NZ’s innovation ecosystem, in a snap shot…by Andy Hamilton

Someone asked me recently from Aussie, who / what were the players in the ecosystem to help startup and growing companies – so on the good ship @airnz on the way back from Sydney  I drafted up the imperfect list – apologies if I missed one, just DM me and then I will be more wiser!

·         Incubators & Commercialisation Centres

o   Auckland – UniServices (University of Auckland), BioTech Incubator (School of Biological Sciences, UOA), The ICEHOUSE, eCentre (Massey Uni), AUT Innovations, IdeaHQ (APN owned with Shane Bradley Grabone), Biz Dojo

o   Hamilton – Waikato Innovation Park, Soda Central (Creative Incubator), Waikato Link (University of Waikato)

o   Palmerston North – BioCommerce Centre

o   Wellington – Creative HQ, Biz Dojo, HyperStart (opening Feb2012)

o   Christchurch – Canterbury Innovation Incubator, Biz Dojo

o   Dunedin – UpStart Incubator, The Distiller (University of Otago), Otago Innovations (UofOtago)

·         Angel Networks

o   Auckland – Ice Angels

o   Tauranga – Enterprise Angels

o   Hamilton – Angel Link

o   Palmerston North – Manawatu Investment Groups

o   Wellington – Angel HQ

o   Nelson – Venture Accelerator

o   Christchurch – Powerhouse

o   Dunedin – Otago Angels

o   Wanaka – Upstart Angels

·         Seed Funds

o   Sparkbox – seed/poc venture fund

o   Powerhouse Seed Fund – $1m fund

o  Web Fund

o   Cure Kids Ventures – $8-12m fund, investing in child related disease prevention

o   Trans-Tasman Commercialisation Fund – $30m fund investing into Uni IP from 5 Universities across NZ (UniServices) and Australia

o   Breast Cancer Research Fund – $5m fund

o   Global from Day 1 Seed Fund – JV between Sparkbox and The ICEHOUSE, currently raising a $5m fund to invest at seed and proof of concept stage

o   MIG Fund 1 – $1m seed and angel investing, based out of Palmerston North

·         Venture Funds

o   Movac – first close at $31m recently – Phil McCaw, Dave Beard, Mark Vivian, Mark Stuart

o   Pan-Pacific Capital – fund 1 was called iGlobe VC, 2nd fund will be a partnership with Taiwanese investors

o   Pioneer Capital – fund 1 $75m venture and pe fund, believe they are in the process of raising another fund

o   BioPacific Ventures – biotech fund, with Invensys co-investor (harvesting period)

·         Private Equity Funds

o   Maui Capital – $200-225 Fund, Paul Chrystal, Brent Lawgun

o   Waterman Capital – $75m pe fund

o   Direct Capital – $275m fund, Ross George, Mark Hutton, Bill Kermode

·         Other

o   NZ Venture Investment Fund – Franceska Banga, CEO: venture fund of funds, $160m; seed co-investment fund, $40m

o   K1W1 – Stephen Tindall’s investment arm

o   Start-Up Weekend – running in Wellington and Auckland


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