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Spidertracks to celebrate 10th birthday

Spidertracks Logo Sqr Monday, March 6 - 2017
Aircraft management specialist Spidertracks will celebrate its 10th birthday this year and is kicking it off at Heli-Expo 2017. The New Zealand-based company is traveling to Dallas to show off its 10th birthday special and give two people the chance to win a trip to New Zealand.
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Volpara Health Technologies gains traction in breast cancer screening

Volpara Health Tech Sq Monday, March 6 - 2017
Volpara Health Technologies (ASX:VHT) has added three new software as a service (SaaS) contracts since the start of 2017, along with several capital deals. The total contracts signed so far in FY2017 is now NZ$3.44 million, compared to NZ$2.5 million in total contract value for FY2016.
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Volpara - New CFO and launch of 2.0 Software

Volpara Health Tech Sq Wednesday, March 1 - 2017
Volpara Health Technologies Ltd has appointed Craig Hadfield to the position of Chief Financial Officer and Joint Company Secretary. Hadfield replaces Brian Leighs who has served as a contract CFO at Volpara since 2009. Volpara has also announced the European launch of Volpara®Enterprise™ 2.0 software, which helps breast imaging facilities deliver high quality, personalised breast screening, here at the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) meeting, March 1-5, 2017.
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Sir Michael Cullen joins RIG Board

RIG Sqr Monday, February 13 - 2017
KiwiSaver architect Sir Michael Cullen has joined the board of variable annuity company Retirement Income Group. Now, 10 years after KiwiSaver launched, Cullen will play a part in helping KiwiSavers turn their nest eggs into lifetime income.
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ShowGizmo gears up to offer Associations a year-round solution in 2017

Showgizmo Square Friday, December 16 - 2016
One of Australasia’s longest standing event app companies, ShowGizmo is announcing a new focus on Associations for 2017. In a nod of more to come, ShowGizmo has confirmed 2017 partnerships with two of Australasia's leading Association industry bodies: The Australasian Society for Association Executives and Associations Forum.
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Tauranga startup targets global DJ market

Soundswitch SQR Wednesday, November 30 - 2016
Tauranga startup Onesixone, which has developed a product integrating DJ audio software and entertainment lighting systems, has launched its latest funding round. WNT Ventures chief executive Carl Jones says Onesixone was one of the first companies added to the tech incubator's portfolio, and would be the first to go out for a capital raising.
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Balex's remote-control boat loader receives international acclaim

Balex Colour SQR Tuesday, November 22 - 2016
Balex Marine's Automatic Boat Loader has received a Special Mention in leading international marine design awards DAME, announced at the METS (Marine Equipment Trade Show) in Amsterdam. The Special Mention recognises runners-up which highly merited a commendation, the judges said.
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Four new faces on Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust

Rotorua Energy Sqr Sunday, November 20 - 2016
The Rotorua community has voted for change, electing four new trustees to join the re-elected two to serve on the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust for the next three years.
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Balex Marine makes the finals of international design awards

Balex Colour SQR Tuesday, November 15 - 2016
Balex Marine’s innovative Automatic Boat Loader (ABL) has been named a finalist in the prestigious international DAME Design Awards at the METS (Marine Equipment Trade Show) in Amsterdam.
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Rockit apples take off in North America

Rockit Wednesday, November 9 - 2016
Launched in 2010, the “Rockit™” apple variety from New Zealand has already proven immensely popular with consumers across the world for its crunchy, sweet taste and its uniquely small shape. Through ingenious marketing packaging (sold in tennis ball-like containers) and a global licensing plan, the Rockit™ has become a worldwide phenomenon. It finally became available domestically in the U.S. market in 2015, with Borton Fruit and Chelan Fresh Marketing gaining exclusive rights to grow, distribute, and market the apple in North America. In mid-October, Produce Report met up with representatives from Borton Fruit at the 2016 Fresh Summit Convention & Expo in Orlando to learn more about their increasing involvement with the Rockit™.
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Kiwi software company future-proofs airline operations

Merlot Aero SQR Wednesday, November 2 - 2016
As the aviation industry stretches its fleets to fly further, faster and turn around quicker, a New Zealand headquartered software company is future proofing airline operation. CEO Mark McCaughan said the company, Merlot, had just completed the acquisition of Geneva Airlines Operation Management system for an undisclosed sum.
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Enterprise Angels set to back more great Kiwi start-ups

NZVIF Sqr Thursday, October 27 - 2016
Startups should see around $20 million of investment over the next four years after investment network Tauranga-based Enterprise Angels and the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund renewed their co-investment partnership.
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Heilala Vanilla hits supermarket shelves in Australia

Heilala Monday, October 17 - 2016
New Zealand’s original premium vanilla company, Heilala Vanilla, has launched its range into Australia’s biggest supermarket chains. After more than 12 months of negotiations, a selection of Heilala products are now available in approximately 700 Coles stores and 839 Woolworths supermarkets throughout Australia.
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Helitech 2016: Spidertracks spreads web into Europe

Spidertracks Logo Sqr Saturday, October 15 - 2016
New Zealand-based company Spidertracks has launched Spidertxt 2.0 at Helitech International for the European market. Spidertracks’ tracking service is designed to give rotorcraft operators enhanced real-time operational insight into their fleet. Further to an earlier version of Spidertxt, which is a two-way communication – aircraft to ground, ground to aircraft – Spidertracks has built the 2.0 system to encompass all communication through one channel.
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AngelEquity Launched!

