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WNT Ventures invests into Mastaplex

Mastaplex is a Dunedin-based company which has the aim of developing and commercialising a point-of-care bovine mastitis diagnostic test. Mastitis is a problem that effects all International milk operations (there are approximately 270 million dairy cows).  Currently farmers diagnose Mastitis via visual identification of inflammation of a cows udders and/or clotting of the milk.  Farmers and Vets usually choose to [...]

By |December 10th, 2015|WNT Ventures|0 Comments

Wharf42 Partners with SVForum’s ‘Internet of Everything’ Conference

Over the past few months, I’ve spoken about how Wharf42 no longer just engages with the Silicon Valley ecosystem. Instead, we have become part of it. It's a great place to be. Sitting here in Tauranga today, this might seem like a strange concept. However five years of consistent f2f engagement with that ecosystem has enabled us to build some [...]

By |November 20th, 2015|Wharf42|0 Comments

Innovation at Fieldays 2015 – And a lesson to be learnt

I spent yesterday visiting the Innovation Hub at Fieldays 2015. The timing was perfect. Today, I have a WNT Ventures Investment Committee meeting and AgTech is high on the agenda. First of all some background: Fieldays is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest agricultural event, providing a unique opportunity to showcase New Zealand’s agriculture, agribusiness and agtech. 120,000 visitors are expected to [...]

By |June 12th, 2015|Incubators & Accelerators|0 Comments

AgTech and Silicon Valley

OK. It’s time to begin to talk about this one. I have had several interesting conversations over the past few weeks about the state of AgTech and Silicon Valley. It’s not that surprising. In New Zealand, it’s a sector we know something about. Over the years, I have looked at the state of the sector in Silicon Valley and it [...]

By |April 21st, 2015|Silicon Valley|2 Comments