• Te Hekenga Conference: 18-19 Sept, Tauranga

    Te Hekenga Conference: 18-19 Sept, Tauranga

    The Tauranga Māori Business Association is hosting the third National Hui for Māori Business Networks and Maori SME’s from 18-19 September at the ASB Arena, Baypark, Tauranga. I posted an article about the importance of the Maori economy to New Zealand last month. It is growing rapidly and has the potential to transform the lives […]

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  • And the winner is………………….

    And the winner is………………….

    We will know sometime after the 20th September. However at a debate organised by the Technology Investment Network last week, Megan Woods from Labour, Steven Joyce from National and Russel Norman from the Greens met to discuss technology, innovation and research and development grants. For me, for the first time this election, some real issues […]

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  • Inside the Plug and Play B2B Accelerator

    Inside the Plug and Play B2B Accelerator

    On Thursday, Lending Club announced that they were filing for a US$ 500M IPO. The startup’s most recent private-company valuation was US$ 3.8 billion. Lending Club is a peer 2 peer lending platform. They joined Plug and Play in 2007 where the company was introduced to Norwest Venture Partners who provided them with their initial […]

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  • Is this the best tech job opportunity in New Zealand today?

    Is this the best tech job opportunity in New Zealand today?

    Can you build a $1 billion technology incubator with significant high growth early stage firms at its heart? Callaghan Innovation has approved WNT Ventures to be one of three innovative new technology-focused incubators for high growth early stage firms that will be able to access a new repayable grants tool on behalf of the companies […]

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  • Wharf42 Establishes a Formal Presence in Waikato

    Wharf42 Establishes a Formal Presence in Waikato

    Wharf42 is delighted to announce that it is establishing a formal presence at the Waikato Innovation Park in Hamilton. Today’s announcement fulfils our first direct contribution to assist make the Central North Island Innovation Ecosystem a reality. The move is part of a longer-term strategy to reach out to other regions across New Zealand to […]

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Raising Capital

Engaging with Tauranga’s Enterprise Angels

Engaging with Tauranga’s Enterprise Angels

Over the past four years, I have watched, at close quarters, the day to day activities of many of the angel and venture capital networks that make up Silicon Valley. At the Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, it was hard to miss them. On the top floor, by the executive team’s offices, sits […]

Maori Business

Te Hekenga Conference: 18-19 Sept, Tauranga

Te Hekenga Conference: 18-19 Sept, Tauranga

The Tauranga Māori Business Association is hosting the third National Hui for Māori Business Networks and Maori SME’s from 18-19 September at the ASB Arena, Baypark, Tauranga. I posted an article about the importance of the Maori economy to New Zealand last month. It is growing rapidly and has the potential to transform the lives […]

New Zealand

Creating a New Zealand Central North Island Ecosystem

Creating a New Zealand Central North Island Ecosystem

Over the past few weeks, I have posted several articles about WNT Ventures and the significance of its selection as a new tech-focused incubator to both Tauranga and the wider Bay of Plenty. That significance is real and its implementation has significant long-term implications for both the city and the region. WNT Ventures is not […]