Angelequity SQR Monday, October 3 - 2016
"Many high-net-worth individuals, or people with sophisticated knowledge and experience of financial markets, are now considered wholesale investors." "We need people who have built up their wealth in certain areas to realise how exciting it is to invest in these new companies. Usually, it is young, enthusiastic people with fresh and innovative companies looking to change the world. Investing in these companies can make a real difference — locally, nationally and internationally." - Bill Murphy, Enterprise Angels
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AngelEquity launches with three investment offers

Angelequity SQR Wednesday, September 28 - 2016
New Zealand’s newest equity crowdfunding platform has launched today with offers for two early-stage companies and a portfolio fund.
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NZ Angel Association commends initiatives like AngelEquity

Angelequity SQR Wednesday, September 28 - 2016
The Angel Association today welcomed the launch of AngelEquity, a new equity crowd-funding platform leveraging deals from New Zealand’s formal angel networks such as AngelHQ, Ice Angels and Enterprise Angels.
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AngelEquity: Tauranga angel network launches new crowdfunding platform

Angelequity SQR Tuesday, September 27 - 2016
Tauranga's Enterprise Angels network of investors in early stage companies has launched a new crowdfunding platform to make it easier for sophisticated investors to access those opportunities. The country's newest crowdfunding platform, AngelEquity, will seek to broaden investments previously limited to angel networks to include people who qualify as wholesale investors, says Enterprise Angel executive director Bill Murphy.
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New equity crowdfunding platform supports Kiwi start ups

Angelequity SQR Tuesday, September 27 - 2016
A new online equity crowdfunding platform offers wholesale investors the opportunity to invest in Kiwi start ups alongside seasoned angel investors.
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Heilala Vanilla a 2016 NZ Food Awards finalist

Heilala Friday, September 2 - 2016
A Tauranga-based food company has been recognised in the New Zealand Food Awards 2016. Heilala Vanilla's alcohol free pure vanilla was named a finalist in the of the Novel Ingredients Award category. Heilala joined top contenders throughout New Zealand, with a total of 65 products developed by 63 companies named as finalists.
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Biolumic's UV plant technology extends beyond crop growth to pest, disease resistance

Biolumic Sqr Monday, August 29 - 2016
Agritech start-up Biolumic, which increases crop yields by applying ultraviolet (UV) light to seeds, seedlings, and plants, is also treating them for resistance to pests and disease.
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Bay vanilla maker enjoying sweet taste of success

Heilala Wednesday, August 24 - 2016
Bay of Plenty-based Heilala Vanilla has won the title of Exporter of the Year to the US - Under $1million, at the 2016 AmCham DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards.
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Pocket Rockit apples set to hit German retailers

Rockit Sunday, August 7 - 2016
Producer organisation Elbe-Obst is preparing to launch mini New Zealand apple variety Rockit in Germany.
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Firms vie for slice of Enterprise funding

Enterprise Angels Wednesday, July 27 - 2016
Enterprise Angels (EA) is also about to begin beta testing its new online funding platform, AngelEquity, which will allow any qualified investor in New Zealand to take part in an angel investment deal either originated by or syndicated through the early stage BOP funding group, said executive director Bill Murphy. EA has members from Tauranga, Rotorua, Taupo and the Waikato.
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First big year in China for Rockit apples

Rockit Logo Sqr Friday, July 8 - 2016
A third of the crop of this convenience-focused apple is now sold in China, while volume is set to triple over the next two seasons. From the U.S. to China sales are “taking off” for a small and sweet apple from New Zealand known as ‘Rockit’, but as far as potential is concerned the variety is only just getting started.
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Bruce Tuchman & David Bishop Join Parrot Analytics Board

Parrot Analytics SQR June 2016 Friday, July 1 - 2016
BEVERLY HILLS: Data science company Parrot Analytics has appointed industry veterans Bruce Tuchman and David Bishop to its board of directors. Parrot Analytics offers a global cross-platform, country-specific audience demand measurement system. In addition to their participation as members of Parrot Analytics’s broad of directors, both Tuchman and Bishop plan to invest in the company in the coming months.
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Science award honours sex-choice help

Engender Square Friday, July 1 - 2016
Engender has meanwhile gained around $5 million in cash and commitments to invest, and is poised to expand into a global agricultural AI market worth $3.3 billion.
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Chelan Fresh offers new apple options

Rockit Thursday, June 23 - 2016
“This is a perfectly miniaturized apple that is smaller than a tennis ball,” Riggan said. “Generally, small apples didn’t fully develop, but these are intended to be small and are a great snack for working out, kids or traveling.”
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UBCO electric farm bike ideal for the strong, slient type

UBCO Bike SQR Monday, June 20 - 2016
With 2016 National Fieldays fresh in the mind, it's timely to give a progress report on a star attraction: the promising New Zealand-designed 2WD Ubco farmbike.
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Roholm wins design awards

LOCUS Square Monday, June 6 - 2016
Two Bay of Plenty company products have won awards in Australia's Good Design Awards. Roholm's Inverse Hair Conditioning System and Ubco's 2x2 electric offroad bike were both co-developed with Tauranga product development company Locus Research.
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Former Hunter winemaker is spreading the Joiy

Joiy Friday, June 3 - 2016
RULES were meant to be broken, or so the old saying goes. Winemaker Chris Archer certainly thinks so. The Tyrrell’s protégé who gets a kick out of “blending” glasses of wine at restaurants to improve the flavour has gone one step further and blended Australian and New Zealand Riesling grapes to create a consumer-friendly sparkling wine in a 250ml bottle.
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Engender: NZ tech firm raises funds, wins award

