Wharf42 sponsors the first ever Hardware Meetup AKL AgTech Event
TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND – 25 October 2016: Wharf42 is delighted to be the main sponsor of Hardware Meetup AKL’s first ever meetup. The event’s theme is AgTech. It takes place on Wednesday 9th November from 5.30pm – 8.30pm at GridAKL, Wynyard Quarter. You can come along, grab a beer and some pizza, meet new people, and we will then talk hardware. Very, very cool hardware.
All you need to do to attend is book a ticket for the princely sum of $10 (nope, that is not a misprint) on the Meetup page here. A stunning price when you look at the quality of speakers that Elyse Wyatt and her team have lined up.
They include Robotics Plus director and design engineer, Alistair Scarfe, who is on the shortlist for the Young New Zealand Innovator of the Year award.
The sponsorship reflects Wharf42’s commitment to build out New Zealand’s global AgTech opportunity. That commitment maps the ambition of Hardware Meetup AKL to bring together engineers, entrepreneurs, designers and enthusiasts passionate about building innovative and commercially viable products. On the night, we will hear from experts and founders, discuss the latest technology, check out products, and share resources. Founders and engineers will have the chance to showcase their products and companies.
New Zealand AgTech Sector to provide Global Thought Leadership at SVForum’s 2016 AgTech Conference
TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND – 5 November 2015: Wharf42 is delighted to jointly announce the date of SVForum’s 2016 ‘How Digital Technology is Transforming AgTech’ Conference. The Conference will be held in Silicon Valley on Thursday 21 April 2016. The Conference will explore how emerging digital technologies such as robotics, drones, sensors and big data are creating more productive and sustainable agri-business opportunities for the future.
The conference is designed for anyone interested in current agriculture technology industry trends, together with engaging in meaningful interaction with key executives, professionals, technologists, entrepreneurs, innovators, and thought leaders ready to disrupt and transform the AgTech ecosystem. The conference will bring together industry leaders and players to take a look into the future of AgTech and the impact that emerging digital technologies are having on the whole agriculture sector.
Adiba Barney, President & CEO of SVForum says, “Over the past few years, digital technologies have been having an increasingly significant impact on both the farming and the food processing sectors. As the world faces the urgent need to increase food production by 70%, by the year 2015 to meet the demands of its growing population, digital technologies have the potential to disrupt existing agriculture models in both a positive and a sustainable way”.
Peter Wren-Hilton, founder of Wharf42 commented, “In both New Zealand and the US, Wharf42 has been working with representatives of the farming, food processing, AgTech innovation and AgTech investor sectors. We strongly believe that emerging digital technologies have the potential to create a profound impact on the Farm of the Future. Wharf42 is delighted to have been selected to co-organise this major event”.
Wren-Hilton added, “We believe that the New Zealand AgTech sector can take a significant global thought leadership position in helping determine the long-term direction that this impact will make. SVForum’s 2016 AgTech Conference provides the platform and opportunity for New Zealand AgTech businesses to present opportunities for co-investment, and collaboration across Silicon Valley, the US and globally”.
SVForum will be releasing further details of the Agenda, Keynote Speakers and panellists on the SVForum website (www.svforum.org) shortly.
High Profile Silicon Valley Thought Leaders to Visit New Zealand
TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND – 29 April 2015: Wharf42, the New Zealand-based business connector focused on identifying high-potential NZ technology start-ups, getting them to Silicon Valley and plugging them into that region’s vast technology ecosystem today announced the imminent arrival to New Zealand of two of Silicon Valley’s leading thought leaders, Bill Reichert and Adiba Barney.
The visit features events in Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington and Christchurch. The visit is designed to enable early stage tech businesses and members of the New Zealand investment community connect and learn more about the current tech and investment landscape in Silicon Valley.
