Check out some of our major upcoming 2018 initiatives

Investing in WNT Ventures
Investing in WNT Ventures
Wharf42 is a co-founder of WNT Ventures, the investor of choice for many New Zealand researchers, CRI’s, universities and privately owned organisations and corporations
Agritech New Zealand is launching in 2018
Agritech New Zealand is launching in 2018
Wharf42 is pleased announce that it has been working with key New Zealand agritech stakeholders to launch this inititaive
10 Billion Mouths
10 Billion Mouths
Check out details of Techweek’18s headline Agritech event at Organised by Wharf42

2017: Kiwi AgriTech takes centre stage

Over the past three years, Wharf42 has established significant partnerships to support and accelerate the growth of New Zealand’s rapidly emerging AgriTech ecosystem.

In Silicon Valley, we are a Plug and Play Tech Center International Partner and a Global Outreach Partner of Silicon Valley Forum. We host the Wharf42 Meteoroid Program at the Plug and Play offices in Sunnyvale, CA.

In New Zealand, we support the commercialisation of complex research and IP from our Universities, Crown Research Institutes & the private sector, via WNT Ventures. A co-founder of WNT, we work with our Silicon Valley networks to provide some of the key global connectivity that will be necessary to scale and accelerate WNT’s investment opportunities.

In 2016, we initiated the first Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program & Conference with our Valley partner, Silicon Valley Forum. With our extensive contacts within the Silicon Valley AgTech start-up and investor ecosystem, we support New Zealand’s growing AgriTech community connect and engage with both its Valley and wider North America market peers.

In April this year, we once again supported a large group of Kiwi AgTech participants take part in the 2017 Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program and Conference. Today, we are working with Silicon Valley Forum, NZTE & Callaghan Innovation to co-organise the 2018 Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program & Conference.

In May this year, we hosted Farming2020, the signature 3-day AgriTech event for Techweek17. Wharf42 has already signed a Partnership Agreement with NZtech to organise Techweek 18’s headline AgriTech & FoodTech event.

In August, Wharf42 signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Western Growers Innovation & Technology Center in Salinas, CA. This provides some very exciting potential opportunities for market access for New Zealand’s AgriTech sector going forward. Expect some big things in 2018.

2017: The year when New Zealand’s emerging AgriTech sector took centre stage.

  • Wharf42 is a co-founder of WNT Ventures, a leading New Zealand tech-focused incubator
  • Wharf42 is a Plug and Play Tech Center International Partner. Plug and Play is the largest business incubator in Silicon Valley
  • Wharf42’s Meteoroid Program, supporting early stage Kiwi tech companies connect with Silicon Valley, is hosted at Plug and Play
  • Wharf42 is a Global Outreach Partner of Silicon Valley Forum. Silicon Valley Forum is the oldest and largest entrepreneur and investor network in the San Francisco Bay area.
  • In May 2017, Wharf42 hosted Farming2020, enabling the New Zealand AgTech sector to take centre stage at Techweek17.
  • Plans are already underway to host an event bigger headline AgriTech & FoodTech event during Techweek18.

Recent Wharf42 Blog Posts

2205, 2018

The largest ever delegation of US venture investors is now in New Zealand

May 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

Today, the largest ever delegation of US venture investors will be arriving in Tauranga. They will be in the city for almost 48 hours. They are here at attend and speak at Techweek’s headline agritech event, ’10 billion mouths’. Ticket [...]

2105, 2018

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER: The online ticket office for the ’10 billion mouths’ conference closes at 6.00pm tonight.

May 21st, 2018|0 Comments

In 48 hours’ time, hundreds of delegates will be arriving at the ASB Baypark Arena in Tauranga for the start of Techweek’s headline agritech event, ’10 billion mouths’. Some of the international delegation have already landed and preparations for the [...]

1705, 2018

’10 billion mouths’ is not just about agritech. It’s also about the amazing premium food that New Zealand produces.

May 17th, 2018|0 Comments

It's Friday 18 May and Techweek'18 kicks off in just 48 hours. 10 billion mouths. We can almost touch it! At Wharf42,  we've committed a significant amount of time into building what we believe is one of the most exciting [...]

1605, 2018

Learn about Miro, the Maori initiative that is creating transformational global food businesses from the regions

May 16th, 2018|0 Comments

The ‘10 billion mouths’ agritech conference has three great breakout sessions running from 1.30pm – 2.45pm. Today, we can talk about one that has the potential for creating transformational global food businesses from the regions. It’s the Miro initiative. In [...]

1205, 2018

Inspiring people to have a say in our changing world with GrowPlenty: 21-22 May, Tauranga

May 12th, 2018|0 Comments

As well as hosting the headline '11 billion mouths' agritech conference, Tauranga is hosting a number of other innovative and insighful events to coincide with Techweek'18. In keeping with an 'agritech-related theme', Venture Centre has developed an exciting two day [...]

805, 2018

Meet the six New Zealand agritech scale-ups pitching for serious investment at ‘10 billion mouths’

May 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Six of New Zealand’s most promising agritech scale-ups are pitching for potentially millions of dollars of investment at the ’10 billion mouths’ conference in Tauranga on Wednesday, 23 May. They have been selected by Wharf42, NZTE & BCC as being [...]

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