Engender Square Friday, June 3 - 2016
Local agri-technology company Engender is on a high after raising $4.5 million for product development and research and being named the best AG-Tech start up in a Silicon Valley technology competition.
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Hunter Safety Lab features in "The ones to watch" list

Hunter Safety Lab Sqr Wednesday, June 1 - 2016
EA investee company, Hunter Safety Lab, featured in an article in Stuff entitled: "The ones to watch: Five Kiwi tech start-ups that could actually change your life".
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Figured wins NZ Hi-Tech Awards

Figured New Sqr Wednesday, June 1 - 2016
Figured took home the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund Hi Tech Start Up Company of the Year award at the 2016 awards gala on 21 May.
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Ubco charging ahead to meet target

Ubco Sqr Wednesday, May 4 - 2016
Ubco, the Bay of Plenty-based offroad electric bike manufacturer, is on track to meet its minimum $1.5 million target in second stage funding and is aiming for a maximum of $2.5 million.
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Volpara raises $10m and lists on ASX

Volpara Health Tech Sq Tuesday, May 3 - 2016
Volpara Health Technologies, an investee of Bay of Plenty startup group Enterprise Angels' EA Fund 1, successfully listed on the ASX last week.
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Spidertracks: Alaska and Proflight

Spidertracks Logo Sqr Sunday, May 1 - 2016
A new Alaska Flight Service program called Enhanced Special Reporting Service (eSRS) is paving the way for the United States’ first integration between traditional and next-generation Spidertracks flight management systems; and Proflight Zambia, which operates the largest fleet of aircraft in the country, has installed a high-tech flight tracking system to enable it to monitor plane movements in real-time. The advanced Spidertracks satellite system will help the airline to further improve the efficiency and reliability of its scheduled services as well as providing an added dimension of safety.
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Inverse: People are deep-freezing their hair, and it's a good thing

Inverse Sqr Friday, April 29 - 2016
The clever folks over at Inverse have created a Hair Conditioning System that actually uses sub-zero temps to banish frizz, lock in moisture and leave your hair looking seriously dreamy.
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Joiy wine's bid to be a global ready-to-drink brand

Joiy Thursday, April 28 - 2016
A Hunter Valley winemaker has raised $1.8 million to take his marketing-led wine brand global and beat his industry's "self-limiting" ways. "I want wine to go up against Heineken or Red Bull, these strong global brands that plug into the existing infrastructure in whatever territory they're taking on next," he says.
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Balex signs distribution deal with Forge

Balex Colour SQR Thursday, April 28 - 2016
Bay of Plenty-based Balex Marine has signed an exclusive distribution agreement for its Automatic Boat Loader (ABL2500) for the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) with Forge Group (UK).
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NZ vanilla producer remains steady despite volatility

Heilala Vanilla Sqr Monday, April 11 - 2016
Production problems on Madagascar, the world’s dominant producer of vanilla beans, has seen the price shoot up by as much as 300 percent in a year. With demand now outstripping supply, the global price for vanilla continues to rise. Heilala Vanilla, New Zealand’s only vanilla grower and manufacturer of premium vanilla products, is keeping a close eye on Madagascar.
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ShowGizmo CEO named as one of Top 25 Smart Women

Showgizmo SQR Monday, April 11 - 2016
Marie-Claire Andrews, founder and CEO of ShowGizmo has just been named in the Top 25 Smart Women in the Events Industry 2016. Her business, ShowGizmo, is now the number one event app provider in Australasia, and recently expanded into the US. The team began producing apps for events in 2010 and has since powered more than a thousand events to date.
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Platform's aim to allow angels to fly into enterprise online

Enterprise Angels Thursday, April 7 - 2016
Bay of Plenty start-up funding group Enterprises Angels plans to launch an online crowdfunding platform aimed at eligible investors within the next month.
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Inverse - A cool new look

Inverse Sqr Friday, April 1 - 2016
They say diamonds are a girl's best friend, but the Inverse Hair Conditioning System could be the next big thing. The Inverse looks like a straightening iron, but it's the cooling effects of the hair conditioning system that locks in the moisture, keeping hair irresistibly healthy while making it soft and smooth with great shine and definition.
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Angels aim for $6m with a second sidecar fund

EA Fund 2 Sqr Wednesday, March 23 - 2016
The Bay of Plenty's Enterprise Angels has launched an ambitious second sidecar fund targeting up to $6 million. The early stage investment group, which now has 200-plus members across Tauranga, Rotorua, Taupo and Hamilton, closed EA Fund 1 on $2.4 million.
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Electric bike maker starts first order

UBCO Pic Sqr Wednesday, March 16 - 2016
Bay of Plenty-based electric off-road bike maker Ubco has begun assembling, testing and shipping its first production models to meet pre-order and dealer demand in New Zealand and Australia. The award-winning startup, which was co-founded by Whakatane-based Antony Clyde and his partner Daryl Neal in Wellington, is also seeking $1.5 million to $2.5 million in second stage funding from the Bay's early stage funding group Enterprise Angels.
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Balex begins rolling out updated Automatic Boat Loader

Balex Colour SQR Monday, March 14 - 2016
Balex Marine has begun rolling out its innovative and award-winning Automatic Boat Launcher ABL2500 (ABL) to retail customers. Executives from the Bay of Plenty-based startup, which has drawn strong private investor support, were on hand at Pilot Bay, Tauranga, when veteran boatie Peter Bell became the first retail customer to launch using his new ABL.
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Spidertracks, Spidertracks, Spidertracks!

