Equitise was founded in Australia in 2014 by Chris Gilbert, Jonny Wilkinson and Panche Gjorgjevski with Will Mahon-Heap joining the team early 2015 coinciding with the launch of our New Zealand operations.
Chris, Jonny and Will have backgrounds in law, investment banking, financial services and equity capital markets. They also have strong networks in the early stage finance and VC sector in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Panche is the technology brain child behind Equitise. Equitise is an online equity crowdfunding platform connecting start-ups and high growth businesses, with a broad range of investors. We help businesses grow and thrive in a simple, intuitive and social way by disrupting the investment marketplace and removing the traditional funding barriers and costs.
We are creating an intuitive and automated investment ecosystem which is highly social and inclusive for ALL investors (from family offices, to VCs, high net worth angels and less experienced retail investors).
We want to make investing in private companies accessible, efficient and cool. This is achieved within our investment platform through syndicate investment clubs. A “syndicated group” is an umbrella term which covers VCs, Angel Groups and Investment Clubs.
The syndicated investment model sits within our equity crowdfunding technology and streamlines the traditional investment process for private investment groups. Syndicates enable private investment groups to fund their investments, share their investments with other investors in return for carry, get access to the Equitise Nominee (meaning only 1 shareholder on your shareholder register) - all whilst accessing the benefits of our technology.How does a Syndicate work?
VC or Angel group creates a syndicate
Investors agree to coinvest with the syndicate
Investors get access to future syndicate offer flow
To date, Equitise has attracted some of the most sophisticated and best financial investors Investec, AWI Ventures, H2 Ventures, Tank Stream Ventures and Bridgelane Capital. Equitise has also received investment from members of New Zealand’s most active Angel Group (Flying Kiwi Angels) and other well-known angel investors with prior exits in the online disruption space such as Spreets (exited to Yahoo!7 for $40m) and Brands Exclusive (exited to APN for $80m).