Mike is an Investment Manager inside New Zealand Trade and Enterprise’s Investment Team. Mike enables companies to raise Seed to Series B investment amounts through capability building and connections to the global investment ecosystem. Mike has a key focus on the Information and Communication Technology sector and is also involved in the angel and venture capital markets. Prior to joining NZTE Mike was an Investment Director at Direct Capital, and was the primary lead of “TMT Ventures” New Zealand’s largest venture capital fund with $125m under management. His role included; board seats, influencing strategy, project work and leading mergers and acquisitions transactions in portfolio companies. In an earlier role at Direct Capital Mike was responsible for investment analysis, research, and preparation of investment proposals. Mike also has an extensive corporate and investment banking background with leading institutions, Barclays Capital and Ahli United Bank in the United Kingdom, and ANZ Bank.