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The AgFunder 2017 Mid-Year Investing Report has been released. Why it matters for New Zealand

Overnight, AgFunder released its 2017 Mid-Year Investing Report. You can download a free copy from here. It identified that early stage investment in agrifood tech startups reached $4.4 billion in the first half of 2017, posting a 6% year-over-year increase reversing the downward trend of 2016 when agrifood tech investing dropped 17% to $6.9 billion from $8.3 billion in 2015. [...]

By |September 21st, 2017|Raising Capital|0 Comments

AgFunder Half Year Report: Time for NZ AgTech to break the glass ceiling?

On Friday, AgFunder released its 2016 mid-year investment report. It coincided with an insightful summary, on AgFunderNews, of the first Sprout AgTech Accelerator program and its outcomes. Hat doffed to James and the team at BCC for the program’s successful first year focus on positive deliverables, as opposed to simple funding outcomes. This should be the measure of success for [...]

By |August 9th, 2016|AgTech|0 Comments

Telling New Zealand’s AgTech Story to the World

One of my six key takeaways from the recent Kiwi AgTech sector tour of Silicon Valley was that whilst our innovation and technology competes with the world’s best, we are not great at promoting ourselves offshore. I guess that distance, together with our natural modesty, both play their part. This has been reinforced with discussions I have had with a [...]

By |June 10th, 2016|AgTech|1 Comment

The Kiwi AgTech delegation has landed. Let the Program begin

The 30 Kiwi AgTech companies taking part in this week’s Silicon Valley AgTech program have landed. Today, the 3-day AgTech Immersion Program begins. It’s the culmination of several months of planning and I think it’s fair to say that we have nailed it. Last night,  the Kiwi AgTech delegation met up for a pre-Program meet-up in SF The [...]

By |April 19th, 2016|AgTech|0 Comments

‘The Future of New Zealand AgTech’

Last night, I had the opportunity to keynote at the 2016 University of Waikato Management School Alumni event. The theme of my presentation was ‘The Future of New Zealand AgTech’. You can view the full presentation on SlideShare below. I spoke about some of the key messages I have been advocating for the past 12 months. These can be broadly [...]

By |April 6th, 2016|AgTech|0 Comments

Attracting Global AgTech Talent & Investment to New Zealand

UPDATE: 23 April 2016: As of today, 29 New Zealand AgTech companies had signed up to join the Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program and SVForum Conference next month. Is this the largest ever Kiwi tech business delegation visiting an offshore tech event? I think it might be. Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to listen to a number of early [...]

By |March 22nd, 2016|AgTech|0 Comments

Meet some of the US AgTech folk reaching out to New Zealand

The upcoming Silicon Valley AgTech week (18-22 April) is generating significant interest amongst the US AgTech community. To-date, over 20 New Zealand AgTech businesses have signed up to join the 3-day Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program and 1-day Callaghan Innovation sponsored SVForum AgTech Conference at GSV Labs in Redwood City. The quality of US AgTech folk reaching out to the [...]

By |March 11th, 2016|AgTech|0 Comments

The AgTech Investment Report 2015: New Zealand Missing In Action

Yesterday, I read AgFunder’s just released AgTech Investing Report: Year in Review 2015. It made both positive and depressing reading at the same time. Let’s focus first of all on the positive. The year saw 499 companies attract US $4.6 billion of investment across 526 rounds of financing, far surpassing initial expectations for the year, and nearly doubling 2014 figures [...]

By |February 19th, 2016|AgTech|0 Comments

Leveraging our key Valley networks and Asia

In my blog post last week, ‘What will Wharf42 be doing in 2016?’, I talked a little bit about what I believe will be our key focus areas of activity for the next twelve months. One very specific area I mentioned was our engagement with potential partners in Asia. For an entity best known for its Silicon Valley roots, that [...]

By |January 12th, 2016|Wharf42|0 Comments

Wharf42 Comment: Sand Hill Bets on Precision Agriculture Event

Last night, Jacqui and I joined several hundred AgTech entrepreneurs and investors at VLab’s AgTech Silicon Valley gig: Sand Hill Bets on Precision Agriculture. The event took place inside the Knight Management Center at Stanford University. Much of the background to the event can be found on previous posts to this site. To re-cap however. Agriculture is now one of [...]

By |September 17th, 2015|AgTech|0 Comments