International angel experts descend on Summit #AANZ18

The big event in the calendar for the Angel Association New Zealand is the annual Angel Summit.

This year our Summit focuses on the power of diversity and how it delivers better outcomes.

The world has changed significantly since we began over ten years ago. This year we acknowledge the changes and discuss how we can adapt, focusing on amping up the power of angel investment through diversity and inclusion to deliver higher value outcomes. We will be welcoming aligned VCs from NZ, Australia and Singapore to join the conversation and discuss questions like;

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?

Joining our discussion will be;

Randy Komisar
Last year Randy Komisar, managing partner from Kleiner Perkins attended the summit with support from NZTE and Spark Ventures. Randy’s fireside chat at the end of the summit was one of the top rated presentations. As a direct result of his visit Randy was inspired to write “Straight Talk for Startups – 100 rules for beating the odds”. The book is currently ranked no.1 on Kindle’s Business Technology section. His return to NZ is intended to amplify the connections he made last year and he will play a lead role in The Runway event for founders and investor directors and spend a couple of days in Wellington.

Jeffrey Paine
Jeffrey Paine is a founding partner of Golden Gate Ventures based in Singapore. Since it’s inception in 2011 Golden Gate have invested in 30 companies across Asia. GoldenGate consider any ventures expanding into Asia and will invest between $US1-10m in early stage and series A rounds.

Wendee Wolfson
Wendee Wolfson co-founded one of the first angel networks in Washington DC, New Vantage Group with ACA Chair Emeritus, John May. She has chaired the US Angel Capital Association international exchange for the last seven years. Wendee is currently working with the Next Wave Impact Fund and has worked with the predecessor fund, Rising Tide, to educate and engage more women in early stage investment and will spend time in Auckland during her visit.

Marisa Warren
Marisa Warren is from Elevacao which has gained profile and traction in Australia, San Francisco and New York helping woman founders to scale and attract investment. Marisa has deep experience in corporate M&A and extensive networks.

Dr Sean Simpson
Dr Sean Simpson is one of the co-founders and current Chief Science Officer for Lanzatech which is ‘revolutionising the way the world thinks about carbon waste’. Sean has a tremendous depth of experience and belief in New Zealanders’ ability to change the world and will talk about lessons learned along the way as he led a team taking Lanzatech to the world. Dr. Simpson served as Leader of the Biofuels initiative at AgriGenesis BioSciences Ltd.

John Henderson
John is a Partner, Head of Venture and Business Development from Airtree Ventures based in Sydney. Airtree has made over 50 investments, including a number of NZ companies and had over a dozen exits.

We will also be privy to valuable input from a wealth of local early-stage investment experts including; the experience and insight of Marcel van den Assum, former Chair of the Angel Association and currently chairing a number of high growth ventures such as Wipster and Merlot Aero; the marketing chops of Vic Crone, CEO of Callaghan Innovation; the investment strategy of Richard Dellabarca, CEO of NZ Venture Investment Fund; and insights about fast track of growth from Janine Manning, Chair of Crimson Consulting, one of New Zealand’s most highly valued angel backed ventures.

This 11th annual Angel Summit will deliver a unique opportunity to learn how to invest to create a bright future for New Zealand, its talented entrepreneurs and drive returns so we can re-invest.

What will I come away from the summit with?
Friends and super relevant contacts, pithy, practical insights on how to be an angel with more impact, a great little goodie bag, and as is customary when you descend from a summit… arms full of inspiration!!

Check out the draft programme here.

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Hillary Fellowship chooses six Kiwis for global challenges

Six New Zealand entrepreneurs have been selected from more than 300 innovators who applied to tackle pressing global challenges in New Zealand through the Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF).

The group selected by EHF are part of the first cohort in a three-year programme run in partnership with Immigration New Zealand (INZ) to provide visionary entrepreneurs and investors with a platform to create positive global impact from New Zealand. An additional 24 international Fellows have been selected and will now apply for Global Impact Visas to take part in the programme.

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Angel Investment – why it matters

I am often asked to explain what angel investment actually is, how the work that angels do differs from the work of venture capital funds, private equity brokers, investment bankers or even New Zealand’s government agencies who support business growth.  This paper provides a quick, but deeply informative guide to the high growth startup investment in New Zealand. To explain why it matters and what success will look like if we do it right.

It is also important to set out how high growth startup investment differs so fundamentally from other equity investment disciplines. At its heart this is about the extremely risky nature of this investment that is matched by the scale of returns. Returns New Zealanders need for our future economic and social wellbeing.

Click here to download. Please forward your comments or questions you might have to me here.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Angels solid during first half

Angel fund investment was solid with $22.9 million invested during the first six months of the year, according to the latest Young Company Finance Index. The result was $3.3 million (or 17 percent) higher than the same period in 2015, although below the strong first half year periods seen in 2013 and 2014.

