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BIF Investment Story

We always knew New Zealand was a nation of bright sparks. That’s why we established the Booster Innovation Fund (BIF), which invests in early-stage Kiwi innovation and tech start-ups –the first of its kind on the NZX. Invest with only $1000.

The BIF Investment Story

The Booster Innovation Fund (BIF) provides investment funding for emerging Kiwi companies to take them to the next level of development or commercialisation. Our investment at this early stage means local innovations, jobs, profits and intellectual property stay here in New Zealand for longer – so we all benefit.

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What is BIF invested in?

Kiwi innovators and researchers are seeking to solve global problems and build great businesses to positively impact the world we live in.

That's why we created our Booster Innovation Fund (BIF). BIF invests in New Zealand early-stage tech companies that are selected on the basis that they have the potential to become commercially successful globally.

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Advemto
Advemto

Advemto is developing ultrafast spectroscopy tools. Spectroscopy is used in virtually all fields of science and technology to ...

Alimetry
Alimetry

Alimetry has developed a wearable, non-invasive medical device and software platform for the rapid and detailed diagnosis of a range of ...

Allegro Energy
Allegro Energy

The company is developing safe, clean and green energy storage solutions for use in range of applications, including electric mobility ...

Amaroq Therapeutics
Amaroq Therapeutics

Amaroq Therapeutics, a new biotech start-up spun out of the University of Otago, is advancing its programs to develop next-generation ...

Amy.app
Amy.app

Jaipuna’s mission is to democratise education and make learning maths and other subjects easy for everyone. They’ve developed an ...

Avalia Immunotherapies (Closed 2023)
Avalia Immunotherapies (Closed 2023)

Avalia’s proprietary vaccine and immunotherapy platform generates robust and targeted immune responses for the prevention and treatment ...

Avasa
Avasa

Avasa was established in 2018 to commercialise a novel implantable medical device, initially backed by the University of Auckland, that ...

B.spkl
B.spkl

Bspkl is a spin-out from GNS Science that was established in 2022. The company is ...

BioLumic
BioLumic

BioLumic uses UV light signals to unlock the natural genetic potential of seeds and seedlings—without requiring use of chemicals or ...

Calocurb
Calocurb

Calocurb was established in 2017 to commercialise a bioactive ingredient, sourced from New Zealand hops, which has been developed in ...

Captivate Technology
Captivate Technology

Captivate Technology was established in 2022 to commercialise a unique carbon capture technology developed at Massey University. The ...

Cleanery
Cleanery

The Sustainable Care Company Limited, trading as Cleanery, operates in the clean technology sector, selling a range of eco-friendly ...

Chitogel
Chitogel

Chitogel is a medical device company with an advanced manufacturing facility based in Lower Hutt. They supply medical kits that optimse ...

Codify Asset Solutions
Codify Asset Solutions

Codify Asset Solutions (CAS) has developed a software platform that automates compliance, management, and auditing in a transparent ...

EdPotential (Exited 2021)
EdPotential (Exited 2021)

EdPotential’s goal is to improve educational outcomes and save teachers time through the effective use of school data.

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Ferronova
Ferronova

Ferronova is a cancer diagnostics company, developing surgical oncology tracer systems for improving the staging of complex cancers.

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Hot Lime Labs
Hot Lime Labs

Hot Lime Labs are developing CO2 capture solutions for high tech, greenhouses that currently produce $70B food crops p.a. Growers add ...

Inhibit Coatings
Inhibit Coatings

Microbial contamination is a deadly issue. Inhibit Coatings is on a mission to save lives by preventing the spread of dangerous ...

InsituGen
InsituGen

InsituGen has developed a new testing platform for the detection of anabolic drugs in biological samples. The bioassays can be used ...

Komodo Wellbeing
Komodo Wellbeing

Komodo have developed a data-driven wellbeing platform, empowering students and enabling schools to make positive and effective ...

Ligar (Closed 2023)
Ligar (Closed 2023)

Ligar is commercialising a technology called Molecularly Imprinted Polymers (MIPs) which allows for high-selectivity capture, filtering ...

Liquium
Liquium

Ammonia is one of the largest chemical industrial processes. The current 100-year-old Haber-Bosch (HB) process to produce ammonia has a ...

MACSO Technologies
MACSO Technologies

MACSO was established in 2021 to develop a cloud based artificial intelligence platform that uses sensors and edge artificial ...

Marama Labs
Marama Labs

Marama Labs develops scientific hardware and data analytics solutions to help industrial customers, such as wineries, improve the ...

Montoux
Montoux

Montoux provides its actuarial automation and decision science platform specifically designed for life and health insurers. Their ...

Mekonos
Mekonos

Mekonos is focused on improving how drugs are delivered to patients, and enabling highly-potent cell therapy approaches.

