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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.

Grow North research


Read the just released 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)

Past events


Massey University and the ecentre hosted nearly 30 entrepreneurs on a startup bus tour around Auckland North to celebrate Techweek 2016. A 60-second pitch competition saw the entrepreneurs pitch their ideas.

Grow North Summit II - Nov 2015

Over 300 people from industry, local government and tertiary sectors attended, with significant SME and start up business presence. The event included an innovation showcase and eCentre demo day.

Grow North Summit I - Feb 2015

The first event to discuss Grow North and how to progress the concept.

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.

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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