Category Archives: Angel investment

The Kiwi innovation space is starting to look awfully crowded


Is it just me, or is the innovation/commercialisation space looking awfully crowded and confused these days? Sure, we like to think we’re (NZ Inc) inventive and entrepreneurial. But there seem to be more entities out there offering innovation (and I … Continue reading

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How long will it take for the Wynyard Precinct to hit its straps?


Well, let’s see how Auckland’s new Innovation Precinct, Wynyard Precinct (it appears to have at least a couple of names) get’s up and going. It has been one of those long time in coming projects – and now we’ll see … Continue reading

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Driver of Callaghan accelerator services to put pedal to the metal?


We’ll make the assumption that Callaghan Innovation’s new GM of Accelerator Services isn’t there for the money. Chris Somogyi’s come relatively unannounced to the crown entity whose role is to accelerate the commercialisation of innovation by NZ firms. Softly, softly … Continue reading

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Today Wellington…tomorrow the world for ‘toys’ lending site?


 LendYour has been start-upping its way to life in a next door office to me. A bit like a nosy neighbour, I’ve been keeping an eye on the Wellington Startup Weekend 2013 inspired web play (with an app to come) … Continue reading

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A hidden gem in Callaghan Innovation’s business case?


Callaghan Innovation’s business case came out a week before Christmas among a flurry of keep it under the radar government documents released about the same time. (Ironically, the business case appeared a couple of hours after sticK commented that it … Continue reading

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We’re getting over our notions of shame around business failure


I’m putting the proposition out there that we’re getting over our collective Kiwi hang-up about startup and business failure. That is, whereas in the past we’d write somebody off for having tried, and been not successful in a new business … Continue reading

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The problem around, and more importantly some answers to, cranking up our startup ecosystem


Let’s hope for our sake that ‘Five ways New Zealand can accelerate a sustainable high-tech ecosystem’ doesn’t receive a “not invented here” rebuff from government and others. (You can get an executive summary at the above link, or, by sharing … Continue reading

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‘Always be pitching, looking for feedback’ – Wipster’s Rollo Wenlock


“Get your idea out there as much as possible, pitch it to everyone, even to strangers in a cafe, see what happens. If it doesn’t resonate, you probably don’t have anything.” That was Wipster head sherang’s advice given at Wellington’s … Continue reading

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New fund slips onto radar – though not many have noticed its arrival


In the same week that the Punakaiki Fund was abandoned, came a much less heralded, but much more important deal for NZ Inc. Wellington-based Endeavour Capital is, in the New Zealand sense, a veteran in the early stage and startup … Continue reading

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Punakaiki Fund now a solution in search of a problem?


So, will the Punakaiki Fund get to ‘Go’? And, if so, how will it differ from the angel investment funds dotted around the country? Originally hoping to raise between $20m to $50m, when the original close date of October 2 … Continue reading

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