About Us

We believe in the extraordinary potential of New Zealand business owners and entrepreneurs. We enable their success through knowledge, connection and investment.

New Zealand is a country of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). The Icehouse was founded in 2001 in recognition of the importance of this sector to the NZ economy. We’re committed to creating a high performing New Zealand economy where ideas and businesses thrive. We believe that to unleash the economic potential, we need to lift the capabilities and aspirations of owners, entrepreneurs and people who run startup and SME businesses to enable them to take the business forward.

Since 2001, we have worked with over 5,000 ambitious owner-managers and entrepreneurs. On average our established businesses grow revenue by 12% every year, meaning they grow 2.5x faster than the average NZ business. Our startups have collectively created over 900 jobs, raised more than $117m in funding and have generated over $325m in revenue.

The Icehouse is owned by a not-for-profit trust (The ICE Foundation) and backed by the financial support and expertise of the New Zealand government and an extensive group of committed partners that includes: Bank of New Zealand, Callaghan Innovation, Xero, Vodafone, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and our founder The University of Auckland Business School.



A thriving New Zealand driven by entrepreneurs and business owners.


To enable New Zealand businesses and business people to be successful.

What we do

We help customers find their business success and to reach their potential.


We focus on startups and established owner managed firms in New Zealand.


This is where it all started! Since 2001, we’ve been working with business owners to take their established business to the next level. From topic specific workshops to transformative business development programmes and customised business coaching, we will provide you with the skills, clarity and support to achieve your goals.


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Having worked with hundreds of startups for over 12 years, we know what it takes to transform ideas into successful businesses. From getting new ideas off the ground and validating ideas and markets to securing investment for international growth of your business, we can help you get there faster.


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Join us and our community in our amazing, newly renovated Co-Working Space in Parnell, Auckland. Our beautiful and functional office is bathed in natural light giving it a wonderful open and airy environment for businesses, startups and independents to work and collaborate in as they grow their businesses.


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You can find us here:

The Textile Centre

Level 4

125 Saint Georges Bay Rd

Parnell, Auckland

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