Monthly Archives: November 2011

Motoring to a start, one goes into three


The hard work’s happened, and the hard work’s about to happen for FasTec chief executive Malcolm Woods. FasTec Ltd has spent the past 10 years researching and perfecting a starter system that will allow a three phase electric motor to … Continue reading

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Startup investment scene in NZ, like the rest of the world, is changing fast


The world of investment in startups is changing, and what’s happening in the rest of the world will soon be occurring downunder. Part of the change comes about because one of the little uncool secrets of the venture capital world, … Continue reading

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Report brings facts for the fluffy functional foods and nutraceuticals industries


You have to give Coriolis top marks for what it has come up with in its food report for the Ministry of Economic Development on ‘Nutraceuticals & Foods for Health’. This paper hovers between information and knowledge, with enough observations … Continue reading

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Science medal and link to wealth creation a great endeavour


It’s great to see some public recognition of scientists and (by implication) science with the just announced medals presented to 13 New Zealanders by the Royal Society. Reading some of the citations and background on the women (with the main … Continue reading

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Technology companies need to skite more


Perhaps the main ‘problem’ with the majority of the companies that make up the TIN100 is they fly beneath the general public’s radar. They’re not about fashion, or coffee, or rugby, and 90% of the revenue earned by these clever … Continue reading

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Ideas aplenty, and some may blossom after Startup Weekend


What a fantastic experience and hands-on intensive education Startup Weekend Wellington was. The Nov. 4-6 event was well organised, tightly run (kept within its promised time-frames), and best of all a wonderful learning environment. It is as close to real … Continue reading

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Bright Ideas Challenge feels like it’s already permanent


Perhaps the best thing coming out of what is only the second Bright Ideas Challenge just completed by Grow Wellington is the sense of permanence it already has. It feels like it is going to hang around. The publicity (and … Continue reading

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At last, a kick along for high tech and niche manufacturing


For a large number of New Zealanders, and (also unfortunately) the media, the announcement of a high-tech transformation of the science sector will be a “so what” experience. For those looking for science and innovation led means to improve the … Continue reading

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Time to read fine print of manuka research project specs


The puller-togetherer of the Manuka Research Partnership Ltd is reading the fine print of the Primary Growth Partnership contract with MAF. Neil Walker has no inside knowledge on whether the consortium’s biggest player, Comvita, will or won’t get taken over … Continue reading

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Plastics CoE remolds itself into a Polymer Alliance


Fittingly, the plastics industry seems to be on the verge of remolding itself and its centre of excellence. This time, for an activity that is known as an ‘enabling industry’, hopefully the model and structure is got right. As a … Continue reading

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