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NZ investment platform options

Local investors have an increasing number of options when it comes to ways to grow an investment portfolio. From public share markets to private equity, New Zealand investors have a range of online pl…

My most frequently asked questions from 100 companies looking to raise capital

At Snowball Effect we don’t just crowdfund – around 70% of what we do is private raises with our wholesale investor network. Have any more questions? Email me [email protected] or feel fr…

10 market trends to consider if your company wants to raise capital this year

Over the last two weeks, I've noticed a significant shift in topics from companies and funding groups regarding market conditions, which includes everything from a strategic pivot, changing new market…

Snowball Effect's summary of 2021

As 2021 draws to a close, our team has reflected on the year that was, and have pulled to get some statistics around platform activity for another record-breaking year with $38m raised. We wish you a…

Saving for retirement and how private equity can play a part in your plan

Do you have a retirement savings plan? Whether you’re just a few years away from clocking off your 9-5 for the last time and enjoying the good life, or aren’t looking to retire for a few decades, …

Observed 2021 Investment Trends

With under two months to go in what has been another pandemic disrupted year, it’s a good time to take stock of the year that’s been and provide observations about some key trends in the capital m…

Accessing leading tech start-up investments through our collaboration with Icehouse Ventures

Since the launch of Snowball Effect in 2014, we’ve stayed true to our mission to help more New Zealanders to have access to exciting private high-growth investment opportunities. Our collaboration …

Five tips for beginner investors

Whether you’re a new investor or have dabbled in a few investment opportunities before, there’s always plenty to learn, especially from an experienced investor who has been there before. We sat do…

Key lessons from an experienced investor

Investing in private equity companies for the first time can be an exciting but daunting prospect for many investors. Unlike investing in the share market, private equity opportunities can require mor…

How to market your capital raise

So you’ve launched your capital raise. Now what? Marketing your capital raise and letting your customers and potential investors know about it plays a crucial part in the success of your raise. Bu…

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 …