more than just capital!


"Venture and early-stage capital in New Zealand shot up to to $269.7m from $217.3m in 2018."

—  NBR article, May 3rd 2019

Avant-Garde: adjective \ ˌä-ˌvän(t)-ˈgärda
A new, unorthodox and innovative method.

Businesses have always been bound by the traditional approach to raising capital. Venture capital firms and angel investors are mostly made up of big corporates, or old paradigm business people. They've tended to take equity stakes in emerging businesses and then left the founders to figure things out for themselves.


But based on our experience, raising capital is just the first step in a long process of building a sustainable business. To be successful, you need more than a capital injection and validation of your venture.

Avant-Garde Capital has been designed to do things differently. We invest our own funds in businesses we believe in, then work alongside the founders to ensure the business succeeds. 


However we're not there to tell you what to do, we simply want to empower your business by providing a range of resources that traditional investors don't offer. We're also not an incubator, so you don't need to pack up and move to another city, you can run your business from wherever you see fit. 


Our approach is designed to foster collaboration between the founders, investors and our team of external consultants. We can also assist in the administrative side of the business, provide regular guidance and give you, the entrepreneur, the freedom to focus on creating something great.

What we offer

Angel investment

As an angel investor we provide small capital injections for businesses that are starting out or in the early stages of growth. But unlike most angel investors, we offer more than just capital, with a range of resources to help you succeed.



Our venture capital investments are suited to more established businesses with a proven track record. Our assistance at this stage of the business cycle is more focussed around taking your business to the next level.

Business guidance

A business needs more than just capital to succeed. Our investment comes with a range of resources and assistance to ensure you've got everything necessary to excel. We combine experienced entrepreneurs and systems to ensure success.

Elevator Pitch

We understand you're busy and we've seen how complicated many angel investors and venture capital firms make it to enquire about investment.


We also understand that you want to protect your concept, so it's not wise to hand over a comprehensive business plan to someone you've never dealt with before.

Our elevator pitch is a simple way for you to reach out and see if your business is something we might be interested in.

There are five simple questions, that give us an overview of what you're trying to achieve, with a 300 word limit per question.

Based on our experience, good business ideas can be conveyed in a short and concise pitch. However if there is additional information you would like to add, you can do so once we respond to your initial proposal.

Once it's submitted, one of our fund managers will run through it and aim to get back to you in twenty four hours. There are occasions where we can't reply immediately, however if you think there may have been an issue with it being sent, please contact us.