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ICE Angels 2nd Annual NZ Startup Year In Review 2015

Memorable moments in 2015 for New Zealand startups.
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February
March
May
January
April
New Zealand Startup Year in Review 2015
Texus Fibre closes $1m round oversubscribed led by Sparkbox
1Above helps golf No. 1 Lydia Ko fly well, arrive ready

AskNicely raises $600k led by ICE Angels to fuel growth
Harmoney lands $200m to launch peer-to-peer lending in Australia
Booktrack secures $7.5m Series B led by Singapore COENT Ventures
July
August
October
June
September
Govt extends NZVIF mandate to support start-up ecosystem through to 2022
EY Entrepreneur of the Year
Straker Translations raises $6m with cornerstone from David Kirk's Bailador

December
November
Entrepreneurs' Challenge
Winners: Avertana, Data Insight
Joiy secures $1.35m via AngelHQ and ICE Angels to expand into Australia & Canada
Victoria Ransom, founder of Wildfire, wins World Class NZ Award
ABAF Summit
Flick Electric secures $4.8m from Evander, Morel and AngelHQ
AANZ names Marcel van den Assum the New Zealand Arch Angel 2015
NZ Hi-Tech Awards
5th Annual New Zealand Angel Investment Showcase
Garage Project tops Deloitte Fast 50
Resilient Seismic Solutions wins Spark $100k Challenge
Wipster raises $1.2m via AngelHQ, ICE Angels to fuel growth
Parrot Analytics Launches with BBC Worldwide as a client
GoodWorld Raises $1.7m to enable donations via social media
GoodWorld CEO Dale Nirvani Pfeifer demonstrates her company’s fundraising app for President Obama.
Winner: Craig Hickson, Founder and Managing Director of Progressive Meats
Stolen Rum raises $21m to fuel US expansion
Kode Biotech wins Supreme New Zealand Innovator

PowerbyProxi's technology supports the Wireless Power Consortium launch of Qi "Volume II"
Wipster launches integration with Adobe
12 kiwis attend ACA Summit in San Diego
Lightning Lab Auckland 2015 Demo Day
Breathe Easy closes $2m in NZ’s first angel / equity crowdfunding syndicated capital raise
Jucy partners with Promapp Solutions to support their global expansion
Flirtey Demos U.S.'s First Drone Delivery
8i Raises US$13.5M led by RRE Ventures & Founders Fund
NZX launches NXT market with G3 Group
Adherium raises A$35m in ASX IPO
Chinese/Kiwi Hongbo Xu, founder of InnoHub, establishes $20m fund for Auckland startups
Over 150 Angels attend summit in Queenstown
#ABAF15NZ Speakers – Jayesh Parekh

#ABAF15NZ Speakers – David Chen

#ABAF15NZ Speakers – Bill Payne
#ABAF15NZ Speakers – Nelson Gray
Rocket Lab signs NASA deal to send rockets to the moon
Area360 secures US$3.5M Series A led by Seattle-based Madrona Ventures
CropX Raises $9m led by Finistere & OurCrowd to Help Farmers Grow More Food With Less Water
TranscribeMe secures top 20 spot in Deloitte APAC Fast 500
Winners include StretchSense, Foster Moore, Network for Learning, Umajin, Phitek, Straker Translations, SnapitHD, Geozone, Mindscape, Volpara Solutions and Xero
9 companies raised over $4m from 100+ investors
6 companies raise $2.7m from over 50 investors
Fuel50 recognised at the American Chamber of Commerce awards
Martin Jetpack raises $27m in ASX IPO

Investors include ICE Angels, K1W1,
Sonar6 founder Mike Carden, AngelHQ
Jungle Ventures, 500 Startups and Mumbai Angels
AngelVest
Flick Electric chief executive Steve O’Connor

David Kirk
Harmoney chief executive Neil Roberts
​MyWave closes $4m in second round to re-invent customer relationship management
Showcase Workshop won the Tabby Award in New York
Showcase Workshop founder and president Millie Jocelyn
Punakaiki reaches $2 million max on Snowball Effect
Lance Wiggs
CricHQ scores digital deals with national industry bodies of Zimbabwe and South Africa
US Hans Severeins Award and NZ Arch Angel Recipient
Booktrack co-founder and CEO Paul Cameron.