Spidertracks Square Thursday, March 3 - 2016
Real-time aircraft tracking specialists Spidertracks have been selected by Redding Air Service, Island Express Helicopters, and Guardian Helicopters USA to provide a full-suite fleet tracking service for their 18 helicopters at Heli Expo in Kentucky. This follows Spidertracks' recent introduction at the HAI Heli-Expo in Louisville, Kentucky, of several new features for its Spider product offerings. The company says its new products will help operators around the world optimize their businesses through better monitoring and communication.
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ShowGizmo now can use smartphones as microphones

Showgizmo Square Thursday, February 18 - 2016
Australasian event app producer ShowGizmo has secured an exclusive reseller deal with Crowd Mics. The partnership will see ShowGizmo become exclusive reseller for the Crowd Mics product across Asia-Pacific and ShowGizmo also becomes the only event tech company in the world to integrate Crowd Mics into its app.
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Parrot Analytics Expands the Worlds Only Global Cross-Platform TV Audience Demand Measurement System

Parrot Analytics SQR Monday, February 15 - 2016
Parrot Analytics captures the widest spectrum of actual audience behavior, from video streaming consumption, activity on social media and blogging platforms to file-sharing and peer-to-peer consumption in 249 countries.
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First Belgian Rockit apples in supermarket

Rockit Logo Sqr Friday, February 12 - 2016
Rockit apples from Belgium can be eaten for the first time this year. The trees were planted in 2012 and 50 tonnes were harvested this season. At the moment the miniature apples are available in a tube in various Belgian supermarkets. The Limburgse Tuinbouw Veiling is the exclusive distributor in the Benelux and Scandinavian countries and introduced Rockit in 2013 at the Fruit Logistica with harvest from New Zealand.
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Aeromar Airlines select Spidertracks as fleet management system

Spidertracks Logo Sqr Thursday, February 11 - 2016
Spidertracks has been selected by Mexico's most experienced airline, Aeromar as the sole provider of real-time fleet tracking and emergency management services.
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Retirement Income Group: Revolutionising Retirement

RIG Sqr Monday, February 1 - 2016
Lifetime Income products are now available in New Zealand, signaling a significant development for the retirement sector. The fresh approach taken by Retirement Income Group overcomes the historical problems associated with old annuities offered in New Zealand, which suffered from inflexibility, poor tax treatment, low returns and high costs.
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NZ Spiders on patrol in Africa

Spidertracks Logo Sqr Tuesday, December 8 - 2015
High temperatures and low flying are all part of the job for African Parks, a Spidertracks customer and not-for-profit organisation that manages ten wildlife parks in seven African countries and protects an area of over six million hectares. The African Parks’ fleet of nine aircraft are always in high demand, from avoiding bandits and rebels in the Central African Republic to transporting an injured gorilla in the back of a helicopter in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. "Working in remote areas, fast changing weather conditions, and the risk of being shot at by poachers are some of the daily challenges we face here," says Carien Soldatos, GIS coordinator at African Parks. Carien says that having Spidertracks on board provides peace of mind and increases safety for their pilots.
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Synergy Aviation complete spidertracks fit out

Spidertracks Logo Sqr Monday, December 7 - 2015
Synergy’s Chief Pilot Todd Tkach says having spidertracks on board his fleet means he knows where his aircraft are and that his pilots are safe no matter where they are.
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Inverse - Cool new tool

Inverse Sqr Tuesday, December 1 - 2015
EA Investee company Roholm, along with EA Strategic Partner Locus Research on the revolutionary new conditioning system which locks in moisture while creating and maintaining style. Heat is a huge part of the hair routine, both in the salon and at home. While effective, it's incredibly damaging to your hair, leaving it dry and frizzy. So, what about using cold temperatures to revive hair?
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Balex Marine raises $1.2m to fuel expansion

Balex Colour SQR Friday, November 27 - 2015
Tauranga-based Balex Marine has wrapped up a $1.2 million capital raising round to help further its domestic and international growth. The designers of a self-powered, remote-controlled boat-launching device successfully closed its second fundraising round on $1.2 million. The company raised $700,000 in a first capital round earlier this year, and many investors stayed for the second round, including members of the Bay of Plenty’s Enterprise Angels, whose sidecar fund EA 1 made a follow-on investment of $50,000.
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Balex Marine appoints new Independent Director & Board Advisor

Balex Colour SQR Thursday, November 26 - 2015
Balex Marine, creator of the award-winning Automatic Boat Loader ABL2500 (ABL), today announced the appointment of Alan Bougen as a new Independent Director and Richard Shirtcliffe as Board Advisor.
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Real-Time Aircraft Tracking Enters New Frontier

Spidertracks Logo Sqr Wednesday, November 18 - 2015
New Zealand based real-time aircraft tracking specialists, spidertracks are unveiling their latest addition to the Spider family, the Spider 7 at NBAA in Las Vegas this week.
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Startup Weekend 2015 - Results

Startup Weekend 2014 Sqr Sunday, November 15 - 2015
13-15 November 2015 - RESULTS! 2015 done and dusted! Click here for results and keep an eye out for Startup Weekend 2016!
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TV campaign for innovative system

Inverse Sqr Friday, November 13 - 2015
THE Tauranga team behind the Roholm Inverse Conditioning System has reached an agreement with Brand Developers, the biggest direct response marketing (DRM) company in Australasia.
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Angels consolidated during first half

NZVIF Logo SQR Monday, October 12 - 2015
Angel funds invested $20.6 million during the first six months of the year, which was $5 million lower than the same period in 2014 as the sector enters a period of consolidation, the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund’s Investment Director Chris Twiss said today.
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Parrot Analytics Launches with BBC Worldwide as Client

