The Macquarie Park Innovation District is growing at a fantastic rate.
The key initial focus is on building the network ecosystem through the innovation events program using existing and upgraded venues across the park. Associated with this is a focus on scaling the partnership base for reach and impact. The Macquarie Incubator was opened in 2016 – a permanent 2000m2 facility – a space for students, researchers, staff, small-medium sized enterprises (SMEs), entrepreneurs and start ups who are working on research or an idea that can be commercialised.
Key details of Phase 1:
- launch of the Macquarie Incubator and opening of new building
- development of collision and multi-use events space
- upgrade of café outlets to become SMART event venues that provide collision spaces and a home for smaller events
- hosting of weekly events, as well as hackathons and innovation, arts and community engagement events
- development of partnerships with international innovation districts to drive international collaboration
- launch of intrapreneur and entrepreneur programs, including international exchange.
Phase 2 – due for completion in 2018
Expands on Phase 1 with the addition of deep-tech incubation facilities for medical and life science-related research. Additional events, SMART café and collision spaces will serve existing businesses and new residential expansion. The events program will further grow.
Phase 3 – to be completed in 2022
Will see the addition of two major infrastructure projects: the central University campus hub and the business hub development as part of a new town centre precinct. The campus hub will house event and engagement space, as well as a dedicated student digital incubation hub. The proposed business hub opposite the Macquarie Centre will provide internal and external spaces for business and commerce-related engagement and incubation.