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The ICEHOUSE is a development factory of owner-managers and entrepreneurs who will shape the future of New Zealand’s economy. We provide business growth programmes for SMEs; a business incubator for start-ups; and New Zealand’s largest group of Angel Investors. The ICEHOUSE was established in 2001 in recognition of the importance of SMEs to the New Zealand economy.
We’re taking responsibility for delivering 1,000 of the 3,000 firms needed to get New Zealand into the top half of the OECD by 2020. We work with a range of SMEs, from start-ups to established multi-million dollar enterprises.
The energy and commitment of David Irving, Bridget Liddell, Barry Spicer and Geoff Whitcher to bring The ICEHOUSE into being. Backed by the financial support and expertise of BNZ, HP, Microsoft, Telecom, Boston Consulting Group, Chapman Tripp, Carter Holt Harvey and Deloitte.
BNZ hand-picks 18 of their customers to attend the very first Owner Manager Programme.
The ICEHOUSE joins forces with BNZ, the University of Auckland Business School, Melbourne University and National Australia Bank to launch a specialist ICEHOUSE Owner Manager Programme for agribusiness owners.
The ICEHOUSE founds the ICE Angels, Australasia’s largest angel investment network.
Greg Cross becomes chairman of The ICEHOUSE in March, taking over from David Irving, who retired after being co-founder and chairman.
The ICEHOUSE wins the Vero Excellence in Business Support education provider award, based on the international Baldrige Criteria.
The ICEHOUSE League is set up as an exclusive business owners’ club that gives direct and ongoing access to ICEHOUSE knowledge, tools and contacts.
The ICEHOUSE named one of the Top 10 Technology Incubators of the World by Forbes magazine.
The ICEHOUSE celebrates its 10 year anniversary with a number of successful activities; ICE Ideas, IMPACT Magazine publication, special edition of Unlimited Magazine.
The ICEHOUSE announced as co-winner of the Best Internationally Connected Incubator at the 10th Annual Incubation Conference & Awards of the Technopolicy Network held in Auckland.
Since 2001 The ICEHOUSE has worked with over 3,500 ambitious owner managers – from start-ups, to established multi-million dollar companies. This has helped raise over $50million in capital, accelerating business growth and driving wealth creation.
Our vision – To be the place that turns entrepreneurial companies into international successes.
Our mission – Get alongside people who want to transform their companies, growing both their talent and our country’s prosperity.
Andrew Hamilton is the founding CEO of The ICEHOUSE and was lucky enough to join the team as Employee Number One back in 2001. He is a director of BigLittleBang which creates a virtual world for 6-9 year olds to socialise and learn about music. BigLittleBang is an alumni of The ICEHOUSE and also an investee of ICE Angels.
Andy is also a councilor on the Japan-New Zealand Business Council. Andrew has been Chair of Incubators New Zealand and Angel Association New Zealand. In addition to this he is a board member of ICE Angels and the Pacific Angel Business Network for angel networks out of Asia. Before joining The ICEHOUSE Andy was a lawyer, PA, sales and marketer, and corporate VC.
Samantha has worked for the ICEHOUSE for the last three years, starting as executive assistant to the management team, before moving into managing operations. Sam now manages The ICEHOUSE partners; BNZ, NZTE, HP, University of Auckland Business School, Gen-i, Telecom and ATEED and supporters Microsoft, JBWere, KPMG, Grafton Consulting, and AJ Park.
She’s worked in both the financial services and event management industries from New Zealand to the United Kingdom. She loves to organise, execute and connect with people passionate about turning entrepreneurial companies into international successes. Samantha studied in both Otago and at the University of Auckland completing a BSc majoring in Psychology and Pharmacology.
Nick Egerton joined The ICEHOUSE as Incubator Manager in July 2010. He’s responsible for the day-to-day operation of the ICE Accelerator and ensuring the residents’ journey is a positive and rewarding experience.
Nick has extensive commercial qualifications and studied management both in New Zealand and the USA. Nick has held company directorships and committee memberships in multiple technology based companies and not-for- profit organisations.Prior to The ICEHOUSE, Nick worked in general management and leadership positions in New Zealand and overseas.He focussed on customer service, business start-ups, change management, business efficiency and performance optimisation.
