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.