Alex Thomson and Gabriel Dice admit that their friendship is a well-known Dunedin affair.
The couple is studying business and law at the University of Otago and are in their second year last year.
Mr. Thompson, who grew up in Dunedin, met Mr. Dais in Wellington in his first year at university.
The couple were in Arana’s apartment and became best friends.
Last year, Mr. Dais, who had no background in the fruit and vegetable sector, began to record record prices for New Zealand products in the global export market.
He wondered how New Zealanders could benefit from his success every day.
“Traditionally, there were only two ways to benefit from kiwi gardening: Ownership of general horticulture or investment through companies listed on NZX. I thought we could change that, ”said Mr. Dais.
The idea came to Thomson because it was similar to online investment platforms like Sharesies or Hatch – and “he went from there.”
The online platform, called Split, aims to provide daily value to New Zealand residents or “retail investors” in the field of horticulture.
Split produces vegetables that can be purchased for $ 250 for new opportunities and investors.
Horticultural businesses are not companies listed on NZX, but business or development companies that want to increase capital.
Split will partner with the companies to find retail investors rather than wholesale investors.
We know there are customers there – our market research has clearly shown that – but we only need to build relationships so that people who want to invest can invest.
It was not difficult to establish business meetings between the two founders.
“I just yelled at the wall, ‘Hey Gabe, look at that email? “If we want to meet, we can meet in the living room alone or go to the union,” said Mr. Thompson.
Although the couple were interested in the business world, entrepreneurship was no exception.
“There are some people running a lemonade stand on the street and selling it to neighbors, but that was not me. The university taught us that you should not be such a person, you should be confident. In his mind.
So we didn’t come here for entrepreneurship, that’s not us, we came here just because we enjoyed this project.
“We are here to build a good business at the end of the day,” said Mr. Dice.
Last year, the couple went on a surprise start-up program with Mr. Dice, who they believe helped them get their approval.
You have also been selected for the Future Food Aotearoa (FFA) puzzle program in Christchurch.
Most recently, they were adopted by Sprout in the Agro-Tech Business Acceleration Program.
Last weekend, two days of training from industry professionals headed north to Palmerstein.
The couple felt confident in their plans, but the advice “blew the plans out of the water,” said Mr. Thompson.
We have these fields ready for the last day and they will roll over, you have 15 minutes to bring a new two-minute field.
We thought we were ready, but our preparation was distorted, but we set off in a great new direction.
These pairs are held weekly with counselors and will travel to Oakland for another weekend seminar later this year.
Mr. Dyks believes that various programs have helped them get their ideas into business.
“Amazing angles this way, the FFA will entertain you this way and every time you get closer to where you want to be,” he said.
Before embarking on his career, he acknowledged that he had a limited knowledge of horticulture.
“I think we all love brakes, but no, we didn’t know much,” he said. I think we grew up on the right network and did the right research. So there were no two young men with some vague ideas, ”he said.
How the forum went earlier this year, whether they stopped their pairs or reduced their paperwork.
It’s a bit of a risk, but we can come here with our well-known postgraduate degrees, but we don’t want to do that.
“It’s exciting, something new. If we fall, we cannot return to Him.
“At the end of the day, people don’t make books,” said Mr. Thompson.
As the couple approached the launch, they had mixed feelings – “less fun, more scary.”
When we start, that level of confidence is going to put people in us, so I think it’s very exciting and more about good details.
“It’s really exciting, but it’s not fun,” said Mr Diosks.