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Entrepreneurs Build Innovation Ecosystems. The Tauranga Model Revisited.

It’s hard to believe that it’s over two years since I first posted articles to this blog asking the simple question. Can Tauranga replicate Boulder? For those of you who might have missed them, you can view the original posts below. They are as relevant today as they were then. Can Tauranga Replicate Boulder? - Part 1 (Introduction) Can Tauranga [...]

By |March 29th, 2016|Tauranga|0 Comments

Supporting the Bay of Plenty Regional Research Institute Bid

David Porter, Business Editor of the Bay of Plenty Times, wrote up an interesting piece in Saturday’s paper. He talked about how a new regional research institute in the Bay would build on existing initiatives taking place in the region. The background to the piece goes back to the Government’s 2015 Budget. The Government then announced that up to three [...]

By |November 16th, 2015|Tauranga|0 Comments

The WNT Ventures Model is Working

Last week, the Bay of Plenty Times published an article which talked about the progress that WNT Ventures (WNT) was making. Yesterday, I took part in a WNT Board call from my office in Silicon Valley. The location was fitting, but more of that later. First however, a quick recap. WNT is one of the three new tech-focused Incubators that [...]

By |August 19th, 2015|WNT Ventures|0 Comments

The WNT Ventures website is live

You can now view the WNT Ventures website at www.wntventures.co.nz In the next couple of weeks, WNT Ventures will be announcing the identity of the successful applicant to the recently advertised Venture Manager vacancy. Expect a Version 2.0 of the website to be released shortly after. In the meantime, it has been full throttle for the wider WNT Ventures team. [...]

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

WNT Ventures Appointed as New Tech-focused Incubator

Four weeks ago, I posted my last ‘Can Tauranga Replicate Boulder?’ article to this blog. In that article I said, ‘I believe that Tauranga is now at the point where it has reached a tipping point and both can and will build its own variation of a sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem. It’s time to start talking about the Tauranga model’. It [...]

By |July 9th, 2014|Incubators & Accelerators, Tauranga|1 Comment

UPDATED: KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards 2014

UPDATED 12 June: The Award Winners UPDATED 16.00: The presentations at today's #KiwiNetAwards have demonstrated some of the exciting innovation and technology that is being generated by New Zealand Universities and Crown Research Institutes. Since much of the focus of the day has been on the commercialisation of this research, a number of great stories have been told around the [...]

By |June 10th, 2014|Incubators & Accelerators|0 Comments

Can Tauranga Replicate Boulder? Part 5 (The Role of Leadership)

Over the past few weeks, I have posted several articles which have identified traits in the build of Boulder’s startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem that are reflected in Tauranga. I have talked about the role of Local Government, the role of a University and the role of the Investment community. Today, I want to begin to tie in some of these [...]

By |May 27th, 2014|Tauranga|2 Comments