Icehouse Ventures Showcase

Nine showcases, 103 startups, 3,000-plus investors, and $40 million-plus invested — welcome to the Icehouse Ventures Showcase.

‘Supercharging New Zealand start-ups’ is the single and most important purpose of the Icehouse Ventures Showcase and it’s something that it does particularly well.


In an annual event held at New Zealand’s largest indoor arena, the showcase gathers together some of our highest-quality founders and enables them to tap into the expertise and resources of the country’s largest gathering of start-up investors.


“Obsessing over our founders is strategic. Our highest-quality founders can raise money from investors around the world. In order to secure the opportunity to invest in the leading start-ups, we must demonstrate we are an equivalently high-quality investor,” says Robbie Paul, CEO of Icehouse Ventures.


And it’s this insightful vision that attracted Lexus to be a key sponsor of the event for the past four years.


Lexus is a highly innovative brand with synergies that connect with innovators in New Zealand. They believe that great brands are created “when their value is greater than simply a combination of the products and services they offer”. Their mindset starts with a ‘Yet Philosophy’, which is their intellectual and passionate approach to solving complex problems. Where others see irreconcilable ideas, they see the possibility of pioneering breakthroughs.

In their own words: “Brave design will be as likely to provoke as it is to thrill. The exhilarating performance of our vehicles will do more than transport people quickly and safely, it will transport all the senses. Imaginative technology will not only provide genuine, functional value, it will also be visionary and ingenious. Finally, the human touch and meticulous skill of our Takumi craftsmanship will be the artistic signature of our brand.”


Today, Lexus’s reputation for design and performance is growing, but according to them, it is the combination of being visionary, original, and exciting (VOE) that will shape their positioning and enable them to grow, and “this will remain our roadmap for years to come”.


“After another successful event we felt proud that Lexus was able to play a part in showcasing the successful young New Zealand entrepreneurs, all wanting to take their businesses to the world. We find the association with this talent and the ICE Angel investment community not only inspiring but also a perfect fit as we share a common desire to see New Zealand businesses grow,“ says Andrew Davis, general manager marketing, Lexus New Zealand.


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