Ken Erskine has extensive sales and marketing experience working with a spectrum of organisations ranging from local start ups, to global multinationals. With over fifteen years of IT sales and marketing experience in New Zealand and Europe, Ken has held senior management/leadership roles at Hewlett Packard and Compaq.
He was also involved in the initial sponsorship of The ICEHOUSE. More recently, Ken has been working with local technology companies including IPFX (NZ based Unified Communications software developer) where he was responsible for worldwide marketing, channels and vendor partnerships for the past three years. He is also an active member of the Ice Angels network investing in Nexus 6, Biomatters and Optima Corporation.
Charlotte joined The ICEHOUSE in September 2011. Having completed a certificate in advanced culinary arts from Auckland University of Technology, she spent two years working for Eyeworks Television, the Living Channel and Food TV.
Working a variety of roles in a fast pace environment groomed Charlotte to take control of any situation. With her media experience, Charlotte proved to be a key asset to Rockstock- the Stone Paper company, a small start-up business where she worked on a short-term contract to get them noticed in their field. At The ICEHOUSE, Charlotte provides support to the ICE Bridge and ICE Accelerator teams.
Raewyn Goodwin is Relationship Manager for The ICEHOUSE. She manages all aspects of the administrative process for these programmes. Raewyn maintains the relationships with participants prior to and during the programme as well as post programme with the organisation of alumni events.
She also acts as Location Manager for all courses in NZ and Australia. Raewyn comes from a training and development background, having worked for Franklin Covey (author ofThe Seven Habits of Highly Effective People ) as well as a number of years with The NZ Institute of Management. She holds a PGDipBus in Marketing.
ICEHOUSE CFO Roger’s career has included senior line accounting positions in distribution, hotels and process manufacturing industries followed by a number of years in consulting roles. Roger assisted organisations to undertake strategic reassessments of their business objectives in light of changing market circumstance.
His consulting experience spanned all major business process activity areas including operations and supply chain, management and support processes. More recently, Roger has provided strategic, business and financial advice as leader of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneurial and Growth Markets Group and its Transaction Advisory service line in New Zealand.
Roger continues to offer ideas, insights and practical advice to high-potential New Zealand businesses.
Dharmesh completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting from Auckland University in 2006. Dharmesh has previously worked at KPMG Auckland within the Audit Division progressing to Senior Audit Supervisor.
Most recently he has gained experience working in London within the Finance Industry before joining the Icehouse in late 2011. As Financial Controller, he is responsible for overseeing the daily financial transactions of the company and delivering company-wide reporting and analysis to improve business performance.
Robbie joined The ICEHOUSE in 2008 after relocating from the east coast of the US. As Funding Manager, Robbie manages the ICE Angels and the $4M Entrepreneurs’ Challenge. Robbie is the first point of contact for start-ups seeking angel investment and for investors seeking investment opportunities.
As manager of the ICE Angels, Robbie has enabled investment of $6.8M into 15 companies over 30 rounds. Robbie has trained under US Angel Capital Association Hans Serveriens Award Winner Bill Payne, US ACA Director Dan Rosen, and the US Angel Resource Institute Chairman Michael Cain. He is an Associate Council member of the Angel Association of New Zealand and a modest investor in Booktrack and 1Above.
Robbie graduated from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington in 2008 with a degree in Business Development and Entrepreneurship. At UNC-W, Robbie held internships with a local angel investment network and a boutique private equity firm.
Kristen oversees marketing and communications strategy and execution. Before joining The ICEHOUSE, Kristen worked for Kiwi success story Springfree Trampoline. She performed a variety of marketing roles overseas, most recently as the head of Global Marketing. She has a strong focus on integrated strategy, PR, branding, digital, and creative development.
Working in offshore markets including USA, Canada, UK, Europe and Australia, Kristen brings an international marketing perspective, and a commitment to seeking cut-through by embracing new media initiatives. Kristen graduated with a Bachelor of Broadcast Communications in Journalism from the New Zealand Broadcasting School in 2004, before making the move to PR and later marketing.
Having completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Tourism Management, Mariko worked for various travel companies in the UK, specialising in the administration and operations side of the industry. On moving to New Zealand she joined The ICEHOUSE and is now responsible for operations and technology side of the business.
Nina joined The ICEHOUSE in December 2011, having returned to NZ after a year abroad. Nina attained her Real Estate License in 2006 and since then, has also made a name for herself in the Media and Advertising industries. Nina is a people person and very customer focused. There is nothing she enjoys more than watching her clients succeed and achieve their business goals.
