- Create a ‘place and space’ to house the latest expensive hardware or create a shared space for those with similar talents to co-exist, use shared assets and ideally develop new products and services.
Patrick Nolan speaks about creating hubs during the launch of the TalentNZ Menu of Initiatives on 11 June 2014.
2014 New Zealand Examples
Epic (Enterprise Precinct and Innovation Campus) is a project aimed at creating an innovation hub in Christchurch to encourage the growth of high-tech industries. The key component of the project is the building of a campus that attracts tech companies, talent and investors from around New Zealand and overseas. Currently, the campus houses 20 companies with over 250 staff in total. Since opening 14 months ago, there have been over 160 ‘connecting’ events organised by tenants and external groups for other tenants and the public (including Ministry of Awesome).
Wynyard Quarter Innovation Project, Auckland
As part of the Auckland waterfront re-development the Wynyard precinct has been designed to become an innovation hub, providing the focus, resources, connections and opportunities to launch high-tech business.
Enspiral Space, Wellington
Enspiral is a co-working space, set up specifically for technology start-ups, social enterprises, non-profits and freelance professionals. By providing for the needs of a specific sector, their aim is to optimise the potential for inspiration, collaboration and networking amongst their customers.
Built in Wellington, Wellington
Built in Wellington is a one-stop poster board for what makes Wellington hum. It posts events, blogs and news posts on one webpage, providing a platform for innovators, makers, founders and creatives to connect and build a community that fosters entrepreneurship.
2014 International Examples
Silicon Roundabout, London
A result of the UK Government’s 2011 ‘East London Tech City’ initiative, Silicon Roundabout is London’s tech and media innovation hub. To help the growth of the hub, the Government provided incentives, such as reduced rent for new businesses as well as business support and tax benefits. Since its inception, numbers of digital and creativity companies have risen from 11 to 300.
TechShop, San Francisco
Tech shops are places where people can pay a membership fee to access tools and equipment that are beyond the financial reach of most people. These facilities also offer onsite training and the potential for partnering with private enterprise.
Fab Lab, Cambridge (U.S.)
Fab Labs are an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), The Centre for Bits & Atoms, that specialise in providing access to digital fabrication and specialist equipment. The labs facilitate technological empowerment, peer-to-peer project-based technical training, local problem-solving, small-scale high-tech business incubation and grass-roots research.