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Steve Merchant

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    For dry/meat based you could try K9natural or Ziwipeak.

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    I wouldn’t worry about that, as it would all get sorted out in a shareholders agreement down the track and you would be party to creating that. Many won’t want dividends if they’re growth focused, instead they would want profits reinvested. The one thing they generally all want is an exit strategy
    so you need to be sure that you’re aligned with what that might look like, eg a sale.
    They key thing they would want to see now would be current and projections of revenue and profit. Market competitor, sector and opportunity summary and some insight into skills/experience of founders. But once you start down the track and get a feel for investors, definitely have an advisor on hand to help negotiate and advise on any deal or agreement. Your accountant will often have (local) contacts or high net worth individuals that they could match you with so worth asking.

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    Hi Jacinta

    That is a good value add proposition and caters for the DIY and lifestylers who would pay a premium for a plug and play but as you say, how much is the question.

    Do you have any end users in mind that may pay a discounted rate for a prototype. Any “produce” suppliers that may assist if they saw an end market opportunity?
    It reminds me a bit of the Henergy smart mobile laying solution featured on the RNZ clip. https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/countrylife/audio/2018735214/that-s-hentertainment
    If your solution was smart ( just internet connected to monitor say temp/humidity/light from an app there could be innovation grants available.

    As Anna mentioned, there are a number of regional investor/angel networks that could be interested in hearing a pitch from you for seed funding.

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    Without knowing the details options include creating a relationship with any supply partners that would see value in the business and share early costs ( or equity ). Then there’s the obvious equity funding raise . It may seem too early consider that in a normal environment but in these times investors will still be seeking opportunities, and likely to check out less traditional investments, especially those that could come through the current environment with a clear value proposition.