After gaining a degree from Lincoln University in Resource Studies, Mike worked in London for Bank of America and Deutsche Bank in Emerging Markets and European Equities. He returned from overseas in 2000 and was the Owner-Manager of Artmount NZ Ltd for the next 7 years.
Artmount is New Zealand’s leading Mounting and Laminating Company with work being displayed throughout New Zealand and around the world. Throughout this period Mike was Managing Director and obtained first-hand knowledge of the daily hurdles, a Small-to-Medium business owner faces.
Tracey Thomson joined The ICEHOUSE and the ICE Angels in June 2010 to support the Start-Ups Director with a focus on ICE Angels. Tracey is responsible for managing and improving ICE Angels processes and tasks to enable more efficient operation, along with improved business performance.
Overseeing the completion and filing of investment documentation for ICE Angels investments. Tracey leads the creation and development of ICE Angels membership communications including the ICE Angels monthly newsletter and ensures ICE Angels Investment evenings and follow-up meetings run effectively.Tracey completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing from The University of Auckland. Prior to joining The ICEHOUSE, Tracey worked for a magazine publisher as business development manager. Tracey’s currently studying part time towards a Graduate Diploma in Commerce majoring in Commercial Law at The University of Auckland. Tracey has a background of leadership roles on various student clubs and associations and is currently Secretary of the Auckland University Hockey Club.
Liz is responsible for leading the Growth business, which includes the business growth programs, networks and services focused on adding capability to grow established SMEs. She is also responsible for the alumni and int’l activities of The ICEHOUSE.
Liz is a Director of Grafton Consulting Group and has extensive experience in the provision of consulting services to clients including facilitation, organisation design and structure, training, role and competency profiling, performance management, capability needs analysis, management coaching, and change management.
Liz has spent most of her career contributing to the success of organisations through working with them to develop their most important asset – people. She was Manager, Human Resources Consulting for TMP Worldwide (formerly Morgan & Banks Group) in Auckland. Prior to joining TMP Worldwide, Liz was Director, Training and Development for the New Zealand Institute of Management. In this role she had overall responsibility for NZIM Auckland’s executive development, public programmes, customised training and consultancy services and the effective planning and management of international speaker seminars. She also served as Acting General Manager for NZIM for a 4 month period.
Liz joined NZIM shortly after arriving in New Zealand. Originally from New York City, she spent her career working for Columbia University Graduate School. Liz holds a B.A. in Psychology and Business from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania.
Ko Te Uri o Hina me Kanihi-Umutahi ngā hapū,
Ko Te Rarawa me Ngāti Ruanui ngā iwi.
Shay joined The ICEHOUSE in 2010, gaining experience in interviewing ICEHOUSE alumni and writing their business growth stories. Shay runs the Māori business development unit, developing relationships with Māori entrepreneurs, iwi, and Māori organisations.
His role involves overseeing start-up support, developing growth programmes for Māori senior leaders and iwi enterprise managers, and building partnerships within the Māori economy. “Nurturing the aspirations, potential and capability of our people will help our Māori enterprises to prosper, and the Māori culture to grow.”
Shay comes from the centre of the universe – growing up in the rural Far North near Kaitaia. While studying Commerce and Law at The University of Auckland, Shay was involved in Māori student organisations and mentoring high school students. Shay is passionately involved in developing New Zealand’s future prosperity. He is on the Board of Trustees of Teach First NZ and on the Advisory Board of the NZ-U.S Council.
Amy completed a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Public Relations from Auckland University of Technology. Amy joins The ICEHOUSE after completing a four-year stint at PR agency Pead PR where she was an account manager.
Amy is responsible for marketing support and website communications for Owner-Managed and League teams.
Lisa joined The ICEHOUSE as Start-up Marketing and Communication Executive. After completing her Master in Commerce from the University of Auckland she spent two years working in marketing for a software distribution company. Lisa has also been involved in several start-up projects including two that worked with The ICEHOUSE. She will leverage her marketing and start-up experience to provide marketing support for the ICE Accelerator programme.
Lillian joined The ICEHOUSE in November 2011 as a Project Manager on the ICE Accelerator team. She help facilitate business development progress of start-up ventures in the incubation programme as well as looking after communication with The ICEHOUSE pool of Executives-in-Residence.
