Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Investors gain early visibility into technologies


MEDIA RELEASE

Investors gain early visibility into technologies from public research organisations

Auckland, New Zealand, 12 September, 2012 – Investors have an opportunity to gain early visibility into technologies being developed in universities and Crown Research Institutes at a workshop today. The investor engagement event run by KiwiNet, the Angel Association of New Zealand, ICE Angels, and Return On Science is designed to give local investors an opportunity to preview future investment opportunities while giving commercialisation professionals from around the country an opportunity to also develop their presentation skills.

A diverse range of projects including artificial muscle technologies, a new way to disinfect and purify water supplies (PEFT Cell), New Zealand Shortfin Eel Aquaculture, and a novel medical device for the accelerated healing of chronic wounds will be presented to a group of 20 investors from the Auckland region.

Dr Bram Smith the General Manager of KiwiNet says, “The workshop is a fantastic opportunity for investors who want to know more about the technologies being developed in public research organisations. Investors can express interest in projects early in the commercialisation process, get to know a technology before investing, or just provide advice around commercialisation strategy.”

At the workshop commercialisation professionals will gain a better understanding of investor expectations and what motivates them. Attendees will have the opportunity to develop their presentation skills prior to pitching to investors.

Angel investor Ray Thomson, the chairman of the Angel Association of New Zealand Council and a member of the ICE Angels says, “By gaining early visibility into future investment opportunities we can really get to know the technologies and the people behind them. We can also provide feedback and advice that could help progress a technology to an investment ready proposition. This approach works for both the investor and those involved in the commercialisation.”

Graham Scown, National Programme Manager, Return On Science says, “New Zealand punches above its weight in so many areas of the sporting world, and we all know that wouldn’t happen without our inherent disciplined team based approach. That same team based approach is critical to the development of new companies from our world class research efforts. This workshop series is providing trusted environments where new teams can begin to form around amazing new technologies from New Zealand researchers, with early guidance and close involvement from the investment community.”

The commercialisation and angel investment groups behind the forum are:

KiwiNet: The Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet) is a consortium of universities and Crown Research Institutes who are dedicated to taking a collaborative approach to research commercialisation. Founding KiwiNet members include Plant & Food Research, Otago Innovation Ltd, Lincoln University, AUT Enterprises, AgResearch, University of Canterbury, Industrial Research Ltd, Landcare, Viclink and WaikatoLink. Support is also provided by the Science + Innovation Group within the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE).

NZ Angel Association: an organisation that aims to increase the quantity, quality and success of angel investments in New Zealand and in doing so create a greater pool of capital for innovative start-up companies.

The ICE Angels: an Auckland-based angel investment network that was founded by the ICEHOUSE business incubator in 2003 to connect high-potential start-up ventures with willing investors in order to support the success of emerging New Zealand companies. The ICE Angels has 110 members who have collectively invested more than $30 million in 37 companies over 70 rounds.


Return On Science: a national commercialisation programme launched by UniServices and technology incubators around the country that connects science with a world class commercialisation process, strategic management, top-tier advice, and efficient access to capital.

The Auckland KiwiNet Investor Engagement Event follows successful events held in Wellington in May and Tauranga in August. For more information see http://www.kiwinet.org.nz

– ENDS –

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Snail's Pace: Aucklanders Face Frustrating Commute Over Harbour Bridge

Journeys into Auckland's CBD took longer than usual as traffic banked up around the damaged Harbour Bridge. More>>

ALSO:

Statistics New Zealand: COVID-19 Sees Record 12.2 Percent Fall In New Zealand’s Economy

Gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 12.2 percent in the June 2020 quarter, the largest quarterly fall recorded since the current series began in 1987, as the COVID-19 restrictions in place through the quarter impacted economic activity, Stats NZ said ... More>>

ALSO:

Climate: Scientists Release ‘Blueprint’ To Save Critical Ecosystems And Stabilize The Earth’s Climate

A group of scientists and experts produced the first comprehensive global-scale analysis of terrestrial areas essential for biodiversity and climate resilience, totaling 50.4% of the Earth's land. The report was published in Science Advances ... More>>

ALSO:

MPI: Independent Review Launched Into Assurances For Safe Transport Of Livestock By Sea

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has launched an independent review of the assurances it receives for the safe transport of livestock by sea. MPI Director-General Ray Smith says Mike Heron QC has been appointed to lead the review, which is expected ... More>>

ALSO:


Computers: New Zealand PC Market Grows Nearly 40% Due To Work From Home Demand

COVID-19 had large impacts on demand for PCs as businesses prepared for lockdowns by purchasing notebooks to mobilise their workforce. In the second quarter of 2020, New Zealand's Traditional PC market experienced a 39.7% year-on-year (YoY) growth ... More>>

ALSO:


Ministry of Health: Public Transport Distancing Requirements Relaxed

Physical distancing requirements on public transport have been reviewed by the Ministry of Health to determine whether they are still required at Alert Level 2 (or below). The Ministry’s assessment is that mandatory face covering and individuals tracking ... More>>

ALSO:

NZHIA: New Zealand Hemp Industry Set To Generate $2 Billion Per Annum And Create 20,000 Jobs

A new report says a fully enabled hemp industry could generate $2 billion in income for New Zealand by 2030, while also creating thousands of new jobs. Written by industry strategist Dr Nick Marsh, the report has prompted calls from the New Zealand Hemp ... More>>

ALSO:

Stats NZ: One In 14 Employed People Report High Risk Of Losing Jobs

About one in 14 workers say they expect to lose their job or business by mid-2021, Stats NZ said today. A survey of employed people in the June 2020 quarter showed 7 percent felt there was a high or almost certain chance of losing their job or business ... More>>

ASB Quarterly Economic Forecast: NZ Economy Doing Better Than Expected, But Challenges Remain

August lockdown estimated to have shaved 8% off NZ’s weekly GDP, and 0.5% off annual GDP Economy now expected to shrink 5% (year-on-year) by end of 2020 Unemployment rate now expected to peak at 7.2% The latest ASB Quarterly Economic Forecast is less ... More>>

ALSO:

SAFE: Live Export Ship Carrying 5,800 New Zealand Cows Goes Missing In East China Sea

Livestock carrier Gulf Livestock 1 sent a distress signal at 4:45am NZT yesterday in the East China Sea. The area is affected by Typhoon Maysak. At 4pm a patrol plane spotted a lifeboat - with no people in it - and a man in lifejacket nearby. The ship ... More>>

ALSO:

FMA: Kiwisaver Fees Don't Match Performance

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) today published an independent report into the passive and active investment management styles [i] used by KiwiSaver providers. The FMA commissioned MyFiduciary to test the extent that KiwiSaver providers were ... More>>