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Wharf42 & the Sprout AgriTech Accelerator join forces

Getting early stage New Zealand AgriTech businesses connected to the global market is an important goal for Sprout, New Zealand’s leading AgriTech accelerator. This week, that task has become a whole lot easier. Wharf42 & Sprout have signed a partnership agreement which will provide Sprout alumni businesses with access to Wharf42’s extensive Silicon Valley AgriTech network. Additionally, Wharf42 will become [...]

By |October 4th, 2017|AgTech|0 Comments

The Kiwis have landed. Let the Silicon Valley AgTech Program begin!

It’s great to be back in San Francisco. I’m joining the 20+ New Zealand participants for the 2017 Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program and Conference. It’s a four-day event and it’s going to be a blast. We’ve lined up a number of exciting presentations, meetings and receptions with our partners, Silicon Valley Forum, that will enable the Kiwi delegation to [...]

By |April 3rd, 2017|Silicon Valley|5 Comments

4 Days of Silicon Valley AgTech goodness for just $1295!

It’s official. Online registration is now available for the 2017 Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program. Working with our partner, Silicon Valley Forum, we are pleased to be able to announce details of the 2017 program. It will take place across the wider San Francisco Bay area from 3 – 6 April. You can view the Program and its contents in [...]

By |October 18th, 2016|AgTech|1 Comment

Plug and Play announce the launch of their AgriFood Tech Platform

On 9th November, Plug and Play will be hosting the launch of its brand new Corporate Innovation Platform – AgriFood Tech. The announcement was first made by Seena Amidi back in April during the 2016 Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program visit to the Plug and Play Tech Center. It was one of the highlights of the Kiwi AgTech delegation’s week [...]

By |August 17th, 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

Are you joining the SV AgTech Immersion Program in 2017?

Once again, Wharf42 is working with Klaus and the team at Silicon Valley Forum to develop a major AgTech Immersion Program to Silicon Valley for Kiwi and other global AgTech companies. Mark the date: It will run from 3-7 April 2017. The format for next year’s program includes 3 days of meetings with the Silicon Valley and wider Northern California [...]

By |July 19th, 2016|AgTech|0 Comments

The Changing Face of Tech Accelerators in Silicon Valley

During last week’s tour of Silicon Valley, the New Zealand AgTech delegation had the opportunity to visit the Plug and Play Tech Center, in Sunnyvale. I have, of course, a very close affinity with Plug and Play. It has been my Valley home for the past five years and I have seen its ecosystem grow up over this time. That [...]

By |April 28th, 2016|Incubators & Accelerators|0 Comments

A Letter from Sunnyvale

Hey Silicon Valley! It’s great to be back! Jacqui and I touched down at San Francisco International yesterday. Today, we are reconnecting with friends and business partners from across the region. We are here to lead the vanguard of 30 Kiwi companies due to arrive in town over the next 72 hours for a week of intense AgTech engagement. So [...]

By |April 15th, 2016|Silicon Valley|0 Comments

Thinking ANZAC. Can New Zealand’s startup ecosystem adapt?

I’ve got a call to make today. A Queensland-based AgTech startup wanting to participate in the SVForum AgTech Conference next month. I’m more than happy to oblige. Let’s bring it on, I say. When I look at New Zealand’s relationship with Australia’s rapidly growing innovation ecosystem, I do so through a Silicon Valley pair of eyes. It’s a bit like [...]

By |March 4th, 2016|Start-Up|2 Comments

Corporate Venturing will be a feature in New Zealand in 2016

2016 is the year when corporate venturing will finally come of age in New Zealand . In my recent preview of 2016, I stated that corporate venturing was to be one of Wharf42’s key focus areas over the next 12 months. As with most New Year resolutions, this one goes back in time. It is my direct experience of the growth [...]

By |January 7th, 2016|Corporate Venture|0 Comments