Matū (noun): material, matter (science), substance
Our Fund is privileged to have a te reo Māori name endorsed by Eru George, a highly respected kaumātua of Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Ngāti Kearoa Ngāti Tuara. We wanted a name that embodied and respected the mātauranga of young hi-tech companies. A literal translation is never entirely satisfactory, but we feel “of scientific matter and substance” describes our essence.
New Zealand has a highly productive and creative scientific community which produces a plethora of ideas and projects. With the help of energetic engineers, passionate entrepreneurs, and capital investment, these scientific concepts can quickly turn into successful start-ups. To grow successfully, these young companies require both financial capital, and intellectual capital in the form of strong, strategic, commercial governance, guidance, and management.
Matū has been created to address this growing need for early-stage capital investing in IP-rich science and technology start-ups.
Matū’s team of General Partners have a historical track record in successfully investing in and growing science and technology companies in complex and international markets through actively managing investments in a hands-on manner. Our vision is to create employment, commercial success, and wealth for New Zealanders from inventions originating within the scientific community.
Our team has extensive connections throughout the innovation and commercialisation ecosystem in New Zealand, allowing us to discover a diverse selection of investment opportunities at a very early stage. We know what’s needed to support value creation, and have the process and discipline to apply it. We approach fund management with a long-term view, to build something with integrity that will continue to yield benefits into the future.
We have developed our Fund Values to guide our decision making:
Guardianship // Kaitiaki: We make decisions that leave the world in a better place than before. We act in the long-term, intergenerationally building a fund that our grandchildren will be proud of.
Bravery // Māia: We demonstrate resilience and persistence through the tough times. We lead the way in building confidence towards science and deep tech as an asset class in the long-term.
Integrity // Pono: We act with professionalism and do the right thing. We show respect to everyone that we deal with.
Passion // Aroha: We are personally invested, not just for financial gain. We make decisions on more than just money alone.
These values help guide our policies. These include our Ethical Investment Policy and Whakatipu Tāngata (Capability Development) Policy.