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Venture Centre is growing Tauranga’s innovation ecosystem outreach

Last week, Tauranga hosted its inaugural innovation festival, Groundswell. Over seven days, a number of truly inspiring events were held across the city, featuring many of the Bay of Plenty’s leading entrepreneurs and emerging tech businesses, enabling us to celebrate their outstanding achievements. Last night, I joined a large crowd at Tauranga’s Art Gallery to enjoy the festival’s final showcase; [...]

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

Join Tauranga’s Inaugural Innovation Festival: Groundswell: 7-13 August

UPDATED: Monday 7 August: Tauranga's inaugural Festival of Innovation, Groundswell, kicks off today. It's quite simply, 7 days of awesomeness. It promises to be an amazing week of events, networking and collaboration. A number of events are already SOLD OUT. Tickets to some however are still available from the Groundswell website. The team at Wharf42 looks forward to catching up [...]

By |June 27th, 2017|Tauranga|0 Comments

VIDEO: Inward AgTech R&D Investment into NZ – with Kjesten Wiig, MBIE

Since my return from April's Silicon Valley Forum AgTech Immersion Program & Conference, I have been talking to a number of Kiwi AgTech companies & investors in Silicon Valley about how we can attract inward investment for significant R&D here. I am not alone. Last year, the New Zealand Government announced a new national strategy to attract more overseas investment [...]

By |July 13th, 2016|Research & Development|0 Comments

Techweek AKL. What happens when the fireworks stop?

Yesterday, I attended two great Techweek AKL events. In the afternoon, tech incubator Astrolab hosted the Tech Innovation Showcase. Good pitch, Cather and well timed! My good friends, Venture Centre, then put on a dragon’s den-style gig in the evening at Grid AKL, called angel@mytable. Both events provided insights into some of the great innovation currently coming out of Auckland [...]

By |May 19th, 2016|Entrepreneurial Ecosystem|0 Comments

Techweek AKL: The Art of Angel Investing

Tomorrow  night, I plan to attend the angel@mytable event which is being sponsored by Tauranga's Venture Centre and being hosted at Grid AKL in Halsey Street. It is all part of Techweek AKL. Twelve months ago, Bill Reichert, Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures spoke up at the road at the ASB Cube Conference centre.  The focus of the event [...]

By |May 17th, 2016|Raising Capital|0 Comments

Entrepreneurs Build Innovation Ecosystems. The Tauranga Model Revisited.

It’s hard to believe that it’s over two years since I first posted articles to this blog asking the simple question. Can Tauranga replicate Boulder? For those of you who might have missed them, you can view the original posts below. They are as relevant today as they were then. Can Tauranga Replicate Boulder? - Part 1 (Introduction) Can Tauranga [...]

By |March 29th, 2016|Tauranga|0 Comments

Wishing you a very Happy and Peaceful Festive Holiday

The team at Wharf42 would like to wish our valued partners around the world, a very happy and peaceful festive holiday. Our offices will be closed from lunchtime, Thursday 24 December (NZT). We will re-open for business on Tuesday 5 January 2016. 2015 has been an exceptional year in which significant advances have been made in both New Zealand and [...]

By |December 23rd, 2015|Wharf42|0 Comments

WNT Ventures Relocates to Basestation

Wharf42 is delighted that WNT Ventures has relocated its offices to Basestation, Tauranga’s Information, Communication and Technology hub. We know the team at Basestation well. It was in their HQ that Wharf42 launched the Meteoroid Program at the end of January. It is here that many of Tauranga’s leading ICT entrepreneurs, including the Venture Centre initiative, are based. WNT Ventures [...]

By |February 23rd, 2015|WNT Ventures|0 Comments

Leading US Angel visits Tauranga

It’s great to see that Enterprise Angels have secured a visit to Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty with leading US Angel investor, John May. John is the managing partner of New Vantage Group, a McLean, VA firm that innovatively mobilizes private equity into early-stage companies and provides advisory services to both funds, private investors and entrepreneurs.  John has been [...]

By |February 17th, 2015|Raising Capital|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