About us

Founded in 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand, Onwardly is solving the growing challenges that businesses face towards cybersecurity.

We believe that great businesses are built on a solid foundation of good security practice. This should not hold businesses back but should empower them to grow and thrive. So we make software that helps demystify the process of security. That helps businesses understand what to do next in order to defend themselves and achieve their own mission.

Phil Howie
Phil Howie
founder & Ceo
Laura Bell
Laura Bell
Investor and Advisor

Onwardly is led by Phil Howie (CEO and Founder), who has spent the last decade working in high-growth SaaS businesses and was employee #1 at Pushpay, a global kiwi success story. Phil spent 6 years at Pushpay, and experienced its rapid growth to $100m+. He recently spent time heading up Product and Engineering at Whip Around, another HiTech award winning kiwi SaaS company.

Phil has over 20 years of experience in the design and development of high quality digital experiences and is dedicated to delivering great products to market that delight customers and deliver outstanding value.

Onwardly has partnered with Laura Bell, security expert and CEO of SafeStack Academy as an advisor and investor. SafeStack Academy is a leading New Zealand founded cybersecurity training platform, helping growing companies bring security skills to their software development practices.

➞ Onwardly wins Best Startup award at iSANZ 2021- iSANZ Awards

➞ Featured in Stuff.co.nz - New business plans to disrupt the cybersecurity market for SMEs

Onwardly wins Best Startup award
In March 2022, we won the Best Startup award for a new security business at iSANZ Awards 2021. Onwardly was a finalist with two other security startups.
Onwardly raises $1m seed funding
In December 2021, we successfully raised $1m in seed funding, after a strong first year of growth. Onwardly welcomes several investors to the fold, and the capital will fund further product development and sales growth.
Onwardly Score report is released
In July 2021, we released a new Onwardly Score report that aims to help businesses understand their cybersecurity goals more effectively.
Onwardly welcomes new customers
Onwardly welcomes new foundational customers ArchiPro, Gravitate, Optimal Workshop and SwipedOn!
Featured on Stuff.co.nz
In March 2021, Onwardly founder and CEO Phil was featured on Stuff.co.nz.
Onwardly officially launches!
In February 2021, Onwardly goes into general availability. Businesses can sign up for Onwardly and begin to make rapid progress on improving their security programs.
Onwardly partners with SafeStack
Laura Bell (SafeStack CEO and Founder) joins Onwardly as an investor and advisor.
Onwardly released to beta
The product is ready, and private beta begins. Businesses start improving and operating their security programs. Early feedback is positive.
Onwardly is founded
2020 was a entirely different year for us all. Amidst the unfolding events, the opportunity to create Onwardly was clear, and thus the company was born.