The Icehouse Blog

Dubai Future Accelerators - Apply Now!

Dubai Future Accelerators is an intensive nine week program that has a focus on the identification and deployment of smart innovative companies that create new breakthrough solutions for leading...
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Reporting on your IP Status - A How-To Guide

Let’s set the scene: You’re the innovation manager for your company or you’re an entrepreneur. You’ve heavily invested both time and money into securing your intellectual property (IP). Your...
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Jack McQuire: 2017, a year of reading & learning

This blog post is written by Jack McQuire, Manager at ICE Angels. Originally written for friends and family in 2017, and shared amongst his Linkedin network.
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The ICE Foundation announces 2017 donations

The International Centre for Entrepreneurship (ICE) Foundation was established in 2001 for the purpose of advancing education to benefit the New Zealand economy and its communities.
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I'm investing in The Social Club. Here's why.

Inspired by others and in an effort to make ourselves more transparent in what we do, why we do it, and how we do it, Jack McQuire is committing to sharing his investment thesis on each new investment he makes personally.
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The Icehouse Annual Letter 2017

Drawing inspiration from organisations like Y-Combinator I wanted to write you a letter to put some context around what we do, why we do it, the results and why they matter.
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Impact Investing: Is it for you?

This blog post is by Dr Jamie Newth and Dr Deb Shepherd from Soul Capital. Soul Capital is an impact investment organisation that invests in social enterprises and social businesses in New Zealand and...
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China: Why? What? How can I play my part?

This blog post is by Sabrina Douglas-Jones from SDJ Consultancy who is a guest writer and business coach at The Icehouse. She talks extensively about the market in China, its challenges, opportunities...
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Building a customer-centric digital strategy

In September 2006, Hamish Nuttall launched Naked Bus

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Capitalising on the intellectual property in your business

An IP strategy allows you to understand, manage and capitalise on the IP in your business. It can also help you win more market share, secure higher prices or ensure lower costs than your competitors....
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Showcase 101 - The What's, Who's and Why's

We had an unprecedented number people through the doors at Viaduct Events Centre this year as we undertook the collossal task of hosting almost 700 for our annual showcase investment evening.
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Business starts on the streets

Solving a problem or addressing an opportunity; it’s what all businesses have in common. 
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4 signs it’s time to engage a business coach

Owning a business can be hard. You soon get used to conflicting priorities, managing day-to-day demands and working hard to get ahead. When things aren’t going so well, it’s easy to see where we...
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Reihana Manaena: My experience on the Owner Operator Programme

Hear from Reihana Manaena of Laser Electrical Napier, alumni of the Owner Operator Programme:
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Is your mindset holding your business back?

The business world is overwhelmed with videos, article and discussions talking about “innovation, and “disruption”. These have become buzzwords which are automatically attached to the latest...
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I Have A Dream Charitable Trust making a tangible difference for young Kiwis

The I Have A Dream Charitable Trust aims to inspire Kiwi kids growing up in material hardship to navigate their own path to academic and life success, and creating positive role models.
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Derek Young: Understanding your customers

We work with a wide variety of businesses at various stages of their life cycle. While many early stage businesses invest in market research and validation, sadly this is rarely the case for...
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Farro Fresh: The Growth Spurt Of The Niche Supermarket

When Janene Draper decided to go on the Owner Manager Programme she was already directing a team of 120 staff, was running two successful grocery stores and was about to open another in...
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Pic’s Peanut Butter appears on Chinese supermarket shelves

New Zealand made peanut butter brand Pic’s is now gracing the shelves of Chinese supermarkets.
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Innovation Process - Oops, I said the P word...

Written by David Stokes of Velox Innovation. 
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