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‘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

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

The Central North Island Entrepreneurial Ecosystem is Growing

The first few weeks of 2015 have seen a lot of Wharf42’s time spent on building out the Meteoroid Program. It’s perhaps time though to reflect on some of the context of this activity in terms of the growing central north island entrepreneurial ecosystem. Last year, a number of posts to this blog focused on the success achieved by securing [...]

By |February 9th, 2015|Wharf42|0 Comments

Priority One – Innovation is driving the Bay’s Economy

Last night, Priority One (P1) hosted its Annual General Meeting at the Baycourt Theatre in Tauranga. I have already posted an article dedicated to P1. It is the Western Bay of Plenty’s economic development agency. Wharf42 is a member which makes the P1 model unique in New Zealand. It is a business community-driven EDA as opposed to the more usual [...]

By |October 16th, 2014|Tauranga|0 Comments

Accessing Science & Research in New Zealand’s Regions

When Callaghan Innovation invited responses to its Business Incubator (2014-2017) Expression of Interest (EOI) last December, my mind went back 11 years. ‘Business still experiences difficulties of access to universities. As Mr Wren-Hilton noted, one of the difficulties facing SMEs is knowing how to find out from universities and colleges what R&D is being pursued and who specialises in what [...]

By |September 4th, 2014|Science & Technology|0 Comments

The Quiet Revolution that is Durham Street

Over the past few years, I have spent a considerable amount of my time offshore. Whilst San Francisco and Silicon Valley have been home for a lot of that time, I have had the opportunity to live in different cities, in different geographies, including London, Hong Kong and Bangalore. You get to understand what makes cities tick. What they all [...]

By |July 31st, 2014|Tauranga|1 Comment

Tauranga’s University Campus to boost the BOP Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

The long-awaited university campus planned for downtown Tauranga is one step closer after Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust (TECT) announced its donation of $15 million in funding on Thursday. The estimated cost of the project is $67.1 million and TECT’s donation represents the completion of this funding raise. Subject to ongoing negotiations and no doubt numerous resource consent hearings, we are [...]

By |July 28th, 2014|Tauranga|2 Comments

The Wharf42 Written Submission to TECT

Subject: Building a Vibrant Sustainable Future for Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty Dear TECT On 1 July, you sought the views of consumers on a proposal that funding of $15 million be provided to the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Education Partnership (TEP) to expand Tertiary Education in Tauranga. I am responding to this request for feedback both as a TECT [...]

By |July 10th, 2014|Wharf42|0 Comments

UPDATED: KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards 2014

UPDATED 12 June: The Award Winners UPDATED 16.00: The presentations at today's #KiwiNetAwards have demonstrated some of the exciting innovation and technology that is being generated by New Zealand Universities and Crown Research Institutes. Since much of the focus of the day has been on the commercialisation of this research, a number of great stories have been told around the [...]

By |June 10th, 2014|Incubators & Accelerators|0 Comments