Matū (noun): material, matter (science), substance
Our Fund is privileged to have been gifted a te reo Māori name by Eru George, a highly respected kaumātua of Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Ngāti Kearoa Ngāti Tuara. We asked Eru to provide 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.
Our values are expressed through our policy documents. These include our Ethical Investment Policy and Whakatipu Tāngata (Capability Development) Policy. We nurture our people, we do the right thing, and we aim to make the world a better place.