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Disruption sometimes hurts. How can NZ agribusiness engage?

I am writing this (depressing / optimistic post depending on your point of view) wearing my Wharf42 investment hat. As a co-founder and limited partner in WNT Ventures, I know something about disruption. When you look at some of WNT’s investments, disrupting existing technologies & business models is a core part of the mandate: Think Nyriad, Avertana & Mint Innovation. [...]

By |March 10th, 2019|AgTech|0 Comments

5 things to look out for from New Zealand agritech during 2019

As we settle back into our desks and dust the sand off our jandals, these are 5 things to look out for from New Zealand’s agritech sector in 2019. The ongoing development of Agritech New Zealand. In October, a workshop was held in Auckland to formally define its Purpose. It was attended by the organisation’s Executive Council, representing agritech stakeholders [...]

By |January 8th, 2019|AgTech|0 Comments

Meet the 30+ New Zealand agritech delegates about to make history

In less than 3 weeks, 30+ New Zealand agritech delegates will be joining the 2018 Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program & Conference. This will be the third year that Wharf42 has helped facilitate the event, together with our partners Silicon Valley Forum, Callaghan Innovation & NZTE. When we first embarked on developing the program back in 2015, we could not [...]

By |August 5th, 2018|Silicon Valley|0 Comments

The largest ever delegation of US venture investors is now in New Zealand

Today, the largest ever delegation of US venture investors will be arriving in Tauranga. They will be in the city for almost 48 hours. They are here at attend and speak at Techweek’s headline agritech event, ’10 billion mouths’. Ticket sales to the conference closed last night. Working to leverage access to global capital for the NZ agritech sector [...]

By |May 22nd, 2018|Agritech New Zealand|0 Comments

The Agritech New Zealand roadshow is coming to Wellington & Auckland.

I’m delighted to be able to confirm the dates and venues for the Agritech New Zealand Wellington and Auckland (CBD) roadshow presentations. Thanks go to NZTE for hosting the Wellington event at their Majestic Centre HQ. You can meet and hear from some of the Agritech New Zealand team and reserve your (free) ticket now by clicking on the Eventbrite [...]

By |February 28th, 2018|AgTech|0 Comments

Agritech New Zealand. The eagle has finally landed and what this means for New Zealand’s wider agritech ecosystem

The eagle might have finally landed, but the journey started some 9 months ago. This is the background to that flight. During last April’s 2017 Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program which was attended by 23 Kiwi agritech companies and May’s Farming2020 event in Hamilton, a number of stakeholders in New Zealand’s agritech sector shared their thinking about the sector’s overall [...]

By |February 22nd, 2018|AgTech|0 Comments