NZ agritech the big hit at Melbourne’s EvokeAg event (NZ firm wins pitch competition)

Jackie Clark
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Agritech, BIOTech, Media Release

Melbourne – Almost 100 Kiwi agritech specialists, entrepreneurs, agribusiness leaders and support agencies have joined 1000 delegates at the international EvokeAg food & farm futures conference in Melbourne this week.

Making up almost 10 percent of the attendees at this globally focused conference shows the significance for agritech for New Zealand and its future, AgritechNZ executive director Peter Wren-Hilton said from Melbourne today.

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Be part of Scale-Up New Zealand

Jackie Clark
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Industry News

In April, Callaghan Innovation launches Scale-Up New Zealand, a free online platform with verified information on Aotearoa New Zealand’s vibrant innovation ecosystem.

Created from a model that is hugely successful overseas, Scale-Up New Zealand will make it faster and easier for ambitious businesses to find and connect with people and capital and other help they need to grow.

Scale-Up New Zealand will showcase our innovative businesses, along with the investors, incubators, accelerators, multinationals and others who support or partner with them.  It will also create opportunities for investors and multinationals to connect with innovative New Zealand businesses.

The platform will increase the profile of your company to a local and global audience, and it will make it faster and easier for you to connect with investors, incubators, accelerators and companies you could potentially partner with.  You will be able to use the platform to ask for facilitated introductions to key people and create meaningful connections.

Scale-Up New Zealand will also allow you to conduct market research and validation.  For example, you can analyse other companies in your industry or those in your target market, look at historic funding round information and improve your understanding of market trends in the New Zealand innovation ecosystem.

Learn more and register to be part of Scale-Up New Zealand.

NZTech Inform – Celebrating tech innovation

Chantal Thomas
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NZTech Newsletter

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.

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NZTech Update – Maximising economic wellbeing

Jackie Clark
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NZTech Newsletter

Kia ora,

On Friday, the Prime Minister made her first economic speech for 2019 and shared the five priorities for her Wellbeing Budget.  The Government’s position is that while economic growth is important, it alone, does not guarantee improvements to New Zealanders living standards.  To help align Ministers and departments, they have all been asked to consider their contribution to the delivery of a set of budget priorities.

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NZ tech firms should jump at business opportunities in Hong Kong

Jackie Clark
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Media Release

Auckland – Hong Kong is providing New Zealand with a doorstep of opportunity for Kiwi tech firms, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

Muller has just returned from a business trip to Hong Kong, building connections with their tech sector and investors to support a growing interest in the Hong Kong / China market from New Zealand tech firms.

“The One Country – Two Systems structure has left Hong Kong with a separate legal system to China which is similar to our own common law system, with good intellectual property protection and a tough anti-corruption force, all adding up to Hong Kong providing a safe entry point into North Asia for Kiwi tech firms,” he says.

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NZTech Update – Improving digital skills for the future of work

Jackie Clark
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NZTech Newsletter

Kia Ora,

In January, I was in Hong Kong building connections with their tech sector and investors as there is growing interest in the market from New Zealand tech firms.  With a separate legal system to China, good intellectual property protection and a tough anti-corruption force, Hong Kong provides a safe entry point into North Asia for Kiwi tech firms.  The Hong Kong government has also committed NZD$10 billion investment into supporting the growth of their local tech sector and New Zealand businesses can access some of this funding to help set up and grow from Hong Kong.  Plus, it is an amazing place to visit, check out my helicopter ride courtesy of the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office (HKETO).  If you are interested in Hong Kong and considering doing business in China or North Asia, please contact me as I have made numerous contacts with investors, government agencies, universities, cyberport and the science park.

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NZ to take ownership of a new global agritech initiative

Chantal Thomas
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Agritech

Tauranga – New Zealand is going to take ownership of a new global agritech initiative, AgritechNZ chief executive Peter Wren-Hilton says.

Wren-Hilton has just returned from the US where he met a number of key AgritechNZ partners in Farm2050 which was set up to solve the global food challenge. ?By the year 2050, the global population will reach 10 billion people, requiring a 70 percent increase in food production.

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World first IoT farming tech trial in NZ

Chantal Thomas
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NZ IoT Alliance

Auckland – A pioneering arable farming tech trial is expected to make a quantum leap to help boost New Zealand’s primary export revenue.

New Zealand has a low understanding of how the internet of things (IoT) can assist with farm management and sustainability and adoption of precision agriculture techniques also remains low.

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NZ heading to become a cashless society

Jackie Clark
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Media Release

Auckland – Wearable technology will be the next major financial tech change for consumer to pay for goods and services, FintechNZ general manager James Brown says.

New Zealanders need to look beyond the card or phone for just making simple transactions, such as iris eye recognition as a method of identifying people, he says.

“Kiwi small to medium businesses should consider a strategy around non-cash payments. Sweden has been highlighted as the number one contender for going cashless with Australia not far behind and it could go cashless by 2020.

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Kiwi IoT companies placing NZ on world innovation stage

Jackie Clark
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Media Release

Auckland – Despite the recent concerns about Huawei and its role with the 5G roll-out, a technology that will boost the use and spread of the Internet of Things (IoT), New Zealand tech firms are getting on with developing the solutions that will run on multiple networks.

The offerings that can be developed in IoT range from the mundane, such as systems that open and close valves, to opportunities to make the world a better place, New Zealand IoT Alliance executive director Kriv Naicker says.

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