Educate and Connect Aspiring Entrepreneurs

 

We help young founders with information and resources about pitching, angel investors and business development. Reach out to us via our contact form to organise a time to chat!

Invest Directly in High Impact Young Founders

 

We run the only angel fund in the world entirely student-run and focused on young founders. It gives high-impact young entrepreneurs an opportunity to take on investment and receive access to a world-class network of founders, investors and mentors.

Engage Students in Angel Investing

 

First Cut engages high calibre university students in the entrepreneurial and investment eco-system. We conduct due diligence, make investment decisions and engage with a wide range of investors and entrepreneurs.

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MEET THE TEAM

Jack McQuire

Jack McQuire

Partner

As ICE Angels’ Manager Jack enables First Cut Ventures to connect with and leverage The Icehouse's and ICE Angels’ communities. He is personally an active investor in multiple start-ups and serves as board observer to AskNicely, Genoapay and Joyous.

David Sorrenson

David Sorrenson

Partner

David is in his 4th year of a conjoint History, Finance and Statistics major at the University of Auckland. Beyond being a founding member of First Cut, David is a board observer with our portfolio company, Spalk.

Steph Benseman

Steph Benseman

Partner

Steph leads First Cut's presence in Wellington, where she recently graduated an Information Systems, Management and Commercial Law major. Beyond First Cut, Steph is co-founder of recruitment-tech startup Filtr (Exited 2017), an Innovation Specialist and CreativeHQ and former Marketing Comms Manager of Young Enterprise Trust

Rees Vinsen

Rees Vinsen

Partner

Rees is experienced in navigating the intersection where social media and business meet. After leaving school at 17, Rees jumped into the marketing bullpen heading a social media startup, Adduco Media Group. He now splits time between directorship roles and personal investment pursuits.

Jack Kennedy

Jack Kennedy

Partner

Jack is in the third year of a Finance and Economics major at University of Auckland. Beyond supporting startups at First Cut, he has worked with ICE Angels' portfolio company TNX and is an analyst for corporate-venture investor, Goat Ventures.

Dylan Rogan

Dylan Rogan

Partner

Dylan is the founder of creative digital agency, Made & Bound. Beyond creating immersive brand experiences with M&B, Dylan has led First Cut's investment into and due diligence of Bot the Builder.

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