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The Plug and Play 2015 Startup Camp Fall Expo Report

On Thursday, Plug and Play hosted its 2015 Startup Camp Fall Expo. Wharf42 and the Meteoroid Program are based here. New Zealand Trade & Enterprise are setting up an office at the campus at the end of the month. It was great to have Jennifer Clamp, Innovation peep from ATEED join us for the day. Next year, we are working [...]

By |September 14th, 2015|Start-Up|1 Comment

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

Join the ‘Preparing an IP Strategy for the US Market’ Meteoroid Webinar with Everedge IP

I am delighted to announce the second webinar in the Meteoroid Webinar Series: ‘Preparing an IP Strategy for the US Market’. It takes place at 9.00am on Wednesday 15 April (NZT). You can connect to it, free of charge, via this link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/528694013 I am also delighted that it is being presented by one of the world’s leading IP Strategy [...]

By |April 8th, 2015|Intellectual Property|0 Comments

The Meteoroid Program Silicon Valley Service Partner Network

One of the key projects I set myself for this week was to consolidate the Meteoroid Program Service Partner network here in Silicon Valley. Even though I am only three day’s into the week, that project is now almost complete. When any early stage New Zealand tech business lands on the West Coast, it is very easy to underestimate the [...]

By |February 26th, 2015|Silicon Valley|1 Comment

WNT Ventures Relocates to Basestation

Wharf42 is delighted that WNT Ventures has relocated its offices to Basestation, Tauranga’s Information, Communication and Technology hub. We know the team at Basestation well. It was in their HQ that Wharf42 launched the Meteoroid Program at the end of January. It is here that many of Tauranga’s leading ICT entrepreneurs, including the Venture Centre initiative, are based. WNT Ventures [...]

By |February 23rd, 2015|WNT Ventures|0 Comments

Seasons Greetings from the team at Wharf42

2014 has been a stunning year and 2015 promises much more of the same. The past twelve months have witnessed the formation of the Wharf42 Plug and Play Technology Incubator, the successful bid by WNT Ventures to become one of just three New Zealand tech-focused incubators and, most recently, the announcement by Wharf42 of the 2015 Silicon Valley Meteoroid Program. [...]

By |December 19th, 2014|Wharf42|0 Comments

2104 Highlights: Wharf42 announces the Meteoroid Program

It was great to be able to finally pull some of the wraps off Wharf42's 2015 Silicon Valley Acceleration Program. It even had a name and a logo: Meteoroid by name, Meteoroid by nature. The announcement has set the tone for much of Wharf42's activity for 2015. We look forward to working with a host of partners in New Zealand [...]

By |December 18th, 2014|Wharf42|2 Comments

The Case for Vertical Accelerators

Last week, our Silicon Valley partner, the Plug and Play Tech Center, announced its FinTech & Security Winter 2015 Accelerator Program. It is a 12-week program focused on startups innovating in the areas of mobile payments and banking, security and authentication.  Startups accepted into the program are offered exclusive mentorship, feedback on product ideas and roadmaps, introductions to investor and [...]

By |December 9th, 2014|Incubators & Accelerators|1 Comment

Is it time for New Zealand Start-ups to Scale-up?

Last month, I published a post, ‘Can New Zealand be a Startup Nation?’ It scored one of the biggest spikes in traffic to this blog for some time. It also generated some interesting comments. They made me think. Had I actually asked the right question? On reflection, the answer is probably ‘no’. It was Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn who [...]

By |December 2nd, 2014|Entrepreneurial Ecosystem|0 Comments

Getting to Know (and work with) Amcham

Welcome to Amcham: The American Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand. AmCham has been promoting trade, investment, tourism and education links between the United States of America and New Zealand for over 45 years. Its membership is diverse and it is made up of many of the US Fortune 500 companies and leading NZ corporates representing turnover well in excess [...]

By |December 1st, 2014|Wharf42|0 Comments