The Matū Strategy:
Integrate business and science with intelligent investment capital
We invest early in science and technology:
• We are the first to see opportunities
• We help create opportunity and get ideas investment-ready
We actively support our investments:
• We get involved to improve the likelihood of success
• We know how to win, investing with patience and conviction
Investing with Matū
Matū was established to fill a gap in early-stage deep science and technology financing in New Zealand. Our goal is to build a strong, diverse portfolio of technical, IP-rich assets. We invest both financial and intellectual capital, making our ability to contribute value to each investment a key requirement in our selection of portfolio companies.
Matū’s uniqueness comes not just from the sectors we focus on, but from the strong values we apply to the fund and the people within it. You can be sure that each investment is carefully selected through a robust due diligence process, and actively fostered to its fullest potential.
We are an Open (also known as Evergreen) Fund. This means that we raise capital on a regular basis, and will not be constrained by a fund cap or arbitrary time limits. It allows us to pursue investment opportunities to the optimal exit point, so that our investors can benefit from the full payoff at the right time. Our units are regularly re-priced to reflect the performance of the Portfolio.
Matū’s uniqueness comes not just from our sectors of focus, but from the strong values of our funds and team members.
But what is deep tech?
We look for:
Verified science/technology with defendable IP
Large global commercial potential to produce above average returns
Clear go-to-market pathway towards paying customers
Passionate inventors and founders
Opportunities for Matū to add value and support the company
Co-investment with known syndicate partners to reduce risk and extend networks
A connection to the Aotearoa New Zealand scientific and innovation ecosystem
What we bring to the table:
Our Investment Funds
Iramoe (neutron) provides a mechanism for retail investors to invest in the Matū whānau of funds, creating an opportunity for all people in Aotearoa New Zealand to support Matū. We hold regular capital raising and secondary trading auctions via the Catalist platform.
Karihi (nucleus) is our original pre-seed and seed-focused fund, working with start-ups at the earliest stages of their journey. As an open fund it raises capital over time and holds investments through to exit where possible, and therefore invests on a long timeframe.
Ngota (atom) is a Series A and Series B-focused fund, supporting start-ups from both the Matū portfolio and the rest of the science and deep tech ecosystem as they scale and target overseas markets. This is a series of closed funds that will provide financial and human capital to the best performers in this sector.
Only investors who qualify as wholesale investors under a Schedule 1 exclusion of the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 can invest directly in the Matū Karihi or Matū Ngota. Nothing on our website constitutes an Offer of Matū Karihi or Matū Ngota to retail investors.