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 come a long way in the almost three years since Callaghan Innovation selected WNT as one of its three national tech-focused incubators. We have invested in several exciting early stage technologies where complex defendable IP is a key metric behind each investment. Last month, we signed off on another key investment in our growing portfolio.

New Zealand clean tech company Mint Innovation has developed a unique bio-metallurgical approach to recover precious metals from electronic waste and other residues such as mining tailings and ores.

The Mint technology platform uses microorganisms to selectively and rapidly recover precious metals from various low concentration materials under environmentally benign conditions. The process is low cost, recyclable and fully scalable making the ideal solution for recovering value from materials at any scale.

A key aspect of the Mint process is the broad spectrum of biosorbents that can be used to selectively recover a variety of metals. This enables recovery of precious metals from a range of resources and remediation of metal contaminated streams.

Working with smart entrepreneurs and helping scale emerging Kiwi tech is what drives us. To check out some of WNT Venture’s other portfolio companies, visit our Portfolio page at http://wntventures.co.nz/portfolio