I’m delighted to confirm that New Zealand’s Ambassador to the USA, Tim Groser, intends to join the New Zealand delegation attending the 2017 Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program and Conference, in early April.

Ambassador Groser is looking to visit San Francisco from 2 – 4 April. This will take in the Kiwi delegation welcome party on Sunday 2 April and selected meetings thereafter. The only caveat is that if something blows up in DC, (figuratively speaking), he will be a no-show.

New Zealand Ambassador Tim Groser

Ambassador Groser’s intention to attend this year’s Silicon Valley AgTech program reflects the significance of the Program to New Zealand’s AgTech and wider Agribusiness sector. Ambassador Groser and other members of New Zealand’s US-based trade team will be on hand to meet and speak to the delegation. They are keen to learn how they can support New Zealand rapidly growing AgTech businesses engage with, and enter, the US market.

If the 2016 Silicon Valley AgTech ImmersionProgram was one of discovery for many first time Kiwi AgTech entrepreneurs to the US market, the 2017 Program has been designed to focus on real US market entry.  To support this goal, James Wilde (NZTE), Klaus (SVForum) and I have attempted, over the past few months, to build on last year’s 2016 AgTech Immersion Program by attracting more major US C-level Agribusiness executives. We have succeeded in that goal. We have also attracted more leading Valley-based AgTech & Sustainability investment funds to join the Program & Conference. Klaus, in particular, has also managed to build an enhanced international flavour to the Program this year by attracting some key global players.

These include:

·         Anna de Klauman, Minister Councelor, Food & Agriculture

·         Brandon Lee, Consul General Canada

·         Ricardo Dominguez Garcia-Baquero, Vice-Minister for Agriculture (Andalucia Spain)

·         Jose Eduardo Calzada, Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture

·         Bernardo Guillamon, Inter American Development Bank

More invitations with international parties are currently being discussed. I will share details on this blog, as soon as we have locked them down.

The good news is that there is still time for New Zealand AgTech and Agribusinesses to attend. A 15% discount is available to Kiwi companies on the Program cost. Just go to http://siliconvalleyforum.com/event/28163279126 and enter the Promo code BAC15. Discounted hotel rooms are also available from the same web page. You can also view the full Program here.

James and I very much hope that the NZ AgTech sector can join us in San Francisco. We have worked hard to ensure that the program and the opportunities around it provide maximum benefit to New Zealand’s growing AgTech sector. You will have the opportunity to spend quality time with the Anbassador and NZTE trade staff to discuss how best NZ Inc. can support your entry into this most important of markets.

It will be an amazing four days. If you have any questions in the meantime, about any aspect of the Program, please drop me a direct line at peter@wharf42.co.nz.

I look forward to hearing from you, and hopefully meeting up, in San Francisco.