A future more resilient.

Sector: Deep-tech

Invested: June 2020


Lindsay Investments
Angel HQ
Nelson Angels
Pierre Quenneville (Founder)


Tectonus envisions truly resilient cities by significantly improving the performance of earthquake-prone buildings. It provides a cost-effective system that doesn’t require repair or replacement following a seismic event.

Founded by Professor Pierre Quenneville in 2016, Tectonus is a spinoff start-up focused on the need for self-centring solutions as identified during the 2011 Christchurch earthquake tragedy. With two commercialised categories to date (structural devices and storage tanks devices); serving commercial buildings and liquid storage tank markets, Tectonus solutions have been implemented in greenfield projects including the likes of Nelson Airport, Hutt Valley Health Hub, Cathedral College and Fast + Epp HQ building in Vancouver, with more projects yet to be deployed.



  • Hi-tech Awards 2020 – Most Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product Award finalist
  • Hi-tech Awards 2020 – Most Innovative Deep Tech Solution Award finalist
  • Kiwinet Awards 2020 – Baldwins Researcher Entrepreneur Award finalist: Professor Pierre Quenneville and Dr Pouyan Zarnani
  • 2020 Westpac Business Awards Excellence in Innovation finalist 
  • 2019 ANZLF Trans-tasman Innovation & Growth Awards winner 
  • Hi-tech Awards 2019 – Hi-tech Start-up Company of the Year finalist
  • 2018 Westpac Business Awards Excellence in Innovation finalist 
  • 2017 NZ Innovation Awards finalist - Innovation in Design & Engineering 

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