Wharf42 is based in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, Bay of Innovation

Inspiring people to have a say in our changing world with GrowPlenty: 21-22 May, Tauranga

As well as hosting the headline '11 billion mouths' agritech conference, Tauranga is hosting a number of other innovative and insighful events to coincide with Techweek'18. In keeping with an 'agritech-related theme', Venture Centre has developed an exciting two day series of workshops called GrowPlenty. They've attracted some fantastic technologists and entrereneurs to support this programme. If you are planning [...]

By |May 12th, 2018|Tauranga|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

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

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

Unleashing one of Tauranga’s best kept startup secrets – PropFi

I have spoken before about Tauranga’s hidden startup gems. Well I’ve not exactly publicly identified them. That’s their gig. I am however delighted to see Angie & Paul Zingel finally launch PropFi. It’s been a project almost two years in the making. I was fortunate enough to join them for part of that journey last year. In my view, Angie [...]

By |October 3rd, 2016|Tauranga|0 Comments

Tauranga’s investment ecosystem is a template for regional New Zealand

Yesterday, Tauranga-based Enterprise Angels launched the AngelEquity equity crowdfunding platform. AngelEquity aims to bring together wholesale investors and business angels to connect them with entrepreneurs. It is this that sets it apart from New Zealand’s other seven existing equity crowd funding platforms. This in no ‘mom and pop’ investment platform. Tauranga - New Zealand's regional investment ecosystem template [...]

By |September 29th, 2016|Tauranga|0 Comments

Crossing the Chasm (that’s San Francisco to Tauranga)

I’ve spent this morning going through my recent posts and two themes seem to stand out. An obsession with AgTech and an obsession with the Valley. The truth is, I have no problem with that. They have become core to my DNA. The reality however is that for the first time in five years, it looks as though I will [...]

By |June 7th, 2016|Tauranga|0 Comments

Connecting Tauranga and the regions with the USA

On Friday, I had the pleasure of hosting the US Ambassador to New Zealand, Mark Gilbert, for lunch, in Tauranga. In the morning we had spoken about the upcoming SVForum AgTech Conference next month and the growing intersection between New Zealand’s tech and agriculture sectors. Over lunch, we met several business colleagues to talk about the rapidly growing innovation ecosystem [...]

By |April 4th, 2016|Tauranga|0 Comments

Entrepreneurs Build Innovation Ecosystems. The Tauranga Model Revisited.

It’s hard to believe that it’s over two years since I first posted articles to this blog asking the simple question. Can Tauranga replicate Boulder? For those of you who might have missed them, you can view the original posts below. They are as relevant today as they were then. Can Tauranga Replicate Boulder? - Part 1 (Introduction) Can Tauranga [...]

By |March 29th, 2016|Tauranga|0 Comments

Supporting the Bay of Plenty Regional Research Institute Bid

David Porter, Business Editor of the Bay of Plenty Times, wrote up an interesting piece in Saturday’s paper. He talked about how a new regional research institute in the Bay would build on existing initiatives taking place in the region. The background to the piece goes back to the Government’s 2015 Budget. The Government then announced that up to three [...]

By |November 16th, 2015|Tauranga|0 Comments