Investing in and supporting early stage New Zealand businesses

Our Members

AANZ has two types of members – angel networks and early stage funds. We represent formal angel networks across the country whose memberships range from 20 to 200 individuals. We also represent early stage funds. Our affiliate members comprise professional advisors, early stage venture capital providers, equity crowd funding platforms and all three of New Zealand’s investor-led, tech incubators.

Alt Ventures AV backs builders – technical teams making cool stuff, particularly where it is hard to do and even a little bit crazy. Focused on seed stage investing, AV leads, syndicates and then connects companies to markets, people and capital globally based on AV’s deep personal networks.

Alt Ventures


Angel Investors Marlborough (AIM) is New Zealand’s newest angel network incorporated in June 2017. AIM was established to educate and raise awareness of capital markets as they relate to early stage investment and to increase the availability of early stage capital for the wider benefit and prosperity of the Marlborough community.



AngelHQ is Wellington’s angel network. Founded in 2007 at the instigation of the economic development agency, Grow Wellington, today it has nearly 90 members and has invested $14m in over 45 companies. AngelHQ is known for being a collegial club with active members. It has a reputation for preferring deals with a certain ‘geek’ factor to them, but technology is just one of their preferred areas of investment.



ArcAngels Headquartered in Auckland and founded in 2013, ArcAngels is dedicated to investing in early stage businesses that are led or managed by women across New Zealand. Currently with about 45 members, Arc Angels seeks to inspire the seasoned investor – men and women – to invest in women-led and managed businesses and attract new investors that can bring tangible value to the success of New Zealand’s women-managed businesses and financial returns for members over time.



Blackbird is a venture capital firm whose mission is to invest in wild hearts, with the wildest ideas, right at the beginning. We do this by raising funds, investing in the best startup companies and helping them succeed. Since launching in 2012, we have more than a billion dollars under management and a portfolio of over 80 companies including some of the most successful startups across Australia and New Zealand such as Canva, SafetyCulture, Culture Amp, AskNicely and Partly.



Brandon Capital Partners Brandon Capital Partners manages the MRCF (Medical Research Commercialisation Fund) Collaboration, providing seed and venture capital investment to support the development and international growth of Australian and New Zealand life science companies. Brandon Capital work collaboratively with entrepreneurs to demonstrate the benefit of their technology, thereby creating value for them, their teams and investors.

Brandon Capital Partners


Bridgewest Ventures Bridgewest Ventures NZ is a globally connected partner, ready to bring even the biggest ideas to life. As an approved partner under Callaghan Innovation’s 2020 Technology Incubator Programme, we are proud to announce applications are open for local ventures ready to commercialise on a global scale. Start-ups or potential start-ups accepted into our incubator programme can access funding in the form of a repayable grant from Callaghan Innovation and significant equity seed and follow-on funding investment from Bridgewest Ventures. We’re on the lookout for founders aiming to have a profound social, environmental, or economic impact on our world. If your deep technology idea is going to bring significant advances over what is already out there, then we want to hear from you. Bridgewest Ventures is part of the Bridgewest Group, a United States-based investment company with operations in China, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. They have an established track record of growing early-stage ventures and generating new IP, and operate a deep tech incubator out of their headquarters in San Diego, California. Bridgewest have successfully guided a large number of US start-ups from seed to multinational status and the NZ based Bridgewest Ventures team aim to leverage this global experience and large experienced advisor base to replicate the same successful model in New Zealand. The Bridgewest Group has wide-ranging deep tech portfolio covering biotech and pharmaceuticals through to UAV, IOT and AI technologies.

Bridgewest Ventures


Canterbury Angels is the Canterbury region’s angel investment network. Just over two years old, this network is one of New Zealand’s newest angel networks.The group aims to help young companies with aspirations for high growth get the support and investment they need to achieve their goals, while generating a healthy return for investors. Canterbury Angels consider investments in a broad range of industries, not just technology.



Cure kids Ventures (CKV) is a seed and early stage investment fund that invests in the commercialisation of healthcare innovation in products and services with a potential to benefit child health. CKV is a vital part of Cure Kids. CKV invests in companies with products and services covering medical devices, biotechnology, medications, diagnostics, health information and healthcare delivery systems.



Enterprise Angels Tauranga based Enterprise Angels offers a unique model of early stage investing in New Zealand with a professional management team, 20+ partner organisations, and over 200 Angel investors. Since launching in 2008, Enterprise Angels has facilitated the investment of over $50m in 100 early stage and established New Zealand businesses across a variety of industries, creating over 1600 jobs. Enterprise Angels has three small side-car funds that combined have invested into over 50 companies.



Flying Kiwis (FKA) are Auckland centric with about 50 investors spread across NZ, but also some in the US, UK and Germany. They like to engage early with founders via www.ADI.Clinic which they run all over NZ. Due diligence is comprehensive and constructive. Portfolio companies can count on the whole network for ongoing support. FKA charge no fees.



