Marlborough is home to some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most innovative and pioneering sectors of the land and the ocean, particularly in wine, viticulture, and aquaculture.
There are exciting opportunities for innovators working at the intersection between agriculture and technology, science, engineering and design.
Entrepreneurs are able to partner with large corporates to trial their offering 'in the field'. Plenty of initiatives are already under way, evidenced by these exciting tech and science-driven companies:
- FlipFarm’s innovative oyster growing system
- Oxin's autonomous robot tractors
- Tātou’s app-based workforce management software
- Medical cannabis by Puro
- Forestry technology mapping by GeoInsight.
Technology is a key area of focus for the region's economy and is supported by an active programme of tech events and initiatives.
Never before held in New Zealand, this trade event will be held in Marlborough from 25 to 27 June 2024.
With the tagline ‘Vine to Wine’, WinePRO will showcase the latest products, new technology, and connect the leading suppliers with members of the wine production industry.
This event will provide an opportunity for the wine industry to come together and learn about the latest trends, network with each other, and discover new ways to grow their businesses and improve efficiencies and wellbeing, with an exhibition showcasing the latest and greatest.
The event has been a vision of the Marlborough District Council and Wine Marlborough. It recognises the importance of wine regionally and nationally, and the need to have a biennial event to bring the industry together across New Zealand and the world.
Marlborough Tech & Innovation Hub
Marlborough’s new technology and innovation hub will foster start-ups and boost tech and innovation businesses, increase wellbeing and productivity, and create local investment opportunities. The hub is due to open June 2024, find out more.
TechWeek 2023 and beyond
Techweek was held across Marlborough in May 2023 with over 350 participants across eight events.
Techweek is an annual, nationwide series of events to showcase and celebrate New Zealand innovation. From inspiring tech careers and networking events to the Annual Marlborough Innovation Day. In 2023 it culminated in a Forestry Hackathon – seeking solutions for forestry slash.
Planning for next year starts December 2023, so get in touch if you'd like to host an event, sponsor an event, be a speaker, or find out more about getting involved. Contact email@example.com
Tech hub coming soon!
Marlborough's Tech & Innovation Hub is set to open June 2024.
Based in Blenheim's CBD, the hub is for start-ups and innovators who want to solve real-world problems.
Justice Of The Peace29 February - 31 May
Blenheim Business Networking (1)4 March - 9 December
Blenheim Business Networking4 March - 9 December
Conference (1)15 - 17 October
Conference7 - 10 July
WinePro25 - 27 June
ILANZ Conference21 - 23 May
Marlborough Conference6 - 9 May
Justice Of The Peace - Picton6 March - 29 May