The six-month Launch Lab programme combines Outset’s investment expertise, unique laboratory and workshop spaces, and active on-site community to help you get started.
What we would like to understand in your expression of interest is;
That’s it. No pitch decks, no financial forecasts. We’re just looking to understand the change that you’re trying to make in the world.
An investment of NZ$100,000, split between in-kind and cash, is our minimum. We can combine this with further cash investment from the Outset Ventures fund, depending on how much you need to get your venture to lift-off. This can be an additional investment of anywhere between NZ$50,000 and NZ$200,000.
Investments as part of the Launch Lab programme will be made on friendly SAFE terms. This means that our investment won’t convert into equity until you raise money at the end of the programme. It will depend on how much the Launch Lab investment amount is, and the valuation of your company at the time you raise your next round.
Your job will be to build your venture. The Launch Lab is the opportunity for you to access whatever you need to start your company, whether that’s specialised facilities and equipment, commercial guidance, or cash. You can choose your level of immersion and engagement with the Outset suite of support, as long as you prioritise what will move your project forward.
You will pitch to our Investment Committee for further investment, this time on priced round, to take your venture to the next level. If you need more money than what Outset’s fund can commit to, we will help you get additional investment from other investors in our broad network. You can still work from the Outset site if that works best for you.
We’re supporters, not controllers. We don’t want any special or controlling interests in your company. We won’t ask for a board seat on a Launch Lab company board or for any unusual investor rights. You will still run the show.
The first step is to submit an expression of interest here.
We’ll then reach out to you to set up a chat with one of the Outset Ventures team (Angus Blair, Mat Rowe or Imche Fourie) to learn more.
The final step is meeting with the decision makers – our investment committee.
Our committee is composed of Peter Beck (Rocket Lab), Dr Sean Simpson (LanzaTech), Dr Will Barker (Mint Innovation), Robbie Paul (Icehouse Ventures), Imche Fourie (Outset Ventures).
Whenever you’re ready!