Parrot Analytics Sqr Thursday, September 17 - 2015
New data-science company Parrot Analytics is trying to tackle some of the media business’ biggest measurement problems and is launching with a big client already in house: BBC Worldwide. Led by CEO Wared Seger, Los Angeles-based Parrot Analytics has created a cross-platform “demand rating” to help companies trying to assess opportunities in a global marketplace revolutionized by digital distribution.
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Agricultural angels search Waikato for start-ups

Sprout SQR Thursday, September 17 - 2015
A group of agricultural angels are in the Waikato scouring the region's start ups. The Sprout programme is an angel investment accelerator that brings together Callaghan Innovation, Massey University, Gallagher Group, LIC, NZTE, the K1W1 fund, Enterprise Angels and the Manawatu Investment Group.
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Roholm Limited: Inverse website has gone live!

Inverse Sqr Tuesday, September 15 - 2015
Roholm Limited's website for its world first Inverse Hair Conditioning System has gone live! Using sub-zero temperature, Inverse locks in moisture within the hair, improving strength and elasticity. Inverse will be released in New Zealand on 19 October 2015 - go online to read more and add your name to the list!
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Spidertracks to host free safety workshop in Kenya

Spidertracks Square Wednesday, September 9 - 2015
Auckland-based flight tracking specialists, spidertracks will be conducting a free flight tracking workshop in Kenya later this month as part of a push to help increase aviation safety in Africa.
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GreenButton: Reflections on a successful exit

Greenbutton Monday, September 7 - 2015
In May 2014, New Zealand tech success story GreenButton was acquired by US software giant Microsoft adding the company to a small but growing list of successful Angel funded kiwi technology exits. Dan Khan a tech entrepreneur, investor and former director of Lightning Lab, New Zealand’s first tech company accelerator, has conducted in-depth research on behalf of AANZ and NZVIF into the journey of the company from startup to exit.
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Heilala tasting more success with milk deal

Heilala Friday, September 4 - 2015
The launch of Lewis Road Creamery Vanilla Milk shows Heilala is heading in an exciting direction as the firm teams with like-minded brands. Bay of Plenty-based Heilala Vanilla has scored a "game-changing" marketing coup by securing a co-branding agreement with leading milk company Lewis Road Creamery, says chief executive Jennifer Boggiss.
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Borton & Sons Inc: Rockit Apple

Rockit Logo Sqr Friday, September 4 - 2015
Rockit apples will be marketed by Borton in a partnership with Chelan Fresh Marketing and Borton Fruit. Borton’s Washington production of Rockit won’t be substantial enough to bring to market for a couple of years, but Johnson said imports are expected next summer from New Zealand. Johnson said consumers are excited about the small apple. “We are trying to position this as an on-the-go apple variety,” he said.
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Rockit Appoints Group General Manager

Rockit Logo Sqr Friday, August 28 - 2015
The continued international success of Rockit apples has led to a significant key appointment with highly respected business leader Austin Mortimer being appointed as the Group’s General Manager.
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Balex Marine's cash drive for revolutionary boat launcher

Balex Colour SQR Wednesday, August 26 - 2015
A remote-controlled boat-launching device, invented in a Tauranga garage, is getting ready to hit the market next month following a second round of fundraising.
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Locus Research finalist in design awards

Locus Friday, August 21 - 2015
Locus Research, based at Te Puna's Newnham Park Innovation Centre, is leading the way in local design, named as a finalist in four categories.
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Angel connections help ideas grow wings

WNT Carl SQR Tuesday, August 18 - 2015
The boss of Bay of Plenty startup funding group Enterprise Angels says it is working closely with WNTVentures. "We're able to refer opportunities that are at too early a stage for Enterprise Angels to WNTVentures, and we're able in all kinds of ways to be able to give more certainty to that next round of funding at the angel stage," executive director Bill Murphy said.
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Small Business: Brand partnerships - Unovent

Unovent Sqr Tuesday, August 18 - 2015
Small business editor Caitlin Sykes this week interviews a handful of small business owners about how they use brand partnerships. John Wadsworth is the inventor of home ventilation system Unovent, which launched on the market last year. Unovent has a brand partnership with Showerdome - a company that produces a moisture reduction product for bathrooms.
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Smart textile company Footfalls & Heartbeats on capital raising drive

Footfalls & Heartbeats Square Monday, August 10 - 2015
Daniela McKenzie is the new chief executive of smart textile company Footfalls & Heartbeats. A new chief executive is leading smart fabrics company Footfalls & Heartbeats through a $2 million capital raising round.
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Heavy hitter joins fruit company

Rockit Friday, August 7 - 2015
Heavy-hitting professional director John Loughlin is the Havelock North Fruit Company's (HNFC) new chairman. HNFC has exclusive rights to Rockit, a small apple variety achieving export success, marketed as a premium snack food.
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Rotorua Event: Scion crucial partner with Angels

Enterprise Angels Friday, August 7 - 2015
Bay of Plenty startup funding group Enterprise Angels held its first meeting in the offices of Rotorua's Scion Research this week, underpinning an increasing drive to commercialise locally generated innovation. The meeting attracted angel members from Tauranga and Taupo as well as Rotorua, and was open to local businesspeople and Scion staff. Bill Murphy says Enterprise Angels aim to be funders of innovation coming out of Scion.
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ADMA Global Forum introduces beacon technology

Showgizmo Pic SQR Monday, July 27 - 2015
Event app company, ShowGizmo, and location-based marketing company, iProximity, have teamed up to integrate iProximity's technology into ShowGizmo, allowing ADMA Global Forum attendees to experience location-based interactions.
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NZVIF Portfolio Investment Snapshots

