PledgeMe’s “CrowdfundingU” Now Registered Under Regional Business Partner Network; Now Offers Capability Vouchers


On Monday, crowdfunding platform PledgeMe announced that its new feature, CrowdfundingU, is now registered under the Regional Business Partners Network. This network reportedly helps New Zealand businesses innovate and grow by making it easier to access early stage business support.

PledgeMe LogoCrowdfundingU offers a structured 6-week program for equity campaigners. Some of the topics that will be discussed include:

  • What is Equity Crowdfunding
  • Documentation do’s and don’ts
  • Mapping the Crowd
  • Communicating with your Crowd
  • Pitching to the Crowd (from visuals to events)
  • Launching the Campaign

PledgeMe’s Anna Guenther previously shared details about the feature:

“While comprehensive, the program is not intense. It’s not some sort of boot camp where we wake you up at 5 AM and make you do press ups in the mud. We focus on the essentials on a one-to-one basis to make sure companies are ready for their campaigns before they hit the launch button. The sessions give an up to six week lead in time to launch, but can be condensed for folk who want to move quicker than the average bear (or tiger).”

As part of being registered under the network, CrowdfundingU’s participants may now apply to have the cost of the course half paid with a capability voucher issued by their local economic development agency. Guenther penned details about the process:

Anna Guenther“If you already have a customer manager at your local Economic Development agency, give them a call or email to chat about getting capability vouchers to help with capital raising. Feel free to mention our service to them during the discussion. You can receive up to $5,000 per year in matched funding.


“If you don’t have a customer manager yet, the first step is to register as a business. Your local Regional Business Partner will be in touch to set up a meeting. Here’s the contact list of all the agencies if you need to follow up. Once the Regional Business Partner has decided to support your company with capability vouchers, send us an email. We will create an event for you in the system, send you the details, and get you to book the service. Once booked, we’ll generate an invoice for you to pay, and set the first date for CrowdfundingU.”

Anna then noted that those who looking to grow their business might be eligible for an NZTE Capability Development Voucher. These vouchers are currently available to businesses to use as partial payments towards the cost of capability development and training in these areas:

  • PledgeMeBusiness planning
  • Business systems
  • Business sustainability
  • Capital raising
  • Export
  • Finance
  • Governance
  • Lean manufacturing/ business operations
  • Managing resources
  • Marketing

Here are the requirements to access a Capability Development Voucher:

  • Be operating with 50 or fewer FTEs
  • Be GST registers in New Zealand
  • Be operating in a commercial environment
  • Be privately owned or a Maori Trust or Incorporation under the Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993 or similar organization managing Maori assets under multiple ownership
  • Have undergone assessment by a Regional Business Partner
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