Andrew Hamilton

BLAKE Leader 2009

Chief Executive, The Icehouse.

Andy Hamilton is a tireless advocate for improving the funding availability and fundability of start-up businesses. He is the founding Chief Executive of The ICEHOUSE and has played a leading role in the formation of the business incubation and angel investment sectors in New Zealand.

The ICEHOUSE is an Auckland-based business growth centre providing growth programmes for small to medium-sized businesses; business incubation for start-ups; and is the home of New Zealand’s largest group of angel investors.

In the last eight years, The ICEHOUSE has had a significant impact on New Zealand SMEs, providing a learning environment for owner-managers through its growth programmes and helping 70 companies get started during their residency.

Beyond The ICEHOUSE, Hamilton’s leadership in the entrepreneurial community extends to the founding and chairing of two national associations, Incubators New Zealand and the Angel Association New Zealand.

Among the start-up community, Hamilton is noted for his commitment, enthusiasm, vision and support and is recognised as someone continually looking to push the boundaries.