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Can New Zealand be a Start-up Nation?

I have just returned from a week’s vacation in Bali. It was sorely needed. The recent launch of the Meteoroid Program and the final bedding in of WNT Ventures meant that some time out was due. The break also gave me a chance to read Dan Senor & Paul Singer’s fascinating book, ‘Start-up Nation’, the story of Israel’s economic miracle. [...]

By |November 21st, 2014|New Zealand|1 Comment

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

Oren Gershtein: Transforming the New Zealand economy

Last week, I spent Thursday and Friday with Oren Gershtein. Oren was chief executive of Israel’s leading technology incubator, Jerusalem’s Van Leer Ventures, for nine years. He was in New Zealand to talk to the three new tech-focused incubators recently selected by Callaghan Innovation to introduce this tech-focused incubator model to the country. At a presentation to a group of [...]

By |September 22nd, 2014|Incubators & Accelerators|0 Comments

Can New Zealand Replicate the Israeli Technology Incubator Model?

This is a follow up to yesterday’s post, ‘Importing the Israeli Technology Incubator Model into New Zealand’. In yesterday’s post, I quoted extensively from Oren Gershtein’s explanation in Callaghan Innovation’s recent Accelerate e-zine as to how the Israeli Technology Incubator model worked. Today, I am looking at the New Zealand perspective of this model as explained by Chris Somogyi, General [...]

By |July 24th, 2014|Incubators & Accelerators|0 Comments

Importing the Israeli Incubator model into New Zealand

Whilst I was offshore, Callaghan Innovation published their regular e-zine, Accelerate. The issue contained an interesting article by Oren Gershtein who has been advising Callaghan on their recent new Business Incubator Program; most specifically, the new tech-focused incubators. Israeli technology companies going global In the article, Oren explains the Israeli technology incubator model and its impact on the [...]

By |July 23rd, 2014|Incubators & Accelerators, WNT Ventures|1 Comment