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BREAKING: Tauranga’s new $8.42 million Regional Research Institute; Plantech

It was great to hear that the Bay of Plenty’s bid for a new Regional Research Institute, centred on horticulture, has been approved by Government. The announcement was made at this morning’s Bay of Connections forum in Rotorua. The Government will contribute $8.42 million towards the running costs of the Institute over the next five years. This will be matched [...]

By |July 14th, 2017|Tauranga|0 Comments

Ignition Stage 11 Co-Working Space Launches in Tauranga

At 7.30am tomorrow morning, I will be attending the formal launch of the Ignition Stage 11 Co-Working Space in Tauranga. It is a place I am going to become very familiar with. With its downtown presence, Wharf42 will be one of its first tenants. Ignition has been developed by Priority One, the Western Bay of Plenty economic development agency. It’s [...]

By |May 22nd, 2014|Tauranga, Wharf42|7 Comments

The Technology for Smarter Business Expo, Tauranga: Thursday 29 May 2014

I am re-publishing an email that landed in my Inbox yesterday. The Technology for Smarter Business Expo is on again in Tauranga this year, and the organisers are calling for those interested in exhibiting at the show: When:   Thursday 29 May 2014 Where:  Baycourt Exhibition Hall, Durham Street, Tauranga Expo:    12:30pm to 5.00pm (set up from 7:00am) Baycourt [...]

By |April 15th, 2014|Tauranga|0 Comments

Building the Wharf42 Service Partner Network

Over the coming weeks, Wharf42 will be working with Priority One, the Western Bay of Plenty Economic Development Agency, to establish a Service Partner network for the Wharf42 Plug and Play Technology Incubator. The concept is modelled on the very successful Service Partner network that the Plug and Play Tech Center has developed to support its start-up community in Sunnyvale, [...]

By |April 11th, 2014|Tauranga|0 Comments

Can Tauranga Replicate Boulder? – Part 2 (The Role of Local Government)

I have just arrived in Sunnyvale and the timing of this post is fortuitous. As I was preparing to jump on the plane in Tauranga, I was joined in the airport departure lounge by Mayor Stuart Crosby and other Bay of Plenty local government officials and business leaders preparing to head out for the two week Sister Cities tour of [...]

By |March 31st, 2014|Start-Up|4 Comments

‘Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in your City’

Last week, I posted a blog entitled, ‘Can Tauranga Replicate Boulder?’ Part of the inspiration for the article has come from Brad Feld’s book, ‘Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in your City’. "Startup communities" are popping up everywhere, from cities like Boulder and Boston and countries ranging from Israel to Iceland. These types of entrepreneurial ecosystems are driving innovation [...]

By |March 24th, 2014|Tauranga|4 Comments