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
The 2018 Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program
The 2018 Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program
Wharf42 is pleased to be partnering with Silicon Valley Forum, NZTE & Callaghan Innovation to co-organise the 2018 Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program & Conference
ANNOUNCING SOON: Techweek 18's headline agritch event
ANNOUNCING SOON: Techweek 18's headline agritch event
Following 2017’s successful Farming2020 event, Wharf42 is once again partnering with NZTech to organise Techweek 18’s major New Zealand AgriTech event.

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

1312, 2017

‘10 Billion Mouths’ – The 2018 NZ Agritech event is launched

December 13th, 2017|0 Comments

I’m delighted to be able to finally talk about what is shaping up to be a premier New Zealand Agritech event in 2018. It's the first headline event for Techweek’18 to be announced and tickets are now on sale. More [...]

1311, 2017

Are you ready for a NZ and US ‘Dual Hemisphere R&D Agritech Initiative’?

November 13th, 2017|0 Comments

One of the benefits of partnering with some of Silicon Valley’s key agritech ecosystem players is the access it provides to some ‘big’ strategic thinking. Right now, one active topic of conversation revolves around the opportunity for a Dual Hemisphere [...]

2410, 2017

London Calling. Is the NZ AgriTech sector up for it?

October 24th, 2017|0 Comments

Whilst Wharf42 is probably best known for its connectivity with Silicon Valley’s rapidly growing AgriTech ecosystem, our global connections go a little further. During Fieldays in June, many farmers and agribusinesses will have visited the different UK exhibitors taking part [...]

410, 2017

Wharf42 & the Sprout AgriTech Accelerator join forces

October 4th, 2017|0 Comments

Getting early stage New Zealand AgriTech businesses connected to the global market is an important goal for Sprout, New Zealand’s leading AgriTech accelerator. This week, that task has become a whole lot easier. Wharf42 & Sprout have signed a partnership [...]

2509, 2017

New Zealand AgTech intensifies its focus on the US market

September 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Supporting the commercialisation of New Zealand AgTech is at the heart of much of what Wharf42 does. That task is being much easier by the increasing collaboration we are witnessing between New Zealand government agencies and the wider agribusiness sector. [...]

2109, 2017

The AgFunder 2017 Mid-Year Investing Report has been released. Why it matters for New Zealand

September 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Overnight, AgFunder released its 2017 Mid-Year Investing Report. You can download a free copy from here. It identified that early stage investment in agrifood tech startups reached $4.4 billion in the first half of 2017, posting a 6% year-over-year increase [...]

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