Founding Partners

Adrien Gheur

Adrien says: “I chose to partner with Ngaio thanks to her people-focused attitude, her extensive networks in New Zealand’s early-stage entrepreneurial circles, and her background in physics, deep tech, and innovation. As Chair of KiwiNet and with multiple exits under her belt, she is a savvy, experienced fund manager who is authentic and kind, and possesses a knack for knowing just what kind of support her founders need.”

Ngaio Merrick

Ngaio says: “I’m partnering with Adrien by virtue of his 20+ years leading venture capital, private equity and hedge funds in 8 different countries. As Co-founder of SE Asia-based Maloekoe Ventures, he brings comprehensive understanding of deal structuring and financial instruments, unique insights into local investment landscapes and cultural nuances, and a genuine passion for solving problems. He is thoughtful and highly perceptive - just what you want in a fund partner."

Investment Team

Mitali Purohit

Investment Manager

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.

Irene Hao

Investment Analyst

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. 



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

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.


Randy Komisar

  • General Partner, Kleiner Perkins
  • Co-founder, Claris 
  • Former CEO, Lucas Arts Entertainment

Dr Michelle Dickenson

  • Founder, Nanogirl Labs
  • Nanotechnologist and materials engineer
  • Scientific advisor

Nathan Bryant - Taukiri

  • Angel investor
  • Tech recruitment leader
  • Growth strategist and advisor

On Lee

  • CTO, GDP Venture 
  • CEO, GDP Labs
  • Microsoft engineer

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