Maker and role
Polycorp New Zealand Limited, Manufacturer
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Polycorp was founded as a partnership between the government's Development Finance Corporation (DFC) and Lower Hutt-based software company, Progeni Computers Ltd. 50 working prototypes of the Poly1 were built in 8 months. The initial design work for the Poly was done at Wellington Polytechnic's Design School.
In late 1981 the Poly1 was market ready, however the Education Department's agreement to purchase 1,000 computers a year for 5 years fell over. While a number of Poly computers were still sold, including into the Australian and Chinese markets, the offer of a free Apple II to NZ schools, along with discounts on additional computers, effectively shut Polycorp out of the educational market here.
Polycorp wound up around 1990 after both the DFC and Progeni Computers became insolvent.