Kia ora Readers
Last week, I caught up with the NZ Hi-Tech Awards team as we work to integrate the awards as part of the Tech Alliance. The Hi-Tech Awards have been going for many years identifying, recognising and showcasing our best local tech firms. Both finalists and winners have been able to leverage the recognition to help their businesses grow, so I can’t recommend highly enough the opportunity to get involved. There are only two weeks until entries close on 4 March. Check out the categories, submit your entry and take a punt! There is also an opportunity for multi-nationals to be involved by showcasing their contribution to the New Zealand tech sector.
Also last week, Techweek19 (20-26 May) opened for event submissions. This year we have signed regional partnerships to ensure there are events celebrating tech and innovation, to inspire the next generation and opportunities to showcase the best in tech, right throughout the country. If you would like to know more, here’s the three things to think about when planning a Techweek event.
Today, I am travelling to Melbourne to join the large Kiwi delegation at the evokeAG agritech event. Agritech New Zealand is collaborating with Callaghan Innovation, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) and other NZ Inc agencies to help accelerate the growth of our rapidly growing agritech sector. In addition, the delegation is also visiting a range of farms, potential customers, research facilities and meeting investors. This feels like the early stages of something important and pivotal for the New Zealand economy.
Also this week, the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee meetings regarding the R&D Tax Credit Bill are underway. While it is generally well thought through and should work well for many tech firms, there is still significant fine tuning being requested with regard to software development and pre-profit firms. Submissions from the New Zealand Software Association (NZSA), NZRise and software firms all highlight areas for tweaking to better align with the realities of software development businesses. The good news is that the Government is listening and trying to work to find the best solution.
Have a fun and productive week.