About Peter Wren-Hilton

Wharf42 is a reflection of my passion to connect start-up and early stage New Zealand software companies to Silicon Valley. It is a bridge I have crossed many times before. It is a journey I want to share.

WNT Ventures invests into Mint Innovation

Whilst, Wharf42 has been actively involved in supporting New Zealand’s AgTech sector in recent weeks with major initiatives such as April's 2017 Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program & Conference and this month’s Farming2020 event hosted during Techweek17, we have also been working closely with our partners and co-investors in WNT Ventures. Tauranga - Home to WNT Ventures We’ve [...]

By |May 22nd, 2017|WNT Ventures|0 Comments

Farming2020 publishes its 3-day Presentation schedule

Farming2020 is delighted to publish its 3-day Presentation schedule. The Presentations will take place in the Hooper Innovation Centre on the LIC Innovation Farm, from Tuesday 9th – Thursday 11th May. To view the Presentation Schedule in detail, please go to The Programme tab above this blog post. The Programme features many of New Zealand’s most innovation-focused thought leaders working [...]

By |May 2nd, 2017|Farming2020|0 Comments

Silicon Valley is coming to Farming2020!

Yesterday, I flew back into Tauranga following the amazing 2017 Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program and Conference that took place last week. For the second year running, the Kiwi delegation was the standout team. Multiple discussions were, and are, taking place right now with both US and international agribusiness players. The financial benefit to the individual Kiwi AgTech companies involved [...]

By |April 10th, 2017|Silicon Valley|1 Comment

The Kiwis have landed. Let the Silicon Valley AgTech Program begin!

It’s great to be back in San Francisco. I’m joining the 20+ New Zealand participants for the 2017 Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program and Conference. It’s a four-day event and it’s going to be a blast. We’ve lined up a number of exciting presentations, meetings and receptions with our partners, Silicon Valley Forum, that will enable the Kiwi delegation to [...]

By |April 3rd, 2017|Silicon Valley|3 Comments

Farming2020 – Free exhibitor space available to NZ AgTech startups. Apply here

At Wharf42, we are gearing up for what is one of Techweek 2017’s premier innovation events – Farming2020. Farming2020 is being hosted at the LIC Innovation Farm, located just outside Hamilton and runs from Tuesday 9th – Thursday 11th May. This three-day event includes an Exhibition Marquee, where some of New Zealand’s most innovative AgTech startups and emerging businesses will [...]

By |March 29th, 2017|Farming2020|0 Comments

Techweek17, Farming2020 & Silicon Valley – Grasping the Opportunity

Yesterday, the Techweek17 national organising team formally launched the portal that will be the focus point for the 100+ events that will light up New Zealand’s innovation scene during Techweek17 in May. You can view the formal media release that accompanied the launch here. It was great that the team acknowledged Farming2020 as one of Techweek17’s signature events. It was [...]

By |March 13th, 2017|Farming2020|0 Comments

Ambassador Tim Groser to Join the NZ AgTech delegation in Silicon Valley

I’m delighted to confirm that New Zealand’s Ambassador to the USA, Tim Groser, intends to join the New Zealand delegation attending the 2017 Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program and Conference, in early April. Ambassador Groser is looking to visit San Francisco from 2 – 4 April. This will take in the Kiwi delegation welcome party on Sunday 2 April and [...]

By |February 26th, 2017|Silicon Valley|0 Comments

Fonterra and LIC launch Agrigate

On Friday, I attended the launch of the Agrigate Data Platform. It is an exciting new joint venture between Fonterra and the Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC). It was great to see New Zealand’s two largest dairy co-operatives working together to bring the Agrigate platform to farmers. The platform’s dashboard aggregates data from multiple sources allowing individual farmers to not only [...]

By |February 20th, 2017|AgTech|0 Comments

Fonterra Farm Source Activate 2.0 – The Latest Status Update

Applications to enter the Fonterra Farm Source Activate 2.0 event have been arriving ever since the initiative was first announced last Wednesday. Wharf42 would like to thank its friends at New Zealand’s AgTech Accelerator, Sprout, Callaghan Innovation & NZVIF for helping spread the word. Awesome work guys. Plus of course the amazing team at Fonterra Farm Source who are putting [...]

By |February 14th, 2017|AgTech|0 Comments

LIC Innovation Farm to host Farming2020

Drones, robotic technologies, and automated on-farm sensors – they’re all on display near Hamilton, as LIC’s Innovation Farm plays host to the agricultural showcase ‘Farming2020’. Farming 2020 is among the signature events included as part of an inaugural three-day event, Techweek17, which takes place from Tuesday 9 May. Meet some of the LIC Innovation Farm team Wayne McNee, [...]

By |February 13th, 2017|Farming2020, Wharf42|0 Comments