Peter Wren-Hilton, founder of Wharf42 says, “Wharf42 is working with Silicon Valley Forum, Garage Technology Ventures, Plug and Play and other entrepreneurial and investment networks in the Valley to help open up this vast ecosystem to potential high growth New Zealand tech companies. This visit is part of a longer term strategy to help New Zealand entrepreneurs and investors meet and connect directly with key members of that ecosystem”.
Bill Reichert comments, “New Zealand is well-known as a country where innovation is of the highest international standard. Taking that innovation offshore and effectively commercialising it however means that tech companies need to understand the market they are targeting. I am delighted to have the opportunity to share my perspectives on the U.S. market and the Silicon Valley ecosystem, and also to have the opportunity to find some brilliant start-ups for Garage Technology Ventures”.
Adiba Barney says, “I am excited to be meeting the local entrepreneur and investor community. SV Forum is dedicated to assisting start-ups from around the world connect with the Silicon Valley ecosystem. We are delighted to be working with the team at Wharf42 to help New Zealand entrepreneurs along that journey”.
TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND – 29 April 2015: Wharf42, the New Zealand-based business connector focused on identifying high-potential NZ technology start-ups, getting them to Silicon Valley and plugging them into that region’s vast technology ecosystem today announced that it had established a new division; Wharf42 Consulting.
Corporates have different requirements from New Zealand’s start-up and early stage tech sector. With capital resource and established governance practices in place, these companies are, in the main, following traditional business models. That is their strength. It is also potentially their biggest threat.
Fortune 500 companies are reaching out to Silicon Valley and the wider start-up ecosystem. They are aware that changes in technology today are not simply innovative; they can be highly disruptive. Across significant parts of the business world; finance, health, media, retail and high value manufacturing, disruptive technologies threaten those most unprepared for them; often the largest and most established sector incumbents.
In the US, these incumbents have learnt to not only embrace disruptive technology; they have learnt to love it. Disruptive technology provides the tools and the differentiation necessary to distinguish themselves for commercial gain.
Peter Wren-Hilton, Founder of Wharf42 says, “Over the past few months, Wharf42 has been approached by New Zealand corporates looking to reach out to Silicon Valley. Their leadership teams are aware of the threat posed by disruptive technology. Being 5,000 miles away from the source is no protection from it. They know they need to engage. Wharf42 Consulting possesses the expertise and connectivity to make that engagement happen ”.
Wharf42 Launches the Meteoroid Program
TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND – 23 January 2015: Wharf42, the New Zealand-based business connector focused on identifying high-potential NZ technology start-ups, getting them to Silicon Valley and plugging them into that region’s vast technology ecosystem, today announced the launch of its 2015 Silicon Valley Acceleration Program, Meteoroid.
The Meteoroid Program has been designed to enable New Zealand startup and early stage ICT businesses accelerate their entry into Silicon Valley. Accessing relevant business development and investor networks in Silicon Valley is a key component of the Program. That is why this New Zealand managed program will be run out of the Plug and Play Tech Center, Silicon Valley’s largest business incubator.
Peter Wren-Hilton, Wharf42 founder says, “Our Silicon Valley team is made up of a group of experienced entrepreneurs and sophisticated investors. This team is dedicated to supporting the Program by facilitating access to the Valley’s extensive eco-system of angel investor networks, venture capitalists, tech and corporate partners”.
“In New Zealand”, Wren-Hilton continued, “we are working with a number of service partners whose experience of Silicon Valley and the North American market will help the startup and early stage businesses accepted into the Meteoroid Program, prepare for market entry. We are hugely excited by the opportunity that the Meteoroid Program will bring to New Zealand’s rapidly growing ICT sector”.
Jupe Tan, VP Plug and Play International says, “Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, Plug and Play’s global network includes 300+ tech startups, 30+EIRs and a community of leading universities and corporate partners. With over 100 VCs, over 50 strategic corporate investors, and Plug and Play internal funding, our access to potential investors is unparalleled”.