Crimson Consulting raises US$5m led by billionaire Julian Robertson
Jamie Beaton says the latest investment round will help the business expand its global operation.
Chris Archer and Cath Archer
Aroa Biosurgery wins NZBIO top award
Adherium chief executive Garth Sutherland
Wared Seger, CEO of Parrot Analytics, at Variety Summit "Tune In"
Martin Jetpack inventor Glenn Martin and CEO Peter Coker.
Stolen Spirits co-founder Jamie Duff hopes the brand will make an impact in the US market.

LanzaTech secures $46 million investment from China Steel Corp for Taiwan Commercial Plant
VMob raises $2.17m & signs global deal with McDonald's

Victoria Ransom
Kode CEO Steve Henry (right) award in hand, with Tobias Marchand, managing director of Bayer Australia & New Zealand
Area360 CEO Chris Smith.
Breathe Easy founders Brett Ogilvie, Bob Elliott and Andrea Miller.
Martin Aircraft jetpack makes maiden flight
Y-Combinator's Sam Altman gives Kiwi founders a shout out at Startup Grind
Snowball Effect hits $10m benchmark on capital raised via platform
European Business Angel of the Year
Postr teams up with Skinny Mobile
Spark partners with Snapchat platform Mish Guru
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Showcase attendees took home 300 FlyBuys Swag Bags sponsored by more than 40+ iconic NZ brands
ICE Angels launches student investment group Junior Venture Partners
Junior Venture Partners raise $60k fund to invest at 2015 NZ Angel Investment Showcase
Lightning Lab kicks off NZ’s first Manufacturing Accelerator
Seven teams selected for a 12 week long mentor-intensive programme
BioLumic raises $2m led by MIG Angels
Investors include ICE Angels, K1W1, NZVIF
Thisdata raises $1.2m led by Punakaiki Fund and Rowan Simpson
Microsoft Imagine Cup winner Tether represents Asia Pacific in Seattle World Finals
Tether founders (from left) Alyssa Ong, Vivien Lei and Opender Singh are off to the home of Microsoft in Seattle.

Acuite raises $500k seed round led by ICE Angels
OMGTech! recogonised by CIO Awards for training the next generation of entrepreneurs
Snakk Media posts first quarterly profit. Lists on NXT raising $2.2m
BioDiscovery tech shows potential for 6% global increase of corn, soy and wheat
Peter Wigley, Founder of BioDiscovery
Auror raises capital from Sam Morgan, K1W1 and Westpac-backed Reinventure
Guy Horrocks predicts the 15 Kiwi companies to watch in 2015
Steve Streit
Greendot
Steve Blank
Lean Startup
Rob Wiltbank
Angel Resource
Institute
Dave Berkus
Tech Coast
Angels
Rob Campbell, Chairman of G3 Group
8i's technology is democratising 3D content production
Flirtey Founder and CEO, Matthew Sweeny
Chief Executive Franceska Banga
Geraldine McBride
Linc Gasking
Manuka Health secures $110m exit to Pacific Equity Partners
Balex Marine raises $1.2M led by Enterprise Angels to fuel expansion
Anaplan Continues Hyper-Growth with 134% Revenue Increase
Guy Haddleton
co-founder and board member
Founder, Rollo Wenlock, at National Association of Broadcasters 2015 convention
PowerbyProxi Co-founders Fady Mishriki & Greg Cross
1Above CEO, Stephen Smith, signs sponsorship deal with Lydia Ko
The Aroa Biosurgery named the NZ Bioscience Company of the Year at 2015 Conference Awards
Phil Thomson, CEO
Greg Cross (Investment Committee Chair), Sean Malloy (CEO Avertana) and Greg Whittred (Dean of UABS)
Carmen Vicelich (MD, Data Insight)
Spalk wins Junior Venture Partner USC. Pitch at Showcase leads to $150k seed raise led by Sparkbox.
Spalk Co-founders Sam Viskovich & Damien Theuma at The Showcase
Snakk CEO, Mark Ryan, and Chairman, Peter James
Wipster Founder and CEO Rollo Wenlock at SxSW
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