Investing in New Zealand private companies

Direct investing into private, high-growth New Zealand companies from Australia

New Zealand’s private investment landscape

For the size of its economy, the New Zealand startup ecosystem has delivered a high number of successful global companies such as Xero, Pushpay, A2 Milk, Ice Breaker, and PowerbyProxi.

Because of its scale, the New Zealand public capital markets remain shallow and underdeveloped when compared to other markets. This has resulted in New Zealand having a disproportionality high number of private companies that lack access to direct investment.

Australian investment now makes up over 50% of the Private Equity Funds in New Zealand, with the local angel and growth stage sectors receiving increased interest from Australian investment groups. Snowball Effect provides eligible Australian investors with a simple way of discovering New Zealand private companies seeking investment from high net worth individuals, venture capital funds, and family offices.

How to invest in high growth Kiwi companies

Investing through Snowball Effect is fast and straight-forward – investors simply sign up, browse offers, and invest.

  • Sign up as a member

    It’s quick and free. Becoming a member allows you to access offers that interest you. You will be notified when new investment opportunities are available. All you need to do is verify that you meet the necessary wholesale investor requirements, and provide supporting documentation that is required.

  • Conduct due diligence

    If you’d like to undergo your own due diligence, you’ll be able to make contact with any of the companies we list.

  • Option to invest

    If you decide to invest, all of your investment documentation will be stored against your account, meaning that reviewing historical information as well as keeping an eye on your portfolio, can all be done in one place.

Who is eligible to invest?

Snowball Effect is offering the opportunity for Australian investors who meet certain criteria to invest in growing New Zealand businesses. For regulatory reasons, the offers open to Australian investors through Snowball Effect’s Australian platform are restricted to “sophisticated investors” and “professional investors”.

The terms “sophisticated investor” and "professional investor" are defined in the Corporations Act 2001. Please see the Act for more information.

Through verifying yourself as falling within one of these categories, you will be able to access unique investment opportunities. Please note, offers made to wholesale investors may afford lower levels of investor protection than otherwise provided by licensed offers.

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Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) issued warning

The information contained in this Publication (including this website) about the proposed business opportunity and the securities or scheme interests is not intended to be the only information on which the investment decision is made and is not a substitute for a disclosure document, Product Disclosure Statement or any other notice that may be required under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), as that Act may apply to the investment. Detailed information may be needed to make an investment decision, for example: financial statements; a business plan; information about ownership of intellectual or industrial property; or expert opinions including valuations or auditors' reports.

A prospective investor is strongly advised to take appropriate professional advice before accepting an offer for issue or sale of any securities or scheme interests.