About Us. 


FreightFish Max Olson, Founder

Icehouse Ventures exists to back the world's bravest Kiwi founders, launching global companies from New Zealand. One startup can define a generation. Our mission is to back them. Icehouse Ventures backs brave. 

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Halter Craig Piggott, Founder

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Pyper Vision Emily Blythe, Founder

Icehouse Ventures backs


Icehouse Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm backing New Zealand's bravest founders. The group includes Ice Angels and ArcAngels investor networks, our active funds Tuhua, Eden, First Cut, and Flux, and a number of passive funds. We have collectively invested >$147m into 204 startups since 2001.

Icehouse Ventures was established with investment from Simplicity Kiwisaver, Jarden, Sir Stephen Tindall's K1W1, and The Icehouse with a commitment to continue backing New Zealand's bravest founders for decades to come.

We invest with a conscience. We don't invest in or make money from companies that cause harm. It's good for returns too. Read our Responsible Investment Policy

Our Group.

Ice Angels

Ice Angels is the largest and most active angel investment network in Australasia.

Ice Angels is a 200+ member network of entrepreneurs, executives and professional investors that collaborate to be the leading value-add investor to New Zealand's best startups and bravest founders. Ice Angels members collectively invest $10m+ per annum.


Tuhua aspires to give the bravest founders pursuing the boldest opportunities the tools for their hunt. Our thesis: investing earlier, more quickly, and with more capital than other investors will equip us to invest in the best. It's working. We've supported founders seen by no other funds or networks in NZ.

Tuhua is a fund that invests in New Zealand's leading startups.


Eden is the largest Chinese-led angel fund in NZ, specialised in early stage venture investments.

Eden is a Chinese-led angel fund founded on a long-term commitment to support  the New Zealand start-up ecosystem. Co-founded by Icehouse Ventures and backed by professional Chinese venture investors, Eden Ventures is aiming to empower New Zealand high-growth start-ups to tap into Chinese venture expertise and accelerate globally.


Flux is an accelerator like no other. The best founders work to their own timeline, they recruit the team they need, and define the milestones that will transform their trajectory. Flux invests significant capital, time, expertise and other resources to accelerate founders from where-ever they are today to their next major milestone.

Flux is Icehouse Ventures accelerator that exists for kiwi founders to take their startup to the next level.

First Cut is a fund that enables the success of young founders by supporting them with knowledge, connections and investment.

First Cut

First Cut believes that young-founders swing for the fences, don't take no for an answer, and make longer strides with fewer resources. We're backing them to go the farther and faster with our capital, networks, resources and a community aligned to seeing young-founders succeed.

Arc Angels

ArcAngels is a member-based angel investment organisation focused on building investor knowledge and dedicated to investing in early stage businesses that are led or managed by women across New Zealand. We believe that ArcAngels will empower women entrepreneurs, strengthen their competitiveness and maximise the success of New Zealand’s small business engine for greater economic growth in the long term.

Arc Angels is an angel network dedicated to investing in women led startups.