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. Icehouse Ventures backs brave.
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ABOUT US

Our Story

Icehouse Ventures’ begun 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

Invested in: Mint Innovation, PowerbyProxi, Crimson, Halter, Ethique

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

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PARTNER
Jack McQuire
Joined IV: 2013

Invested in: Ask Nicely, Joyous, Genoapay, Sharesies, Pyper Vision, Tradify

Background: Joined as an intern and stuck around.

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partner
Barnaby Marshall
Joined IV: 2017

Invested in: Dawn Aerospace, First AML, Jasper, Narrative, Sea Change.

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

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PARTNER
Jason Wang
Joined IV: 2015

Invested in: Jettzy, LearnCoach, Nectar, Narrative, Ethique

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

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Associate
Lauren Fong
Joined IV: 2020

Invested in: VidApp, Organic Initiative (Oi), Jobloads, Junofem

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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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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Partner
Sam Martin
Joined IV: 2020

Invested in: HeartLab, Toku Eyes, Relay, Datagate, Yourcar, Inhibit Coatings

Background: Investment strategy and institutional investment. Studied: Japanese, Information Technology, Real Estate Investment.

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Marketing associate
Tiantian Sun
Joined IV: 2018

Invested in: Eden III , Citizen

Background: Passionate about helping kiwi companies  access and succeed in the Chinese market.

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CTO
Peter Thomson
Joined IV: 2019

Invested in: Jasper

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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PRINCIPAL
Mason Bleakley
Joined IV: 2017

Invested in: Chatterize, Feed My Furbaby, First AML

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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Head of operations
Matt Gunn
Joined IV: 2020

Invested in: Common Ledger, Payleadr

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

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venture partner
Tom Furlong
Joined IV: 2017

Invested in: Vidapp, Rocos, Helico Bio, Feed My Furbaby

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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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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