Business networks

Here you’ll find links to a selection of business-based organisations and networks that work to encourage enterprise in New Zealand.

Capital markets

New Zealand Venture Capital Association

The NZVCA's mission is to develop a world-best venture capital and private equity environment for the benefit of investors and entrepreneurs in New Zealand.

New Zealand Venture Investment Fund Limited (NZVIF)

NZVIF is a private equity fund of funds investor and a cornerstone investor in New Zealand’s venture capital market.

Innovation networks


Incubators New Zealand

Incubators New Zealand is the business incubation industry's national association. Its role is to lead this young industry’s development and ensure today’s start-up companies become tomorrow’s business successes.

Angel Association of New Zealand

The Angel Association aims to increase the quantity, quality and success of ‘angel’ investments in New Zealand and in doing so, create a greater pool of capital for innovative start-up companies.

Edmund Hillary Fellowship

The Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF) is a collaboration between the Hillary Institute for International Leadership and Kiwi Connect, an organisation promoting high-impact entrepreneurship in New Zealand. EHF has been designed as an end-to-end programme that gives entrepreneurs, start-up teams and investors a platform to incubate and grow innovative ventures, from New Zealand. 

Economic development agencies

Business New Zealand

Business New Zealand is committed to New Zealand's success by promoting sustainable growth through free enterprise. Business New Zealand is the country’s largest advocacy group for enterprises.

Federation of Māori Authorities (FoMA)

The primary objective of FoMA is to foster and promote the development, sound management and economic advancement of Māori authorities, and in that process to protect, to foster, and to advance the interests of the Federation.

Auckland Chamber of Commerce

Auckland Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to developing international, national and regional trade through assisting the development of the region in creating a desirable commercial and industrial environment for its citizens.

Wellington Chamber of Commerce

Wellington Chamber of Commerce aims to help the vibrant and unique businesses of the Wellington region to be the best they possibly can with a range of services including regular networking events and help with facilitating international trade.

Canterbury Chamber of Commerce

Canterbury Chamber of Commerce’s primary role is to assist members' enterprises to be as successful as possible, with the ultimate objective of ensuring that greater Canterbury becomes the most desired place in New Zealand in which to live and do business.

Otago Chamber of Commerce

Otago Chamber of Commerce is the business voice on relevant economic and growth issues for Central Otago – including Dunedin.

American Chamber of Commerce

The American Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand promotes two-way trade and investment relationships primarily between New Zealand and the United States and also within the Asia-Pacific region.

Talent networks

Asia New Zealand Foundation

Asia New Zealand Foundation (Asia:NZ) is a non-partisan and non-profit organisation dedicated to building links between New Zealand and Asia.


KEA – New Zealand’s global talent network – helps you connect with and leverage the knowledge and contacts of talented New Zealanders around the world. KEA’s international groups are currently active in China, Los Angeles, Melbourne, the Middle East, the Netherlands, New England, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and the United Kingdom.

Industry associations

Institute of Directors

The Institute of Directors in New Zealand promotes excellence in corporate governance, represents directors’ interests and facilitates their professional development through education and training. It is a membership organisation of 7,000 individuals representing the spectrum of New Zealand enterprise, from the public and private sectors.

Investment Savings & Insurance Association

The Financial Services Council represents many financial sector businesses, particularly those offering life insurance or involved with New Zealand’s retirement savings programme, KiwiSaver.

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