Disruption sometimes hurts. How can NZ agribusiness engage?

I am writing this (depressing / optimistic post depending on your point of view) wearing my Wharf42 investment hat. As a co-founder and limited partner in WNT Ventures, I know something about disruption. When you look at some of WNT’s investments, disrupting existing technologies & business models is a core part of the mandate: Think Nyriad, Avertana & Mint Innovation. [...]

By |March 10th, 2019|AgTech|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

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

WNT Ventures invests into Mint Innovation

Whilst, Wharf42 has been actively involved in supporting New Zealand’s AgTech sector in recent weeks with major initiatives such as April's 2017 Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program & Conference and this month’s Farming2020 event hosted during Techweek17, we have also been working closely with our partners and co-investors in WNT Ventures. Tauranga - Home to WNT Ventures We’ve [...]

By |May 22nd, 2017|WNT Ventures|0 Comments

WNT Ventures invests in AgTech start-up, HelixID

Tauranga-based technology incubator, WNT Ventures, has invested into HelixID. HelixID is a Kiwi AgTech start-up developing a ground-breaking wearable technology platform for cows. New Zealand dairy cows waiting for their HelixID wearable tech The investment gives the management team at WNT, the opportunity to work with HelixID partner, the Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC), as well as the team [...]

By |January 9th, 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

Tauranga’s investment ecosystem is a template for regional New Zealand

Yesterday, Tauranga-based Enterprise Angels launched the AngelEquity equity crowdfunding platform. AngelEquity aims to bring together wholesale investors and business angels to connect them with entrepreneurs. It is this that sets it apart from New Zealand’s other seven existing equity crowd funding platforms. This in no ‘mom and pop’ investment platform. Tauranga - New Zealand's regional investment ecosystem template [...]

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

Encouraging NZTech’s Regional Outreach – including Tauranga

Today, Jacqui and I will be attending the NZTech AGM. It’s taking place, 2.5 hours’ drive up SH2/SH1, in downtown Auckland. NZTech is the voice of the New Zealand technology sector and its vision is simple – more prosperity for New Zealand through better use of technology. Wharf42 has been a member of NZTech for the past three years and [...]

By |July 21st, 2016|New Zealand|0 Comments

Crossing the Chasm (that’s San Francisco to Tauranga)

I’ve spent this morning going through my recent posts and two themes seem to stand out. An obsession with AgTech and an obsession with the Valley. The truth is, I have no problem with that. They have become core to my DNA. The reality however is that for the first time in five years, it looks as though I will [...]

By |June 7th, 2016|Tauranga|0 Comments

Connecting Tauranga and the regions with the USA

On Friday, I had the pleasure of hosting the US Ambassador to New Zealand, Mark Gilbert, for lunch, in Tauranga. In the morning we had spoken about the upcoming SVForum AgTech Conference next month and the growing intersection between New Zealand’s tech and agriculture sectors. Over lunch, we met several business colleagues to talk about the rapidly growing innovation ecosystem [...]

By |April 4th, 2016|Tauranga|0 Comments