Tan continued: “We are delighted to partner with the Meteoroid Program. We are working with Wharf42 to provide access to the mentoring, investment and corporate partner networks that will enable New Zealand entrepreneurs connect with Silicon Valley’s vast innovation ecosystem”.
Wharf42 Celebrates the Selection of WNT Ventures as a Tech-Focused Incubator
TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND – 9th July 2014:Callaghan Innovation has accepted a proposal from the newly formed WNT Ventures for a technology-focused incubator. The RFP, which went out in March of this year, asked for private sector support to develop high-growth, early-stage firms. Incubators that are appointed as technology-focused incubators will have access to the new Repayable Grants for start-ups programme.
Technology-focused incubators operate with a market-based, profit-driven focus to establish and nurture businesses based particularly on Intellectual Property (IP) and novel technologies, derived from New Zealand Research and Development (R&D). They identify a suitable IP-protected idea or new technology that may not have an associated entrepreneur, and then work to build a business team around the IP. They typically focus on building up a business to a stage where the start-up is attractive to Angel or Venture Capital investors.
Steve Saunders of Plus Group is “excited with this opportunity brings for both the BOP region and the whole country. The incubator will lift the profile of new businesses and technologies and drive development and growth. I’m looking forward to working with a broad range of companies.”
WNT Ventures will have the capability to commercialise complex IP based ideas or technology across three distinct areas that play an important part in New Zealand’s economic development and that are being developed by centres of expertise in the Bay of Plenty: technology for the primary sector at Newnham Park; high value manufacturing from metal powders at TiDA; and information and communications technology at Wharf42.
“The three parties bring together a broad technology base,” said Warwick Downing, CEO of TiDA. “By working as a group, WNT are able to apply expertise in a wide range of IP areas. And for TiDA, it builds on the high tech manufacturing that has been established in the BOP and builds on the relationships that have been established nationally.”
“The cross pollination of skills from WNT will enable a greater capability for the development of the companies, technologies, and products coming through the incubator,” said Timothy Allan of Locus Research.
Start-ups in incubation will have the option of being located centrally with the incubator manager or at one of the three hubs if that is more beneficial to the team and the development of the business.
Wharf42 and Plug and Play International Announce Strategic Partnership
TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND – 4 March 2014: Wharf42 and the Plug and Play Tech Center today announced the launch of the Wharf42 Plug and Play Technology Incubator.
The Wharf42 Plug and Play Technology Incubator has been established to work with New Zealand Universities, Crown Research Institutes and private sector entrepreneurs to identify suitable IP-based ideas or technology which will benefit from a range of customised incubation services designed to commercialise that IP in the global market. The Wharf42 Plug and Play Technology Incubator will have offices in both Tauranga, New Zealand & Sunnyvale, CA.
Peter Wren-Hilton, Wharf42 founder says of the launch of the Wharf42 Plug and Play Technology Incubator, “By joining forces with Plug and Play, Silicon Valley’s largest startup accelerator, Wharf42 will provide access to incubation best practice, an established network of global corporate partners and significant angel and venture funding opportunities in both New Zealand and Silicon Valley. By introducing startup and early stage New Zealand businesses to the Silicon Valley eco-system and enabling them to experience Silicon Valley at first hand as part of the incubation process, we believe we can significantly assist accelerate the commercialisation process.”
Saeed Amidi, Founder and CEO of Plug & Play has been appointed to the Wharf42 Advisory Board.
Of the launch of the Wharf42 Plug & Play Technology Incubator, Saeed says, “Plug & Play is delighted to partner with Wharf42. We are keen to work with Wharf42 to provide mentorship and funding, as well as introductions to Plug and Play’s global community of corporate and investor partners to help convert world class research and innovation into world class businesses on the global stage. We believe that the Wharf42 Plug and Play Technology Incubator provides both the human and capital resource as well as the global connectivity necessary to accelerate these opportunities”.
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