Startup investment trends in NZ shifting towards deep tech

The latest AANZ / NZGCP / PwC start-up investment report not only shows the highest level of early-stage investment ever in the NZ ecosystem (with over $250M invested in 2021), but also that early stage investors are “increasingly focused on Deep Tech, which received 41% of total startup investment, across 33% of deals.” This was more than the amount invested in “software and services” (38% of total startup investment), and is a trend that we think will continue over the next few years as investors emphasise the importance of impact alongside financial returns. The report also includes a couple of stories about investing to combat climate change, supporting sustainability, and “turning waste into gold” – themes that many of our portfolio companies are also targeted towards.

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