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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

Corporate New Zealand. Another one bites the dust

Yesterday, I got news of a good friend transitioning out of his current job. With a brief to help identify new disruptive innovation strategies and opportunities for his company, he had finally decided to throw in the towel. Sadly, he is not the first person I know in this field who has taken this option. It’s a tough brief. Traditional [...]

By |August 3rd, 2016|Corporate Venture|0 Comments

Telling New Zealand’s AgTech Story to the World

One of my six key takeaways from the recent Kiwi AgTech sector tour of Silicon Valley was that whilst our innovation and technology competes with the world’s best, we are not great at promoting ourselves offshore. I guess that distance, together with our natural modesty, both play their part. This has been reinforced with discussions I have had with a [...]

By |June 10th, 2016|AgTech|1 Comment

SVForum’s New Zealand-sponsored 2016 AgTech Conference Agenda Published

I’m delighted to announce that SVForum has published the agenda for the 2016 SVForum AgTech Conference. The Conference takes place in Silicon Valley on Thursday 21 April. Sponsored by Callaghan Innovation and co-organised with Wharf42, the Conference Agenda features a strong New Zealand selection of case studies, keynote speakers and panellists. Over the coming weeks, we will be able to [...]

By |February 16th, 2016|Wharf42|6 Comments

Welcome to the re-designed Wharf42 Website!

Over the past few weeks, we have been playing around with a new WordPress theme and some new online content. After 18 months of updating the old, it was time to start talking about the new. The re-design coincides with some pretty significant strategic announcements we are about to make. After launching the Meteoroid Program back in January, we quickly [...]

By |November 4th, 2015|Wharf42|0 Comments

Focusing on Corporate New Zealand

Over the past few months, I have posted several articles relating to the importance of engaging with Corporate New Zealand. Back in April, I announced the launch of Wharf42 Consulting, a division with a very specific focus on this sector. Although it might seem at odds with Wharf42’s first love, Start-ups, it is actually a wholly complimentary move. That was [...]

By |August 14th, 2015|Wharf42|0 Comments

Down on the Farm – Agriculture in California

I have spent quite a bit of this week looking at the relationship between AgTech & Silicon Valley. As a starting point, I decided to look at the agri-business sector in the wider state of California, so down to the farm I had planned to go. Except that there are 78,000 of them here, so a quick look at the [...]

By |July 23rd, 2015|AgTech|0 Comments

Supporting the ‘Unofficial’ NZ Start-up Sector in the Valley

I have been thinking about this post for some time. Over the past few months, I have been speaking to a number of Kiwi tech start-ups interested in joining the Meteoroid Program. They represent a whole set of different domains and come from different parts of the country. A select few are joining the Program next week. Like most Programs, [...]

By |July 2nd, 2015|Start-Up|0 Comments

Looking for that MASSIVE Opportunity? WNT Ventures is Recruiting!

Applications close at 5.00pm on 30 November 2014 WNT Ventures is looking for an energetic professional with a strong science or engineering background who can build long term relationships with New Zealand Universities, Crown Research Institutes and other research organizations and identify and evaluate IP and novel technologies with commercial potential. WNT Ventures is one three new technology-focused incubators for [...]

By |November 24th, 2014|WNT Ventures|0 Comments

Why New Zealand is a great location for business

I have just booked my next visit to Silicon Valley. I land at SFO next month. Whilst there, I am setting up a number of meetings which will help define an acceleration program that Wharf42 is getting ready to launch. The conversations will be two-way. Getting the Valley investor ecosystem to invest in New Zealand incorporated companies has traditionally been [...]

By |September 17th, 2014|Wharf42|0 Comments