Lance Wiggs

Chairman | Founder, Punakaiki Fund

  • ICT

Lance is Chair of the ICT Return on Science Committee and a member of the Physical Sciences Return on Science Committee.

Lance combines a wide variety of global experience with helping high-growth companies in New Zealand.  Lance is the founding director of Punakaiki Fund which invests in high growth New Zealand based companies. He isa director of Boardingware, Melon Health, RedSeed, Vibe Communications, EverEdgeIP, Influx, Weirdly, Onceit, Mindfull, Linewize and NZ Artesian Water – all Punakaiki Fund investments. Lance has helped over 100 companies of all stages become more investable through intensive workshops with NZTE’s Investment group (formerly Better by Capital). He was formerly a practitioner with the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise’s Better by Design programme. 

Before founding Punakaiki Fund, Lance co-founded or invested in over 15 private companies in Australasia. His private investments include Pocketsmith, 200 Square, Authentic Tours, Lingopal, Taggle, Define Instruments and Performance Labs. In addition, Lance was one of the founders of Pacific Fibre, as well as Groupy Deals (sold to Yellow), and Powerkiwi (2nd in the Deloitte Fast 50).

Lance was the investment-banking advisor for Trade Me on its sale to Fairfax Media, and has advised a large number of local early stage companies. He was an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company in Washington DC, contracted to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London and consulted to BHP Billiton plants in South Africa, Australia and Mozambique. Lance was also an elected Councillor for InternetNZ, where he was a member of the Audit Committee.

Lance has a Bachelor of Technology (Hons) (Product Development) from Massey University and a Masters in Public and Private Management (MBA) with concentrations in Finance and Strategy from Yale University. He is a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.