FNZC, Simplicity and K1W1 support Icehouse Ventures

It’s inspiring to see successful wealth management institutions support investment in early stage high growth ventures as they see the value for their investors.

Simplicity KiwiSaver has committed to investing $100 million over the next five years into New Zealand companies seeking expansion capital.

It will invest the money into funds managed by Icehouse Ventures, a new company to be launched in May, designed to accelerate the growth and development of Kiwi companies with global aspirations.

Icehouse Ventures will be co-owned between The Icehouse start-up accelerator, Sir Stephen Tindall’s investment company K1W1, Simplicity and investment banking firm FNZC.

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FACE VALUE: Rangatira Investment’s Phil Veal on investing in ‘beer, bacon and rollercoasters’

Private equity firm Rangatira Investments owns Tuatara Brewing, Hellers, and Rainbow’s End.

That makes Rangatira’s chief executive Phil Veal chief executive of “beer, bacon and rollercoasters”.

He started his career as an engineer. Now he’s a professional builder of companies who believes KiwiSavers should be given the chance to put more of their retirement savings into the medium-sized companies that are the engine of the economy.

Veal’s has been a career with few regrets. His biggest is not getting in on the groundfloor of Airbnb, which is now worth billions.

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