Have you entered the 2021 New Zealand Most Innovative Hi-Tech Agritech Solution Category? Applications are open now.

Have you entered the 2021 New Zealand Most Innovative Hi-Tech Agritech Solution Category? Applications are open now.

Undoubtedly one of my favourite NZ Tech events of the year. Sadly I missed tonight’s Auckland launch at PwC, but that’s the price of being based in Tauranga 🙂

If case you missed that post, you can read it here: Living the Tauranga dream. Why we do it. | Wharf 42

Once again, I’ve been asked to be a judge in this year’s Agritech Category with an esteemed group of peers. We are inviting New Zealand agritech companies to submit applications so that we have the chance to review some of the amazing innovation and technology emerging from Aotearoa’s finest.

To be eligible for this category, you need to be a registered NZ company and qualify against at least two of the following criteria:

  • Founded in NZ
  • Headquartered in NZ (the location of your global head office)
  • Have at least 20% of your employees reside in NZ

In entering this category:

  • You have developed a technology-based solution for use by those in the primary sector including (but not limited to) fishing, farming, forestry and horticulture.
  • Your Agritech solution is genuinely innovative and you can demonstrate how it’s positioned for future success.
  • You will be able to provide evidence of at least one commercial sale in the last calendar year; ending 31 December 2020.
  • Upon request, you will promptly supply the judges with evidence to support any claims made in this entry and be able to prove that:
    • The solution was designed in NZ
    • Your company owns or has rights to use the IP
The Award category is sponsored by New Zealand Trade & Enterprise. Previous winners include Compac Sorting (2020), Robotics Plus (2019), Gallagher Group (2018), Outpost Central (2017)

Being a finalist in these Awards provides a great opportunity for agritech businesses to raise their profile in both the domestic market and offshore. The final selection process for each category includes input from invited International Judges who join the local NZ judging team.

You can enter online by visiting: Most Innovative Hi-Tech Agritech Solution — NZ Hi-Tech Awards

I very much hope you enter and look forward to meeting all the finalists in this category at the Hi-Tech Awards Gala Dinner at the Spark Arena in Auckland on Friday 28 May.

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Super Early Bird Pricing for the E Tipu 2021 Agri Summit ends 31 January. Save 40% on General Admission prices!

Super Early Bird Pricing for the E Tipu 2021 Agri Summit ends 31 January. Save 40% on General Admission prices!

The E Tipu 2021 Boma NZ Agri Summit is slated to be the largest focused agritech event in New Zealand this year. E Tipu 2021 is designed to bring together people who work across New Zealand’s entire food and fibre sector, from the start of the supply chain to the finished products.

If you’re a farmer, producer, innovator, supplier, researcher, educator, student, government or finance worker looking at how to grow Aotearoa’s agriculture industry amidst exponential changes, you won’t want to miss it.

The programme is well advanced with a number of local and international speakers taking to the stage and of course, the family favourite, ZOOM. With funding support from major partners including Callaghan Innovation, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, the Ministry of Primary Industries and ChristchurchNZ, E Tipu 2021 is going to absolutely rock!

I’ve been fortunate to have been invited to join a few other amazing people to engage in the event’s ‘Brains Trust’. We are working with the conference organisers to help develop the programme and identify leading experts to help deliver it. To provide a platform for maximum delegate engagement, as well as the main plenary conference, the event will host both interactive sessions and workshops.

Back though to the Super Early Bird Pricing. Buy your ticket before 31 January (i.e. this week) and pay $599, plus GST. Buy after 1 February and pay $699, plus GST. Buy after 20 March and pay $799, plus GST. Buy after 1 May and pay $999, plus GST.

Point made!

You can book your Super Early Bird ticket here.

The team at Wharf42 will be attending and we very much hope to see you in Christchurch. In 2019, over 600 people attended the inaugural Boma NZ Agri Conference. This year, I’m expecting a larger number of attendees as progressive New Zealanders seek to support Aotearoa’s food and fibre ecosystem thrive in a changing world.

The Surprise Package?

And there is of course that possibility that those progressive New Zealanders could be joined by a bunch of progressive Australians. It’s interesting that the last formal offshore agritech mission undertaken by kiwis pre-lockdown was to the 2020 evokeAG conference in Melbourne. If our borders with Australia are re-opened before May (quarantine-free), I would expect a number of our friends across the Tasman to take the flight to Christchurch.

I discussed the opportunity at a recent Australian Agritech Association board meeting and the interest was obvious. With the evokeAG conference in Perth now postponed until February 2022, it would be a great opportunity to accelerate the trans-Tasman opportunity. And great for New Zealand to host!

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Register for the Bridge Hub 2020 Water Challenge Finale and the Announcement of Winners – Friday 30 October

Register for the Bridge Hub 2020 Water Challenge Finale and the Announcement of Winners – Friday 30 October

Wharf42 is delighted to be an official sponsor of the Bridge Hub 2020 trans-Tasman Water Challenge. At 2.00pm this Friday (30 October), you can join us online as we announce the winner of the New Zealand start-up category.

We will be joined in person by the other New Zealand official sponsor, Zespri, who will be announcing the winner of the New Zealand research category.

The Water Challenge has attracted an amazing array of start-ups and research projects from around both Australia and New Zealand. Water is one of our most critical natural resources and with climate change creating more extreme weather events, including extended periods of drought, it is one of agriculture’s #1 issues. The 2020 Water Challenge has produced a wide range of exciting solutions designed to tackle the key issues of water availability, management and quality.

On Friday, we will not only be announcing the winners of the two key New Zealand categories, we’ll be announcing the Australian category winners. You will have the opportunity to hear their pitch and also hear from Vic Crone & David Thodey, co-leaders of the Innovation Sector Group within the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum. It promises to be a an inspiring virtual event.The 2020 Water Challenge Finale and the Announcement of Winners runs from 2.00pm – 2.30pm (NZT).

To join us on Friday, simply register your (free) spot at https://waterchallengefinale.eventbrite.com.au. We look forward to seeing you (virtually of course) then.

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