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NZTech Update: Industry fragmentation, innovation and start-ups

Hi Members

It has been incredibly exciting to see the technology sector become New Zealand’s 3rd largest exporter delivering unparalleled benefits in making our nation internationally competitive.

There is more work to be done with fragmentation still visible across the tech industry in our small nation.  The advancement of a knowledge-based economy can only be achieved through the concerted efforts of important actors in a national innovation ecosystem.  Only through unifying elements of education to funding and incentives to knowledge sharing across government, academia and industry can innovative technology companies really start to achieve amazing things.

As part of a New Zealand-grown hi-tech start-up, I have witnessed first-hand the benefits of a cohesive and supportive innovation ecosystem coming together to enable our ground-breaking technologies to make an impact on a global stage.  It has been inspirational to be part of NZTech in its important mission to connect, promote and advance the industry in order to build an efficient innovation ecosystem.  Through its industry-wide alliances, inclusive initiatives such as Techweek, NZTech Women and more, NZTech continues to lead the charge in providing much needed reinforcement and linkages across the industry in a bid to become even more internationally competitive as a nation than we already are.


Dil Khosa
Parrot Analytics
NZTech Board Intern





It’s your last chance to get tickets for this Wednesday’s NZTech Women lunch in Wellington.  Meet inspiring tech advocate Victoria MacLennan and network with women in tech.

Hear Chorus’ Head of Market Insight, Rosalie Nelson discuss how our broadband really compares to the rest of the world.  Wellington 21 September and Christchurch 22 September.

Innovation expert Roberto Verganti is visiting New Zealand next month, with seminars scheduled in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Find out more and register here.


Congratulations to NZX’s COO and NZTech Board member Mandy Simpson on her appointment as CEO of Cyber Toa. Read the Cyber Toa story here.

Join Core Education on 5-7 October in Rotorua for uLearn16, the annual education conference. A chance to connect, collaborate and innovate.

Register for Finnotec 2016, November 10 in Auckland, bringing together FinTech thought leaders for debate on AI, digital currencies, robo-advice platforms and more. Read about the Coming of Age of FinTech.


Would you like to set up in North America? Considered Canada? Meet John Jung on October 7 in Auckland to learn more about the tech ecosystems, investors and taxes.

NZTech Board member Rachel Kelly has launched the Hamilton NZTech Women community. Her aim is to help lift diversity and inclusion in the local tech sector.

NZTech and PAANZ have formed an alliance to help grow agri-tech. Join the 7th Asian-Australasian Conference on Precision Agriculture, to be hosted in Hamilton, next year.

NZTech We connect, promote and advance the New Zealand Technology ecosystem to help the tech sector and the economy grow.