As we prepare to start promoting Techweek18’s headline agritech event ’10 Billion Mouths’, it’s great to be able to announce our first major sponsor.

I’m also delighted that the event has attracted one of Silicon Valley’s most active investors in the agritech, robotics and automotive space to New Zealand. Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley (YMVSV) has, roll of drums, signed up as this year’s headline sponsor.

Joining the Yamaha Motor Ventures team recently in Tauranga

I first met YMVSV’s Chief Operations Officer & General Partner, George Kellerman, during the inaugural Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program & Conference back in 2016. It was during that Program that George was able to announce a significant investment into PrecisionHawk, the commercial drone and data company based in Raleigh, North Carolina. 12 months later, YMVSV were to be the principal sponsors of the 2017 Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program & Conference. It’s a role they are continuing with the 2018 Program.

New Zealand’s significant presence at both events resonated with George as the quality of our agritech innovation and its potential global reach became clear. It’s a view shared by other US-based VCs and leading agritech ecosystem players. That’s critically important. I posted recently about the great opportunity that New Zealand’s agritech sector has to build a close working relationship with the Western Growers Technology & Innovation Center in Salinas, CA.

Right now, I am working with the amazing team at Techweek’18 to build out the program for ’10 Billion Mouths’. I am focused on bringing in some world class agritech folk from offshore to support some of New Zealand’s leading agritech thinkers and speakers. Over the coming weeks, we will be updating the ’10 billion mouths’ Program details at https://techweek.co.nz/whats-on/2018/10-billion-mouths-39/, as the speaker list is confirmed.

If it’s not already in your diary, this major New Zealand agritech event is taking place on Wednesday 23 May at the ASB Arena in Tauranga.

Early bird tickets for the event are still available, but selling fast. You can find out more about the program and the pricing here.