Webtools founder exits Agritech business and commits to health tech focus

November 9, 2023

Founder of Ōtautahi Christchurch tech company Webtools announces divestment of agritech operations, reaffirming the company’s commitment to their current customers and to the delivery of innovative health tech.

Webtools, founded originally by Brett O’Donnell, and co-founded by Harry Hawke, have emerged as leaders in the health tech sector with the recent launch of New Zealand’s fastest growing consumer health tech platform, Centrik.

With Webtools focused on a clear purpose and growth opportunities within health tech, the time was right for Brett to divest interest in the Webtools agritech business.

The announcement reflects Webtools’ purpose and strategic vision of growth within the health tech sector. This includes a strong focus on the ongoing development of their Centrik platform, built to connect patients with their healthcare providers and deliver an integrated ecosystem of care.

“There are great opportunities for growth of our health tech operations both here in New Zealand and offshore. Our team has made a firm commitment to the health sector, our partners, and our users to continue to ramp up our impact and delivery, so it’s an exciting time to reaffirm my investment focus on health,” says Founder and Director, Brett O’Donnell.

Webtools are committed to continuing to grow our strategic partnerships with New Zealand’s leading healthcare providers, alongside other partners such as CCL and Spark with our work on AI projects in transport and logistics. As a company we will continue to provide exciting innovative solutions and there will be no impact on Webtools staff.

For Brett, the sale of the agritech shareholding is another successful exit, following the 2020 sale of the Webtools Energy business to Agility CIS.

While part of the wider Webtools group, the agritech business has operated as an independent entity since the beginning of 2022, with a separate management team and operating model.

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