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Welcoming Fonterra: Sponsor of the ’10 billion mouths’ Start-up Showcase

I’m delighted to confirm that Fonterra is sponsoring the ’10 billion mouths’ Start-up Showcase, Techweek18's headline agritech event, at the ASB Arena in Tauranga on Wednesday 23 May. Agritech start-up businesses from across New Zealand are being invited to apply to join the Showcase. With prominent angel and venture capital investors attending the event, together with representatives from many of [...]

By |March 8th, 2018|Techweek'18|0 Comments

Agritech New Zealand is coming to Tauranga, Hamilton & Palmerston North

The Agritech New Zealand roadshow kicks off this coming Thursday in Tauranga. We are in Hamilton on Tuesday week and then Palmerston North during Central District Fieldays. Supported by NZTE, Callaghan Innovation, NZVIF and some of New Zealand’s major agribusinesses, Agritech New Zealand is committed to fostering a collaborative culture within the country’s wider agritech sector to accelerate innovation and [...]

By |February 25th, 2018|AgTech|0 Comments

Introducing Yamaha Motor Ventures: Techweek18’s major ’10 Billion Mouths’ sponsor

As we prepare to start promoting Techweek18’s headline agritech event ’10 Billion Mouths’, it’s great to be able to announce our first major sponsor. I’m also delighted that the event has attracted one of Silicon Valley’s most active investors in the agritech, robotics and automotive space to New Zealand. Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley (YMVSV) has, roll of [...]

By |January 22nd, 2018|Techweek'18|0 Comments

WNT Ventures is hiring! For a newly created Investment Manager role

WNT Ventures is looking to hire a newly created Investment Manager role to be based in New Zealand’s most amazing city, (a little bias perhaps!), Tauranga. WNT Ventures has recently secured commitments from existing and new investors nationally for its Second Fund.  With the new fund up and running, and following the completion of the initial investment phase of its first fund (www.wntventures.co.nz/portfolio), [...]

By |September 5th, 2017|WNT Ventures|0 Comments

WNT Ventures is hiring!

WNT Ventures is a Tauranga-based, technology incubator and is the investor of choice for many researchers, CRI's, universities and privately owned organisations and corporations. We have a growing portfolio and a great team of people, known for our strong national and international networks, strategic and investment capability as well as our collaborative, partnership approach to investing into science-led technology. Tauranga [...]

By |November 16th, 2016|WNT Ventures|0 Comments

Do company KPIs stifle disruptive innovation?

I’ve just got back from an excellent Q&A session with Colart Miles of Velox Innovation. He was speaking about innovation at a breakfast session here in Tauranga hosted by Spark Lab. Over the past 12 months, I have spent a lot of time talking to Kiwi corporates about the role of disruptive innovation. A lot of what Colart said this [...]

By |October 6th, 2016|Corporate Venture|0 Comments

0.Ventures – A fresh approach to building revenue-focused Kiwi startups

Last night, I joined Dan Khan & Sam Bonney as they introduced their new initiative, ZeroPoint Ventures (0.Ventures), to a packed house at Basestation in Tauranga. 0.Ventures presentation to a packed house in Tauranga last night In short, 0.Ventures provides early-stage funding, evidence-based coaching, and a clear pathway for software entrepreneurs to build a $1MM+ revenue business within [...]

By |July 29th, 2016|Entrepreneurial Ecosystem|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

WNT Ventures publishes its new portal

It’s great to see that the new WNT Ventures portal is now live. You can view it at www.wntventures.co.nz The launch comes towards the end of a fascinating first full year of operation. As a member of both the WNT Ventures General Partner Board and its Investment Committee, it has opened my eyes to some of the amazing research, IP [...]

By |December 8th, 2015|WNT Ventures|0 Comments

WNT Ventures – Seeking an Analyst

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again! WNT Ventures is the investor of choice for many researchers, CRI's, universities and privately owned organisations and corporations. We have a licence via our partnership with Callaghan Innovation to deploy investment capital into early stage technologies with the intention of developing them into globally successful companies. WNT Ventures is known for [...]

By |October 19th, 2015|WNT Ventures|0 Comments