Canterbury Angels flying with new partnership

The New Zealand Venture Investment Fund is partnering with the newly formed Canterbury Angels to invest into start-up companies.

The Christchurch-based angel investor group was formed in 2015 and now has 35 members, most of whom are experienced investors or have been involved in establishing businesses previously. Its leadership includes chair Ben Reid, who chaired the Canterbury Software Cluster, Shane Wakelin, Joan McSweeney, Ria Chapman, Mark Cathro, Raphael Nolden, Ian Douthwaite, and SLI Systems co-founder Geoff Brash.

Canterbury Angels chair Ben Reid said the partnership will bring more investment into innovative companies in the Canterbury region and around New Zealand.

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Purely positive feedback for Canterbury Angels inaugural event

“Where have you been?” was BreatheEasy CEO Andrea Miller’s question to Christchurch angel investors last week.

Over 50 people turned out to Canterbury Angels’ inaugural investor evening, coming just weeks after the new group was formally launched and after months of planning from the middle of 2014 when the idea was conceived by a group of people involved in the city’s technology sector, with the active encouragement of other members of the Angel Association.

Founding Chair of Canterbury Angels, Ben Reid, introduced seven enterprises to the audience, including local companies Geozone and Linewize (alumni of Canterbury Development Corporation’s 2014 Hi-Growth Launch Programme) as well as Menumate and DebtorDaddy.

The line-up also included companies introduced by other Angel Association New Zealand (AANZ) partners: Skemaz (thank Angel HQ), and headline by LittleLot (IceAngels) and BreathEasy (IceAngels/Pacific Channel).

Feedback about the event, hosted by Duncan Cotterill, has been universally positive from both investors and founders and the organisers are already looking forward to future similar events.

Lead Partners

NZTE NZGCP PWC “NZX” Callaghan Innovation

Expert Partner

AVID “Jarden”

AANZ Summit Sponsors

“UniServices” Kiwinet “AWS” “BNZ” “Momentum” “Punakaiki” “MBIE” “GD1” “WellingtonUniVentures” “Movac”