Andrew Hamilton has been CEO of business growth centre The Icehouse since it was founded back in 2001 to provide support and education to growing New Zealand businesses.
Since then The Icehouse has worked alongside over 2500 owner managers of successful New Zealand businesses and 70 start-up businesses and facilitated about $50 million in angel investment and start up funding to companies.
As part of his role, Andrew participates in a number of activities to assist building out New Zealand’s innovation system including:
• Chair of Angel Association New Zealand which was founded in 2008
• Board member of ANZATEC – the Australian New Zealand Technology Forum based in Silicon Valley, a group who is tasked with creating a better gateway for NZ and Australian technology companies to enter the US.
• Deputy Chair, the Auckland Metro Project which is focused on making the region a more innovative place
Prior to joining The Icehouse, Andrew was CEO and Director of Inventure, Fletcher Building’s venture capital arm which he established in 1998 and before that he did a range of different things from lawyer, to Executive Assistant, Retailer & Sales & Marketing Manager.