• Why New Zealand is a great location for business

    Why New Zealand is a great location for business

    I have just booked my next visit to Silicon Valley. I land at SFO next month. Whilst there, I am setting up a number of meetings which will help define an acceleration program that Wharf42 is getting ready to launch. The conversations will be two-way. Getting the Valley investor ecosystem to invest in New Zealand […]

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  • Angel Investment Rules of Engagement must re-focus

    Angel Investment Rules of Engagement must re-focus

    Over the past twelve months, the world of angel investment has begun to transform. I have personally witnessed this when talking to angel networks in Silicon Valley. I have also seen similar developments much closer to home. Let’s consider these first and then look at some of the emerging trends. In the Bay of Plenty, […]

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  • UPDATED: Tauranga Startup Weekend: 7-9 November

    UPDATED: Tauranga Startup Weekend: 7-9 November

    For those unfamiliar with the format, Startup Weekend works by delivering the opportunity to learn how to start a business and promoting entrepreneurship in local communities. This is an event that brings together developers, designers, marketers, product managers, startup enthusiasts and members of the community who can support them. Together they share ideas, form teams, build […]

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  • The Wharf42 Live! Series: Oren Gershtein presents

    The Wharf42 Live! Series: Oren Gershtein presents

    Wharf42 is delighted to host Oren Gershtein for a lunchtime presentation at the Ignition offices in Tauranga on Friday 19th September. Israeli technology expert Oren is a true believer in his homeland’s start-up incubator programme, which New Zealand wants to replicate. Many of the world’s technology titans – including Google, Apple, Hewlett-Packard and Intel – […]

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  • You have just 48 hours left!

    You have just 48 hours left!

    Can you build a $1 billion technology incubator with significant high growth early stage firms at its heart? You have just 48 hours left to apply for the best job in New Zealand tech today. Callaghan Innovation has approved WNT Ventures to be one of three innovative new technology-focused incubators for high growth early stage […]

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Raising Capital

Angel Investment Rules of Engagement must re-focus

Angel Investment Rules of Engagement must re-focus

Over the past twelve months, the world of angel investment has begun to transform. I have personally witnessed this when talking to angel networks in Silicon Valley. I have also seen similar developments much closer to home. Let’s consider these first and then look at some of the emerging trends. In the Bay of Plenty, […]

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 […]