Women in Venture Capital - Zoom Panel Discussion with Samantha Wong, Lauren Fong and Heather Gaddoniex

Nov 25, 2021, 2:30 – 4:15 AM


Online via Zoom, https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84800268259, Auckland, 1010

Have you always wondered what it really took to work within a Venture Capital Firm or how to get their attention? Startup Grind Auckland has the privilege of hosting (via Zoom) three amazing women this month who are in the AU/NZ Venture Capital space. We will cover everything from how they got into the VC space to tips and advice around what they are looking for in their next venture investments!

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Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84800268259

this event:

This month, Startup Grind are hosting a panel with three amazing women in the AU/NZ Venture Capital space. We will cover everything from how they got into the VC space to tips and advice around what they are looking for in their next venture investments.

Here are some more details on our panelists:

Samantha Wong:

Sam is a General Partner at Blackbird Ventures, an early stage technology venture capital fund.

Blackbird is backing ambitious founders building global businesses. Originally operating only in Australia and now moving into the NZ market.

Blackbird was an early investor in some of the biggest Aussie startup successes – Canva, Zoox, Safety Culture and CultureAmp.

Heather Gaddoniex:

Operating Partner and CMO at Global From Day One

Heather is a growth-oriented marketing leader passionate about bringing world-changing technologies to market and scaling impact.

Lauren Fong:

Lauren Fong is currently the ArcAngels Manager at Icehouse Ventures.

Lauren is helping manage a network of angel investors that exclusively invest in female startups. Last year, Lauren helped raise millions for NZ’s first fund that will invest specifically in women-led ventures. Her mission is to help female founders access funding in NZ. 

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  • Lauren Fong

    Icehouse Ventures

    ArcAngels Manager

  • Samantha Wong


    General Partner

  • Heather Gadonniex

    Global From Day One

    Operating Partner




Thursday, November 25, 2021
2:30 AM – 4:15 AM UTC


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    Startup Grind Auckland


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    Our Closet

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