“New Zealand, it’s time to get your big boy or big girl pants on as the Agritech moment has arrived”.

So said Arama Kukutai, co-founder and managing director of Finistere Ventures, in his keynote address at the ’10 billion mouths’ agritech conference in Tauranga last week. And Arama should know. He has just led the largest ever delegation of Silicon Valley venture capital investors to New Zealand. During their four days in the country, the delegation had the opportunity to [...]

By |May 30th, 2018|Raising Capital|0 Comments

There are just 1 day to go before early bird ticket sales for Techweek18’s headline agritech conference ‘10 billion mouths’ close

It’s perhaps fitting that early bird ticket sales for Techweek18’s headline agritech conference ‘10 billion mouths’ close on 31 March. On Saturday, ’10 billion mouths’ showcase scale-up, Robotics Plus, announced that it had received investment from the ’10 billion mouths’ conference main sponsor, Yamaha Motor Ventures. Two weeks ago, Biolumic, a New Zealand agritech start-up company which uses ultraviolet light to [...]

By |March 26th, 2018|10 billion mouths|0 Comments

‘10 Billion Mouths’ – The 2018 NZ Agritech event is launched

I’m delighted to be able to finally talk about what is shaping up to be a premier New Zealand Agritech event in 2018. It's the first headline event for Techweek’18 to be announced and tickets are now on sale. More details about 10 Billion Mouths can be viewed at the event web page at https://techweek.co.nz/whats-on/2018/10-billion-mouths-39/. 10 Billion Mouths will showcase [...]

By |December 13th, 2017|Techweek'18|0 Comments

Wharf42 sponsors the Hardware Meetup AKL AgTech event

Wharf42 is delighted to be the main sponsor of Hardware Meetup AKL’s first ever meetup. The event’s theme is AgTech. It takes place on Wednesday 9th November from 5.30pm – 8.30pm at GridAKL, Wynyard Quarter. You can come along, grab a beer and some pizza, meet new people, and we will then talk hardware. Very, very cool hardware. All you [...]

By |October 25th, 2016|Wharf42|0 Comments

VIDEO: GPS-it at the Silicon Valley AgTech Conference

This is the second in our series of video presentations taken from the recent NZ Agtech tour of Silicon Valley. The tour included a full 3-Day AgTech Immersion Program when we met AgTech innovators, investors, farmers and accelerators, as well as the 1-Day SVForum AgTech Conference on 21 April at GSVLabs in Redwood City. The SVForum AgTech Conference gave New [...]

By |May 24th, 2016|AgTech|0 Comments

VIDEO: Robotics Plus at the SVForum AgTech Conference

As Wharf42 prepares to support Engender Technologies compete in the finals of the SVForum World Cup Tech Challenge AgTech category next week (1 June), we will this week be publishing videos of some of the great Kiwi AgTech company presentations that took place in Silicon Valley last month. (Before I introduce Robotics Plus, if you have not already voted for [...]

By |May 23rd, 2016|AgTech|1 Comment

Connecting Tauranga and the regions with the USA

On Friday, I had the pleasure of hosting the US Ambassador to New Zealand, Mark Gilbert, for lunch, in Tauranga. In the morning we had spoken about the upcoming SVForum AgTech Conference next month and the growing intersection between New Zealand’s tech and agriculture sectors. Over lunch, we met several business colleagues to talk about the rapidly growing innovation ecosystem [...]

By |April 4th, 2016|Tauranga|0 Comments