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Wharf42 appointed InnoHub AgTech Venture Partner

On Friday, Wharf42 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), with Xiaohui Xu, Director of New Zealand-based InnoHub Holdings Limited. The signing was witnessed by Hongbo Xu, founder and CEO of Guangzhou-based innovation incubator, InnoHub. At the signing of the MOU in Auckland This is significant news for the New Zealand AgTech sector and a major primer for the [...]

By |February 1st, 2017|AgTech|0 Comments

WNT Ventures invests in AgTech start-up, HelixID

Tauranga-based technology incubator, WNT Ventures, has invested into HelixID. HelixID is a Kiwi AgTech start-up developing a ground-breaking wearable technology platform for cows. New Zealand dairy cows waiting for their HelixID wearable tech The investment gives the management team at WNT, the opportunity to work with HelixID partner, the Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC), as well as the team [...]

By |January 9th, 2017|WNT Ventures|0 Comments

Why New Zealand can become a Global AgTech Hub

Over the past few weeks, Wharf42 has been actively engaged in developing three potential global AgTech initiatives. One in the US. One in China. And one in New Zealand. They all have one thing in common. Connecting New Zealand’s growing AgTech sector with the global market. Leveraging New Zealand's vast AgriBusiness domain expertise Plans for next year’s Silicon [...]

By |November 3rd, 2016|AgTech|0 Comments

Welcome to the Year of the Monkey

In last month’s ‘The Wharf42 Preview of 2016’ post, I talked a little bit about Asia as being one of our key focus areas of activity this year. Last Thursday, I invited Kiwi startups to apply to join the SPH Plug and Play Accelerator Program in Singapore. You can view that post here. Today, like millions of others, I will [...]

By |February 8th, 2016|International|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

Building a Global AgTech hub in New Zealand

Yesterday, I was able to announce the date of the 2016 SVForum ‘How Digital Technologies are Transforming AgTech’ Conference. It is great to have been selected as the Conference Co-organiser since it provides New Zealand with a platform to take a thought leadership position on the future of AgTech in the world’s leading innovation hub. The reaction to the announcement [...]

By |November 6th, 2015|AgTech|0 Comments

Doing Business with China: Beware the Consequences in the US

On 7 April 2008, New Zealand signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China. This was the first time that China had entered into a comprehensive FTA with a country member of the OECD and New Zealand was rightly proud of the achievement. Since then, China has become New Zealand’s largest trading partner, displacing Australia who had traditionally held that [...]

By |March 13th, 2014|US Government|0 Comments