06 January 2020
As we look into our crystal ball, one thing is certain. 2020 will be a very different to 2019. We have, of course, 2019 to thank for this. It was the year when a number of major foundations were put in place for the scaling and growth of the country’s agritech sector. Some of the … Continue reading "What will drive Agritech in New Zealand in 2020?"
16 September 2019
Tēnā koutou I’m delighted to let you know that the New Zealand Agritech Story will be launched on Monday in NZ, and in Ireland as part of the Irish Plough. The Story is a key component of the wider initiative to accelerate the growth of the Agritech sector for NZ (part of the ‘Industry Transformation … Continue reading "Guest Post by David Downs: The NZ Agritech Story gets its formal launch today"
03 September 2019
Yesterday, the final ‘All of Government’ Agritech Taskforce strategy workshop took place in Tauranga (photo above). Over the past month, at workshops in Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Lincoln and Tauranga, over 300 agritech researchers, entrepreneurs and investors have provided invaluable feedback and insights to David Downs, Arek Wojasz and myself. The workshops were focused on … Continue reading "The first 5 ‘All of NZ Government’ agritech strategy workshops are over. What’s next?"
10 July 2019
Scale-Up NZ is a significant platform that is being built out by Callaghan Innovation. It is designed to shine a light on New Zealand’s thriving innovation ecosystem. It delivers accurate insights on ambitious, innovative New Zealand companies, removing information gaps that too often prevent our businesses from achieving their potential. The platform is based on … Continue reading "An Important Message for NZ Agritech Companies. Have you signed up for Scale-up NZ? It’s Free. And a total no-brainer."
With the need to feed the world’s population of 9.8 billion people by 2050, AgritechNZ is looking at ways New Zealand can scale up its food production to meet the growing global demand.
15 April 2019
03 April 2019
This guest post has been written by David Downs, the New Zealand ‘All of Government’ agritech taskforce lead. Its clear why Agritech is part of New Zealand’s future, as well as our past and present. The first ever innovation in New Zealand related to agritech, with Māori settlers creating a mechanism to elongate the growing … Continue reading "Government & industry are working together to build New Zealand’s agritech sector"
05 March 2019
Today, Jacqui and I are attending the first of three one-day workshops, organised in conjunction with New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE), to help craft New Zealand’s agritech story. The photograph above was taken at the Waikato Innovation Park in Hamilton. Tomorrow, we head to the Factory in Palmerston North & on Thursday we visit … Continue reading "Agritech New Zealand & NZTE join forces to help craft the NZ agritech story"
Farm2050, the global collective of leading agritech venture funds and corporate agribusinesses, selected New Zealand as its first country partner...
23 October 2018
A couple of weeks ago, John Harvey, Managing Director of AgriFutures Australia, spent a week in New Zealand.
21 August 2018