The Angel Association New Zealand has appointed Andy Hamilton, CEO of business growth centre The Icehouse, as its inaugural chairman.
As reported in May, the association's members consist of 15 angel groups from around New Zealand.
“Overseas, we have seen national angel bodies formed once the sector reaches a critical mass. Establishing a national body in New Zealand is a sign of the recent growth of angel investing in our local market," Hamilton says.
“The Angel Association New Zealand will set a national vision for the sector, and help to raise the capability and knowledge of angel groups, many of which are at relatively early stages in their maturity and mainly focused on their own issues and challenges.”
Clyde Rogers, from Auckland regional economic development agency AucklandPlus, says a key role for the Association will be to advocate for initiatives which will assist the sector’s growth and development.