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Pride of place: What GridAKL's expansion means for the Auckland innovation ecosystem

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Pride of place: What GridAKL's expansion means for the Auckland innovation ecosystem

GridAKL is preparing to open two new buildings in Auckland this year, bringing its footprint to 12,000 square metres. But, as Anna Bradley-Smith discovers, there’s a lot more to it than cool co-working locations. Through a focus on community, place and services, GridAKL is at the heart of a booming innovation precinct that is helping to grow – and diversify – the economy and position Auckland as a high-tech innovation hub of the Asia Pacific region.

In 2007, the first Startup Weekend was held in Boulder Colorado. Since then the concept – giving budding entrepreneurs 54 hours to pitch their ideas, form teams to develop the most popular concepts and then re-pitch in front of a panel of start-up experts – has travelled round the world. Idealog's Jessy Edwards and Anna Bradley-Smith were at the recent Wellington Startup Weekend, themed around education. Here is their video story