Launch Taranaki Dragons Den

Sat 19 May 3:15 — 5pm

Devon Hotel, Devon Street West, New Plymouth, New Zealand

Come and see angel investing in action and learn how to fund and grow your business in a fun and educational environment
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The Dragon’s Den is an opportunity to learn more about funding your business ideas and Angel investing and is proudly sponsored by Launch Taranaki. 

Witness a live event loosely based on the famous UK TV series Dragons Den and the US version Shark Tank.

Students will give a 10 minute pitch that outlines their business idea and ask for funding from investors in return for a share of the company. A panel of experienced Angel investors will have Monopoly money to invest and will negotiate with the entrepreneur for a share of the company.

Angel investors typically fund companies that have the potential to scale, and are an important source of early stage funds and experience for early-stage tech companies.

Experienced Angel investors will be available to answer your questions.

This is a free event. A Gold Coin donation is appreciated to support the Pukekura Education Trust.

Please register to attend.

Information for students:

The Dragon’s Den is an opportunity for students to receive coaching and pitch a business idea to a group of Angel investors with an emphasis on supporting young entrepreneurs in a fun, interactive environment.

The winning pitch will receive a cash prize of $500 and the runner up $250.

The aim is to give students experience developing an investment pitch, and the skills and confidence to present to potential investors. 

Launch Taranaki will provide guidance on content and coaching on pitch delivery. 

If you are a student wishing to pitch your business idea please contact Launch Taranaki at 

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Carl is the CEO of WNT Ventures and has a background in investment management, private equity, property, funds management, venture capital and angel investing. He invested alongside angel investors in early stage, high growth companies as a SCIF investment manager and oversaw the US$200 million NZVIF/Taiwan CoFund Agreement.    
Cathy is a founding member of Launch Taranaki and is passionate about developing new businesses. She has a background in engineering, project and construction management, and finance. She has worked internationally with start-ups and universities commercializing new technologies and developing business cases for new products and services.
Ian is the Chairman of Launch Taranaki and has extensive experience in management and governance across a wide range of business sectors in NZ and the Asia Pacific region. He is now semi-retired, while still working with a number of small to medium sized enterprises to help them grow as successful businesses.
Marcel is a professional director, independent advisor and angel investor. He is a Board member of Angel HQ, immediate past Chairman of the AANZ, a founding investor in the Lighting Lab Accelerator, and Chairman of GreenButton Ltd, a New Zealand start up acquired by Microsoft Corporation.
Paul is a Partner at Govett Quilliam and has extensive experience in corporate, commercial and property related legal matters. He values his trusted relationships with many leading businesses across different business sectors and has long been an enthusiastic supporter of their growth and development.
Ryan is General Manager of Chillaxing, a family investment office, and has broad experience in the finance and investment sector having previously worked with AIG, Macquarie Bank and No.8 Finance. He has been an investor and director in multiple start-ups which are now fully fledged successful commercial entities.
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