Building Innovation Ecosystems through Sister City Relationships

Last night I joined Mayor Celia Wade Brown and a delegation from both Wellington and San Francisco for dinner. The purpose of the gathering was to discuss developing connections between Wellington and San Francisco with the purpose of progressing a sister city relationship. Last month, I was invited by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) to join a lunch [...]

By |July 17th, 2015|Entrepreneurial Ecosystem|1 Comment

Auckland’s time has come

Over the past few weeks, I have invested quite a bit of time engaging with individuals and entities in different New Zealand regions. In the Waikato, it’s fair to say that we have gone the whole hog. Wharf42 has established a formal presence at the Waikato Innovation Park via their Work Spaces resource. Later this month, I will be spending [...]

By |September 8th, 2014|Entrepreneurial Ecosystem|0 Comments

Meeting Viclink – Victoria University’s Commercialisation Office

I am enjoying my week in Wellington. I am certainly learning. I posted an article on Tuesday about my wish to get a better understanding of the City’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. Part of that process has involved speaking to some of the local entrepreneurs that make up this ecosystem. I think I am slowly getting it. I also commented on the [...]

By |August 7th, 2014|WNT Ventures|0 Comments

Understanding Wellington’s Knowledge Economy

I like Wellington. I enjoy ordering cappuccino at Pravda, having lunch at Dockside and joining friends for after-work drinks at the General Practitioner. It’s all a bit of a routine really. But fun. Routine is something that Wellingtonians know a lot about. It is the home of Government. Whatever happens on Saturday September 20th (the New Zealand General Election), thousands [...]

By |August 5th, 2014|Entrepreneurial Ecosystem|0 Comments

Wharf42 and the Wellington Opportunity

Over the past couple of weeks, I have posted several articles about Tauranga’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. With the recent announcement that WNT Ventures is to be one of just three New Zealand tech-focused incubators; the announcement that downtown Tauranga is going to become home to a University campus (opening in 2016) and with the imminent opening of the city centre [...]

By |August 4th, 2014|Entrepreneurial Ecosystem|0 Comments

It’s Absolutely Positively Wet

Outside it is grey, it is cold and it is raining. Welcome to the capital of New Zealand, Wellington. I have now been in the city for three days. It has given me an opportunity to connect with some of the local folks who drive the start-up community here. Just another day in Wellington Over the past few [...]

By |May 14th, 2014|Incubators & Accelerators, Start-Up|1 Comment