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Case study: Starboard Maritime Intelligence

Starboard Maritime Intelligence is a maritime domain awareness platform designed to tackle illegal fishing and transnational crime, prevent biosecurity outbreaks, and protect at-sea assets.Snowball Ef…

How to stay safe while using Snowball Effect

OverviewAs Snowball Effect operates in the Financial Services sector, we take security seriously and are constantly reworking our systems and processes to ensure the safety of our investors and our ow…

How Snowball Effect launched Orchestra and its acquisition by Sharesies

We were thrilled to see our friends at Orchestra announce in April 2024 that they will be joining the team at Sharesies. Sharesies's acquisition of Orchestra is an exciting next step for the platform,…

Raising capital during an economic downturn

Raising capital for your business, whatever the economic conditions, requires a high level of organisation, pre-work and focus. But throw into the mix an economic downturn, and the conditions can beco…

Snowball Effect’s 2022 year in review

As 2022 draws to a close, we’re grateful for our community of investors and the network of high-growth businesses that have enabled us to reach some exciting milestones this year. Our co-founder a…

$150m Capital Raise Milestone for Snowball Effect

We’re delighted to share that over NZ$150m of capital has been invested via our platform. This is an exciting milestone to have reached in a year that has seen significant global economic shifts. Ho…

Ways to keep your investors engaged following a capital raise

As a company, it can be all too easy to forget about your investors once your capital raise has closed and the money is deposited in your bank account. That is until your business needs to raise funds…

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…

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…

$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 130 capital raises and worke…

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…

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…

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.

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…