The boss of Bay of Plenty startup funding group Enterprise Angels says it is working closely with WNTVentures.
"We're able to refer opportunities that are at too early a stage for Enterprise Angels to WNTVentures, and we're able in all kinds of ways to be able to give more certainty to that next round of funding at the angel stage," executive director Bill Murphy said.
Enterprise Angels is a shareholder in the incubator through its sidecar fund EA1, and sits on its investment committee. That involvement could include providing expert guidance and appropriately qualified directors for the incubated company.
Mr Murphy said the Scion nanofibre research was at too early a stage for angel investors because the commercial possibilities were still being worked out.
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"We're really pleased to see Scion is able to take some of its really cool research into WNT and give us the opportunity to invest in it at a later stage."
WNTVentures chief executive Carl Jones said the incubator to date had three companies that had received the full $600,000 available from a combination of Callaghan Innovation repayable grants and the incubator's 1:3 matching funding.
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Mr Jones said he was not yet able to provide details of the third company, which was in the software sector, for reasons of business confidentiality. There was also an agri-tech company at the same pre-incubation stage as Scion's nanofibre project.