Growing investors and businesses

ArcAngels’ purpose was clear from the outset in 2013 and hasn’t changed - to increase investment in New Zealand businesses led by women. In doing this we aspired to support female entrepreneurs as well as attract new investors to the sector.  


Now, more than 7 years later, we are actively assisting female founders with financial investment and other support.  We have attracted significant capital to the sector, boosting the pool of investors and available funds to kick-start and develop our female entrepreneurs.  And we’ve mobilised more women to engage directly with the investment category. But the job isn’t done yet.

Bridget Coates

Arc Angels Founder


Diverse and inspiring

Since we began we’ve invested more than $1.7M in over 20 early stage and emerging companies. And we’ve established New Zealand’s first start-up fund exclusively for female founders, with over $2M committed.

Our portfolio includes categories as diverse as career path software, dairy herd sperm- screening and on-line accountancy. They all have one thing in common – they are led by passionate, inspiring women.


ArcAngels members have the opportunity to meet and invest directly with these companies when they’re raising capital. In addition we welcome anyone interested in supporting female founders to invest via our well diversified ArcAngel Fund.


ArcAngels is part of the Icehouse Ventures Family. This gives us greater access to investment opportunities and increases our investor pool.


Led by our Chair, Cecilia Tarrant, the team comprises women who are influential in investor and entrepreneurial circles.