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Is KiwiSaver really investing in the future of New Zealand?

Allocating appropriate amounts to alternate asset classes enhances return potential and reduces risk via diversification benefits. In a world where growing companies are staying private for longer, some Kiwi funds are being left behind international counterparts with their public-markets-only approach.

Common mistakes that companies make with offer videos

The quality of your offer video can make or break an investor’s perception of your capital raising offer. It will often be the first impression you get to make on an investor who visits your offer page.

NZ Super Fund’s view of expansion capital

Our sovereign wealth fund, the NZ Superannuation Fund, released a report at the end of last year covering its investment view on the market for expansion capital in New Zealand.

PWA Investor Master Class Highlights

​Snowball Effect members were recently treated to a presentation from independent financial advisory firm Private Wealth Advisers, as part of Snowball’s Investor Masterclass series.

Lessons for early-stage investment

For the last Snowball Effect investor master class of 2017 we invited Lance Wiggs of Punakaiki Fund to repeat his popular early-stage portfolio investing workshop from 2016.

Recap of the last 3 years

Over the last three years, Snowball Effect has raised $29 million across 35 offers. 25 of these offers were made available publicly to retail investors and 10 were only made available privately. The public offers generated $23.1 million in investment and the private offers generated $6.1 million.

Becoming an effective director

In every business we need to be searching for effective directors and spreading the search to a diversity of age, culture and gender is part of that.

Export tips from Katabolt

Successful New Zealand exporters prioritise markets for development growth and take as much responsibility for growing the export market as their partners do.

1 Faraday Street

We have moved to new offices at 1 Faraday Street, Parnell, Auckland. It's a great neighbourhood with lots of interesting companies in the area.

Quarterly Company Progress Report – March 2017

Welcome to the March 2017 Quarterly Company Progress Report. This report covers details already reported to shareholders on the progress that companies have made since our last update. There’s also …

How the Snowball Effect nominee works for investors

A nominee is an entity that is nominated to hold assets on behalf of another entity. In the world of early-stage investing, the nominee’s role is to hold shares in a company on behalf of the underlying investors in the business.

Investment Sectors 2017

Industries that our investors are looking at in 2017 In the past couple of years we’ve seen successful offers from a wide range of industries including financial services, food and beverage, hardwar…

We’re growing

Our team is expanding in 2017. We're hiring in several areas of the team. We've launched a new careers page to keep people up to date.

Quarterly Company Progress Report – December 2016

Welcome to the December 2016 Quarterly Company Progress Report. This report covers details already reported to shareholders on the progress that companies have made since our last update. There’s al…

Snowball Effect Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday gifts from companies that have raised capital on Snowball Effect.

More options for companies and investors

Over the past two years, Snowball Effect has raised over $21m of equity capital for 24 companies. An infographic showing some of the key statistics from our first two years can be found here.Over this…

Want to be involved with an exciting Kiwi growth company?

​Snowball Effect's ambition is to be more than just a marketplace for capital. We're keen to help connect exciting Kiwi growth companies with the right people, so that they have access to the capabilities they need in addition to the capital. If you're interested in any of the roles below, or know of any exciting Kiwi companies with senior roles that may fit the bill, please get in touch with Josh at [email protected]

Recap of the last 2 years

New Zealand's first equity crowdfunding offer kicked off on 11 August 2014. Below we've compiled an infographic showing some of the key statistics from the first 2 years of offers through Snowball Effect.