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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.

UPDATE: Meet some of the 28 Aussie VC’s coming to NZ in August

On Monday, I published a breaking post about a planned visit by Aussie VCs to New Zealand. At the time, I said that I was surprised that I had not heard more about the visit before then. That’s one hell of a shame. 28 Aussie VCs are now coming to NZ. That's awesome! The good news is that [...]

By |July 21st, 2017|Raising Capital|0 Comments

ATTENTION: Kiwi startups. Pitch to Aussie VCs. In New Zealand. Next month.

Some of Australia’s leading venture capitalists are visiting our shores in August. For New Zealand tech startups looking to raise capital, this might be a great opportunity to meet, connect and engage. The visit is being put together by the aptly-named High Expectation and its co-sponsors, Amazon Web Services and New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE). You can learn more [...]

By |July 17th, 2017|Corporate Venture|1 Comment

BREAKING: Tauranga’s new $8.42 million Regional Research Institute; Plantech

It was great to hear that the Bay of Plenty’s bid for a new Regional Research Institute, centred on horticulture, has been approved by Government. The announcement was made at this morning’s Bay of Connections forum in Rotorua. The Government will contribute $8.42 million towards the running costs of the Institute over the next five years. This will be matched [...]

By |July 14th, 2017|Tauranga|0 Comments

Stanford’s Graduate School of Business is coming to New Zealand

I am delighted to confirm that Stanford’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) will be traveling to New Zealand. When Wharf42 was first established in 2012, it was designed to support early stage New Zealand tech companies engage with Silicon Valley’s vast innovation ecosystem. As one who has spent a considerable time living and working in the Valley, I know just [...]

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

NZ AgTech companies can win a business trip to the UK

I have been asked by the UK Department for International Trade (DIT) to reach out to the New Zealand AgTech sector to talk a little bit about an opportunity to fly business class to London, courtesy of Qatar Airways; participate in a tailored business programme and receive a complimentary ticket to attend the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit on 17-18 October. [...]

By |July 2nd, 2017|AgTech|0 Comments

Join Tauranga’s Inaugural Innovation Festival: Groundswell: 7-13 August

Groundswell, Tauranga's inaugural Festival of Innovation, has been created to power the movement which is gathering pace and sparking collaborations, conversations and connections. From the 7th -13th August, locations across Tauranga will come alive with a range of events to showcase how the city’s businesses and people are leading the way through innovation. Tauranga, New Zealand: Home to Groundswell [...]

By |June 27th, 2017|Tauranga|0 Comments

Inside San Francisco’s Accelerator Playbook: Important lessons for New Zealand

During April’s Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program and Conference, the Kiwi delegation spent two hours hearing from some of the region’s most exciting synthetic biology startups. They all had one thing in common. They were either alumni or participants of the Indie Bio Accelerator Program. Indie Bio is based in downtown San Francisco. The presentations provided some really interesting insights [...]

By |June 26th, 2017|Raising Capital|0 Comments

Calling all NZ AgTech Entrepreneurs: Enter today!

Calling all NZ AgTech entrepreneurs! I have just received a call from James at the NZ Innovation Council, asking me to reach out to the New Zealand AgTech community to help promote the 2017 NZ Innovation Awards and the Innovation in Agribusiness and Environment category. I needed no encouragement. The NZ Innovation Awards were created to give smart, innovative NZ [...]

By |June 21st, 2017|AgTech|0 Comments

Can increased collaboration improve the NZ AgTech sector’s global reach?

On Friday, I attended Chris Hartshorn’s inspirational presentation; ‘How Technology is changing Agribusiness from Farm to Fork’, at Fieldays. Chris absolutely nailed it. Chris is Chief Technology Officer at Callaghan Innovation. He covered a diverse range of topics affecting the AgTech sector including the convergence of information and matter, the changing consumer, integrated solutions, the digital age, and how to [...]

By |June 19th, 2017|AgTech|0 Comments

Fieldays 2017: A Time to Celebrate New Zealand AgTech

This week, New Zealand hosts the southern hemisphere’s largest agricultural show. Jacqui and I will be joining the more than 130,000 others, expected to attend 2017 National Fieldays . It's four days of high-profile AgTech goodness. Fieldays is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest agricultural show Fieldays really is a show for everyone. With its tractor pulling competitions, wood chopping, [...]

By |June 11th, 2017|AgTech|0 Comments