Dame Patsy hosted a networking reception for SheEO at Government House in Auckland. SheEO is a women-led inititative that raises investment capital and distributes it to women-led businesses in the form of interest-free loans.
Five ventures are chosen a year in each SheEO region, with the organisation having helped 63 businesses to further success since being founded in 2015.
SheEo founder Vicki Saunders spoke of how difficult it can be for women-led businesses to attract financing and how this in turn leads to good ideas being wasted.
Guests also heard from SheEo Venture leader Sue De Bievre, CEO of Beany who spoke of the importance tof SheEO support for the growth of her company.