Massey University's Albany campus could be developed as an innovation hub for the North Shore, thanks to a formal agreement inked by the university and ATEED yesterday.
Earlier this month ATEED chief executive O'Riley outlined a five-year vision for Auckland that included businesses co-located on all the major tertiary campuses in Auckland, further developing Takapuna's tech-heavy town centre ("Tech-apuna") and an "innovation corridor" reminiscent of Silicon Valley.
O’Riley says the formal relationship is a great fit for ATEED’s economic growth priorities.
"ATEED’s North area office has already developed a positive relationship with the university’s ecentre, which is doing great things in the ICT space - one of Auckland’s priority industries. The university is part of the Albany-Takapuna nexus, which is the northern gateway to Auckland’s strengthening innovation corridor, which runs south to Auckland Airport," he says.
The university already has an agreement with Auckland Council under the Auckland Knowledge Exchange Hub umbrella, with Massey and council researchers working on projects involving identifying ethnic precincts in Auckland.
Massey University Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey says: "We want to have the Albany campus seen as the focal point for Auckland North innovation - bringing business and local government here - and we’re impatient to get on with our building strategy. We think it will be a real game changer for the region to have a facility that was built specifically for the movement of ideas - from idea to practical delivery."
Steve Corbett, CEO of the ecentre, says it will help "feed the pipeline".
"Take Unleashed Software - those guys started here and they've now gone down the corridor to 'Techapuna' ... we've got a real focus on building up those sorts of companies."
O’Riley says ATEED will welcome the university’s contribution to two of its priority actions for Auckland - using targeted research to grow the city’s level of innovation, and developing highly skilled graduates who will help to improve the region’s workforce capability.