Ben Gleisner

Kiwi carbon footprint fintech Cogo banks NZ$1 million

- June 22, 2023 2 MIN READ

New Zealand carbon footprint management fintech Cogo, which works with banks to help their customers measure and reduce their carbon impact, has raised NZ$1 million (A$910k) from existing impact investor Soul Capital. Soul’s NZ$20 million ‘Te Pae ki te Rangi’ Fund is focused on helping Kiwi startups with their global expansion.  Cogo currently operates in… Read more »

Steve Jobs

A Kiwi academic is trying to figure out what it means to have an ‘entrepreneurial mindset’

- June 19, 2023 2 MIN READ

The skills needed to thrive in an uncertain future are often thought to fall under the term “entrepreneurial mindset” but New Zealand researcher Darsel Keane has found that there’s little clarity about what an entrepreneurial mindset actually is. While the phrase is cited with increasing popularity in recent years, Keane, director of the Centre for… Read more »


A Kiwi virtual reality startup, oVRcome, which treats anxiety and phobias, is looking for Australian investors

- June 2, 2023 2 MIN READ

A New Zealand entrepreneur who developed virtual reality software to treat anxiety and phobias is heading to Australia as part of a bid to source additional funding to help further enhance his product.  oVRcome founder Adam Hutchinson, from Christchurch, will pitch to investors at the Digital Health Festival in Melbourne starting June 6. Funding will… Read more »

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Kiwi startup funding rose nearly 8% to NZ$726 million in 2022

- May 26, 2023 3 MIN READ

While startup funding globally fell last year, New Zealand venture capital investment was still on the rise, with NZ$726 million poured into 154 deals in 2022, according to the Technology Investment Network (TIN). The Technology Investment Report, launched in Auckland as part of Techweek 2023, covers funding Pre-Seed to Series C+, tracking record levels of funding… Read more »

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A Kiwi deep tech startup helping produce green hydrogen launches with NZ$2.5 million Seed round

- April 14, 2023 2 MIN READ

A New Zealand deep tech manufacturing startup helping produce cleaner hydrogen with fewer precious metals has raised NZ$2.5 million (A$2.3m) in a Seed round. Bspkl has developed a new, more sustainable way to produce catalyst coated membranes (CCMs) for the hydrogen industry. CCMs typically use platinum and iridium in solid membranes to maximise hydrogen production.… Read more »

Phase One Mahesh

Raising Kiwicorns – Canva OG turned VC investor Mahesh Muralidhar on how to build a New Zealand tech unicorn

- April 4, 2023 3 MIN READ

Three years ago, Kiwi entrepreneur Mahesh Muralidhar (an early leader at Canva, the COO at Simply Wall St. and a senior exec at Airtasker) announced that he’d returned to NZ with a bold vision: to produce 10 New Zealand technology unicorns (or ‘kiwicorns’) by 2026 through a brand-new incubator program. Phase One Ventures has had… Read more »


Kiwi agtech Halter plants NZ$85 million Series C for its cow collars

- March 31, 2023 < 1 MIN READ

New Zealand agtech startup, which developed a GPS-enabled solar collar that “guides” cows around pastures using sound and vibrations, has raised NZ$85 million (A$79.5m) in a Series C. The round was led by US VC Bessemer Venture Partners with existing backers Blackbird, Rocket Lab founder Peter Beck Kiwi VC Icehouse Ventures and DCVC. Mechanical engineer Craig… Read more »

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Food and drink

That’s nice deer: New Zealand researcher find the latest milk that’s ‘good for you’

- March 10, 2023 2 MIN READ

Move over cows, a clinical trial of older Kiwis drinking deer milk has found it’s good for their health. The New Zealand study, by Massey University and commissioned by the government-owned farming business Pāmu, found drinking the company’s deer milk improved the nutritional status, muscle mass and physical performance of women aged 65 and above.… Read more »

Kitea, Simon Malpas

Kiwi remote care medtech Kitea Health raises NZ$6 million for brain implant monitor

- March 9, 2023 2 MIN READ

A New Zealand medtech startup that’s developed a world’s first wireless brain monitor to remotely manage chronic illness has raised NZ$6 million (A$5.6m) to take the device to clinical trials. Kitea Health spun out of the University of Auckland Bioengineering Institute after developing the implantable long-term brain pressure sensor, which could save the healthcare system… Read more »

Tracksuit, Matt Herbert, Connor Archbold

Kiwi brand tracking startup Tracksuit bags $6.8 million Seed round

- February 13, 2023 2 MIN READ

New Zealand brand tracking startup Tracksuit has raised NZ$7.5 million (A$6.8m) in Seed round. The raise was led by Blackbird, which chipped in $3.6 million, supported by Kiwi VC Icehouse Ventures, Ascential, Shasta Ventures and veteran brand consultant Mark Ritson. Tracksuit helps companies measure and understand brand value via weekly global surveys to track consumer… Read more »

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Andrew Forrest backs Kiwi hydrogen tech startup Fabrum in NZ$23 million Series A

- February 8, 2023 2 MIN READ

New Zealand liquid hydrogen tech company Fabrum has raised NZ$23 million (A$21m) in a Series A The round was led by London VC AP Ventures, with participation from Dr Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Future Industries, Japan’s Obayashi Corporation and New Zealand VC K1W1. The Christchurch-based venture, founded in 2004, is considered a world leader in industrialised… Read more »

Nick Lissette

Kiwi tech acquisition company Blackpearl is the NZX’s only IPO for late 2022

- November 25, 2022 2 MIN READ

Kiwi tech company Blackpearl Group (BPG) will list on the New Zealand stock exchange next month – the only IPO for the NZX in the second half of 2022. Blackpearl builds, acquires, and markets data-driven cloud services involving productivity and demand generation applications for small and medium-sized businesses (SMB). Its proprietary data platform, the Pearl… Read more »