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Episode 2 features Andy Hamilton, CEO of the Icehouse in New Zealand.

The Icehouse provides a variety of resources for startups, including mentorship programs, shared workspace, and education programs. In July, the Icehouse launched the Tahua fund with $10 million in commitments to invest in 25 Kiwi startups in the next three years.

In our conversation, we talk about the thesis behind the new Tahua Fund, the scrappy, No. 8 Wire mentality of Kiwis, New Zealand’s relationship with Silicon Valley, and the New Zealand IPO market.

We also discuss two of the Tahua Fund’s investments, both of which I think you’ll find fascinating. The first is Avertana, a company that creates raw materials out of industrial waste. And the second is Sunfed Meats, which is creating synthetic meats from plant protein.

Show notes -

The meaning of a “No. 8 wire mentality”

Great New Zealand Business Successes –

-          Fisher and Paykel Healthcare

-          Rocket Lab

-          LanzaTech

-          Weta Digital

-          Xero

Thesis behind the Tahua fund

Portfolio Companies:

-          Avertana

-          Sunfed Meats

Callaghan Innovation – government business grants for small business

Other Companies discussed:

-          Hamilton Creek

Crowd Funding in New Zealand

New Zealand’s relationship with Silicon Valley