Monthly Archives: August 2011

“Genetically engineering” web start-ups one way to overcome gaps in the Kiwi ecosystem


We may be inventive and entrepreneurial, but it doesn’t mean that New Zealand’s innovation ecosystem is as optimized as it could be to develop ideas to living, breathing businesses. From an IT point of view, Wellingtonian American Dave Moskovitz thinks … Continue reading

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W(h)ither the high value manufacturing review?


What’s the bet the high-value manufacturing review never sees the light of day? The March announcement, mid-April expected to be delivered review by Prof John Raine of Auckland Engineering School, Prof Mina Teicher from Israel and BusinessNZ’s Phil O’Reilly was … Continue reading

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Free competition to find Transformative Technologies 2011 winner – give LanzaTech a hand


Those of a patriotic come competitive come interested in boosting cool technology bent may like to help LanzaTech in Biofuel Digest’s competition to discover the Transformative Technologies 2011 winner. In an ever decreasing round-robin ‘playoff’ two individual companies go head … Continue reading

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Biofuels slowly gaining transport momentum


The recent Bioenergy Association of NZ liquid biofuels conference in Wellington demonstrated a number of businesses surviving, possibly thriving as part of the country’s move to sustainable transportation. As BANZ‘s executive director Brian Cox pointed out, with renewable fuels (bioethanol … Continue reading

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LanzaTech gets on the defensive offence


New Zealand clean energy golden child LanzaTech has added yet another notch to its belt, and is one of 10 international businesses that will pitch to the USA Department of Defense next month. The U.S. Military is the world’s largest … Continue reading

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It’s sort of a pity we seem to have lots of underground hydrocarbons


The Bioenergy Association of NZ had a liquid biofuels conference in Wellington last week (BANZ website here, proceedings soon to go up). Under the radar, especially it would seem of a government more intent on fossil fuel exploitation, biodiesel and … Continue reading

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Weltec and IRL cozy up in innovative move


More good stirring of the innovation system in Wellington, with a fair potential for much of central New Zealand to benefit as a result. Weltec’s Smart Product Centre has co-located, and as well as its Petone base camp, has set … Continue reading

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New ideas are generated in the spaces between people – Biz Dojo opens in Wellington


Phillip Capper made the observation that most adult learning takes place in the spaces between people, not in their heads. Riffing on the WebResearch director’s theme (original story posted here), many new ideas are generated in the space between people. … Continue reading

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High level ‘innovation’ thinking receives scant attention


At last, some slightly solid thinking about the innovation part of our economy. Sir Peter Gluckman’s under-reported speech on the ‘Globalisation of science: New Zealand’s R&D direction’ is the first tentative indication of some higher level views on how we … Continue reading

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Nano tech fabricated into new use


Nano technology’s been touted as the next big thing…..for quite a while now when you think about it. But so far there’s been precious little product that found its way into everyday use; not counting cosmetic products with nano particles … Continue reading

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