About PitchDeck

PitchDeck is a specialist advisory, driven to get ambitious founders pitch-ready when raising capital for growth.

Championing NZ Founders
Championing NZ Founders
Championing NZ Founders
Championing NZ Founders

We work with Ambitious founders

Growing a business is exciting. It’s driven by purpose and passion, often bootstrapped by a single founder or a small team. When you're ready to accelerate your growth and impact, you’ll need an injection of capital from the right investor.    

The team at PitchDeck get you ready for this critical next step through a series of efficient workshops and stress tests, enabling you to create a winning pitch deck, enhance your presentation skills, nail your investment case and get funded.

We help clients unlock growth

We champion founders of smart Kiwi businesses who have worked hard to achieve success. We assist with the next stage of growth by positioning you for these crucial pitch events, so you can unlock the next stage of growth and beyond. From $2 million to $10 million, a decent capital injection not only propels your business team. It also leads to more NZ jobs and Kiwi businesses becoming bigger players on the global stage.

We help you speak the language of investors

Coming from a corporate investment background, we know the figures and insights investors are looking for. We assist in building your investment case and getting you pitch-ready.

The information you present will be succinct and powerful, allowing investors to move quickly and confidently on their funding decisions. PitchDeck gives you the tools and techniques you need to move from a bootstrapped business to a fully-funded growing company.

A lot of founders put off the capital raise process. But we speed it up for them. We get it done FASTER, EASIER, Better. and give the founders greater confidence.
Our proprietary PitchDeck methodology leads to tangible results and delivers an incredible return on investment. With the right funding, founders can get on with realising their vision for the future.

James Schofield 

PitchDeck Managing Director

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meet the pitchdeck Team

James Schofield

James Schofield 

PitchDeck Managing Director

James speaks the language of investors, coming from a 20-year capital markets career  with leading investment banks Jarden, Deutsche Craigs (New Zealand) and Merrill Lynch (London). In 2018, James moved client-side, working as an investor relations adviser for NZX-listed companies with market capitalisation from NZ$300 million to $3 billion. He is relied upon to formulate and execute strategic investor relations plans at pivotal moments in a company’s life cycle. For PitchDeck, he helps entrepreneurs prepare and pitch for $2 to $10 million capital raises. James has an excellent professional network for market intelligence. And he knows the critical information investors and shareholders are looking for, approaching each pitch project as an investor would.

Hana Schofield

Hana Schofield

Programme Director

As Programme Director at PitchDeck, Hana runs the business, oversees project workstreams and quality reviews, and looks after strategic implementation. Her legal background in banking and finance, employment and privacy law, brings rigour and attention to detail to all projects. With a background as a bestselling author, she ensures PitchDeck programmes and communications create a clear understanding of our clients’ value proposition and funding potential.

Terri Wimsett

Terri Wimsett

Pitch Strategist & Client Service Manager

Terri manages client activities and ensures timely and high-quality project delivery. She has a unique blend of legal, financial and project management skills acquired through her roles in law, digital communication, fundraising & business partnerships, as well as recent experience in a founder-led technology company. Terri brings critical perspective to everything from issue identification and brand implications to investor perspectives and strategic opportunities. She is up to date with what drives funding decisions, particularly in ESG and climate-related initiatives.

Terri Wimsett

Hayden Brown

Pitch Strategist

Hayden is a senior investor relations advisor who works closely with executive teams to ensure communications on financial, operating and ESG performance are strategic, authentic and compliant. Before joining us in early 2024, Hayden was Head of Capital Markets and Investor Relations for Fisher & Paykel Healthcare.

His skills in conveying complex financial information with clarity are instrumental in building trust and confidence among investors. With his skills and experience in navigating both sides of financial communications, Hayden knows the information that drives investment decisions for both existing and new investors.

Paul Hewlett

Paul Hewlett

Strategic Communications Advisor

Paul is an expert in strategic communications planning, crisis management, brand building, and reputation management. He brings his extensive communications skill set to our pitch projects and distils complex messages into statements that resonate with investors. His expertise include developing ESG strategies to enhance brand and corporate reputation through sustainable business practices.

what Founders are saying

When it’s your own business you don’t look at it from an investor’s point of view. Flipping it is actually quite difficult. I was amazed at how much the whole team understood our business and what we were trying to achieve. If I had to go in to do a pitch without using James and his team I would have been like a lamb to the slaughter. I’m feeling very confident going into the pitch now.
Victoria Harris
Co-Founder The Curve

leaders in investor relations

PitchDeck is brought to you by the team from Insight Investor Relations (Insight IR), one of New Zealand’s leading investor relations advisories. Working with CEOs and CFOs of $300 million to $3 billion NZX-listed companies, we help our clients build strategic, proactive and long-term relationships within the New Zealand market. PitchDeck is designed to support private companies in raising capital for growth, where we apply our best practice experience to high growth, ambitious Kiwi businesses.

Learn more about Insight IR.

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