAF15NZ: Role and Importance of IP in building Angel Venture Value

A practical look at how IP can be leveraged to build value in ABC’s (Angel Backed Companies). Building revenue streams and IP portfolios.

What IP are Asian acquirers looking for? Do angels need to own the IP? What role does the exclusive licence play? What are sector specific consideration in IT vs. life science deals.

Moderator – # Anton Blijlevens (AJPark, NZ)

# Allan May (Life Science Angels, USA)

# Introduction to international panel and their ‘war stories’ about intellectual property in China, Australia, and New Zealand

# David Chen (AngelVest, China)

# David Hugues (NZ Plant and Food – Crown Research Institute, NZ)

# Jim Kalokerinos (Brisbane Angels, Australia)

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Minister Steven Joyce addresses angel investors at #ABAF15NZ

#ABAF15NZ: Minister Steven Joyce addresses angel investors

# Minister Steven Joyce – Economic Development & Science/Innovation Minister, an entrepreneur himself who started in the Radio industry, talks to #ABAF15NZ investors about creating stronger links for New Zealand in the Asia Pacific rim and driving New Zealand’s Business Growth Agenda.

Includes the announcement of the 2015 fiscal surplus for New Zealand, mention of the free trade agreement with China and TPPA.

“New Zealand is far more innovative and a far lower cost”

BGA paper including ‘Innovation Chapter’ available here

BGA Building Investment – “New Zealand needs more capital”

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Equity Crowd Funding #ABAF15NZ

#ABAF15NZ: Equity Crowd Funding

Presenters from three platforms spanning UK, Australia and New Zealand look at current developments and dynamics of both accredited and unaccredited equity crowd funding. They also discuss its impact on angel investment and advances made by early-stage companies to change the world.

Moderator – # Ashley Krongold (Our Crowd, AUS)

# An intro to crowd funding in Australia

Slides available here

# Josh Daniell (Snowball, NZ)

# David Wallace (Armillary Private Capital and Crowdcube, NZ)

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What’s Your Portfolio Strategy? #ABAF15NZ

#ABAF15NZ: What’s Your Portfolio Strategy?

Over three decades Bill Payne has successfully founded and invested in over 50 start-up companies. He talks briefly to the delegates of the Asian Business Angel Forum 2015 about building an early-stage investment portfolio.

Find out more about # Bill Payne here.

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Pan Asia Angel Investment Markets #ABAF15NZ

#ABAF15NZ: Pan Asia Angel Investment Markets

Angel investors from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka compare notes and comment on international early-stage deal making. Deal size, valuation, exits, sector preferences, government support, regulatory issues and more. They discuss cross-border investment and access to follow on capital.

Moderator – # Andy Hamilton (Ice Angels, NZ)

# David Chen (Angel Vest, China)

# Mark Hsu (Pinehurst Advisors, Taiwan)

# Samson Tam (Hong Kong Business Angels)

# Eric Wikramanayake (Lankan Angels Sri Lanka)

# Andy Hamilton throws out a challenge and starts Q & A

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Welcome to #ABAF15NZ with Angel Association NZ

#ABAF15NZ: Welcome to ABAF with Angel Association NZ

#Marcel Van Den Assum (Chairman, Angel Association NZ) introduces the Asian Business Angel Forum. Hosted by the Angel Association of New Zealand, the 2015 Forum offers the opportunity for international and local investors to join together in celebrating this small country’s big contribution to early stage investment.

Leading angels agree that New Zealand punches above its weight.

“The AANZ has become one of the TOP angel summits in the WORLD,” – Bill Payne, US Angel Capital Association Hans Severiens Award Winner.

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Lead Partners

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Expert Partner

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AANZ Summit Sponsors

Callaghan Innovation “UniServices” Kiwinet “Spark”