Our Wellington TINTalk, The Mentor Series: Unlocking Growth was held last Wednesday, 4 July, at Biz Dojo. Over 40 people attended the event to hear the thoughts and experiences of our stellar panel on how to obtain investment and upscale and the benefits of ultimately listing on the NZX.
MC Greg Shanahan introduced the latest findings from the 2018 Investor’s Guide to the New Zealand Technology Sector and spoke about how this relates to the Wellington tech sector.
The thought-provoking panel discussion and audience Q&A session featured NZX CEO, Mark Peterson, Suse Reynolds from the Angel Association NZ, and tech company founders Sam Minnée from SilverStripe, Brooke Roberts from Sharesies and Mario Wynands from Pikpok. Panelists offered different approaches to funding business growth; from bootstrapping, to seeking venture capital and ultimately listing on the stock exchange. They also shared their visions for the future – as summarised below.
What does future success look like?
Suse Reynolds, Angel HQ and Angel Association New Zealand: “In ten years’ time, companies generating five to ten $100m exits per annum, that’s going to be a sign that we’re doing really cool stuff that people want to buy.”
Sam Minnee, SilverStripe: “A better digital government, expansion into multiple countries, and making personalised, omnichannel experience platforms actually work for our clients.”
Brooke Roberts, Sharesies: “Everyone has access to investing and is confident and motivated with their money.”
Mario Wynands, PikPok: “Video games being taken seriously (laughs). Certainly, within our sector we have seen huge growth and there is potential for our sector (gaming) to create momentum to be able to contribute about a billion a year. I think the marriage between the creative sector and tech – there’s huge potential there so I’d love to see that displayed.”
You can download a free copy of the Investor’s Guide to the New Zealand Technology Sector report here https://tin100.nz/2GGwZ5W
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