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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

Join the 30+ kiwis attending next month’s 2018 Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program

Once again, Wharf42 is delighted to be working with Callaghan Innovation & our partner, Silicon Valley Forum, to enable New Zealand agritech entrepreneurs meet and engage with Silicon Valley’s vast agritech ecosystem. Next month, we will be visiting different agritech hubs in the San Francisco Bay area, San Jose, Salinas and Fresno as we connect with innovators, investors and some [...]

By |July 17th, 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

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

New Zealand AgTech intensifies its focus on the US market

Supporting the commercialisation of New Zealand AgTech is at the heart of much of what Wharf42 does. That task is being much easier by the increasing collaboration we are witnessing between New Zealand government agencies and the wider agribusiness sector. One clear example of this is the intensification of the sector's focus on the massive opportunities being offered in the [...]

By |September 25th, 2017|International|0 Comments

Venture Centre is growing Tauranga’s innovation ecosystem outreach

Last week, Tauranga hosted its inaugural innovation festival, Groundswell. Over seven days, a number of truly inspiring events were held across the city, featuring many of the Bay of Plenty’s leading entrepreneurs and emerging tech businesses, enabling us to celebrate their outstanding achievements. Last night, I joined a large crowd at Tauranga’s Art Gallery to enjoy the festival’s final showcase; [...]

By |August 14th, 2017|Tauranga|0 Comments

Join Tauranga’s Inaugural Innovation Festival: Groundswell: 7-13 August

UPDATED: Monday 7 August: Tauranga's inaugural Festival of Innovation, Groundswell, kicks off today. It's quite simply, 7 days of awesomeness. It promises to be an amazing week of events, networking and collaboration. A number of events are already SOLD OUT. Tickets to some however are still available from the Groundswell website. The team at Wharf42 looks forward to catching up [...]

By |June 27th, 2017|Tauranga|0 Comments

Inside San Francisco’s Accelerator Playbook: Important lessons for New Zealand

During April’s Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program and Conference, the Kiwi delegation spent two hours hearing from some of the region’s most exciting synthetic biology startups. They all had one thing in common. They were either alumni or participants of the Indie Bio Accelerator Program. Indie Bio is based in downtown San Francisco. The presentations provided some really interesting insights [...]

By |June 26th, 2017|Raising Capital|0 Comments

Can increased collaboration improve the NZ AgTech sector’s global reach?

On Friday, I attended Chris Hartshorn’s inspirational presentation; ‘How Technology is changing Agribusiness from Farm to Fork’, at Fieldays. Chris absolutely nailed it. Chris is Chief Technology Officer at Callaghan Innovation. He covered a diverse range of topics affecting the AgTech sector including the convergence of information and matter, the changing consumer, integrated solutions, the digital age, and how to [...]

By |June 19th, 2017|AgTech|0 Comments