The total value of investment in early stage New Zealand companies was approximately $250m in 2017.* Over half of these transactions involved international investors, with Rocket Lab’s $100m+ capital raise being a prime example.
The growing presence of international investors in our startup tech firms is exciting – but how can startups first attract the attention of these investors? What are the steps to securing funding once this contact has been made? What role does local investment play in acting as a springboard for attracting foreign funding?
Join our expert panel of tech company executives and their investors to discover how they answered these questions, and more.
We'll be delivering the latest statistics from our annual Investors' Guide to the New Zealand Technology Sector as an introduction to the panel discussion as we set the scene for another high-growth investment year.
*The Investor’s Guide to the New Zealand Technology Sector, TIN (Technology Investment Network) 2018
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Passionate about NZ's social enterprise and business growth, Alex has spent half her career offshore working in global tech. On her return, Alex set up ArcAngels, an angel investor committed to boosting the pool of investors and facilitating investment in entrepreneurial businesses founded by women.
Originally from the USA and a qualified accountant with 30 years international commercial experience, Bill founded Enterprise Angels in 2008. Since then the organisation has grown to 2 chapters (Tauranga, Hamilton) with 180 investor members, 25 corporate members and $35m invested in 70 companies.
Chris is an Investment Director at NZVIF with extensive experience in the private equity and growth capital industries globally. Chris has managed private equity portfolios at Sovereign Wealth Funds in New Zealand and Australia. His background includes leadership roles in healthcare.
Parrot Analytics was founded in 2013. They have since become a leading data analytics firm, measuring audience demand globally for TV content across all platforms. The company has grown exponentially in 4.5 years, come and hear about the investment journey that has enabled such fast growth.
Nyriad develops GPU-accelerated storage solutions for data. They recently completed an US$8.5m capital raise from investors in the US, Japan & NZ. Douglas has extensive experience in developing strategies and investing in NZ based companies who wish to establish operations in the US.
Miriana founded 1Centre as a result of supporting other businesses with setting up systems and processes in her spare time. With over 20 years banking experience, a passion for making life easier for business, and a BBS in management and sales, she has what it takes to drive 1Centre forward.