Start-up investment shows no sign of slowing

The latest Startup report shows a vibrant start-up ecosystem has developed over the last 10 years and there is exciting potential for future growth.

Young Company Finance Index data published in Startup Magazine by PwC New Zealand and Angel Association New Zealand reveals how far the start-up community has come and how important angel investment is for getting these businesses started. Key findings include:

– Total startup investment up from over $30 million in 2008 to over $110 million in 2018

– Cumulative investment since 2006 reaching over $600 million

– A growing number of cities outside the main centres establishing angel networks including Nelson, Tauranga and Timaru.

PwC New Zealand Partner Anand Reddy says, “By taking a look at the data we can see just how vibrant the startup community has become. This NZVIF data is consistent with the TIN100 reports showing New Zealand tech sector revenue growing from $6.3 billion in 2008 to $11.1 billion in 2018, with many initially angel-backed companies contributing to this growth.”

John O’Hara Angel Association Chair of New Zealand comments, “We have much to celebrate over the past 10 years of early stage investing and it is now a legitimate asset class attracting the attention of more institutional investors. We are starting to see green shoots for larger rounds of capital too with increasing syndication and more, and larger, early stage funds coming into the market. I do not believe it will be long before we can support successful businesses with New Zealand-led $10 million series A rounds.”

These findings form the basis of the latest edition of Startup Investment magazine, a bi-annual publication from PwC New Zealand and the Angel Association. It can be found online here or to download your copy click here.

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Software the top sector for NZ angel investors

More than half the investment made in early stage companies in New Zealand last year was in the software and services space (53.8%), followed by 17% in technology hardware and equipment.

“Technology is increasingly the engine of growth for all companies, regardless of size” explains PWC’s Anand Reddy.

“It’s no surprise that it’s these areas where the most activity is happening and where angel and early-stage investors are putting their energy. This reflects global trends too. Data generated by Crunchbase notes that the software and services remains the dominant sector for investment.”

Speaking personally, John O’Hara said that his own portfolio leant towards software generated ventures.

“I am particularly proud of Ask Nicely, which produces software for NPS (net promoter score) collection and analysis. This company has already generated tangible returns for a number of the early angel investors. The company is now scaling into the US, with the founder moving to Portland, Oregon in the last couple of months.

“New Zealanders have a knack for practical problem solution and we are increasingly seeing them turn this knack into compelling business opportunities,” said O’Hara.

Click here to find out more about how the startup sector is evolving, and where it’s heading next.

Click here to dive into the data about this asset class.

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