April, May & June 2020
Startup News Asia’s quarterly round-up of New Zealand’s startup news headlines from April, May and June 2020.
Each item below is a tech-focused article or startup news headline from Q2 2020 covering an aspect of New Zealand’s tech startup space in some way – an announcement by an NZ tech startup about a product, pivot or funding round, or an article outlining changes to an aspect of the NZ tech startup scene generally, for instance.
The focus here is obviously on New Zealand, but we do include wider-world tech and startup news headlines to provide NZ tech entrepreneurs with more points-of-reference, food for thought for early-stage NZ tech startups, and wider tech industry knowledge.
- New Zealand: ASUS partners PB Tech to distribute IOT products in NZ, focusing on deployments with organizations in the agriculture and transportation sectors
- New Zealand: HealthTech Supernode Challenge launches across multiple prize categories valued at more than $340K
- New Zealand: An intro to Shoots Microgreens and its expansion from vertical farming to in-store growing system trial
- Australia & NZ: 1200 Coca-Cola vending machines now accept payments using cryptocurrency via Centrapay digital payments tech
- A look at New Zealand Made Products Facebook group, established to help small businesses hit by the coronavirus outbreak with 250K members already
- New Zealand: An intro to Wanderble, startup that placed 2nd in the recent HackTheCrisisNZ event
- New Zealand: An intro to Reality Virtual, working on AI to automate conversion of high-res photos into a 3-D VR experience, recently backed by firm behind Fortnite
- New Zealand: Komodo Monitr sports coaching software adds wellbeing monitoring for schools to support their students and staff in response to COVID-19
- New Zealand: An intro to Rocos, robot operations software platform firm partnering Boston Dynamics to use Spot robot in different ways, including agriculture
- New Zealand: Another look at NZ-founded Soul Machines, creating AI-driven life-like virtual personas
- AWS Summit Online Australia New Zealand set for May 13th
- New Zealand: Draw This! wins Hack The Crisis COVID-19 focused event with community connections focus, selected from 55 competing teams
- New Zealand: Aotearoa Online Startup Weekend set for May 1-3, focusing on COVID-19 solutions
- New Zealand: An intro to YieldTec, prototyping around fruit picking robotics with a focus on cost savings and ending seasonal labour shortages
- New Zealand: Hack the Crisis 48 hour challenge set for April 17th, online and focusing on 3 themes in battling COVID-19
- New Zealand: April 2020 edition of Startup Investment magazine now online, from pWc
- New Zealand: An intro to Mutu, aiming to launch an app-based peer-to-peer rental marketplace for everyday items later in 2020
- New Zealand: RealityVirtual startup gains Mega Grant from Epic Games with immersive VR work using the Unreal Engine
- New Zealand: Countdown chain opens NZ’s first purpose-built, customer-free e-Store to serve online shopping demands
- ICYMI: Opera web browser expands crypto wallet service across whole of Europe, and adds Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Switzerland to roster
- Australia/New Zealand: Startups Hiring Through COVID-19 – a live, continually-updated spreadsheet of jobs and opportunities, from Airtree VC
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