Last week saw the advent of two of New Zealand’s biggest tech innovation events – the New Zealand Angel Investment Showcase and the NZ Innovators Awards. Networks were made, ideas were pitched, innovations were celebrated, and a great night of cheer and wine was had by all.
The Angel Showcase gave 14 emerging kiwi companies a chance to pitch to a record crowd, including many high net worth investors. Our Executive Director, Dr Andrew Kelly, described this year’s event as “the best set of innovation pitches this country has seen, and it showcased the best of innovations from this region.” This activity indicates good health for the early part of the tech company pipeline, and should lead to flow-on effects for the next few years. BioPacific was there in force, although we knew most of the food, health & agriculture pitches beforehand. But still we met with them, sought more information where possible, and have follow-up meetings with most.
The Innovators Awards saw over 600 people celebrate the achievements of nominated companies in sections such as ‘Innovation in Agriculture & Environment’ and ‘Innovation in Health & Science’. We particularly enjoyed the entrepreneurship through collaboration approach that many of the companies employed. Idealog magazine noted “Entries have increased a staggering 60% on last year – which indicates innovation is alive and well in New Zealand.” Several of these companies had also received funding as part of previous Angel Showcase events, speaking to the strength of these events.
We’re honoured to be part of an ecosystem creating such exciting companies and individuals, and look forward to seeing them go global.
By Emma Armitage, Business Analyst, BioPacific Partners