NZVIF Square Friday, July 10 - 2015
Early stage investing is enjoying a period of marked growth. Angel investing is at record levels, equity crowdfunding platforms are now underway, and there is a growing number of young technology companies listed on stock exchanges.
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Spidertracks Reaches Five Million Hour Milestone

Spidertracks Logo Sqr Thursday, July 9 - 2015
More than five million hours of flight data from aircraft around the world has been tracked over recent years thanks to Auckland-based aircraft tracking specialists, spidertracks. The company reached the milestone earlier this week, cementing the company’s position as the largest global provider of portable aircraft tracking. Spidertracks is one of EA's investee companies with members having invested nearly $300k in early 2014.
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CropX Raises $9M to Help Farmers Grow More Food With Less Water

Cropx Sqr Wednesday, July 8 - 2015
Drought discussions, particularly in California, have raised concerns about agriculture and led to a focus on particularly water-thirsty crops. Now, startup CropX Ltd. is helping farmers make the most of their water with sensors and an app. The Tel Aviv- and San Francisco-based startup has raised $9 million in Series A funding. EA has invested a total of $150k into CropX since June 2014.
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Accounting start-up 'growing really fast'

Sue De Bievre SQR Thursday, July 2 - 2015
Beany.biz, a new online accounting start-up which has attracted support from Bay of Plenty investors, is growing fast, says founder and chief executive Sue de Bievre. EA invested over $280k in beany.biz this month.
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Bay's Angels group biggest in country

Neil July 2015 SQR Wednesday, July 1 - 2015
The Bay of Plenty's Enterprise Angels start-up funding group has over the past two years become a unique fit-for-purpose investment vehicle combining the best of a venture capital fund and an angel group, says chairman Neil Craig. The group's membership of high net worth individuals now stands at 166, making it the biggest angel group in the country.
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Figured: Xero looks to build rural sector partnerships

Figured Sqr Wednesday, July 1 - 2015
Accounting software company Xero wants to bring its principles of innovation and collaboration as it strengthens its links with the rural sector. One example of this was the cloud-based software package Figured, where incoming data such as stock price or milk price automatically updated budgets.
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Boat launcher can help keep marriages afloat: inventor

Balex June 2015 Friday, June 26 - 2015
Spend any time sitting at a boat ramp observing the bustle of boaties launching and retrieving their vessels and inevitably, excruciatingly, it won't be long before something goes awry. These boat scratching moments are the bane of any owner's day, but they're also the motivation behind a Kiwi innovation - the Balex Automatic Boat Loader.
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Hybrid innovation seen as key to growth

Steve Saundes June 2015 SQR Thursday, June 25 - 2015
The Bay of Plenty is well placed to develop an innovative, entrepreneurial culture because it now hosts almost the entire funding continuum, says Plus Group managing director Steve Saunders.
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New test for bovine TB attracting international attention

Polybatics May 2015 SQR Thursday, June 4 - 2015
Ag Research New Zealand has developed the new bovine tuberculosis skin test using biobead technology. Principal Scientist Professor Bryce Buddle says it is early days yet, but they have encouraging preliminary results from a trial which shows the potential for a more accurate and cost-effective diagnostic test in the battle against bovine TB.
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Over 150 fans to ring Cow Bell App at Chiefs v Highlanders

MEA Mobile Sqr Wednesday, June 3 - 2015
Fans at this Saturday’s Chiefs v Highlanders game can expect to see the future of the mooloo cow bell, as one Waikato icon moves into the digital age. The Cow Bell App from MEA Mobile is now live and free for download for a limited time for iPhone and Android devices in time for this weekend’s game.
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Vanilla supplier has the goods to keep growing

Heilala Photo May 2015 SQR Friday, May 29 - 2015
Heilala Vanilla, New Zealand's only pure vanilla business, this month celebrates the 10th year since its first harvest in Tonga.
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Bays Vanilla to be in latest Whittakers range

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Tauranga-based vanilla company will be melting in the mouths of Whittaker's lovers from today as part of the latest chocolate range.
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Spidertracks Presents A "New Tracking Solution" At HeliOps

Spidertracks Square Monday, May 11 - 2015
New Zealand-based real-time aircraft tracking company spidertracks will present their new Spider S6 and tracking solution to commercial operators and government regulators this week at the HeliOps safety conference in Myanmar.
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Software investments hit angel sweet spot

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Investment in young companies appears to be gathering pace as latest figures show a record $55.9 million poured into the sector in 2014.
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Wellington company Syl Semantics raises capital and appoints new directors

SYL Thursday, April 30 - 2015
A Wellington search engine and data analytics tech company has raised enough capital to see growth "well into the foreseeable future". Syl Semantics, which was established seven years ago, is seeing strong growth in the Australian and New Zealand markets.
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Spidertracks unveils new website for changing audience

Spidertracks Square Tuesday, April 28 - 2015
New Zealand-based real-time aircraft tracking company spidertracks has launched a new marketing website geared toward a changing online audience. The website boasts a simpler interface complete with easy-to-find information and a sleek layout.
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Rockit taking second bite to fund growth

Rockit Group Sqr Sunday, April 26 - 2015
The Rockit apple, an export success largely funded by Tauranga Enterprise Angels investors, has launched the second phase of its 2014-15 financing round. It seeks a further $3 million to fund new hectarage and market development.
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More Bay firms under the wings of angel investors

