“Sydney is emerging as a thriving in the Asia Pacific. It’s at the forefront of the innovation landscape in Australia, and is creating over per cent of the nation’s new startup ventures,” says Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Innovation and Enterprise) Glenn Wightwick.
Recently, Glenn was appointed to represent UTS on a NSW Government taskforce that will be focused on revitalising the Central to Eveleigh precinct and growing the NSW tech sector.
He was joined on the taskforce by representatives from the University of Sydney, the Sydney Business Chamber and some Australian start-ups. Atlassian, Australia’s largest technology company, along with other tech industry players will also be an integral part of the project.
Glenn says, UTS is “a critical anchor, working in close partnership with businesses, industry, city and state government and other key stakeholders. We pride ourselves on driving innovation, bringing together startups, incubators, research, education, and public policy institutions.”
At the launch event held in August, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told guests, “This will cement Sydney as the technology capital of Australia. Central to Eveleigh is already home to Australia’s largest cluster of startup firms. We want to use that as a base to grow new jobs and new businesses.”
Vice-Chancellor Attila Brungs adds, “One of the biggest impacts that universities can have in driving innovation is facilitating collaboration and providing opportunities for people to bump into one another.
“That’s why we really do welcome the announcement and the Government’s commitment to establishing a technology and innovation precinct that will bring together tertiary institutions, technology firms, research institutions and government to drive technology and innovation.”
According to Glenn, our campus itself will play an important role in developing the precinct. “By focusing on walkability, transport, green spaces, cutting-edge research, shared facilities and partnering with industry, UTS is demonstrating how an anchor institution can activate opportunities, and ensure our neighbourhood becomes a world-class technology and innovation precinct.”
Atlassian Co-Founder and co-CEO Scott Farquhar adds, “If you look at every successful innovation hub in the world, from Silicon Valley to Tel Aviv, they all have a centre of gravity – a place the start-up community calls home."