Icehouse Ventures’ began with the formation of Ice Angels, NZ’s first angel network, in 2003. A small group of passionate investors saw the opportunity to band together to support Kiwi innovators to take on the world. Over the next decade this grew into NZ’s most active angel network. In 2013, we raised our first fund. Subsequently we’ve scaled to an early stage venture firm with $380m invested.
We still have a highly active co-investor network of more than 2000 investors and operate a suite of funds with different portfolio strategies. We believe New Zealand founders build world-class companies and create significant value as an asset class. In 2019 we attracted Simplicity Kiwisaver, Jarden, and Sir Stephen Tindall's K1W1 to join us as shareholders. They invested in our growth to transform New Zealand’s future by backing the bravest founders for decades to come.
Who we are
Joined IV: 2008 Background: Joined in 2008, raised first fund in 2013, capitalised IV in 2019. Linkedin
Joined IV: 2013 Background: Joined as an intern and stuck around. Linkedin
Joined IV: 2017 Background: Co-founder of mens fashion brand I Love Ugly. Studied sound engineering.
Joined IV: 2015 Background: Raised first fund in 2016 and established a vibrant Chinese investor community. EHF fellow. Linkedin
Joined IV: 2021
Background: Designed and delivered accelerators for startups and corporate innovation. Passionate about supporting young entrepreneurs to access equitable opportunities. Studied information systems and commercial law. Linkedin
Joined IV: 2017 Background: First joined the team while studying finance and marketing as a student. Passionate about supporting startups at the early stage. Linkedin
Joined IV: 2021 Background: Senior exec for a global listed NZ tech company and a data driven marketing startup. Private equity/corporate lawyer for a London Magic Circle law firm, and top tier boutique Auckland law firm. Passionate about taking New Zealand tech to the world. Linkedin
Joined IV: 2020 Background: Studied law (specialising in Māori freshwater property rights). Head of Growth at Wellington open data startup Common Ledger.
Joined IV: 2021 Background: Worked on her own and others’ startups since the age of 16. Studied Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics at the University of Amsterdam. Returned to NZ in 2021 with a love of VC and a passion for supporting diversity and inclusion in the ecosystem. Linkedin
Joined IV: 2016 Background: Previously worked for Deloitte NZ and an investment broking firm in London. Joined Icehouse after exiting his own privately backed start-up. Works across Icehouse Ventures and The Icehouse running shared services operations. Favourite pastime, tracking the progress of Icehouse Ventures portfolio companies. Linkedin
Joined IV: 2017 Background: 15 years of corporate law in Silicon Valley and 15 years as venture capitalist at Granite Ventures, $1b FUM and a number of unicorns to its credit. Linkedin
Head of Marketing
Joined IV: 2022 Background: Joined a notable Kiwi startup in 2015 while completing a Bachelor of Commerce at Auckland University. Has been a marketer in the NZ startup space ever since. Linkedin
Joined IV: 2022 Background: Has a love for learning and a passion for supporting entrepreneurs in their journey. Studied Information Systems, Economics and Politics at Auckland University. Linkedin
Joined IV: 2015
Background: NZ National Powerlifting Champion. A.K.A New Zealand's Strongest Finance Controller Linkedin
Joined IV: 2019 Background: Built product and ran marketing for startups in New York and London. Previously private equity and VC lawyer. Passionate about fintech.
Joined IV: 2022 Background: Pharmacist turned Software Developer, driven by a passion for better accessibility and use-ability of technology. The most likely to have paracetamol on hand. Linkedin
Joined IV: 2022 Background: Studied a Bachelor of Commerce and Arts at The University of Auckland, majoring in Economics, Information Systems and Marketing. Drawn to venture capital and the positive impact that backing bold, innovative ideas can have. Linkedin
Joined IV: 2022 Background: A strategy-first digital creative inspired by the can-do Kiwi startup mentality. In love with all things design, coffee, and food. Here to help make human-focused design decisions at every touchpoint. Linkedin
Business support manager
Joined IV: 2023 Background: From driving ships as a Naval Officer to working in finance at some of London's top PE and asset management firms, her unconventional career has (literally) taken her around the world. Thankfully for us, she has landed at IV. Linkedin
Joined IV: 2022
Background: Engineer turned Software Developer. Passionate about building things that improve the quality of human life, whether it be machines, websites, programs, or spreadsheets. Also builds keyboards "for fun". Linkedin
Senior LEGAL COUNSEL
Joined IV: 2023
Background: Originally a private practice lawyer whose love for startups led her to launch 'The Young Woman' podcast, interviewing Australasia's most inspiring women leaders. Lucky for us, that same passion led her to join IV as our resident senior legal counsel. Linkedin
We exist to back kiwi founders from day one. We've been investing in NZ tech since 2003 and have backed over 280 companies including PowerbyProxi, First AML, Narrative, Halter, Sharesies.