May Pitch Night #040 is upon us, the 3rd Tuesday of the month is already this coming Tuesday, 15 May. Be there for drinks at and on KPMG from 18:30, 18 Viaduct Harbour Ave, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland.
Josh has just renewed our sponsorship agreement with KPMG who have been instrumental in helping FKA become a respected and influential player in New Zealand's startup ecosystem. We should do this again!
Martin wanted to bring GoNativeXP.com, also Jai and Uli have on up their sleeves but none pitch-perfect yet. Cornelius and Dreba might team up to bring a last minute entry. It looks like we'll have our hands full in the second half of the year.
However, we'll have some updates including Moxion and more from Debra, the first FKAngel who publicly outed her grandparent status. Are there others? Tim will give an update on the new R&D subsidies. Let's also brainstorm on "AAA".
Moxion CEO Hugh is in town on a flying visit from LA. He is joining us at the May Pitch Night for an update. As a little teaser watch the trailer of The Meg that was made on a $150M budget and with Moxion. See more of the films that were made with Moxion here. Talk with Hugh on Tuesday!
Startups are all about stretch but where there is stretch there can be overstretch. Sadly, StretchSense had a setback and had to drastically reduce the headcount. Please see Holly Ryan's write up.
The recent months have been stressful, a race to scale up production to satisfy orders for more than one million ZOZO suits. A race that was sheer impossible to win.
Rudi caught up with Investor Rep Chris recently who stepped in virtually full time to help SSL management. Post investment is not always glorious and about exit negotiations but can also involve crisis management. Thanks a million, Chris! Remember: All press commentary should go via Chris and please do not volunteer conjecture or opinions that could be harmful to StretchSense or reflect negatively on FKA.
Mentoring and/or judging at business competitions are fun and can surface interesting startups. Kami is one such example. Thank you to all FKAngels and partners who are helping and giving their time for this.
Martin is running our northernmost ADI.Clinic in Whangarei. He is consistently attracting younger founders and more female founders than all our other sites. Martin is passionate about autonomous vehicles, a kite surfer and outdoor sportsman. He is one of the German FKAngels.