Our Board

WNT Ventures is New Zealand’s leading technology incubator accelerating innovation and global growth of intellectual property to achieve commercial success.

Steve Saunders

Role Director

Steve Saunders is the Owner/Founder of the Plus Group of companies, specialising in horticulture management consultancy, global pollen production, robotics development, international joint ventures, applied technology, research and development, innovation and science.

He is the Co-Founder of Newnham Park Horticulture Innovation Centre at Te Puna which hosts six local award winning independent companies, and also a Director of multiple privately owned companies.  Steve is a major stakeholder in the kiwifruit postharvest sector, an active Angel Investor, a Seed Co Investment Fund investor representative and an elected member of the Executive Board for Priority One.

Steve has 28 years’ experience in the horticultural industry and is extremely passionate about improving long term sustainability.  Steve prides himself in strategic planning and commercialisation through his broad range of management roles and directorships.  He has travelled extensively over the years to develop major international networks in the horticultural/food sectors.

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