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Grow North

Creating a smart innovation district

Massey University, Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED) and BNZ are working together to develop a smart innovation district in Auckland North.

The leaders have brought together a group representing Auckland North school principals, academics, researchers, entrepreneurs, accelerating businesses, mature industry, local body, investors and business groups. This group have the aim of creating a smart innovation district that offers a unique opportunity to create a highly prosperous, vibrant and livable community, where aspirational businesses and talented people will want to live and work, produce exportable innovation and collectively build a better future for themselves and their families.


Nine days of events amplifying the inspiring technology, innovation and design thinking that’s thriving across New Zealand. Massey University is hosting the free events below during the week.

Start-up Bus Tour 8.30am - 3.30pmecentre bus tour 2017

This one day bus tour for startup entrepreneurs will visit some of the most successful and innovative global businesses in Auckland North.

Tour ‘stops’ will include: Integrated Control Technology, Smales Farm B:hive, Sealegs International, EROAD and the ecentre at Massey University.

Expand your network and meet other entrepreneurs, successful startup founders, investors, mentors and other people who support startups. Find out what help you can get to test, develop, launch and scale your business idea to have impact in global markets.

Find out more and register

    Panel networking event 4-6pm

    Amplify and Collision; Investors and Entrepreneurs

    This unconventional panel that will enable you to get inside the investor and entrepreneurs mindset!
    Join Rubi Bublitz (Flying Kiwi Angels), Lance Wiggs (Independent investment and business advisor) and Greg Murphy (founder of Unleashed Software) in this networking event for start-up entrepreneurs. Hosted by Massey University and the ecentre.

    Find out more and register

    The Grow North project is being governed by a steering committee including representation from funders and industry.

    Working groups have been set up focused on the areas of business, local government and education.  These working groups are involved in the stakeholder engagement phase of the research.

    The project is being managed through the Massey University Auckland Knowledge Exchange Hub.

    Grow North research

    Grow North report thumb Read the Grow North Initial Report outlining the feasibility of establishing a smart innovation district in Auckland North.

    Massey University and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development partnered on the project and are now working to turn the research into reality.

    Grow North Report May 2016.pdf (7,238 KB)

    Where is Auckland North?

    For the purposes of the Grow North research, Auckland North refers to the five regions comprising Kaipatiki, Devonport-Takapuna, Hibiscus and Bays, Upper harbour, and Rodney, as seen on the map below.

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