Kiwi alt protein startup Jooules chows down on NZ$1 million Seed raise

- May 17, 2024 2 MIN READ

New Zealand fermented proteins startup Jooules has raised NZ$1 million (A$920k) from local accelerator and investor Sprout Agritech. Jooules is among eight NZ$1m investments Sprout has made, with additional funding from partners US-based Finistere Ventures, dairy firm Fonterra and venture builder OurCrowd, as well as the Callaghan Innovation’s Deep Tech Incubator program. Other recent NZ$1m… Read more »

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Kiwi agritech Metrovate plants NZ$1 million Seed raise

- May 16, 2024 2 MIN READ

New Zealand agritech startup Metrovate has raised NZ$1 million (A$920k) to develop its precision plant growth “biostimulant”. The investment was made by early-stage accelerator and commercialisation firm Sprout Agritech with support from its investment partners, US-based Finistere Ventures, Kiwi dairy giant Fonterra and venture builder OurCrowd, as well as the Te Pokapū Auaha Callaghan Innovation’s… Read more »

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Kiwi sea crimes startup Starboard Maritime Intelligence floats $4.6 million seed funding round

- April 4, 2024 2 MIN READ

A New Zealand data analytics startup using machine learning to detect suspicious activity by vessels at sea has raised a NZ$5 million (A$4.6m) in a Seed round. The round for Starboard Maritime Intelligence was led by Kiwi VC Altered Capital, supported by Icehouse Ventures, Invest South, Soul Capital, and Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation, as well as marine-focused… Read more »

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New Zealand is getting an hydrofoiling electric ferry

- March 14, 2024 2 MIN READ

A New Zealand lake will be home to the world’s first electric hydrofoiling ferry, used to transport workers to a hydro power station.  The Swedish-made Candela P-12 electric hydrofoil ferry will offer daily transport for workers at Manapōuri Power Station, Aotearoa’s largest hydro plant, on World Heritage-listed Lake Manapōuri, voted the country’s most beautiful lake. The… Read more »

Marama Labs cofounders Dr Brendan Darby, Dr Matthias Meyer and Professor Eric Le Ru.

Kiwi wine analysis startup skols $2.85 million Seed raise

- January 31, 2024 2 MIN READ

New Zealand wine analysis startup Marama Labs has raised €1.75m (A$2.85m) in Seed funding to expand its global footprint.  The round was led by European agritech VC The Yield Lab, supported by New Zealand Growth Capital Partners, Icehouse Ventures, Quidnet Ventures, DeepIE, Radar Ventures, NZVC, and Kiwi angel groups, plus high-net-worth’s from Ireland and Germany.… Read more »


Kiwi product development insights platform Ideally lands $2 million Seed round

- January 8, 2024 2 MIN READ

New Zealand customer insights innovation platform Ideally has raised $2 million in a Seed round as it looks to expand its presence in the Australian market. Auckland VC Icehouse Ventures backed Ideally, which emerged from TRA Labs and Previously Unavailable – the partnership behind brand tracking phenomenon Tracksuit. Ideally’s self-service platform tests product-market fit, delivering… Read more »


Kiwi VC Icehouse Ventures raises $10 million

- November 30, 2023 2 MIN READ

New Zealand’s most active venture capital firm Icehouse Ventures, says it has “VCed itself” after raising NZ$10 million (A$9.3m) in equity capital. The raise was supported by business leaders and family offices across Aotearoa, as well as Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, and the US. Icehouse’s backers are a who’s who… Read more »


Blackbird doubles down on Kiwi healthtech Carepatron in $6 million Seed round

- November 27, 2023 2 MIN READ

New Zealand healthtech startup Carepatron has raised A$6 million in a Seed round co-led by existing backer Blackbird Ventures and US-based TQ Ventures: Carepatron, launched in late 2021 by David Pene and Jamie Frew. It practice management software helps healthcare practitioners deal with administration, cutting the time spent dealing with it by around 8 hours… Read more »

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New Zealand startup founders are coming to SXSW Sydney – here’s what to expect

- October 5, 2023 3 MIN READ

As anticipation for SXSW Sydney builds, all eyes are on the vibrant lineup of innovators, entrepreneurs, and creatives set to grace the event. Described as a ‘premier destination for discovery’, SXSW which offers a unique blend of music, film, entrepreneurship and innovation, is for the first time being hosted by Sydney. Among the trailblazers, the… Read more »

Simfuni cofounders Damon O'Neill and Shaun Quincey

Kiwi insurtech Simfuni banks NZ$2.8 million in Series A

- July 20, 2023 2 MIN READ

Auckland-based insurance premium payments platform Simfuni has raised NZ$2.8 million in a Series A to save brokers time and money.  The round was led by Kiwi VC funds Icehouse Ventures and GD1, with support from K1W1 and NZVC. The insurtech platform integrates with any insurer, broker group or premium funder’s quoting and invoicing software in… Read more »

Upstock directors Duncan Ritchie, Matt Watson and Philip Fierlinger.

Xero cofounder’s hospitality B2B marketplace hits Australia after $5.5 million raise

- June 30, 2023 2 MIN READ

A Kiwi B2B marketplace for the hospitality and food service industry developed by a cofounder Xero has crossed the ditch to Australia after raising NZ$6 million (A$5.5m). Upstock is the brainchild of Duncan Ritchie and Philip Fierlinger, who was part of the 2006 founding team of ASX-listed accounting platform Xero. The raise was backed by Icehouse… Read more »