Astrolab works with ideas from across the country. Its head office in Auckland is in close proximity to the city's universities and central medical research facilities as well as the central business community.

Our ventures vary from initial concepts to fully developed ideas and we provide commercialisation expertise, financial backing, crucial go-to-market contacts, strategy and other business assets essential for success.

Astrolab works with innovators in a range of sectors including ICT, life science, clean-tech, IoT, devices, human performance, media, visualisation/VR/AR, agritech, and care/medical. Approved under Callaghan Innovation’s technology incubator funding framework, Astrolab is mandated by the New Zealand Government.

Our mission is to successfully, globally commercialise high-tech intellectual property from New Zealand.







Rory is tasked with monitoring the performance of ventures and enhancing processes. He has a strong corporate banking background in the UK and New Zealand and has worked in a variety of senior roles from seed through to late stage investment assisting companies with capital raising and addressing issues around strategy, growth and governance.

Brett Oliver

10+ years’ experience in commercialisation & innovation activities. Roles included composite materials engineering, venture capital due-diligence, commercial and property finance, technology auditor and advisor at KPMG, commercialisation manager at NZ’s largest research organisation, and North Island Manager of Commercialisation, NZ national health innovation initiative.


Richard Pinfold
Ventures ExecutivE

Richard is a former Captain in the British Army having served with the Grenadier Guards. He has a background in corporate finance and M&A in the energy sector in Central Eastern Europe and brings a wealth of experience to the team having held commercialisation development roles focused on nanotechnology, advanced materials, photonics and quantum technologies.



Assists venture teams with analysis for validation and strategy development based on market and technical information. Louis has an academic background including qualifications in Physics, Philosophy and a post-graduate degree in Chemistry.


Based between San Francisco and Tokyo, Patrick brings substantial expertise in managing collaboration and investment with globally based innovation partners. Secured 100+ partnerships between IP developers and industry matching complex IP to international demand.  Excellent connections with North American, Asian VCs and global corporates.



Provides governance & leadership expertise for the ventures and Astrolab. With 25+ years’ experience in ICT running advanced research facilities for US & EU startups and in senior commercial roles with technology focused multinationals. Director of the Centre for Software Innovation at University of Auckland.  Arron sits on the Return on Science Investment Committee assessing deep IP from NZ public research organisations.