Angel Investors are the most experienced investors in early stage companies in New Zealand. Angel networks and funds invested a record $61.2 million into 94 young New Zealand companies in 2015 taking the total invested since 2006 to $414.7 million.
Angel investors are typically experienced business people seeking investment opportunities in early stage, as well as more established businesses. And may also provide business expertise to companies that seek capital. Members range from young business professionals to wealthy, retired ex-business owners.
To be eligible to invest, an individual must qualify as a Wholesale Investor (clauses 37, 38, 39, 40 and 41, Schedule 1, Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013, see Investor Eligibility for more details).
Many investors bring specific industry expertise and business skills to the table. The skills of Angel investors extend across a variety of areas including governance, senior management, marketing, sales, finance, technology and operations.
Enterprise Angels Members typically invest a minimum of $10-$25k per deal though investors may sometimes invest much higher amounts.
Diversification is important and many Angel investors build a portfolio of 10 or more investments. We have raised and manage two Angel Funds (EA Fund 1 & EA Fund 2) which helps provide that vital diversification to our members and other Angel investors.
Angel investments can be high risk since the entire investment could be lost if an early stage company fails. A key way Angel investors mitigate risk is to invest with other Angel investors. Actively assessing investment opportunities together (completing due diligence) and guiding investee companies post investment can substantially reduce risk.
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