First Cut Ventures exists to invest in and enable the success of high-potential, innovative and world changing kiwi youth and their startups. First Cut is managed by a team of university students, recent graduates and young entrepreneurs with support from Ice Angels. First Cut is New Zealand's only entity run by youth to invest in youth.
Since foundation in 2015, First Cut has raised their $500k fund and invested in eight ventures founded and led by entrepreneurs under the age of 30. Alongside our own fund, First Cut supports the investment process for Ice Angels and others by participating in due diligence, helping identify individuals to join boards post-investment, and introducing best practice from our portfolio and the portfolio of Ice Angels.
We engage high calibre university students and recent graduates in the entrepreneurial and investment eco-system. We conduct due diligence, make investment decisions and work with a wide range of investors and entrepreneurs.
We run the only angel fund in the world entirely student-led and focused on young founders. It gives high-impact young entrepreneurs an opportunity to take on investment and receive access to a world-class network of founders, investors and mentors.
We connect and support aspiring entrepreneurs to help launch their enterprising ideas. Our young founders are educated on the most current information and resources about pitching, angel investors and business development.