Ice Angels Based in Auckland, ICE Angels is one of New Zealand’s leading angel networks with over 150 members. Their members collaboratively invest in and support exceptional teams exploiting global opportunities. Since 2003, ICE Angels members have collectively invested over $65m into more than 100 companies, including notable investments in Crimson Education, 8i, Flirtey and 90 Seconds. Their portfolio represents a broad range of industries including software, virtual reality, clean-tech, medical devices, biotech and advanced manufacturing. ICE Angels has also raised a number of funds which enable investors to learn, diversify their portfolio, and enrich their angel investing experience.



K1W1 Auckland based investment company owned by Sir Stephen Tindall. It has invested over $100M of seed and venture capital into a large number of New Zealand start-up and early stage businesses from biotech, environmental technology, high tech, software and other high export potential businesses. As well as investing for capital return, the aim is to assist young entrepreneurs who will build an entrepreneurial and innovative culture in New Zealand generating employment and social impact.


Launch Taranaki is a business investment network established to encourage and enable the development and success of innovative entrepreneurs in the Taranaki region. The network is one of New Zealand’s newest angel networks formed in 2016 and has a small but very experienced membership base.



Mainland Angel Investors COIN South, Startup Queenstown Lakes Trust and Startup Dunedin Trust have joined to form MAI Collective ‘Mainland Angel Investor Collective’. MAI is a meeting point for start-ups ready to scale and local angels who generously want to give more than money to see the south succeed.


Matū is a Venture Fund investing in globally relevant disruptive science and technology with intelligent capital and active management. With a combination of strong business, governance, and scientific expertise, Matū is well placed to identify ideas most suitable for commercialisation whether from academic, research, or private sector origins and guide them towards growth and successful exits.



MIG Angels are one of New Zealand’s more experienced angel investment groups managed by Palmerston North’s The Factory. MIG Angels have invested more than $8m in over 20 companies in the last decade. MIG have also raised two funds to invest alongside MIG members. The companies that MIG invests in are high-growth from seed stage onwards, with a particular interest in agri-tech.



Movac is a venture and growth stage investor that invests from seed to series B and beyond. We are high-conviction, high-support and low-volume investors who bring strong functional experience, international connectivity, capability/talent development and global-scale capital.



Nelson Angels is a Nelson-based group of angel investors interested in funding start-up companies in New Zealand, with an emphasis on the Nelson/Tasman region. Nelson Angels is one of the country’s founding angel networks with a core of experienced investors who have a slight preference for cleantech, life sciences and agritech (hardware and software) deals. That said, like all angels what matters most is great deals lead by inspirational founders.



Pacific Channel has over decade of experience in New Zealand and is a venture creation, management and investment firm focused on start-up and early-stage engineering and science-based technology companies. With a wide network of co-investors, Pacific Channel describes itself as creating, building and funding companies to develop and channel their products and/or services into the United States, Europe and East Asia. It has 20 portfolio companies in Dunedin, Christchurch, Nelson, Wellington, Hamilton and Auckland, two exits and has plans to invest in 100 companies.



Punakaiki Fund is a venture capital investor that makes long term investments into high-growth, revenue generating, technology companies. We work closely with companies to support them to scale both globally quickly and effectively. We have total assets of $75 million with a portfolio of 15 investments after recent exits of Vend and Timely.

Punakaiki Fund


Sparkbox Ventures The Group invests in a range of industries from software to biotech and describes itself as backing “passionate teams with global ambitions”. Also under the Sparkbox umbrella is the Global from Day One (GD1) Seed Fund investing in innovative New Zealand based pre-seed companies and GD1 Fund II, a series A fund investing in technology companies with proven business models looking to scale globally.



Sprout is an Accelerator and Investment company who builds global agtech and foodtech companies and entrepreneurs. We offer a semiannual 3 month Accelerator for companies and entrepreneurs generating <$1m in revenue and who are looking for true company acceleration through connections, specialised domain knowledge and investment. Sprout also has a pre-seed investment fund of $40m, where we make up to $1m investments in companies who graduate from the Accelerator or in exceptional circumstances have their HQ and >50% of their business operations based in NZ. Partner will Sprout today.



Zino Ventures We invest in world class entrepreneurs and are taking great New Zealand companies to the Chinese speaking markets.
Zino Innovation Hub, powered by Zino Ventures, is a cross border incubator aiming to combine capital, idea and talent through series of topic specific workshops, in-depth educational programs, and our top industry expert and mentor to help start-up building capabilities and results in scaling up to Asia.



WNT Ventures is based in Tauranga and invests in companies nationwide based on intellectual property and novel technologies sourced from New Zealand’s publicly funded research organisations and the private sector. As one of Callaghan Innovation’s investor-led tech incubators firms can access the government’s repayable grants alongside WNT Ventures own investment funds, as well as a host of other support services and advice. WNT has strong local and international partnerships including Wharf 42, Newnham Park, TiDa, Quayside Holdings, Enterprise Angels, Priority One and numerous other local and regional supporters.

WNT Ventures


Lead Partners

NZTE NZGCP PWC “NZX” Callaghan Innovation

Expert Partner

AVID “Jarden”

AANZ Summit Sponsors

“UniServices” Kiwinet “AWS” “BNZ” “Momentum” “Punakaiki” “MBIE” “GD1” “WellingtonUniVentures” “Movac” WellingtonNZ Booster

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