Reply To: I am very close to finalising a new range of coconut products (craft coconut if you like). I have developed and secured the supply chain including a unique biodegradable packaging.  I need to complete the branding and be ready to go once the lockdown lifts.  I have agreed a distribution arrangement for New Zealand & Australia, i did have the final funding i required agreed (not delivered) but unfortunately the funder has closed down due to Covid-19.I am looking for advice and assistance to secure the necessary funding to enable me to be ready to go once countries re open.  My branding and packaging are to be made in Auckland.  The raw ingredient comes from the Philippines.I look forward to and thank you in advance for any advice/comments.  Stay safe.Michael

Hi Michael,
This is an interesting challenge and the timing is tough.
Ref the raise – Greg is on the money in terms of the actions. The key will be to understand the min required in terms of funds and work from there.
Ref the parties – it is time to think dynamically in terms of investors. Can you look at supply chain, complimentary products or entities in market (both local and international). There is money out there and as long as it is sensible it is possible to cut through the C19 noise.
Regarding parties to work with – the government is yet to loosen up the investment entities regarding their parameters. NZTE is being pretty proactive at the moment regarding export support.
Your challenge is clearly one that would do well with a deeper conversation and I am happy to jump on a call and talk it through with you as needed. Let me know