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The 2018 Agritech New Zealand roadshow has landed in the South Island!

The 2018 Agritech New Zealand roadshow has landed in the South Island and over the next week the team will be hosting events in Nelson, Lincoln & Dunedin. If you want to attend and learn more about some of the fantastic opportunities now facing the sector, register for your free ticket now: Monday 15 October: Nelson: Tuesday 16 October: [...]

By |October 14th, 2018|Agritech New Zealand|0 Comments

Join the Emerging Futures Summit webinar on Food this Wednesday

I’m delighted to be joining Toni Laming, CEO of Blinc Innovation & Grant Bennett, Lecturer in Microbiology and Food Safety at ARA Institute of Canterbury, for Wednesday’s Emerging Futures Summit webinar on Food. Organised by New Zealand Education, the Emerging Futures Summit is a free online global workshop designed for young people to connect, collaborate and shape their future path. [...]

By |October 4th, 2018|International|0 Comments

The next big global agritech opportunity.

It’s a question I was asked last week. Three times. It was essentially this. If New Zealand’s agritech sector had $100M of connected capital to invest in the next big global agritech opportunity, what would it be? It’s a great question. Over the past few weeks, I have been struck by two major opportunities. Automation: During the recent Silicon Valley [...]

By |September 23rd, 2018|International|0 Comments

Western Growers Partners with Agritech New Zealand to Connect Global AgTech Markets

I’m delighted to able to announce that Agritech New Zealand has signed a significant partnership agreement with Western Growers, the largest producers of fresh produce in North America. The agreement addresses some of the significant challenges that New Zealand agritech companies have faced when entering the US market. Where to land? Who to speak to? How to validate tech in-market [...]

By |August 30th, 2018|Silicon Valley|0 Comments

Meet the 30+ New Zealand agritech delegates about to make history

In less than 3 weeks, 30+ New Zealand agritech delegates will be joining the 2018 Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program & Conference. This will be the third year that Wharf42 has helped facilitate the event, together with our partners Silicon Valley Forum, Callaghan Innovation & NZTE. When we first embarked on developing the program back in 2015, we could not [...]

By |August 5th, 2018|Silicon Valley|0 Comments

Join the 30+ kiwis attending next month’s 2018 Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program

Once again, Wharf42 is delighted to be working with Callaghan Innovation & our partner, Silicon Valley Forum, to enable New Zealand agritech entrepreneurs meet and engage with Silicon Valley’s vast agritech ecosystem. Next month, we will be visiting different agritech hubs in the San Francisco Bay area, San Jose, Salinas and Fresno as we connect with innovators, investors and some [...]

By |July 17th, 2018|Silicon Valley|0 Comments

Lessons learnt in Salinas, Monterey Bay

Last week, I had the opportunity to represent Agritech New Zealand at two major agtech events in the San Francisco Bay area: The Mixing Bowl IT Food conference in the city and the Forbes Live AgTech Summit in Salinas, Monterey Bay. In Salinas, I was joined by about 600 other agri innovators, agribusinesses and agri investors. It was good to [...]

By |July 6th, 2018|Silicon Valley|0 Comments

“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