Prior to joining, Lillian completed her Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Auckland (Liggins Institute) and is currently pursuing a Master of Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Auckland Business School. During her science studies, she served as the CEO of Chiasma, a professional student-run organisation with the goals of linking bioscience students with the biotech industry and creating business-savvy scientists. In that year, she shared her enthusiasm for business and science and initiated a ‘science commercialisation’ workshop, which is now held annually. Lillian was also part of a team with a web bio-research tool business idea that won a Spark Ideas Challenge prize in 2010.
Mark joined the ICEHOUSE in August 2010 as a project manager after working for Fletcher Construction as a graduate engineer. After a year in the Project Manager role, Mark moved into the newly created position of market validation executive. This position sees him working closely with ICEHOUSE residents to ensure they qualify their opportunity with the market before investing considerable time and money.
In addition to managing the market validation activity of the ICEHOUSE he is also responsible for the International Entrepreneur in Residence Programme and other key projects.
Mark graduated from the University of Auckland with Mechanical Engineering degree and a Commerce degree majoring in Management and Finance. During his studies he spent time at the University of Washington where he took courses in Entrepreneurship.
Jordan joined The ICEHOUSE as a Project manager on the start-up team in December 2011 after completing a BCom/BSc conjoint degree at the University of Auckland. He works closely with start-ups to help facilitate their journey and growth throughout their time at The ICEHOUSE as well as planning and coordinating various start-up workshops and events.
Jordan joined The ICEHOUSE as a Project manager on the start-up team in December 2011 after completing a BCom/BSc conjoint degree at the University of Auckland. He works closely with start-ups to help facilitate their journey and growth throughout their time at The ICEHOUSE as well as planning and coordinating various start-up workshops and events
Kevin joined The ICEHOUSE after successfully leading the Challenges team for Spark – The University of Auckland’s Entrepreneurship challenge.
Kevin drove the wider Auckland Start-Up community to get involved with SPARK, which resulted in the highest quality of teams and ideas the competition has ever seen. He recently graduated with a BSc in Biomedical Sciences and plans to create a solid foundation at The ICEHOUSE before launching his next start-up venture.
Lisbeth’s background includes a career at Bekaert (global company in metals and coatings) from R&D Manager China, Global Recruitment & Selection Manager, Corporate Technology Manager and originally a PhD Materials Engineering, University of Auckland.
The ICEHOUSE has a goal to enable 1000 Internationally Capable, Competitive and Successful organisations by 2020. We are working hard at defining clearly what this actually means, and have just appointed Lisbeth Jacobs to join The ICEHOUSE as Director, International to do this.
This work will be in partnership with the University of Auckland Business School – it is a major project for The ICEHOUSE going forward as we strive to enable those 1000 internationally, capable, competitive and successful organisations!
Fiona Copland is the Executive Assistant to Andy Hamilton. Having worked as a Production Co-ordinator on some of New Zealand’s favourite television shows for many years, the switch to assisting The ICEHOUSE CEO was a logical one for her.
The fast paced environment of the world of TV has given her the skills to organise one of the ICEHOUSE’s busiest people.
Jung joined The ICEHOUSE in September 2012 and brings with him more than 5 years experience dealing with SMEs.
Jung’s previous experience includes assisting businesses with shipping and courier services, commercial insurance and more recently advertising and media solutions.
Jung boasts a Diploma in business, experience running his own franchise and over five years sales experience.
He’s keen to learn about your business and share some info about our services.
Amanda joined The ICEHOUSE in November 2012 to develop an Investment Ready programme for start-up and small businesses. Investment Ready aims to help businesses prepare for and secure new funding.
Amanda has 10 years investment and professional advisory experience in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Most recently, Amanda worked as an Investment Manager for an active growth equity fund in the UK, and has extensive valuation, strategy, corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions experience including with PricewaterhouseCoopers and ABN Amro. Amanda is also working to establish a luxury tourism start-up in New Zealand.
Michaela is the Regional Manager of ICEHOUSE Hawke’s Bay. Michaela helped to establish The ICEHOUSE in Hawke’s Bay through her involvement with the economic development agency, Business Hawke’s Bay.
Michaela has worked for a number of international corporates including Blue Star Group, GWA Group Ltd and Staples. She has successfully managed distribution and manufacturing businesses and has held a number of senior and general management positions.
