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The Snowball Effect blog

Read our latest articles and news about investing in private companies

Funding options for companies

Is your business in need of additional funding or working capital for continued growth?There are several different funding options available to companies, including debt and equity solutions. These in…

Why Snowball Effect is launching in Australia

Snowball Effect is a marketplace that simplifies access to a range of alternative investment opportunities, bringing together investors and promising companies seeking funding. Our target market is th…

Outsourcing your Share Registry

Why are so many New Zealand companies still choosing to manage their Share Registry in an excel spreadsheet instead of spending a fraction of the reparation costs to outsource it?

Quarterly Report Template

Quarterly reports are one of the most important, yet overlooked pieces of information that New Zealand companies should be preparing for their shareholders. Here is our guide on how to prepare one.

Investor education series: Direct private equity investing #3

The final part of our investor series on direct private equity investing looks at diversification and portfolio construction.

Investor education series: Direct private equity investing #2

In the second part of our investor education series, we analyse private equity investment returns, and take a look behind the numbers at some complicating factors, including the 'power law'.

Investor education series: Direct private equity investing #1

Part 1 of 3: We look at different methods for calculating returns on private company investments.

Picking apart the FMA's 2018 online investment data

The FMA has recently released their annual data insights into NZ’s fintech space for June 2018. Of particular interest to us at Snowball Effect is how the online equity investment industry is continuing to develop.

Information Memorandum Template

Capital raising information memorandum template in Google Docs and Microsoft Word format available for download.

ArchiPro Case Study

ArchiPro capital raising advisory services case study. The case study covers offer materials, independent director placement, and ongoing investor relations support.

Recap of our first 4 years

2018 has been a record year for Snowball Effect. We have now been operating for 4 years so we wanted to share a recap of our first 4 years. So far we have raised $42 million across 54 offers.

Share Register Template

Keeping a share register is an important legal obligation for all New Zealand companies because the register is the official record of who owns what portion of a company.

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.