Bill 1 Friday, April 24 - 2015
Start-up investment group Enterprise Angels has achieved a long sought after turnaround by significantly increasing the amount it has invested in local Bay of Plenty companies, says executive director Bill Murphy.
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Unprecedented Capital Raise Brings Joiy for Founders

Joiy Wednesday, April 22 - 2015
Global markets are firmly in the sights of Archer McRae Beverages after closing a $1.35 million funding round this month, with their flagship beverage ‘Joiy’ - the largest single capital raise of a Creative HQ start-up.
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Syl Semantics raises new capital and appoints new directors

SYL Wednesday, April 22 - 2015
Wellington-based software company Syl Semantics today announced that on the back of a successful capital raising, it has appointed two non-executive directors to its board, Murray Nash and Gene Turner. Murray Nash has been appointed board Chairman.
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Wellington company Matakina Technology expands into India

Matakina April 2015 Tuesday, April 21 - 2015
A Wellington med-tech company has expanded its sales into India: Matakina Technology sold its breast density software Volpara Solutions in a $100,000 deal with Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh.
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Residents positive about city's future

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A local economy fuelled by a booming port, growing entrepreneurship and a university campus set to be built, has residents feeling positive about the city's future.
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Spidertracks Releases App for Android Devices

Spidertracks Square Thursday, April 2 - 2015
New Zealand-based real-time aircraft tracking company spidertracks has just released their ‘spidertracks’ app for Android, enabling even more people to access flight information from almost anywhere.
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Rockit science - Bay apple is a little beauty

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Sitting down with 10 Philippine supermarket executives, Phil Alison said he knew "the game they were going to play".
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Spidertracks deployed with Superior Air in Greece

Spidertracks Square Friday, March 20 - 2015
New Zealand based real-time aircraft tracking company spidertracks have deployed into Greece securing a deal with the largest general aviation fleet operator, Superior Air.
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Boost for Hawkes Bay's ROCKIT apple brand

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The Rockit apple brand has received another boost with a new 2500sq m facility opened in Havelock North by Economic Development Minister Stephen Joyce last night.
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Kiwi tech start-up spearheads global smart textile market

Footfalls & Heartbeats Square Thursday, March 5 - 2015
New Zealand smart fabric technology start-up, Footfalls & Heartbeats announced today the signing of an exclusive ongoing licensing deal with one of the world’s largest medical compression therapy companies, securing its foothold as a key emerging player in the smart textiles market.
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Angel investing expert shares wisdom

John May Sqr Thursday, February 26 - 2015
Mr May, former chairman of the US Angel Capital Association, last visited New Zealand briefly five years ago, and this time will spend a month in the country.
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New Zealand, United States and United Kingdom Agencies Team to Evaluate PolyBatics Assign-bTB Tuberculosis Skin Test Reagent

Polybatics Square Thursday, February 19 - 2015
PolyBatics Ltd today announced an international collaboration aimed at further evaluating PolyBatics' Assign-bTB tuberculosis skin test reagent as a potential tool in the global fight against tuberculosis (TB).
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SmartShow app to enhance CeBIT

Showgizmo Square Wednesday, February 18 - 2015
CeBIT, Australasia’s largest technology expo - taking place 05 – 07 May 2015 at Sydney Olympic Park - has contracted New Zealand-based SmartShow to provide its event apps via flagship product ShowGizmo.
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Volpara Solutions Adds Medical Imaging Veteran John Pavlidis to Board of Directors (1)

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand, February 17, 2015 – Volpara Solutions, leaders in the development of quantitative breast imaging tools, announced that John D. Pavlidis has joined their Board of Directors. Pavlidis brings more than 25 years of technical and executive management experience in the medical industry, including more than 15 years as CEO of large and small organizations.
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Med-tech firm signs global deal

Matakina Article Sqr Monday, February 9 - 2015
The biggest medical device distributor in the world has taken on Wellington's own Matakina Technology and its innovative Volpara Solutions breast-imaging software. The Kiwi med-tech company has signed an expected multimillion-dollar distribution deal with GE Healthcare which will take Volpara Solutions' products around the world.
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Events attendees get 'goody bag' without the waste

Showgizmo Square Tuesday, January 27 - 2015
A Wellington company's "virtual goody bag" will be part of the actual goody bag at Australasia's largest technology expo in May this year. With more than 20,000 visitors from 30 countries expected to attend CeBIT in Sydney, SmartShow is gearing up for the next phase of expansion. The company produces a smartphone app, called ShowGizmo, which has been used at more than 450 events around the world.
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7 Entrepreneur Traits That Let You Soar With Angels

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As a startup mentor, I’m always amazed that some entrepreneurs seem to be an immediate hit with investors, while others struggle to get any attention at all. I realized that Venture Capital and Angel investors are actually humans, despite some views to the contrary. As with most business and personal interactions, first impressions tend to become lasting ones.
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Angels fund expansion by Vocado

Colin Elder Vocado Sqr Tuesday, December 23 - 2014
Vocado is using its latest round of $600,000 in angel financing to boost its sales and marketing capabilities and ensure it can meet the supply needs of the biggest global fast-food chains, say the Tauranga-based company's directors.
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Exporter tempts cheer appeal with apples

Rockit Exporter Sqr Monday, December 22 - 2014
For Havelock North Fruit Company managing director Phil Alison it has been a pretty good week in that he was able to announce a new packaging facility was going to be built to meet rising demands for their unique Rockit apples and tubes. Further earlier this week he decided to expand his "export" of the apple to the Christmas Cheer Appeal which provides some festive food and gifts for less fortunate families in the community.
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Angels double investments in year

