Are you interested in how other business owners and entrepreneurs have overcome their greatest challenges, successfully launched and grown businesses and raised funding for their ventures? Then take a moment to read some of their stories below.





Gevir Premium Deer Velvet: Setting Up for Growth

The strategy that helped a local farming entrepreneur achieve his goals The owner of deer velvet company, Gevir Premium Deer Velvet, had a lot going on when he signed up to The Icehouse Agri Workshop in 2015. Josh Buckman is an entrepreneurial type. He owns and manages a number of different farming...

The Icehouse | 21/04/16

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Programme: Owner Operator Programme and Achieving Business Growth Workshop Name: Neil Ross Company: Avon Engineering (Gore) Year founded: 2005 Industry: Manufacturing Location: Southland Increase in FTEs: 60%

The Icehouse | 08/05/15


PitchMetrics: Enabling Success

Icehouse Programme: The Icehouse Incubation Programme, 2013 - 2014 Name: Justin Wright Role: Founder and CEO Company Name: PitchMetrics Year founded: 2013 Industry: Business Services and ICT / Computer (Hardware & Software) Website: Location: Auckland PitchMetrics is a cloud based sales enablement platform that help organisations have high impact, concise and insightful business development conversations with their...

The Icehouse | 02/02/15


Trinero: Expansion Drives Decision for Change

Name: Dan Fowlie & Abhinav Keswani Business: Trineo Industry: ICT / Computer (Hardware & Software) Location: Canterbury Programme: Achieving Business Growth, 2012 Check out their website. After expanding into Australia, Trineo directors, Dan Fowlie and Abhinav Keswani had to readjust their focus on the big picture of the business rather than day to day activities. In order to achieve some lofty goals they wanted...

The Icehouse | 08/01/15


Nappies Direct: The Business of Babies

Name: Kevin & Pia D'Ambrose Smith Business: Nappies Direct Industry: Retail Trade Location: Auckland Programme: Coaching, 2011 - 2013 Check out their website. When Kevin and Pia D’Ambros-Smith of Nappies Direct came to The Icehouse, their business was in good shape – but they knew it could be better. Their business had weathered the Global Financial Crisis and come through relatively unscathed....

The Icehouse | 24/12/14

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