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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

Do company KPIs stifle disruptive innovation?

I’ve just got back from an excellent Q&A session with Colart Miles of Velox Innovation. He was speaking about innovation at a breakfast session here in Tauranga hosted by Spark Lab. Over the past 12 months, I have spent a lot of time talking to Kiwi corporates about the role of disruptive innovation. A lot of what Colart said this [...]

By |October 6th, 2016|Corporate Venture|0 Comments

Corporate New Zealand. Another one bites the dust

Yesterday, I got news of a good friend transitioning out of his current job. With a brief to help identify new disruptive innovation strategies and opportunities for his company, he had finally decided to throw in the towel. Sadly, he is not the first person I know in this field who has taken this option. It’s a tough brief. Traditional [...]

By |August 3rd, 2016|Corporate Venture|0 Comments

Adding a Slice of Kiwi to Corporate Venture

In my New Year preview post, ‘What will Wharf42 be doing in 2016’, I spoke a little bit about our increasing focus on corporate venture in New Zealand. Feedback prompted a second post; ‘Corporate Venturing will be a feature in New Zealand in 2016’. Earlier this week, I spent a couple of days in Auckland speaking to one or two [...]

By |January 21st, 2016|Corporate Venture|0 Comments

Corporate Venturing will be a feature in New Zealand in 2016

2016 is the year when corporate venturing will finally come of age in New Zealand . In my recent preview of 2016, I stated that corporate venturing was to be one of Wharf42’s key focus areas over the next 12 months. As with most New Year resolutions, this one goes back in time. It is my direct experience of the growth [...]

By |January 7th, 2016|Corporate Venture|0 Comments

Investing in Corporate Venture

Over the past twelve months, I suspect that a good 90% of my focus has been on building up Wharf42’s capabilities to support start-up tech companies in both New Zealand and Silicon Valley. In New Zealand, Callaghan Innovation’s announcement last July that WNT Ventures had been selected as one of three new tech-focused incubators consolidated an emerging collaboration between entrepreneurs [...]

By |May 28th, 2015|Corporate Venture|1 Comment

Spark by Name. Spark by Nature?

So Telecom is no more. With a $20M re-branding spend, New Zealand’s newest telco is re-born. Or is it? Simon Moutter, Spark’s Managing Director says that the name matters. “It has to have relevance, ignite passion…it’s the right thing for us to pick up a brand that’s about the future, not the past”. So let’s look at the big picture. [...]

By |August 11th, 2014|Corporate Venture|0 Comments

Corporate Venture: Coming to New Zealand

Last week, I posted that Callaghan Innovation had appointed WNT Ventures as one of New Zealand’s three newly created Technology-focused incubators. Yesterday, I arrived in Sunnyvale to meet the team at the Plug & Play Tech Center to discuss how we can best host and showcase the best of New Zealand startups and early stage ICT businesses in Silicon Valley. [...]

By |July 17th, 2014|Corporate Venture|5 Comments