In case you hadn’t heard the exciting news, The Basement@Basestation is now open for business!

And the best part? It’s already being used by some of the most significant communities in our local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

While the Basement@Basestation event space only opened recently, Venture Centre has already bought events from both ends of our local entrepreneurial ecosystem into the space.

In the first month it has hosted a group of 8 to 13-year-olds learning how to code and Enterprise Angels members being pitched to by, and investing in, startups.

Enterprise Angels manager Nina Le Lievre was at the latter event and said it was a great space and event.

“It was really great to be able to hold a pitch event in the building where some of the startups we’ve funded are resident,” Nina says.“Venture Centre and Basestation have achieved so much since their launch, I think it’s important that our members are aware of what support is available for entrepreneurs and founders in the early ‘funnel’ of angel investments. At Basestation, there’s a lot going on in that regard!”

She said one of the great advantages was that there is enough space for startups to actually show investors what their products can do and be able to build purposeful relationships between founders and investors.

“It was also wonderful to have a room at Basestation, especially for one of the startups pitching to be able to demonstrate their product,” she says.

Not only that, but there were some big national names pitching.

“We were really pleased to have 2010 New Zealander of the Year, Sir Ray Avery, leading the Jupl pitch. The clear winners of the night were Jupl and Wing Acoustics, although the interest for all companies was very good and we haven’t culled any at this stage.”


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