Ngaio’s ethos is people first. She enjoys working closely with and supporting founders who are building a solution to global problem. Ngaio is dedicated to accelerating the commercialisation of deep-tech innovation that improves the way we live and our planet.
Ngaio has strong networks in the deep-tech innovation ecosystem through her various governance roles. Prior to starting Nuance, Ngaio managed the investment portfolio for Sir David Levene; she noticed Kiwi start-ups struggling to succeed offshore, to find beta customers and distribution partners around the globe. This is why Nuance was born, to connect Kiwi Entrepreneurs to the world.
Mitali has strong public and private sector experience in early-stage commercialisation, particularly deeptech. Most recently, Mitali led the $150M Technology Incubator Programme at Callaghan Innovation, where she oversaw deeptech commercialisation through a Government partnership with technology incubators. Previously Mitali led the establishment of the ArcAngels Fund while at Icehouse Ventures. Mitali is passionate about working with ventures that have strong social and environmental impact and is a staunch supporter of female entrepreneurship.
Our cornerstone investor Alvarium is a global multi-family office, co-investment partner, and merchant banking ecosystem providing tailored solutions for families, foundations and institutions across the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
Andrew Williams is Co-Chairman, Partner and Executive Board Member of Alvarium, an independent, global boutique that offers tailored investment solutions for families, foundations, institutions, and sovereigns. Globally, Alvarium has offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, supervising assets in excess of US$22 billion. Andrew is also Chair of The Prince’s Trust NZ, a charity committed to youth development in New Zealand.
Our cornerstone investor, Elevate, is a sovereign fund of fund program, investing directly into venture capital firms; aimed at filling the Series A and B capital gap for high growth NZ tech companies. The fund is managed by NZGCP.
Matthew is a financial and investment executive with deep financial strategy, fund management and M&A experience from NZ and overseas. Matthew has recently spent four years as the CFO of a NZ high-tech start-up where he provided financial and operational leadership, capital raising and shareholder/stakeholder management. Previously, Matthew spent his time working with early stage and private equity investments. His experience executing and managing investments, mergers and acquisitions and leading NZX public capital raises is an enormous asset for both the fund and our investment portfolio.
General Partner, Kleiner Perkins
Former CEO, Lucas Arts Entertainment
Dr Michelle Dickenson
Founder, Nanogirl Labs
Nanotechnologist and materials engineer
Co-Founder, Nuance Connected Capital
Co-Founder, Maloekoe Ventures
Ex Goldman Sachs
Edmund Hillary Fellow
Nathan Bryant - Taukiri
Tech recruitment leader
Growth strategist and advisor
Te hono ki pae.
Connections across horizons.
Irene is an experienced Venture Analyst who is passionate about deep tech ventures and its potential to impact the status quo. Mostly recently, Irene led investment screening and preparation at Sprout, New Zealand’s Agritech and Food Technology Incubator and Accelerator. Irene has an M.Sc in Forensic Science, and strong experience as an Analytical Chemist both domestically and internationally. With a background in science and a love for people, Irene is a fantastic fit into the small but growing team.
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Senior Investment Manager
Aaron is passionate about helping NZ companies use their deep-tech IP to transform global industries. He has years of experience in early-stage investments and has assisted with everything from early-stage company building, through scalable growth to exits. In his previous roles in UK VCs and NZTE Aaron invested in and advised deep-tech companies on their capital strategies and international growth plans. Aaron is an excellent asset for supporting the growth of Nuance’s portfolio companies. Aaron has a PhD in Chemistry from Victoria University and the MacDiarmid Institute of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.