“Investment matchmaker” hosts Manawatu showcase

nzteNew Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) is hosting the 2015 New Zealand Agribusiness Investment Showcase to coincide with the Central Districts Field Days. The showcase aims to better equip innovative New Zealand agribusinesses for high growth.

Growth constraint is often caused by a lack of capital and helping companies overcome this limitation is a goal of the showcase. The nine participating companies will be put through NZTE’s Better by Capital programme, which helps them become more investor ready and better positioned to attract the right capital from the right source at the right time.

In its role as investment matchmaker, NZTE targets potential high-growth companies that have an international focus, and New Zealand and international investors that are looking for New Zealand companies and technologies. The companies will ready themselves to pitch to the investors.

Part of NZTE’s focus is to support economic development in the regions. The inaugural Agribusiness Investment Showcase was held at Mystery Creek Fieldays in 2014. Dave Craig, BCC marketing manager, says that BCC has helped NZTE to organise and promote the event and tell the Manawatu story to visiting investors and companies.

“Agrifood and agritechnologies are a strength of the Manawatu region,” says Craig. “Having the showcase here is part of the overall development of Manawatu as a hub of world-class food capability and industry knowledge.”

Lead partners for the showcase are Massey University and ASB – organisations that are both committed to the agricultural sector and the emergence of agritechnology.

The showcase, which will be held at Orlando Country’s Lake House in Palmerston North on 12 March is by invitation. Those interested can contact the Better by Capital team by email bbc@nzte.govt.nz.

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