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0 Private Equity and Venture Capital Monitor May 2019

New Record Highs for NZ Activity across Private Equity and Venture-backed Companies
The New Zealand Private Equity and Venture Capital Monitor, released today, highlights a strong investment in New Zealand businesses in 2018.
Total investment and divestment activity across all investment stages increased to NZ$1.7b, from NZ$990m in 2017.

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0 Startupland’s biggest spenders: Australia’s most active venture capital firms revealed

A new set of data from venture capital firm Artesian has revealed the most active VCs in the Australian startup scene, both by the number of investments and by the amount invested.

The data was collated by Artesian’s data analytics arm Decoded, with partner Jeremy Colless telling StartupSmart the figures were sourced from Decoded’s personal data, along with public announcements and press releases.

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0 New investment fund to bridge money gap for startups

Three of the country’s leading investment groups have joined forces with The Icehouse to create a new funding vehicle for early-stage high growth companies.

The new partners include investment banking firm FNZC, Sir Stephen Tindall’s investment company K1W1 and KiwiSaver provider Simplicity.

Between them they have committed $3 million to help establish Icehouse Ventures, which will take over the previous startup activities of the Icehouse incubator as part of a restructure.

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0 Technology fund reaches first close

OneVentures has reached its first close with approximately $45 million after launching to investors at the end of 2018.

OneVentures is a venture capital firm which primarily invests in innovative technology aimed at solving global problems. Its venture credit was a new product to Australia.

Venture credit is an established part of funding for tech companies in places like the US and Europe according to OneVentures but new to Australia.

After the first investment the fund is poised to invest approximately $100 million over the next five years and has expanded its team to support that.

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0 Does NZ finally a have sophisticated entrepreneurial culture

Company founders’ willingness to sell to a new owner or welcome new shareholders has been vital to New Zealand businesses that have created around $34 billion of value in the last 15 years, says a new report from Callaghan Innovation.

Drawing on public records of market capitalisation, capital-raising and takeovers involving high-growth New Zealand companies, the “Growing the Pie” report challenges perceptions that foreign ownership has been bad for New Zealand-founded companies and suggests the country is finally developing a more sophisticated entrepreneurial culture.

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