Silicon Valley AgTech Alert. The Kiwis are coming!

The bags are packed. The passports have been found. Tomorrow, Jacqui and I fly out to San Francisco as part of the Kiwi vanguard in advance of next week’s Silicon Valley 3-day AgTech Immersion Program and 1-day 2016 SVForum AgTech Conference. The journey started almost 12 months ago. It was Bill Reichert and Adiba Barney’s visit to New Zealand in [...]

By |April 12th, 2016|AgTech|0 Comments

‘The Future of New Zealand AgTech’

Last night, I had the opportunity to keynote at the 2016 University of Waikato Management School Alumni event. The theme of my presentation was ‘The Future of New Zealand AgTech’. You can view the full presentation on SlideShare below. I spoke about some of the key messages I have been advocating for the past 12 months. These can be broadly [...]

By |April 6th, 2016|AgTech|0 Comments

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

Attracting Global AgTech Talent & Investment to New Zealand

UPDATE: 23 April 2016: As of today, 29 New Zealand AgTech companies had signed up to join the Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program and SVForum Conference next month. Is this the largest ever Kiwi tech business delegation visiting an offshore tech event? I think it might be. Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to listen to a number of early [...]

By |March 22nd, 2016|AgTech|0 Comments

Waikato Media Release: ‘Get the jump on the future of ag-tech’

So you are based in the Waikato or the Bay of Plenty and want to see some of the latest AgTech innovations transforming the way we not only produce our food but also what we eat and drink. Join me. To apply for a free ticket, just click this link http://bit.ly/ceealumnievent This is one event I will not miss! University [...]

By |March 2nd, 2016|Wharf42|0 Comments

Meet Wharf42 at the 2016 University of Waikato Alumni Event

This perhaps sounds a bit like self-promotion but hey. I am just delighted to have been invited to guest speak at this year’s University of Waikato Alumni Event. It takes place on 5 April. I spent Monday morning going through the event program with Meshweyla Macdonald, Executive Director and Aimee Burness, Leader Development and Administration, at the University of Waikato [...]

By |February 17th, 2016|Wharf42|0 Comments

Will your AgTech Startup Secure the World Cup Tech Challenge?

SVForum this week announced that AgTech will be one of the six tech categories that will compete for the World Cup Tech Challenge at the Microsoft campus in Mountain View, CA on 1 June this year. SVForum first launched the World Cup Tech Challenge in May 2014, where the next generation of the hottest emerging technology companies from around the [...]

By |January 8th, 2016|AgTech|0 Comments