powerHouse invests in early stage ventures. We invest utilising managed funds and co-investment. Our approach is to combine the professional management of a venture capital firm with business incubation, supported by the networks and expertise of our investor group. We source ventures from the leading generators of innovation – universities and research institutes – as well as the private sector.
As an active, hands-on investor, powerHouse concentrates primarily on Canterbury-based companies, providing capital and expertise to drive those early-stage businesses to become competitive internationally.
powerHouse works closely with entrepreneurs, researchers and investors to identify high growth opportunities and to fund, build and realise value. For investors, this means opportunities come screened, shaped and validated and there is the reassurance that powerHouse carefully guides and mentors the companies as they progress, both before and after investment. The management team and board have considerable experience in these areas and a track record of working with young, fast-moving companies.
powerHouse raises an investment fund every year. Each fund targets six investments, typically in the range of $100,000 to $1,000,000. powerHouse also manages The Christchurch Fund, a regional development portfolio.