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Tuesday, 22 December 2020 16:50

BNZ teams with OurCrowd for investment opportunities


Venture investment platform OurCrowd and Bank of New Zealand are collaborating to provide the bank's customers with direct access to invest in OurCrowd companies and venture funds.

"We're excited about this first of its kind partnership in New Zealand because it will provide direct access for BNZ high net worth clients to one of the world's most active global investment platforms," said Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) private bank general manager Charlotte Noble-Beasley.

"Being able to leverage OurCrowd's global network will help our high net worth clients access opportunities with emerging tech companies and have the ability to further diversify their investment portfolios."

She added "BNZ backs New Zealand tech, we understand the industries and the companies in it, and we're excited to be able to offer another avenue and service for our tech company customers with OurCrowd."

OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved said "BNZ is one of New Zealand's most respected financial institutions, so we're delighted to provide its high net worth clients unparalleled access to invest and engage in leading global emerging companies."

"OurCrowd has already committed to an incubator in New Zealand and this new collaboration marks another important milestone in providing support to start-ups in New Zealand as well as delivering broad investor access to innovative companies tackling global challenges."

OurCrowd Australia and Asia managing partner Dan Bennett said "We established the OurCrowd office in Australia in 2014 and have shortly thereafter been providing our friends across the Tasman deep access to our global investment networks.

"New Zealand is a strategically important market for us and this new collaboration with BNZ will be a real win-win to support providing BNZ high net worth clients with strong global connectivity."

A year ago, OurCrowd joined the consortium behind NZ government sponsored Auckland agritech incubator Sprout.

And New Zealand-founded OurCrowd portfolio company CropX  – which provides in-soil data and advanced farm management analytics and automation tools – has opened an Australian office, completed an experiment in Wagga Wagga that showed significant water savings for farmers, and acquired New Zealand-based Regen, a provider of cloud-based, precision effluent and irrigation decision support tools.

Image: Free New Zealand Photos, CC BY-SA 3.0 NZ

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