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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

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

UPDATED: Monday 7 August: Tauranga's inaugural Festival of Innovation, Groundswell, kicks off today. It's quite simply, 7 days of awesomeness. It promises to be an amazing week of events, networking and collaboration. A number of events are already SOLD OUT. Tickets to some however are still available from the Groundswell website. The team at Wharf42 looks forward to catching up [...]

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

EXCLUSIVE: ALL 28 VIDEOS ONLINE: The 2017 Farming2020 Video Collection is published

Wharf42 is delighted to publish all 28 videos that captured so much amazing New Zealand AgTech content at this month’s Farming2020 event. As I have said many times before, Farming2020 was not a three-day event. Timed to coincide with New Zealand’s Techweek17, it has been designed as a platform to help build and promote New Zealand’s emerging AgTech sector. The [...]

By |June 1st, 2017|AgTech|0 Comments

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