The New Zealand Venture Investment Fund and Launch Taranaki, the New Plymouth-based angel investment fund, have formed a partnership to invest into start-up companies, primarily in Taranaki.
Launch Taranaki was formed last year. The angel group has over 20 members, and is chaired by Ian Frame, who previously ran Rangatira, a Wellington-based private equity fund, for over a decade. The government-owned NZVIF partners with angel groups and investors through its Seed Fund to co-invest into young startups.
Mr Frame said the partnership with NZVIF’s Seed Co-Investment Fund – or SCIF as it is known – will bring more investment into innovative companies in the Taranaki region.