With over 30 years’ experience NZ Equity Partners  is New Zealand’s leading small to medium private company investor

NZ Equity Partners (NZEP) eats, sleeps and breathes small to medium sized (SME) private company investing.  Our team has invested in businesses as high tech as pharmaceuticals, IT, security and electronic payments processing to down and dirty electricity retailing and poultry production. We are unashamedly proud to have worked alongside some amazing New Zealanders and shared in their successes.

What we have learnt over the years is that running a SME business is tough.  Typically SME’s run with lean management structures (either by choice or capital constraints) and as a result they are often starved of the necessary skills, experience and independent thinking needed to accelerate and take advantage of their (often numerous) growth opportunities.  But add capital, access to deep networks, and the skills and disciplines of modern-day private equity best practice and SME businesses can flourish.

The challenge for SME business owners is how to access investment capital from the right investment partner.  With the lack of organised capital for SME businesses in New Zealand (due to large fund sizes, limited investment timeframes and the difficulty of accessing SME investment opportunities on a cost effective basis), finding $1m to $5m of investment capital can be extremely difficult.  

That’s where we come in. NZEP is unique in the New Zealand private investment space in that we specialise in partnering with SMEs who are seeking $1m to $5m in capital to help them take the next step in their journey to becoming the next generation of New Zealand household names.