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About Peter Wren-Hilton

Wharf42 is a reflection of my passion to scale and build New Zealand's agritech sector at home and offshore

“New Zealand, it’s time to get your big boy or big girl pants on as the Agritech moment has arrived”.

So said Arama Kukutai, co-founder and managing director of Finistere Ventures, in his keynote address at the ’10 billion mouths’ agritech conference in Tauranga last week. And Arama should know. He has just led the largest ever delegation of Silicon Valley venture capital investors to New Zealand. During their four days in the country, the delegation had the opportunity to [...]

By |May 30th, 2018|Raising Capital|0 Comments

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

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 sales to the conference closed last night. Working to leverage access to global capital for the NZ agritech sector [...]

By |May 22nd, 2018|Agritech New Zealand|0 Comments

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

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 conference are almost complete. Pack-in starts tomorrow as the set designers move in to transform the Arena to accommodate the [...]

By |May 21st, 2018|10 billion mouths|0 Comments

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

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 agritech conference programmes that New Zealand has ever seen. The presence of the significant international delegation of global thought leaders [...]

By |May 17th, 2018|10 billion mouths|0 Comments

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

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 this session you will learn about: Māori values consumers care about, increasing land productivity sustainably, driving social impact from regions, [...]

By |May 16th, 2018|10 billion mouths|0 Comments

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

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 series of workshops called GrowPlenty. They've attracted some fantastic technologists and entrereneurs to support this programme. If you are planning [...]

By |May 12th, 2018|Tauranga|0 Comments

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

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 representative of some of New Zealand’s emerging high growth, disruptive early stage agritech businesses that are demonstrating real potential for [...]

By |May 8th, 2018|10 billion mouths|0 Comments

Learn how to build a high value, premium brand at ’10 billion mouths’ with Zespri

Wharf42 is delighted to have secured Zespri as a major sponsor at Techweek’s headline agritech conference, ’10 billion mouths’. Over the past few weeks, we have been speaking with their Mount Maunganui-based team about the content of their sponsored break-out session, ‘Building a high value, global premium brand’. We have been blown away by their commitment to bring global thought [...]

By |May 7th, 2018|10 billion mouths|0 Comments

Have you entered the 2018 Fieldays Innovation Awards?

Wharf42 is delighted to be a partner of the 2018 Fieldays Innovation Awards. Two weeks ago, Jacqui and I joined Peter Nation, CEO of National Fieldays, and his team at the Grand Hall in Parliament to celebrate the 50th anniversary of National Fieldays. Last Thursday, Peter spoke at the Agritech New Zealand Auckland event where he highlighted the importance of [...]

By |March 28th, 2018|AgTech|0 Comments

There are just 1 day to go before early bird ticket sales for Techweek18’s headline agritech conference ‘10 billion mouths’ close

It’s perhaps fitting that early bird ticket sales for Techweek18’s headline agritech conference ‘10 billion mouths’ close on 31 March. On Saturday, ’10 billion mouths’ showcase scale-up, Robotics Plus, announced that it had received investment from the ’10 billion mouths’ conference main sponsor, Yamaha Motor Ventures. Two weeks ago, Biolumic, a New Zealand agritech start-up company which uses ultraviolet light to [...]

By |March 26th, 2018|10 billion mouths|0 Comments