– Phil McCaw, founding investor
Angel Investors, Venture Capitalists and High Net Worth Individuals play an essential role in New Zealand’s entrepreneurial ecosystem through the support of Lightning Lab.
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There are three key stages for investment in Lightning Lab companies:
Showing foresight by investing during a team’s Lightning Lab residency (typically in form of a convertible note) can make a big difference for ventures and their ability to raise money on a significantly higher valuation during Demo Day (Lightning Lab’s investment event at the end of the 12-week programme).
The highlight of the Lightning Lab programme is undoubtedly Demo Day – an opportunity for each of the ventures to pitch their business to several hundred investors from Australasia’s investment communities.
Demo Day is amazing, hugely inspiring and gratifying, but don’t take our word for it:
“Super slick event, great pitches.” – Sam Morgan, founder TradeMe
“Best ‘early stage’ event I’ve ever attended, anywhere – quality, investable businesses with world class pitches.” – Mark Vivian, MOVAC
“As a sponsor and entrepreneur I have been speaking with a number of my investment contacts individually and the feedback was universal. The pitches they saw today were the best pitches from the best companies they have seen in the last 5 years.” – Nick Willis, CEO Citylink
“The energy and confidence was palpable; from the speakers and presenters through to the mentors and investors, a great base from which to build on.” – Paul Mersi, chair Grow Wellington
“What we saw today from a Wellington-base was very impressive. Great to see the companies come through as they have” – Sir Stephen Tindall, K1W1