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Meet the Founder: eClean Technologies

Meet Ngārie Scartozzi the founder of eClean technologies, one of the companies in our 2021 Cohort A. eClean Technologies, founded by Ngaire, has developed a bioreactor device that works to remove nitrates, phosphates, and other chemical and biological contaminants from waterways, Ngaire has extensive knowledge in this space, which she’s accumulated during her time completing her PhD and while developing filters for different applications over the past 15 to 20 years. While in Australia, she w...

May 7, 2021

Meet the Founders: Vince

Meet Debbie and Nigel Stowe, co-founders of Olive and Ash and their consumer product, Vince - one of the companies in our 2021 Cohort A.  Serial entrepreneurs, the team met at University where Nigel was earning his degree in business management, and Deb was about to begin her degree to become a Chef. The team has since owned and operated a cafe, which they successfully ran and exited before starting Olive and Ash (named after their children Olivia and Ashley)....

April 27, 2021

Meet the Founders: YieldTec

Meet Laurence and Khalid, the team at YieldTec, one of the companies in our 2021 Cohort A.Dr Kahlid Salah is the Founder and CEO of YieldTec. From Yemen originally, he came to New Zealand to complete his PhD studies in mechatronics at the University of Canterbury. Laurence Gresham is the CTO and lead developer of the software. Before YieldTec, he graduated from Ara Institute in Canterbury, where he and Khalid met....

April 6, 2021

Climate Change: How New Zealand’s food and fibre sector needs to adapt

By 2050 it is estimated that there will be 10 billion people on the planet. That's 10 billion people to feed - something that the agriculture sector will play a huge part in making happen. However, with extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and destructive sea surges becoming a more frequent occurrence, it is clear that climate change is and will continue to affect our farming environment drastically. Changing the conditions we farm in and have become familiar with over decades.Meaning that...

March 19, 2021

Meet the Founders: University of Auckland

Meet Nijat Imin & Samuel Wilkins. The University of Auckland (UoA) team and one of the companies in Cohort A!Nijat Imin is the creator of the IP. He is a passionate plant biologist and senior lecturer at the Faculty of Science at UoA. Before joining UoA, Nijat was at the Australian National University for many years, where he also gained his PhD. Samuel Wilkins is a commercialisation manager at Auckland UniServices. He spends his time identifying exciting research that could have commercial appl...

March 15, 2021

Meet the Founders: Soochi Drinks

Tina Chou, Margie Hunt, and Naz Babapour are the three women Co-Founders behind Soochi Drinks, the functional beverage company from Cohort A. We recently sat down with Tina and Margie to get to know the founders a little more....

February 23, 2021

New way of sensing becomes commercial reality

Scentian Bio spins out from Plant & Food Research with investment from Sprout....

January 27, 2021

Soil, water and human health - Sprout's latest cohort has a flair for sustainability.

Introducing the first of two cohorts this year for the Sprout Accelerator. Cohort A will officially commence their partnership with Sprout on 1 February. Check out who we’re partnering with below....

January 5, 2021

Gil Meron named Chief Executive of Sprout

Marcel van den Assum, Chair of Sprout is pleased to announce that Gil Meron has been appointed Chief Executive of Sprout as someone who will help grow the agtech and foodtech sectors and says that “Gil brings global innovation, leadership credentials and investment experience which alongside the proven local team, establishes Sprout as the “go to” investor in deep tech Agri and Food sector ventures.”Gil is thrilled to lead the Sprout team and adds that "the agtech and foodtech sectors ar...

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