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On Tuesday, I announced the launch of the Agritech New Zealand Insights programme. It’s designed to provide new insights as well as identifying new market opportunities for New Zealand’s agritech sector. As we sit in lockdown planning for a ‘new normal’, a number of leading global agritech thought leaders have agreed to join the programme and share their views and expertise with us.
First off is Arama Kukutai, co-founder and Managing Director of Finistere Ventures, a pioneer in the Agriculture and Food technology sectors founded in 2005 .
Arama has been a company founder and entrepreneur in the Agribusiness sector with over 25 years’ experience in the field. He served as Executive Chairman of PKW Farms, a successful agribusiness and diversified investment entity involved in dairy farming and seafood activities in the Asia Pacific region. Arama also led the New Zealand government’s Trade & Investment agency in North America, following which he emigrated to the USA.
He has led the creation of Finistere’s global network in AgriFood technology which includes presence in Tel Aviv, San Diego and Silicon Valley, and Dublin, Ireland. Arama currently serves on the boards as a Director or Observer of current portfolio companies AgGenetics, Invert Robotics, Biolumic, Growers Edge Financial (Chair), CropX (Chair), Plenty, Taranis and Zeakal. Finistere is also partnered with the Sprout Accelerator in Palmerston North.
Arama is actively involved in the development of the AgriFood investing ecosystem establishing the Finistere Pitchbook annual VC report. The 2019 Agritech Investment Review was released in March and during his webinar presentation, Arama will talk about some of its key findings. Of course, since its publication only a few weeks ago, the global landscape has changed. COVID-19 has had a significant impact on many aspects of the agritech / agrifood sector operations, including investment. There will be an opportunity for participants in the webinar to use the Q&A function to hear Arama provide some insights into his own thinking about the investment landscape at this challenging time.
Clearly this webinar will be of interest to a wide range of New Zealand agritech’s ecosystem.
To register for Arama’s webinar and the other confirmed presenters, please register for your selected webinars below. We will be advising the dates of further confirmed webinars with additional speakers over the coming days.
Arama Kukutai, Founder and Managing Director, Finistere Ventures.
Topic: Current global agritech investment landscape and its impact on local agritech companies.
Wednesday 15 April 11.00am – 12.00pm.
Ian Proudfoot, Global Head of Agribusiness, KPMG
Topic: AgriFood’s ‘Now Normal’ post COVID-19. How NZ producers need to prepare.
Thursday 16 April 11.00am – 12.00pm
Vic Crone, CEO, Callaghan Innovation and Simon Yarrow, GM Agritech.
Topic: New initiatives to support early stage businesses in the current environment.
Friday 17 April 11.00am – 12.00pm.
Dennis Donohue, Director, Western Growers Technology & Innovation Center.
Topic: Stateside challenges and how New Zealand agritech businesses can help solve them.
Tuesday 21 April 11.00am – 12.00pm.
Richard Dellabarca, CEO, NZ Growth Capital Partners (formerly known as the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund)
Topic: Navigating the NZ Investment Landscape post COVID-19
Wednesday 22 April 11.00am – 12.00pm
Claudia Roessler, World Wide Director, Agriculture, Microsoft.
Topic: Microsoft’s investment in agriculture, the role of agritech and how local companies can partner.
Thursday 23 April 11.00am – 12.00pm.
David Downs, New Zealand Government Agritech Industry Transformation Plan Taskforce.
Topic: Supporting the growth and scaling New Zealand’s agritech sector – an update on the planned delivery of the agritech ITP.
Wednesday 29 April 12.00pm – 1.00pm.
Adrian Percy, former Global Head of R&D at Bayer CropScience.
Topic: The role of major agri corporates, early stage collaboration and the impact on innovation.
Thursday 30 April 9.00am – 10.00am.
Agritech New Zealand is delighted that we have been joined by such global thought leaders. We are very grateful for the time and contribution they are making to help New Zealand’s wider agritech community at his challenging time.