This is ...

MyBetterBreathing (GoodAir)
MyBetterBreathing (GoodAir)

My Better Breathing Limited, is a patented mechanical breathing technology, known as Goodair Nosebuds.  The nose buds provide a ...

NewFish
NewFish

NewFish, a food technology firm in the deep technology and engineering sector, makes marine whey, a protein source produced from water ...

Opo Bio
Opo Bio

Opo Bio Limited, produces living and non-living ingredients for the production of the fast growing cultivated meats sector. The company ...

Opum Technologies (Closed 2023)
Opum Technologies (Closed 2023)

Opum Technologies is an artificial intelligence (AI) based automated care platform for knee ...

Orbis Diagnostics
Orbis Diagnostics

Orbis have developed a ‘lab on a disk’ testing platform that uses its microfluidic technology to miniaturise and automate accurate lab ...

PowerON (Closed 2024)
PowerON (Closed 2024)

PowerON’s soft, multifunctional robotic structures aim to revolutionise robots and their ...

Scentian Bio
Scentian Bio

Scentian Bio is a spin-out from Plant and Food Research that was established in 2020. The ...

Stretch Sense
Stretch Sense

Sensor Holdings, trading as StretchSense, produces motion-capture gloves that combine stretchable sensors and machine learning. This ...

TasmanIon
TasmanIon

TasmanIon is developing aluminium ion batteries for use in grid storage and portable applications. The materials being used are ...

TamoRx
TamoRx

TamoRx’s founding inventors, from University of Auckland, School of Biological Sciences, aim to develop an immunotherapy medicine to ...

Upstream Medical Technologies
Upstream Medical Technologies

Upstream Medical Technologies was established in 2015 to commercialise novel cardiac biomarkers which are designed to diagnose specific ...

XFrame
XFrame

XFrame™ is a recoverable and reusable framing system for the next generation of sustainable building construction.

XFrame™ aims ...

Wellumio
Wellumio

Wellumio was established to commercialise a unique, world-first, portable magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) device that will bring brain ...

Woolchemy
Woolchemy

Woolchemy is a material technology company, and was formed to transform an abundant base material, wool, into something more valuable, ...

ZeroJet
ZeroJet

Zero Jet was established to develop electric propulsion systems to eliminate the need for combustion engines on small watercraft.

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BIF Stories - BIF Bright Sparks

Read more about the early-stage tech Kiwi companies in the growing Booster Innovation Fund (BIF) portfolio, who are breaking new ground by challenging industrial norms with trailblazing ideas in the areas of medicine, science, the environment and more.

Meet the Booster Innovation Fund team

BIF is managed by a professional and highly experienced team, working alongside partners that have expertise in developing and commercialising intellectual property.

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Nic Craven Chair of the Investment Committee

Nic has over 15 years' experience in investment analysis

Nic originally joined Booster in 2004 and has held a number of specialist portfolio management and analysis roles, covering fixed interest portfolios, equities, currencies and overall asset allocation. Nic is a CFA Charterholder.

Nic Craven Chair of the Investment Committee
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David Beatie Principal, Booster Investment Management Limited (BIML)

David has over 35 years’ experience in investment management and portfolio research. He joined Booster in 2000 as our Chief Investment Officer. David’s key areas of focus are strategy, investment stewardship and Financial Adviser relationships.

David Beatie Principal, Booster Investment Management Limited (BIML)
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Melissa Yiannoutsos Investment Committee Member

Melissa has over 20 years’ experience in the investment and science commercialisation sectors. 

Melissa has had technology commercialisation roles in both the public and private sectors. She has held executive and director roles in technology start-up companies, leading strategic growth and capital raising, establishing international sales and negotiating key partnerships.

Melissa Yiannoutsos Investment Committee Member
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Alison Payne Chief Operating Officer

Alison is the Chief Operating Officer for the Booster Group and has been with Booster since 2007.

Alison has over 20 years’ experience in investment banking and energy markets, focusing on settlement and administration, and also has a strong business analyst background from the various roles she has performed during her career.

Alison Payne Chief Operating Officer
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John Selby Advisory Board, Independent Director

John is the Chair of the Manager's Board of Directors, and an independent director. He brings a wealth of experience from his 37-year career with PricewaterhouseCoopers, of which 25 years has been as a partner in advisory and assurance.

John has extensive experience across different sectors and has held a number of governance roles in various industries including Wellington UniVentures. 

John Selby Advisory Board, Independent Director
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Dana McKenzie Advisory Board

Dana McKenzie is an entrepreneur and adviser. She works at the intersection of technology and science. Dana holds an MSc in computer science from the University of Colorado and an MBA from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

She is head of global partnerships at Ara Ake, a business driving growth and adoption of new and emerging energy technologies.

Dana McKenzie Advisory Board

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