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LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER: The online ticket office for the ’10 billion mouths’ conference closes at 6.00pm tonight.

In 48 hours’ time, hundreds of delegates will be arriving at the ASB Baypark Arena in Tauranga for the start of Techweek’s headline agritech event, ’10 billion mouths’. Some of the international delegation have already landed and preparations for the conference are almost complete. Pack-in starts tomorrow as the set designers move in to transform the Arena to accommodate the [...]

By |May 21st, 2018|10 billion mouths|0 Comments

Agritech New Zealand. The eagle has finally landed and what this means for New Zealand’s wider agritech ecosystem

The eagle might have finally landed, but the journey started some 9 months ago. This is the background to that flight. During last April’s 2017 Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program which was attended by 23 Kiwi agritech companies and May’s Farming2020 event in Hamilton, a number of stakeholders in New Zealand’s agritech sector shared their thinking about the sector’s overall [...]

By |February 22nd, 2018|AgTech|0 Comments

The WNT Ventures Model is Working

Last week, the Bay of Plenty Times published an article which talked about the progress that WNT Ventures (WNT) was making. Yesterday, I took part in a WNT Board call from my office in Silicon Valley. The location was fitting, but more of that later. First however, a quick recap. WNT is one of the three new tech-focused Incubators that [...]

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

The 2016 New Zealand Meets Silicon Valley Program

Last night, I caught up with Adiba Barney and Bill Reichert for dinner. It was great to reconnect. A key outcome of the evening was the discussion around some of the logistics necessary for Wharf42’s 2016 #NZgoesSV program supporting Kiwi tech start-ups looking to explore opportunities in Silicon Valley. The discussion was necessary. We are looking to bring upto 40 [...]

By |August 7th, 2015|Silicon Valley|3 Comments

Inside the Meteoroid Program

Last Friday, Wharf42 announced the launch of the Meteoroid Program. At the same time, we also announced the setting up of the Meteoroid Growth Fund. Both announcements were, and are, connected. The announcements have generated significant feedback. This was intentional. This is a new type of Program for New Zealand startup and early stage ICT businesses. We will be introducing [...]

By |November 14th, 2014|Meteoroid|1 Comment

Wharf42 Launches the Meteoroid Program

I am delighted to be able to formally announce the launch of the Meteoroid Program. This is the name behind Wharf42's 2015 Silicon Valley Acceleration Program. The Meteoroid Program has been designed to enable New Zealand startup and early stage ICT businesses accelerate their entry into the world's most significant innovation hub. Accessing relevant business development and investor networks in [...]

By |November 7th, 2014|Meteoroid|5 Comments

Let’s meet up at Microsoft NZ TechEd & TechLive

Now in its 19th year, TechEd New Zealand is the largest IT conference in the country. Spanning three and a half days, TechEd provides delegates with the opportunity to meet Microsoft experts, and network with peers and industry influencers. This year, TechEd 2014 kicks off on Tuesday 9 September with international keynote speakers followed by TechLive – the ultimate welcome [...]

By |September 5th, 2014|Science & Technology|0 Comments

WNT Ventures Appointed as New Tech-focused Incubator

Four weeks ago, I posted my last ‘Can Tauranga Replicate Boulder?’ article to this blog. In that article I said, ‘I believe that Tauranga is now at the point where it has reached a tipping point and both can and will build its own variation of a sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem. It’s time to start talking about the Tauranga model’. It [...]

By |July 9th, 2014|Incubators & Accelerators, Tauranga|1 Comment