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The Snowball Effect blog

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Snowball Effect investor trends

The investor landscape has changed considerably since COVID-19, and for our team, it’s been exciting to see a variety of investor trends emerging. While the pandemic has affected many businesses…

$100m milestone

We’re thrilled to announce we have raised over NZ$100m of capital for New Zealand businesses. Since we launched Snowball Effect in 2014, we’ve helped over 50 Kiwi companies successfully raise capi…

Investing in private companies: Risk vs Reward

Building a portfolio of investments is one way to get ahead financially. But it’s important to understand the different types of investments and what returns and benefits you can expect from each. …

Partnering with OurCrowd to provide NZ investors with global venture capital opportunities

We’re proud to have recently partnered with the world’s leading technology and venture capital investment platform, OurCrowd. The partnership enabled New Zealand wholesale investors with a simp…

Essential capital raising checklist

Are you considering raising capital for your business? But are you unsure where to start, what your options are and what you need to prepare? Then take a look at our checklist below. Since launchin…

How to organise your due diligence folder or dataroom before seeking investment

Unsure what a due diligence folder or virtual dataroom is, let alone what to include in one? Since launching Snowball Effect in 2014, we’ve completed more than 80 capital raises and worked…

Why Snowball Effect has partnered with the NZX

We were thrilled to recently be announced as an accredited NZX Sponsor Participant. This enables our team to work with companies who want to raise capital and go through the NZX listing process. Why…

UBCO Bikes are rolling ahead with a fourth capital raise with Snowball

We’re fortunate to partner with high-growth New Zealand businesses through our work as they raise capital to accelerate their expansion. UBCO Bikes is one such Kiwi company that we’ve worked with …

Four female founders we're following closely…

In support of International Women’s Day we’ve put together a tell-all from some of the great female founders we’ve met that will leave you with goosebumps! We went out of the box and asked qu…

Incentivising staff using Employee Share Schemes

An employee share option plan, or ESOP, can be a fantastic way to attract, engage and incentivise key employees by offering stock options rather than cash incentives or high salaries. We've all hear…

Emily Heazlewood: Lessons I learned raising capital for my tech startup

Romer app founder and CEO, Emily Heazlewood admits that her knowledge of capital raising before her successful $250,000 raise was limited. However, fast-forward to today, and Emily now uses her own ex…

Company valuation techniques for a capital raise

Valuing a company is an essential step in a business’ capital raise preparations. Not only does it dictate the worth of the business and define the terms of investment, but it also puts a value on h…

8 questions you should ask before investing

So you’re thinking of investing in a high-growth business. Before you make a financial commitment, it’s essential first to do your due diligence and look for answers to any questions you have abou…

Why are Shareholders' Agreements so important

A Shareholder Agreement is an essential company document that clearly defines the relationship between a company and its shareholders. It plays an important part in influencing decision making, roles…

What you need to know when preparing for a capital raise

Are you interested in doing a capital raise for your company? One of the common mistakes we see many companies make when they approach us about undertaking a capital raise is a lack of pre-work. Takin…

A recap of the last six years

It's been 6 years since we launched, becoming New Zealand's first private equity investment marketplace. Co-founder and CEO Simeon Burnett reflects on highlights from this time.

How Little Island raised $3.2m during COVID-19

Launching a public company offer can take several months of planning and preparation for both the company and Snowball Effect's team. Throw into the mix a global pandemic like COVID-19, and you have t…

Orchestra – the centralised company and stakeholder hub

We regularly see first-hand the inconvenience that companies go through trying to locate missing or incomplete company/investor data and legal documents. The lack of a unified company and stakeho…