Why the kumara needs to speak of its own sweetness: David Downs on how to take your idea to the world

Going global

Why the kumara needs to speak of its own sweetness: David Downs on how to take your idea to the world

From raising capital from international investors, to expanding into new markets, to selling to an overseas buyer – the challenges of taking a New Zealand company to international prominence are many, and to surmount them, we’ll likely need more than just number eight wire. So how do New Zealand businesses become more internationally minded? Jonathan Cotton talks with NZTE general manager David Downs about how to navigate the tricky waters beyond New Zealand’s shores.

Venturing forth

Chia Sisters' products have long been a popular option in our New Zealand food and beverage market. New Zealand’s growing importance placed on health and wellbeing has allowed the products to nestle easily into our conscious purchases. We caught up with founders and sisters Chloe and Florence Van Dyke about their solar powered juicery being named a top five female-lead venture in the 2019 SheEO NZ Summit, and their recent addition to the Forbes 30 under 30 list.

The dog days are over

The name ezyVet isn’t a well-known one in the business community, and yet the Auckland-based company is set on world domination – and it might just get there. It’s using cloud-based software to disrupt the slow-moving vet industry, and now has customers in six countries, has tripled its head count to nearly 100 staff and has opened offices further abroad in Dallas, Texas and London.

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Despite the country's outward appearance of affluence and wealth, in reality, New Zealand is a nation of debt which sits on a half a trillion-dollar debt bomb with a growing chunk of it belonging to ordinary households.

Fresh start

Food delivery service My Food Bag has scaled up its headquarters, following a year of massive growth. Its new workspace in Parnell encompasses three floors, with one whole floor dedicated to a development kitchen. Here’s a look inside.