NZ has a thriving technology start-up ecosystem with many organisations working together to provide Kiwi founders with support, knowledge, funding and connections throughout their entrepreneurial journeys. In this four-part series by NZ Growth Capital Partners we meet technology start-ups from a range of industries and the people helping them grow. This week, ZeroJet.

About ZeroJet

ZeroJet is accelerating the marine industry’s transition to sustainable energy with electric jet propulsion systems.

Founded by Neil Mans and Bex Rempel in 2015, ZeroJet’s goal is to largely replace internal combustion outboards with electric propulsion — resulting in significant emissions saving.

Their unique electric jet propulsion system is half the weight of a traditional outboard motor, resulting in faster and lighter boats, while also creating a zero emissions alternative to standard motors. The ZeroJet system aims to accelerate time to market for boat manufacturers and create new revenue streams for boat builders and resellers who want to tap into the emerging environmentally conscious market.

Support from accelerators, mentors and investors have enabled the ZeroJet founders and team to fast-track the building out of their tech in their quest to help the marine industry reduce it’s environmental footprint.

As an investor we look for passionate Kiwis that are solving real-world problems. We’re excited about the quality of tech start-ups in New Zealand, with so many opportunities for new investors to back.

Byron van Vugt – Investment Manager at NZGCP


Programmes and partners

Startmate: Accelerator 2020

NZTE: Investment Ready support and investor connections; Export, supply chain and overseas markets advisement

Akina: Impact Investment Programme

Callaghan Innovation: Student R&D Grant, Project Grants


NZGCP, K1W1, Icehouse Ventures, Impact Enterprise Fund, Arc Angels, Startmate, Movac, Investible, Booster Innovation Fund

About NZ Growth Capital Partners

NZGCP is a Government entity that exists to support New Zealand early-stage businesses and investors to be world-class. We operate two funds:

Our Aspire NZ Seed Fund invests directly into early-stage Kiwi technology start-ups alongside other like-minded investors.

Our Elevate NZ Venture Fund is a fund of funds, investing into venture capital firms; aimed at filling the Series A and B capital gap for high-growth New Zealand technology companies.

Check out the new Start-up Resources content on NZGCP’s website to find support for founders and investors within our technology start-up ecosystem

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