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. Whether it's old fashioned banks, venture capital firms or angel investors they're mostly made up of big corporates, or old paradigm business people. They've tended to offer expensive or burdensome debt or taken unfair equity stakes in emerging businesses and then left the company 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. 


Our approach is designed to foster collaboration between the founders or business owners, 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.

Alternative financing

Working with a Kiwi based lender who specialises in lending where banks can't assist, this registered financial service provider offers an option to raise funds for your business without giving up equity. 

Elevator Pitch for angel investment or venture capital

If you're looking to raise funds via angel investment or you're looking for venture capital we've created a simple elevator pitch process for you to get in touch.


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.