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Professor Johan Potgieter, Massey AgriFood Digital Lab, Massey University

Massey AgriFood Digital Lab's Professor Johan Potgieter announced as Kiwinet Finalist

3rd August 2021

Professor Johan Potgieter, a central figure at the Massey Agrifood Digital Lab is recognised as one of sixteen finalists in the 2021 Kiwinet Awards under the 'Researcher Entrepreneur' category. The eighth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards are designed to celebrate impact from science through successful research commercialisation within New Zealand’s universities, Crown Research Institutes and other research organisations.

Professor Johan Potgieter is at the centre of almost everything at Massey AgriFood Digital Lab. Johan has created a hub for some of the most outstanding innovation, robotics, IOT (Internet of Things) and 3D printing in the Southern hemisphere. You can find him guiding and advising students, staff, directing projects, and sharing his knowledge with the aspiring innovators of the future.

Prof. Johan Potgieter has developed a significant commercialisation portfolio with a strong drive to improve the New Zealand research and commercialisation landscape through strong business partnerships and end-users:

  • Remote monitoring substation robotic platform for Transpower Ltd

  • Within the New Zealand Product Accelerator engaging with and providing commercial technology solutions to a variety of companies within New Zealand

  • FMCG product development for Zuru Ltd

  • Developed a confectionary manufacturing process for a $500M revenue product

  • Start-ups - MA Innovations Ltd, ISM Ventures Pty Ltd, Compress Tech Ltd

Prof Johan Potgieter has a well-established reputation for his work in educational robotics and have been inducted into the World Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Foundation Hall of Fame. Johan is being sought out by large companies that are looking to implement technology into their processes and framework.

Winners of the Kiwinet Award categories will be announced at an evening reception on 16 September in Auckland.

For more about the Massey Agrifood Digital Lab, visit

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