Can you help these Kiwi companies go global?

Kea Connect, supported by ASB, helps Kiwi companies go global by connecting them to industry experts around the world. Here’s just a few examples of the companies that we are currently assisting. If you or someone you know can help any, either click HELP OUT or contact We will connect you with the right person.


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Sharpness test solution seeks industry members in the US

Anago Ltd has developed a unique solution to test the sharpness of knives and other blades. Their machine measures the force required to cut a standard material, and converts this into sharpness measurements for each point along the blade, plus calculates an overall sharpness score. This solution produces an accurate, quantifiable, objective measure of sharpness along the entire blade. The company's primary market is meat and food processing plants, additionally they're targeting processing industries and research organisations, knife manufacturers, and knife sharpening equipment manufacturers.

Anago would like to connect with experts and thought-leaders in knife/blade sharpness standards in the US, testing and application or anyone with advice on how to best find and engage these people. They would be happy to meet with people in any industry in the US that uses blades, but particularly in areas where sharpness and the need to quantify sharpness is critical.

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Probiotics company seeking market insights from industry experts in Vietnam

NZ biotechnology company, BLIS Technologies is publicly listed and develops oral probiotics. The probiotics use good bacteria that naturally occurs in the body to limit the effect of bad bacteria that often result in strep throat, sore throat, halitosis, tooth and gum disease. BLIS is a science-based company that originated from Otago University. It is currently in a number of countries in the US and Europe and is interested in whether its products will be effective in the Vietnamese market.

BLIS Technologies would like to make contact with doctors, dentists, hospitals or potential distributors such as chemists or medicine shops to test on the ground in Ho Chi Minh. Ideally they would like to receive any insights to further justify their hypotheses around customer personas that they have identified.

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Franchise group seeks networks in the beauty and cosmetic medicine industry to expand in the UK

FAB Group is a profitable, ambitious and fast growing franchisor company operating in New Zealand with a national chain of 50 clinics (Caci). Caci is the most well know cosmetic medicine and skin treatment brand in New Zealand. The brand occupies a unique space in the health and beauty market, sitting clearly between a beauty spa and cosmetic surgery.

The company has developed a scalable business model that is ready to be leveraged in a rapidly expanding and fragmented global market. FAB Group's unique business membership model creates long term high value customers, a dedicated training facility which offers training both onsite and online for master franchisees, sub franchisees and clinic staff, and their own skincare range. Having proven success over 20 years in New Zealand and seeing a gap in similar markets globally, FAB Group is now looking to expand internationally into the UK.​

FAB Group want to expand through franchising, licensing, acquisition or through partnering with a related international enterprise. The group would like to meet commercial agents or suppliers, contractors who can assist with recruitment, industry parties in the beauty or cosmetic medicine industry, or potential master franchisees and/or franchisees.

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Facewear brand seeks fitness and healthcare channels in China

Advanced facewear brand, O2O2 would like to meet with aligning fitness and healthcare brands to potentially partner with for distribution. The facewear protects users from air pollution using advanced nanofibre technology to filter air, while providing unparalleled comfort, performance, and style. O2O2 reinvigorates outdoor lifestyles and commuting for active urbanites in megacities.

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Ticketing service platform seeks market insights from transport authorities in North America and Europe

Snapper Services is a tech company that provides a ticketing service for bus networks and a platform that operates on android phones to top-up the Snapper card. Snapper also has three international customers (Dublin, Belfast and Latvia) all using Snapper technology to load their public transport smartcards with funds via mobile. However, as cities are moving away from smartcards towards bank cards Snapper is now in its next product-technology development stage and needs help with researching the market to ensure they don't miss the mark. SnapperServices would like to connect with transport authorities for market insights and advice in North America and Europe.

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Design agency seeks decision makers in education sector in Australia for Game of Awesome

Chrometoaster is interested in meeting with leaders in the education sector in Australia. These could be people who commission educational resources, and those who design and deliver educational resources. Chrometoaster would like to learn more about the market and to explore ideas about what would be required to develop and distribute a version of Game of Awesome for Australian kids. 

Game of Awesome is a hilarious, educational card game designed to inspire 8–12-year-old students to write creative stories — while increasing their literacy levels. The game is proving to be very popular with kids in NZ schools. In addition to the Game of Awesome product, they provide quality digital products and services for the educational sector of NZ that they feel can be replicated/applied in Australia. 

Chrometoaster would like to briefly share their product/services, which include high-end website/app design and development that improves learning outcomes for students, and professional development for educators. They'd like to see if there is a market for partnering, to help an established Australian firm gain competitive advantage.   

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RV platform seeking partnership with asset financing company in the US

Mighway (Tourism Holdings Limited) is seeking a US based asset financing company to partner with to create a consumer facing finance product that allows for the purchaser to rent their RV out via the Mighway platform. In partnering with Mighway, the worlds largest RV rental operator, the finance company will have the opportunity to access the rapidly growing RV vertical via the dealer community.

Mighway is the worlds largest RV rental operator that has launched a peer-2-peer platform to support non-asset based revenue growth. The company was launched in NZ and has grown rapidly to a point whereby we now have over 500 owners in NZ and have become a major player in the RV rental space in our own right. In addition, Mighway is now a major factor for many people when considering to buy an RV, i.e. they can now earn passive income in a controlled way when they purchase this asset. In NZ Mighway has partnered with Heartland Bank to create a unique 'Affordable Ownership Program' (AOP) product. ​

​To support the effective launch of the AOP product Mighway is looking for a finance company to partner with to create a RV specific product that allows rental activity via Mighway.

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Cricket protective products seeking distribution networks in India

High performing cricket protective equipment, Aero is a leading brand that distributes to major parts of the world. Aero began their extensive R&D in the 90s and launched their leg, chest, and lower body protectors in 2004. Aero's innovative cricket range now extends to face, hand and arm protectors, as well as luggage and custom made products distributed to Australia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, UK, and the Netherlands. The cricket brand intends to meet demands by seeking distribution networks in India.

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Radiography simulation software seeks to software leasers in the US

Virtual Medical Coaching offers an award-winning end-to-end solution for all your e-coaching and simulation needs. The VMC adaptive e-coaching software measures student progress, successes and dynamically changes to fit each learner, assessing and filling gaps as they go. This reduces face-to-face teaching time and allows students and teachers to spend more time on areas that need clarification. 

Simulation is completed in virtual reality so students can get complete immersion into a modern imaging department, just like they will in hospitals. The VR suite offers the latest in computed radiography and digital radiography models so when your students enter the clinical site, they are technically competent. Virtual Medical Coaching is seeking organisations in the health sector that have leased software. 

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Time management and invoicing software seeks industry members in Australia

Abtrac is a subscription based job management software used in businesses selling their expertise, often for compliance purposes. They have no inventory, nor do they manufacture nor distribute anything other than ‘professional services’. They invoice in a variety of ways including lump sum, stage by stage, progress claims, retainer, charge up and other bases.

The market is privately owned commercial SMEs ranging from sole traders to businesses with 100+ professional staff. Current subscriptions range from $60 to over $1,200 per month. To date Abtrac has sold B2B into Australia proving the market potential beyond doubt.

The next phase of their growth is to establish value added resellers (VARs) in a network across Australia. VARs will have the opportunity to tap into a market ripe for development, signing up clients to the benefits of a contemporary cloud based job management system to replace their current inefficient (often spreadsheet based) systems.Abtrac revenue comes from service fees charged directly to the client preparing and configuring Abtrac for their evaluation or going live, with various one-off fees after that. In addition of course there will be dependable recurring commissions from your expanding Abtrac client base.  

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