ADI.Clinic is a simple format. Founders book 20 minutes online to talk to a bunch of angel investors about their idea or startup. They will listen and give honest feedback, maybe suggest next steps, or make connections with others who may be able to help. The sessions are free format, more like a chat, not about pitching. This post covers the early days, our initial traction, some interesting reactions.
Massey's ecentre very quickly started sending their founders along to get another perspective from the guys at the Angelic Drop In. That was incredibly encouraging because until then we had had virtually no contact with the entrepreneurs from the ecentre. David and I were Ice Angels at the time and figured that our IA-hat had gotten in the way. So when the IA's manager at the Icehouse saw our traction and invited us to run this under the ICEHOUSE brand, we kindly declined.
Because ADI is independent and is not looking to generate consulting or other income from the advice our referrals come from a wide range of entrepreneurial programs such as ecentre, ICEHOUSE, Microsoft Innovation Challenge, Lightning Lab, SODA, Unitec, Startup Weekend, or Velocity (formerly Spark). Referrals also come from companies such as ASB, Deloitte, Everedge IP, EY, KPMG, PwC, or Three Sixty Capital Partners.