Beca and Angel Association NZ (AANZ) announce a partnership to make a difference to startups and their investors.

This partnership will create a dynamic pathway for innovative startups to carry out proof of concept projects with Beca, New Zealand’s largest professional services consultancy.

This collaboration combines the strength of AANZ’s network and robust deal flow with Beca’s enviable client base and deep technical expertise that touches virtually every part of the economy.

Startups can use the momentum of a successful proof of concept to keep running forward, proving their technology has a market need and works at scale.

Recognising the important role that startups play in fostering a culture of innovation within the business community, this partnership aims to enhance cooperation and facilitate deals between innovative startups and Beca.

Jeannine Walsh, Beca’s Head of New Ventures says

We are delighted to announce this partnership with AANZ that is designed to connect startups with our clients through proof-of-concept opportunities.

Beca has a 100-year history of delivering innovative solutions for our clients; the next century will be no different. But as the rate of change in society accelerates, we must keep pace with it. Startups are an excellent source to solve some of the key challenges our clients face. Together AANZ and Beca will help startups turn into scaleups, to ultimately make every day better for our clients and communities.

Through this partnership, we are greatly looking forward to working with founders and their teams to bring ground-breaking ideas to market.

Suse Reynolds, Executive Director, Angel Association of New Zealand says

We are very excited to be working in partnership with Beca to support and contribute to building a world-best angel investment environment for the benefit of investors and entrepreneurs in New Zealand. In the same way that it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a whole country to scale a startup – angels, professional service providers, government and corporates. We are delighted to have Beca on our wing.”

We would like to see far more corporate engagement with venture-backed startups. Not only can corporates like Beca help validate new products and services but they can also help with connections to larger international markets. We would love to see other New Zealand corporates follow Beca’s lead.

For more information, please contact:

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 40 members representing over 800 individual angels associated with New Zealand’s key angel networks and funds. AANZ works closely with NZTE and Callaghan Innovation and a number of private sector partners including Jarden, PWC, Avid Legal, Baldwins, KiwiNet, Uniservices, Amazon Web Services, BNZ and BECA. For more, please visit: www.angelassociation.co.nz

Suse Reynolds, AANZ executive director
Mob: 021 490 974 or email: [email protected]

About Beca

Beca is one of Asia Pacific’s largest independent advisory, design and engineering consultancies. After a century of operation, we have grown from a family-owned business to one of the most progressive, client-centric professional services consultancies in our region. We have more than 3,300 employees in 20 offices around the world and have delivered projects in more than 70 countries. Beca’s professional service offerings span 70+ disciplines across industrial, buildings, government, defence, water, transport and power.

Beca’s Venture team is an innovation and entrepreneurship centre of excellence, focused on rapidly responding to scalable business opportunities through working with startups and the investment community.

www.beca.com

www.beca.com/beca-digital

For further information, please contact:
Glenn Andert – Innovation Portfolio Manager, Ventures Team,
Ph: +64 4 460 1764
[email protected]

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Lead Partners

NZTE NZGCP PWC Callaghan Innovation

Expert Partner

AVID “Jarden” Baldwins Beca

AANZ Summit Sponsors

“UniServices” Kiwinet “AWS” “BNZ” “Momentum”