Disruption sometimes hurts. How can NZ agribusiness engage?

I am writing this (depressing / optimistic post depending on your point of view) wearing my Wharf42 investment hat. As a co-founder and limited partner in WNT Ventures, I know something about disruption. When you look at some of WNT’s investments, disrupting existing technologies & business models is a core part of the mandate: Think Nyriad, Avertana & Mint Innovation. [...]

By |March 10th, 2019|AgTech|0 Comments

5 things to look out for from New Zealand agritech during 2019

As we settle back into our desks and dust the sand off our jandals, these are 5 things to look out for from New Zealand’s agritech sector in 2019. The ongoing development of Agritech New Zealand. In October, a workshop was held in Auckland to formally define its Purpose. It was attended by the organisation’s Executive Council, representing agritech stakeholders [...]

By |January 8th, 2019|AgTech|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

The Agritech New Zealand roadshow is coming to Wellington & Auckland.

I’m delighted to be able to confirm the dates and venues for the Agritech New Zealand Wellington and Auckland (CBD) roadshow presentations. Thanks go to NZTE for hosting the Wellington event at their Majestic Centre HQ. You can meet and hear from some of the Agritech New Zealand team and reserve your (free) ticket now by clicking on the Eventbrite [...]

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

Agritech New Zealand is coming to Tauranga, Hamilton & Palmerston North

The Agritech New Zealand roadshow kicks off this coming Thursday in Tauranga. We are in Hamilton on Tuesday week and then Palmerston North during Central District Fieldays. Supported by NZTE, Callaghan Innovation, NZVIF and some of New Zealand’s major agribusinesses, Agritech New Zealand is committed to fostering a collaborative culture within the country’s wider agritech sector to accelerate innovation and [...]

By |February 25th, 2018|AgTech|0 Comments

Agritech New Zealand. The eagle has finally landed and what this means for New Zealand’s wider agritech ecosystem

The eagle might have finally landed, but the journey started some 9 months ago. This is the background to that flight. During last April’s 2017 Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program which was attended by 23 Kiwi agritech companies and May’s Farming2020 event in Hamilton, a number of stakeholders in New Zealand’s agritech sector shared their thinking about the sector’s overall [...]

By |February 22nd, 2018|AgTech|0 Comments

New Zealand AgriTech: Going global in 2018

Whilst most Kiwis remain focused on a wonderful summer vacation, I am writing this first Wharf42 2018 post from the UK. The festive break has provided a fascinating perspective on some of the challenges facing farmers and growers in a very different economic and political environment to that currently being experienced in New Zealand. With Brexit’s trade talks looming and [...]

By |January 8th, 2018|AgTech|0 Comments

Are you ready for a NZ and US ‘Dual Hemisphere R&D Agritech Initiative’?

One of the benefits of partnering with some of Silicon Valley’s key agritech ecosystem players is the access it provides to some ‘big’ strategic thinking. Right now, one active topic of conversation revolves around the opportunity for a Dual Hemisphere R&D Agritech initiative. Essentially, the ‘Dual Hemisphere Strategy’ would see US-based agritech companies conduct R&D in New Zealand during the [...]

By |November 13th, 2017|AgTech|0 Comments

Wharf42 & the Sprout AgriTech Accelerator join forces

Getting early stage New Zealand AgriTech businesses connected to the global market is an important goal for Sprout, New Zealand’s leading AgriTech accelerator. This week, that task has become a whole lot easier. Wharf42 & Sprout have signed a partnership agreement which will provide Sprout alumni businesses with access to Wharf42’s extensive Silicon Valley AgriTech network. Additionally, Wharf42 will become [...]

By |October 4th, 2017|AgTech|0 Comments

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