Michaela is passionate about revitalising regional businesses and she is highly motivated to provide the support required for owner managers to recognise their potential, clarify their business strategy and improve their capability and performance and that of their staff.
Published March 5, 2012 at 10:03 pm - No Comments Anthony joined the BNZ in November 2009 as Director – Business & Corporate, responsible for leading the Bank’s Partners Division, including Banking, Markets, Private Banking, Property and Agribusiness. Anthony brings a breadth and depth of experience across banking and financial services in senior executive and director-level roles in an 18-year career that has spanned New Zealand, Australia, Asia and the Middle East. As a career banker, Anthony has spent the last 18 years with the ANZ ... Read More
Published June 22, 2012 at 8:55 am - No Comments Bernie Crosby, founder of Prolife Foods is a success story of The ICEHOUSE Owner Manager Programme. Establishing well-known New Zealand brands, Alison’s Pantry, Mother Earth and Value Pack, Bernie started the business in his garage 27 years ago and has grown the Waikato based company to well over $100 million. In 2009 Bernie was awarded an Honorary Bachelor of Business Studies from the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) recognising Bernie’s distinguished contribution to the Waika ... Read More
Published March 5, 2012 at 10:05 pm - No Comments Chris Quin, CEO of Gen-i Australasia, is responsible for delivering converged technology and telecommunications solutions to Gen-i’s corporate, government and business clients across New Zealand and Australia. Chris is a founding partner and mentor for the Omega programme, which assists skilled immigrants, and is an active participant in Microsoft and Hewlett Packard’s APAC advisory boards. Chris was awarded an Emerging Leadership Award at the 2010 Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards for his l ... Read More
Published June 22, 2012 at 8:26 am - No Comments An avid technology entrepreneur based in Boulder Colorado, Claudia Batten was part of the founding team of technology venture Massive Inc. which sold to Microsoft Corp. in 2006. Having carved out a successful career in the U.S, Claudia then co-founded advertising agency Victors & Spoils – the world’s first agency built on crowdsourcing. V&S was acquired by French holding company Havas in April 2012. She is rumoured to be starting her next entrepreneurial venture in the U. ... Read More
Published March 6, 2012 at 8:24 am - No Comments Dr Sean Simpson is chief scientific officer and co-founder of LanzaTech, a company on the threshold of solving some of the biggest problems confronting the sustainable fuels industry today. From start-up to a multinational company, Lanzatech received numerous awards for its patented technology and recently attracted investments from Vinod Khosla, one of the world’s leading clean technology investors. Passionate about building world-changing technology, Sean has a wealth of experience as a ... Read More
Published March 5, 2012 at 10:07 pm - No Comments Greg Whittred holds a B.Com (Hons) degree from the University of Queensland, an M.Ec. degree from the University of Sydney and a PhD in accounting and finance from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Previous Professorial appointments include the Faculty of Commerce and Economics at the University of New South Wales, the Australian Graduate School of Management and the University of Sydney. Prior to taking up the position as the Dean of the Auckland Business School, he was the Foundation P ... Read More
Published March 5, 2012 at 10:05 pm - No Comments Peter is the Chief Executive Officer of Auckland UniServices Limited – a wholly owned company of The University of Auckland. Peter Lee graduated from Auckland University with a PhD in Chemical and Materials Engineering in 1975. Since then he has had extensive industrial experience in North America. Most recently Peter has been Vice President, Global Research and Development for an International Paper Company. This involved worldwide process and product development, including new ve ... Read More
Published February 22, 2012 at 8:22 am - No Comments Sally Synnott founded Pumpkin Patch in 1990 and is still a non-executive member of the board. Pumpkin Patch began after Sally identified a gap in the market for a specialised retail brand offering design-driven kidswear. Initially a mail order business, the retail business soon followed. An entrepreneur and board member of several non-profit organisations, Sally brings The ICEHOUSE board expertise across both industry and social sectors.
Published June 22, 2012 at 8:56 am - No Comments A pioneer of internet marketing, Tim Williams has recently returned to New Zealand from Japan. He has had an incredible career already, taking two companies public in Japan, and selling a major stake of ValueCommerce to Yahoo! Japan in 2006. Tim has been at the cutting edge of the dynamic field of internet marketing for more than a decade. Fluent in Japanese, he has been an adviser on Japan to the New Zealand government.