Bill Sqr Friday, December 19 - 2014
Tauranga's Enterprise Angels group has experienced an upsurge in activity this year, with investments in December almost doubling the total for 2014, says executive director Bill Murphy.
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New facility for apple brand

Rockit Logo Sqr Thursday, December 18 - 2014
Havelock North Fruit Company (HNFC) has revealed plans for a new 2500sq m facility that could create more than 100 jobs. The company's managing director Phil Alison yesterday announced details of the planned Havelock North facility, which is being built to meet global demand for its Rockit apple brand.
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Your business: Paying yourself - James McCarthy, Spidertracks

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James McCarthy is CEO of Spidertracks, an aviation safety company, which was incorporated in 2007. When did you get to the stage in your business when you could start paying yourself? We had a policy of accruing remuneration to ourselves as soon as we started, even if it remained unpaid because of cash shortages. This dealt with any inequity between the shareholders, who were putting different amounts of time into the company.
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The Executive Club: Starting at grass roots level paid off

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Steve Saunders' initial exposure to the horticultural innovation that has been a hallmark of his career came in the 1990s when he had the opportunity to work with then Crown research institute MAF Technology (MAFTech).
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NZVIF Annual Report 2014

NZVIF Square Monday, December 15 - 2014
Merry Christmas from NZVIF! We attach our latest annual report. The highlights are:
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NZVIF Investment Report

NZVIF Square Friday, December 5 - 2014
Seed Co Investment Fund Since 2007, SCIF has entered into 15 new angel investment partnerships and made equity investments into 113 companies. Over that same period the formal angel investment sector has grown steadily, with 15 known angel investment networks and funds investing an average of $42 million a year over the last five years. These investments are typically at a very early stage of development – this is often the first round of third party capital to enable validation of a commercial opportunity – and are recognised as being very high risk investments. SCIF invests alongside angel investors on the same terms.
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International award for Rockit Apple

Rockit Investors Sqr Thursday, December 4 - 2014
The global sensation Rockit™ apple has scored an international award, taking out the New Zealand-Taiwan Business Excellence Award in Taipei last night.
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Dancing with the Angels

Parrot Analytics Sqr Tuesday, December 2 - 2014
Only good prospects representing a wide range of sectors are chosen to pitch at the Angel Investment Showcase. This year more than 75 applicants from angel groups throughout the country were reviewed, 50 were screened by a dedicated investment committee, and 14 were invited to present, including Parrot Analytics and Hunter Safety Lab who pitched at our recent member meetings in Tauranga and Hamilton.
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Heilala Vanilla launches into Countdown supermarkets

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A selection of Heilala Vanilla’s top-selling premium vanilla extract products, along with the recently launched Heilala Coconut Oil, are now available in approximately 140 Countdown supermarkets nationwide.
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Tauranga Startup Weekend 2014

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As one of the sponsors of Tauranga Startup Weekend 2014, it was great to see another successful event with the largest number of participants and supporters yet.
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TEAM Asparona forms Strategic Partnership with Syl Semantics

SYL Monday, November 3 - 2014
TEAM Asparona, a specialist provider of market-leading Enterprise Content Management-as-a-Service (ECMS) solutions today announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Wellington-based software company Syl Semantics (Syl).
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Raleigh plans to clean up with Zeosoft

Zeosoft Friday, October 17 - 2014
Raleigh Brand Manager Stephen Robinson said: “Having worked in bike shops for many years I know how important this news is for everyone in the cycling industry. Never before have you had an opportunity to purchase such an effective and environmentally-positive hand cleaner.
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Exit goal alignment crucial in angel investing: American angel investor John Huston

John Huston Sq Friday, October 17 - 2014
It's the most important thing for any angel investor to consider before they commit their money, he said. Huston became an angel investor in 2000 after retiring from a 30-year career in banking and founded the first Ohio TechAngel fund in 2004 with 50 investors. It later became a founding member of the US Angel Capital Association.
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Angels light the path for NZ start-ups

Dragons Den Sq Tuesday, October 14 - 2014
Leading American angel John Huston as well as experienced New Zealand investors Steve Saunders, Bruce Bartley and Rudi Bublitz, last week told a Tauranga audience of entrepreneurs why the start-ups should seek out angel investors.
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Angels flying high on software

NZVIF AANZ Sq Monday, October 13 - 2014
Angel investment is continuing at very robust levels with investment activity in the 12 months to 30 June 2014 at a record high, New Zealand Venture Investment Fund chief executive Franceska Banga said today. Releasing the latest Young Company Finance Index, Franceska Banga said that angels invested $23.1 million across 57 deals in the first half of 2014 - similar to the same period in 2013 - while in the year to 30 June 2014, a record $50.1 million was invested into young companies.
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Bill Murphy, the angel of Tauranga

Bill M Angel Sq Friday, October 3 - 2014
The seeds of the Enterprise Angels' concept were sown at Priority One, when Mr Murphy took ownership of Priority One's Exemption Notice Exemption Scheme, which during his time funnelled over $1 million to local businesses.
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A Launch Pad To Reinvention

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Investing in your own career with an MBA? What if you decide to pay for yourself? Tina Jennen, living in Minneapolis, USA in 2010, did just that. She chose New Zealand as part of a simultaneous life-change, researched the various options and selected Waikato Management School as her ideal.
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Leading from the Front

Steve Saunders Quad Thursday, July 4 - 2013
Steve Saunders is an angel investor; the driving force behind the commercialisation of Rockit apples; founder of Plus Group; co-founder of the Newnham Innovation Park in Te Puna, Bay of Plenty; and is, not surprisingy, passionate about business.
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