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

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 reversing the downward trend of 2016 when agrifood tech investing dropped 17% to $6.9 billion from $8.3 billion in 2015. [...]

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

WNT Ventures is hiring! For a newly created Investment Manager role

WNT Ventures is looking to hire a newly created Investment Manager role to be based in New Zealand’s most amazing city, (a little bias perhaps!), Tauranga. WNT Ventures has recently secured commitments from existing and new investors nationally for its Second Fund.  With the new fund up and running, and following the completion of the initial investment phase of its first fund (, [...]

By |September 5th, 2017|WNT Ventures|0 Comments

BREAKING: AgTech to take centre stage at Techweek 2018

I’m delighted to announce that Wharf42 has signed a Strategic Alliance Agreement with the New Zealand Technology Industry Association (NZTech) to work together to deliver the major Food & AgTech ‘Hero Event’ for Techweek 2018. In May this year, Wharf42 organised Techweek 2017's Farming2020 3-day event. If you want to view some of the 28 amazing presentations that took place [...]

By |August 22nd, 2017|Wharf42|0 Comments

Venture Centre is growing Tauranga’s innovation ecosystem outreach

Last week, Tauranga hosted its inaugural innovation festival, Groundswell. Over seven days, a number of truly inspiring events were held across the city, featuring many of the Bay of Plenty’s leading entrepreneurs and emerging tech businesses, enabling us to celebrate their outstanding achievements. Last night, I joined a large crowd at Tauranga’s Art Gallery to enjoy the festival’s final showcase; [...]

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

Wharf42 & the Western Growers Innovation & Technology Center join forces

Over the weekend, Wharf42 entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Western Growers Innovation & Technology Center, based in Salinas, CA. The MOU is designed to provide early stage New Zealand AgTech companies with access to the co-working space facility at the Center’s offices in Salinas. This includes access to training and mentorship, monthly seminars, regularly scheduled events [...]

By |July 24th, 2017|Wharf42|0 Comments

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