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WNT Ventures

WNT Ventures is deeply invested in breakthrough New Zealand Innovation. We engage with founders at the earliest stage of their idea and provide tailored support for success on a global stage. Our specialty is Deep Tech and our network of local and international advisors and investors share a passion for technology founders and companies that will change the world for the better.

We are invested in identifying early-stage, science-anchored companies and propelling them forward to thrive on a global scale. For the last decade WNT has built strong relationships with founders and intellectual property owners in New Zealand, earning a reputation for fostering quality companies through trust and rapport. Often WNT is the first investor into Aotearoa’s deep tech startups.

Founded in Tauranga, New Zealand in 2014, servicing the length of the country, with physical offices in both the Bay of Plenty and Auckland, WNT Ventures has emerged as a dedicated deep tech investor. Our backing from prominent entrepreneurs, angel groups, and Bay of Plenty institutions further solidified our position in the ecosystem. Recognising our commitment to excellence, Callaghan Innovation selected WNT as one of three founding Technology Incubator partners in 2014. In 2020, WNT were the sole founding partner to secure a contract renewal through to 2027, reaffirming our status as a trusted and reliable partner.

We pride ourselves on our diverse team, encompassing individuals with varied backgrounds, experiences, and skill sets. Our team comprises founders, finance professionals, industrial design award winners, and experts in supply chain and logistics. Above all, our superpower is curiosity—an insatiable drive to explore. This curiosity fuels our dedication to deep tech, enabling us to deliver exceptional support to our portfolio companies.

At WNT Ventures, we offer more than just deep tech and venture capital expertise. We provide comprehensive assistance tailored to a founders specific needs. This could be by providing the $35,000 ‘pre-incubation’ grant supplied by Callaghan Innovation to get a company ready for a full investment. If a company is investment ready WNT can potentially invest NZ$1m of capital provided by the current WNT Fund, the WNT group of investors and, if applicable undiluted capital, through the Callaghan Innovation Technology Incubator Programme Repayable Loan. By partnering with us you not only access capital, you also gain access to a network of local and international resources, connections, and industry knowledge. We stand by your side throughout your entrepreneurial journey, from early development stages to achieving global prominence.

Working alongside visionary founders determined to disrupt industries, push boundaries, and leave a lasting impact, WNT Ventures is your ideal partner. Reach out to a WNT Investment Manager or schedule a casual chat through our monthly online WNT Office Hours and let us shape the future of deep technology together.

Contacts Areas of experience


Sector experience
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Medical Technology
  • Climate Tech
  • Commodity Recycling
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Aerospace
  • AgriTech
  • Automation
  • Sensing
  • Advanced Materials.
Sector expertise

Knowledge and specialisms

  • Capital Raising
  • Strategy
  • Market Validation
  • Intellectual Property Protection Strategy
  • Business Modelling and Planning
  • Financial Analysis
  • Market Analysis
  • Governance
  • Venture Capital
  • Negotiation.

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