Innovation Ecosystem

Just as it took over 400 expedition members to help get our namesake Sir Edmund Hillary and his companion Tenzing Norgay to the top of Mount Everest, our Fellows achieve success with the help of a vast global network of Catalysts, mentors, investors, influencers and friends, that weave a cloak of support around them.

“Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi.”

“With your food basket and my food basket, the people will thrive.” — Māori Proverb

EHF Catalysts

EHF Catalysts are industry leaders who are leveraging their unique networks, knowledge, and resources to accelerate the impact of EHF Fellows. By catalysing the work of our Fellows, they are backing purpose driven entrepreneurs and investors to contribute towards a better world. We are excited to introduce you to these exceptional organisations who are playing important roles to realise EHF’s vision. Want to join the EHF Catalyst programme? Talk to us


One of the leading blockchain venture studios in the world, solving real problems, with a growing team of 100 people across Auckland, London, Melbourne, Tokyo, Zurich and Singapore.


Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) is one of New Zealand’s leading full-service banks, and has been enabling a high-achieving New Zealand and helping people start a new life in this country since 1861.


Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) supports economic growth across the Wellington region to enhance prosperity, vibrancy and liveability for half a million people.


Auckland’s economic growth agency, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), collaborates with businesses across the region and is excited about assisting Fellows with invaluable connections across all sectors.

Bell Gully

A leading NZ law firm, Bell Gully seeks to build long-standing relationships with all facets of the business community to work together, enabling innovation and creativity to make a positive difference.

Single Source

Acting as a single source of truth providing people with transparency, trust and control over their own data, whilst providing organisations the capability to make informed risk decisions.


Building the Internet of blockchains: Connecting smaller, diverse blockchain networks together to create a truly global, scalable, and evolving blockchain layer of the internet.

Lane Neave

A full-service law firm located in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown, Lane Neave thrives on making complex issues simple for their clients.


Committed to building a better working world, with increased trust and confidence in business, sustainable growth, development of talent in all its forms, and greater collaboration.

The Blockchain Boutique

Decrypting the laws of crypto, and helping blockchain-based businesses with their legal transactional needs and regulatory compliance. (Launching Sept 2018.)

Digital Storytellers

Co-creating a better narrative for the world, by telling stories that make a difference, and growing a globally-connected community of impact storytellers.

“Surround your work and life with good people, as you will become the average of whom you surround yourself with.”

— Jack Herrick, EHF Fellow, wikiHow

Mission Partners

Our Mission Partners are key pillars for EHF, and we work together closely to realise our mission of incubating global solutions from Aotearoa New Zealand. They play important roles in innovating with us at each step of the way, and ensuring our Fellows have the right platform to make a positive difference in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world.

The Hillary Institute

Hillary Institute of International Leadership, EHF’s parent organisation, serves to recognise, reward and nurture exceptional mid-career leaders who can provide answers to such challenges as climate change, poverty, and disease.

Immigration New Zealand

Viewing immigration through the lens of potential, INZ took the bold step of creating the Global Impact Visa - the world’s first entrepreneurship visa programme to focus on impact, exclusively available to EHF Fellows.

Extended Network

New Zealand is home to a small, tight-knit business and startup community, which thrives on collaboration and cooperation. Explore how the different parts of this ecosystem help to create a supportive environment to build global impact ventures.

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