Ecosystem

See what's happening in our community of innovators and ground-breakers.

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Roger Federer Has a Coach. Is That a Sign of Weakness?

Roger Federer has a coach. Is that a sign of weakness? I certainly don’t think so.
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'Good Business' with IdealCup Co-Founder Steph Fry

This is Part 1 of our Good Business series, where we interview Icehouse alumni on their business journey, what up-skilling means to them, and advice they would give to other Kiwi SME (Small and...
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James Dalglish: Driving Go Rentals to NZ Tourism Success

GO Rentals is New Zealand’s largest independent car rental operator, with branches located in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and most recently Dunedin.  Managing Director James...
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Press Release: Icehouse Ventures a huge leap forward for New Zealand entrepreneurs

New investment partners join The Icehouse to give massive boost to entrepreneurs and innovation
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Announcing Icehouse Ventures

| Some might wonder, what now?
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The Dilemma of Being a Non-Technical Founder in an All Tech World

At Blackball, we often meet founders with ideas for great new software products and I enjoy talking with them about how to develop and scale their platform as they take on the world.
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Why Small Businesses Need an Innovation Strategy

Interestingly over the years, the term "innovation strategy" may have been something for corporates or the ‘in’ or ‘cool’ companies. What small-to-medium sized business owners in New Zealand...
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Why Would You Ever Create a Startup? (The Odds Are Horrible …)

What causes a founder to start their business? What do supporters or wider members of the ecosystem say to these founders when they are starting?
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How to Create Commercial Value for Your Business: 10 Focus Areas

We business owners often get so buried in the day to day, that we forget the myriad of essential building blocks required to be kept in check, in order to create, build, maintain and ultimately sell a...
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Sustainable Success: IdealCup’s Path to Becoming a Market-Leading Kiwi Business

Steph Fry is the co-founder of IdealCup, a New Zealand-designed and made reusable cup, made in Wellington. IdealCup have been in business for just under 10 years and in that time, have collaborated...
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Customer Experiences: The Sustainable Competitive Edge

In the business world everyone is always looking for that extra something – the product or technology that will give them that competitive edge. But no matter what is found, sooner or later the...
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Champion New Zealander: A Tribute to Ian Elliott, 1946-2019

I first met Ian Elliott when he came on The Icehouse AGRI3 (agribusiness) programme. Immediately I knew we had someone who knew more than us all combined. We connected as two men, the same age within...
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7 Myths of Flexible Working, Busted

The demand for flexible working conditions is a growing trend in New Zealand, and with benefits linked to increased productivity and happier staff, it’s no wonder a growing number of start-ups and...
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Masters Plumbing: Mastering the Plumbing Business

Working as a travelling plumber in the Aussie mines gave Tim Masters the experience to manage large scale projects but it provided little guidance through the minefield that is owning your own...
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Asset Insurance Partners: Supporting Business Success

Stephen Doecke is the Owner and Insurance Director at Asset Insurance Partners, insurance and risk management providers based in Blenheim. Stephen’s company provide IQ-M (Intelligence Marlborough)...
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Don’t Break the Christmas Dinner Rule – How to Manage Conflict in a Family Business

Ten years ago a father decided to give 100% of his shares of the family business to his oldest son. He barely discussed this with his family and other children (a son and daughter) and after thinking...
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What Role Does IP Play in Business, and Why Should You Care?

Intellectual property (IP) is often the most valuable but least understood asset of a successful business. It belongs to a broader class of assets known as intangible assets which according to a 2015...
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The Icehouse: It’s a Lot Warmer Than It Sounds

“I saw something on Facebook and want to know how I can apply for some investment in my startup”
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