New Zealand Venture Investment Fund investment director Bridget Unsworth said the $22.9 million was invested across 46 deals, of which 78 percent ($17.9m) was follow-on investment and 22 percent ($5m) was new investment.

“This split was similar to the first half of 2015 and shows that investors were primarily supporting existing investments rather than funding new companies, following a period of much larger investing into new deals in the second half of 2015.”

Forty-six percent ($10.3 million) was invested into software and service companies, continuing that sector’s strong performance.  The next most active sector for investment was pharmaceuticals and biotechnology with 20 percent ($5.6 million) of investment.

Local early stage companies continue to attract overseas investors’ attraction. In addition to the $22.9 million of local investment, the angel-backed companies attracted a further $8.5 million from international strategic investors.

Angel Association chair Marcel van den Assum said it was great to see continued strong commitment from angel investors.

“We all know that angel investment stands or falls on the quality and volume of deal flow. There is no shortage of either at the moment with good opportunities also emerging from accelerators. This is very positive but it does create ‘pipeline’-pressure. Great deals will only be sustained with deeper pools of non-angel growth capital as angel-backed companies develop and need new capital to continue to deliver on their potential.

“Follow-on rounds continue to dominate, reflecting an appetite to realise business potential and generate returns.  Pleasingly, we are now seeing angel groups distinguishing between follow-on for companies meeting milestones and targets, rather than follow-on to keep investments alive.

“Emerging angel networks in Canterbury and Taranaki will gain confidence from this level of activity and their addition to the sector will support the increasing demand for capital and capability.

“It is pleasing to see the growing trend towards biotech investment, which should be an area of real strength for New.”

After a very busy period at the end of 2015, the 12 months to 30 June 2016 saw $64.5 million invested into young companies, continuing the strong trend over the past few years.  Cumulatively, $438 million has now been invested into young companies by angel funds and networks since the Young Company Finance Index began measuring activity in 2006.

Three angel-backed companies launched crowdfunding rounds and raised $1.87 million (all from Equitise).

 

 

 

 

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FLNT’s ideas app named top startup

Eight teams took part in this month’s successful tech-focused Startup Weekend for entrepreneurs in Tauranga, with the winners FLNT already signing up beta testers during the 54-hour session.

More than 40 individuals took part, pitching their ideas, then forming into teams to develop their proposals. FLNT’s idea was for an app to revolutionise employee engagement and spark employee innovation. The support of the potential beta testers helped validate the potential value of the concept.

The judging panel was made up of Carl Jones, head of local innovation incubator WNT Ventures, Suse Reynolds of the Angel Association, Jodie Tipping from local firm Cucumber Media and Dr Simon McDonald from Rhondium, a Katikati-based innovator in the global dental products market. All the judges were glowing in their praise for this year’s pitches, with three teams narrowly finishing as joint runners up.

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(Dr Simon McDonald (left), Carl Jones, Suse Reynolds, Jodie Tipping. Image: Claudia Silva)

Dr McDonald said it had been really difficult for the judges to decide on the winner.

“I thought it was fabulous event and the quality was very high,” he said.

“The FLNT app is an online suggestion box where anyone can suggest an idea, which would then transcend the multiple layers of management bureaucracy that often kill good ideas.”

FLNT team member Clayton Morgan said the original concept was for an app called “Tinder for Ideas” where each suggestion was voted on, much like someone on Tinder.

“A team was formed around this concept, made up of talented people with diverse backgrounds. FLNT then developed when we started our research and validating. We determined that applying this concept to businesses would engage employees and enable senior manages to tap into feedback and creative ideas from their workforce.”

Mr Morgan said the team had several organisations signed up to take part in testing FLNT.

“Going from idea to a full-formed business is thrilling and team FLNT is looking forward to working hard to create another successful Tauranga business.”

A high-calibre group of mentors supported all the teams throughout the weekend, which was being organised for the fourth year.

Held again at Basestation, the tech focused co-working space, Tauranga Startup Weekend was this year also part of the Global Startup Battle, with events running in more than 200 cities worldwide over the weekend.

Clever concepts

In addition to FLNT’s employee engagement app, the other pitches included:

* U! Get Off the Couch’s app to help parents get their kids out of the house

* Flapp’s system for connecting backpackers

* Be There Too’s easy live streaming solution for large family events

* Safe Out’s smart emergency evacuation system

* Happy Sprout’s kitchen garden starter kits

* Arrive Social’s carpooling app for students

* Tap’s social recruitment model, which rewards referrers and successful applicants

First published on nzherald.co.nz 25 Nov 2015

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