The Icehouse exists to help grow the engine room of the New Zealand economy - our SME businesses.
We do this by accelerating the capability development of its business owners and leaders throughout all industries, all across the country with our dedicated Kiwi business focused programmes, workshops and one-to-one advisory services.
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 including our founder The University of Auckland Business School.