Tagged: Angel investment

At last…an innovation accelerator aimed at physical products - Stick

Peter Kerr Jun 11, 2015

Right, something you can get your teeth into…literally – Lightning Lab Manufacturing. So, instead of a 12 week accelerator to figure out how to take a digital idea out to the world, the same sort of programme but aimed at … Continue reading → … Read More

Branding’s dark arts leans to build, measure, learn - Stick

Peter Kerr Jun 18, 2014

The dark arts of branding received an illumination when Brant Cooper spoke to a packed house at Wellington’s Lightning Lab. The ‘Lean Entrepreneur’ co-author from San Diego popped in on invitation on his way to Australia, and talked about how … Continue reading → … Read More

Lightning Lab II grows up – will its offspring make it to adolescence? - Stick

Peter Kerr Jun 03, 2014

  Anyone that’s been around young children will appreciate there’s a heck of a difference between a one year old and a two year old. A similar comparison is valid with Lightning Lab II, which last week had nine of … Continue reading → … Read More

Lightning Lab grows up, gets into its groove - Stick

Peter Kerr Apr 30, 2014

The Lightning Lab’s demo day had some quite fascinating works in progress…bring on Demo (to investors) Day on May 28 at Te Papa. The team behind LL are also, as you’d hope, a year wiser, further along a path with … Continue reading → … Read More

The Kiwi innovation space is starting to look awfully crowded - Stick

Peter Kerr Apr 16, 2014

Is it just me, or is the innovation/commercialisation space looking awfully crowded and confused these days? Sure, we like to think we’re (NZ Inc) inventive and entrepreneurial. But there seem to be more entities out there offering innovation (and I … Continue reading → … Read More

Driver of Callaghan accelerator services to put pedal to the metal? - Stick

Peter Kerr Mar 04, 2014

We’ll make the assumption that Callaghan Innovation’s new GM of Accelerator Services isn’t there for the money. Chris Somogyi’s come relatively unannounced to the crown entity whose role is to accelerate the commercialisation of innovation by NZ firms. Softly, softly … Continue reading → … Read More

We’re getting over our notions of shame around business failure - Stick

Peter Kerr Dec 10, 2013

I’m putting the proposition out there that we’re getting over our collective Kiwi hang-up about startup and business failure. That is, whereas in the past we’d write somebody off for having tried, and been not successful in a new business … Continue reading → … Read More

‘Always be pitching, looking for feedback’ – Wipster’s Rollo Wenlock - Stick

Peter Kerr Nov 19, 2013

“Get your idea out there as much as possible, pitch it to everyone, even to strangers in a cafe, see what happens. If it doesn’t resonate, you probably don’t have anything.” That was Wipster head sherang’s advice given at Wellington’s … Continue reading → … Read More

Punakaiki Fund now a solution in search of a problem? - Stick

Peter Kerr Oct 08, 2013

So, will the Punakaiki Fund get to ‘Go’? And, if so, how will it differ from the angel investment funds dotted around the country? Originally hoping to raise between $20m to $50m, when the original close date of October 2 … Continue reading → … Read More

Lightning Lab startups ask – ‘where’s the money’? - Stick

Peter Kerr May 21, 2013

Lightning Lab 2013 saw nine startups pitch their digital products to would-be investors last week, seeking expansion capital for ideas that 12 weeks before mostly existed on paper. The Wellington Demo Day saw highly polished presentations, with clear development plans … Continue reading → … Read More