Simon Ansley and his team at NZTE assembled a great line-up of nine very fine startups! None of them required this special platform with a female founder focus to pitch. Hopefully, InvestHer will serve as proof that this type of segmentation is not needed and may be counterproductive in New Zealand. The audience turnout was a little disappointing.
Funny moment: FKAngel Marisa was on the Q+A panel with Zeddy. «Love the purple colour! But I have never been to a farm, never put on gumboots.» Of course, she would have been in her element with Weirdly.
Over the coming months, we could see additional ADI Clinics operating in Nelson, Hawkes Bay and Gisborne. It is great to see regional Angel groups and Angels leveraging the ADI format to engage earlier with startups when advice and connections can make a big difference.
We are not planning to take ADI to the moon but at ADI Auckland this week we talked to a founder who wants to provide solar power for commercial activities on the moon.
Here is a little extract from the latest shareholder update from our portfolio company Datagate. A video with a North American voice to take on the North American market. Go rockstar Mark!
Debra lowered the tone of the discussion to underwater with her aquatic analogy. She avoided talking of sharks but Rudi couldn't help bringing anglerfish into the discussion.
The point here is that Callaghan Tech Incubators are dictating aggressive investment terms that a) dilute founders to a point that will disincentivise them b) frustrate syndication with other investors c) torpedo future funding rounds.
You thought Unfiltered's Jacke Millar is young, think again! Eli Smit is only 9 and brings you his entrepreneurial podcast Ground Breaking. Some of the world famous in New Zealand founders that have talked to Eli include Anna Guenther, Craig Piggot, Dale Clareburt, Robett Hollis and Will Hewitt. The same Will that helped with FormusLabs DD.