First Cut enables the success of young founders by supporting them with investment, knowledge and connections. We invest in aspiring entrepreneurs under 30 that are attempting to build iconic and globally impactful companies.
The Challenge is for every young founder no matter what stage of the journey you are at, to present your idea or startup for the opportunity to receive investment of up to $1 million from Icehouse Ventures.
First Cut is an initiative formed within Icehouse Ventures in 2015 to enable young entrepreneurs and their startups to thrive. We were, and remain, the only investor in New Zealand who exists solely to back young founders and provide the unique support they seek.
We understand the bravery and challenges of starting a company from an early age, share a close belief of not wanting to follow the norm and have the desire to build something that creates a positive impact to not only New Zealand but the world.
"As a first time entrepreneur, I've valued having a partner like Icehouse Ventures. They hosted me at their Showcase, supported me with FirstCut, led my $700k seed round, and helped me connect with key target customers."