About Us

Icehouse Ventures exists to back the bravest Kiwi founders, launching global companies from New Zealand. One start-up can define a generation. Our mission is to back them.
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ABOUT US

Our Story

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 $450m of assets under management.

We still have a highly active co-investor network of more than 1000 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

Our Team

CEO
Robbie Paul
Joined IV: 2008

Background: Joined in 2008, raised first fund in 2013, capitalised IV in 2019.

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PARTNER
Jack McQuire
Joined IV: 2013

Background: Joined as an intern and stuck around.

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partner
Barnaby Marshall
Joined IV: 2017

Background: Co-founder of mens fashion brand I Love Ugly. Studied sound engineering.

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PARTNER
Jason Wang
Joined IV: 2015

Background: Raised first fund in 2016 and established a vibrant Chinese investor community. EHF fellow.

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Principal
Stephanie Benseman
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.

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PRINCIPAL
Mason Bleakley
Joined IV: 2017

Background: First joined the team while studying finance and marketing as a student. Passionate about supporting startups at the early stage.

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PRINCIPAL
Lauren Fong
Joined IV: 2020

Background: Owned an e-commerce business in the USA and worked for a late stage startup. Dedicated to helping female founders in NZ.  Outside of work, I'm an electronic DJ and producer under 'Lauren Gin'.

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Head of operations
Matt Gunn
Joined IV: 2020

Background: Studied law (specialising in Māori freshwater property rights). Head of Growth at Wellington open data startup Common Ledger.

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analyst
Bex Gidall
Joined IV: 2021

Background: Worked on my own and others’ startups since I was 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.

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Venture partner
Jo Wickham
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.

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COO
Scott Turner
Joined IV: 2016





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venture partner
Tom Furlong
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.

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Head of Marketing
Michaela Egbers
Joined IV: 2022

Background: Joined a notable Kiwi startup in 2015 while completing a Bachelor of Commerce at Auckland University and has been a marketer in the NZ startup space ever since.

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Analyst
Laila Grace
Joined IV: 2022

Background: Has a love for learning and a passion for supporting entrepreneurs in their journey. Currently studying Information Systems, Economics and Politics at Auckland University.

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Financial Controller
Seb McLarin
Joined IV: 2015


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CTO
Peter Thomson
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.

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Software Developer
Harry Fakir
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.

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Analyst
Nikita Deva
Joined IV: 2022

Background: Studying 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.

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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.

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