Monthly Archives: June 2012

Know and figure out ‘pain points’ before any commercialisation – KiwiNet


Market validation, before the really expensive part of idea commercialisation, was Duncan Ledwith’s message to KiwiNet people. What pain point do you address was his rhetoric question put to university and CRI commercialisation people at a recent Wellington forum? The … Continue reading

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If we build it, will they come…..MakerSpace takes a punt


If we build it, will they come…….is one of many thoughts swirling in the active minds of Wellington MakerSpace founders, Nick Taylor and Lee Bennett. The two, whose backgrounds sweep across coding, making (for Peter Jackson), creating and being socially/societally … Continue reading

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Cutting its way into niche/niche market – Tuatahi


If to prove the late Sir Paul Callaghan’s dictum that New Zealand companies are best playing in niche/niche fields, then Tuatahi Racing Axes & Sawsare a case in point. The Masterton-based, globally focused company produces exactly what its name says, … Continue reading

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Web 3.0 + Kiwi IP = connection to the world


So, what do you do if you’ve got a patent, little money, and want to see who out there in the rest of the big wide world would be interested in buying it or licensing it? It is this challenge … Continue reading

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Fantastic; more faffing around for an Advanced Technology Institute


Oh great – yes the May 24 budget announcement has $178 million allocated over five years for the evolution of Industrial Research into an Advanced Technology Institute. But buried in the numbers (page 108, here) is a huge reason to … Continue reading

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Kiwi Landing Pad sweetens deal for startups


There’s nothing quite like being in the market…….so The Kiwi Landing Pad in San Francisco’s sweetening the pot for startups looking to springboard into the States. Under its ‘Catapult’ programme it is providing a month’s placement in San Fran’s South … Continue reading

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Tapping into market knowledge….down at your local library!


One of the great things about going to events such as the World Class New Zealanders Inspire day in Wellington is you never know who you’re going to bump into. Thus, how many people know that Wellington’s Public City Library … Continue reading

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Science gets a rap – Tom McFadden


Getting kids interested in science is a bit of a challenge around New Zealand, but transplanted American Tom McFadden’s doing his best to up the excitement. The Californian, a Stanford biology lecturer in a former life, is currently studying a … Continue reading

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