Startup Breakfast Club: Fundamentals of Funding

Ministry of Awesome's Startup Breakfast Club is your monthly morning caffeine hit where you’ll find valuable social networks, gain business insight, and find the critical support to power your venture forward. 

At this month’s Breakfast Club, we’ll take you through the ins and outs of where to begin, what types of funding are right for each stage of a startup, what the process is, and what funders need to see in order to say YES.  

We are honoured to be joined by two exceptional business leaders who have both been through the funding process themselves both as startups and - on the other side of the coin - as startup investors.  

We'll be joined by:

- Dave Armstrong (Business Partners for BNZ in Christchurch)

- Ben Kepes (Principal of Diversity Ltd)


Thanks to our friends at MYOB there will be breakfast treats to keep your brain and tummy wide awake, and our friends at The Sailors Son will provide free-flowing coffee. It's an absolutely FREE event, so claim your spot by registering now!

You won't want to miss this great opportunity to network with like-minded entrepreneurs and to learn from industry veterans who have been through the start-up and can help you along your journey. Startup Breakfast Club is ALWAYS sold out in advance so register early to make sure you don’t miss out. Register by Tuesday 26th of February. 


About our guest panelists:

Dave Armstrong

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Dave is the Senior Advisor for Sidekick Commercial brining an extensive background in Business Development & Finance, and is a registered financial advisor.
His specialist industries include the technology sector incorporating ICT, IOT and Digital. He also brings his knowledge of FX hedging, working capital solutions and PE raising to the table to help these companies commercialise and expand globally. Dave has a great passion for business and data, so loves nothing more than research an industry to help clients make informed decisions moving forward.

Ben Kepes


A career change saw Ben become a technology analyst, commentator, and consultant and, over the past decade and a half, he has built up a significant following as a globally-recognized subject matter expert in the areas of cloud computing, enterprise technology, and digital transformation. Ben’s commentary has been widely published in such outlets as Forbes, Wired and The Guardian and he has been invited to speak at a large range of technology, business, and general interest conferences.

Ben has been an investor in a large number of early-stage technology startups across three continents and has had successful exits to listed and privately held companies in Canada, the US, and the UK. He has served on the advisory boards of a number of technology startups in New Zealand, Australia, the US, and the UK.

Ben is an experienced board member and currently sits on the boards of a number of non-profit, privately held and listed companies in New Zealand and the UK. He has won a number of accolades including being a recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award in 2016.