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Opportunity for input: Macquarie Park Innovation District and the Macquarie University Incubator

Progressing the innovation agenda at Macquarie University, a flurry of recent activity has given shape to two strategic priority projects: the Macquarie Park Innovation District (MPID) led by the Office of Corporate Engagement and Advancement and the Macquarie University Incubator, co-led by Research, Learning and Teaching and Corporate Engagement, following 12 months of broad consultation.

Bringing huge momentum to the projects, John Shi-Nash has been appointed as MPID Strategy Director, bringing extensive experience from his roles at NUS Enterprise Singapore, in med-tech commercialisation, venture capital and in start-up ventures.

The agreed vision for the MPID is to provide a collaborative ecosystem inspiring and facilitating unique solutions for its partners and the community. In parallel to, and as part of the MPID, the proposed Incubator will focus both on the university’s internal priorities as well as collaboration within and across MPID, and will:

  1. drive a culture of intrapreneurship, entrepreneurship, innovation and commercial opportunity
  2. enable cross disciplinary work
  3. be inclusive of the broad range of stakeholders
  4. align with a broad range of University strategic priorities.

With backing from the university and state government, key milestones to look forward to on the Macquarie University Incubator include:  

  1. the establishment of a pop-up innovation hub / incubation space – ground floor E3B, ETA: November 2016  – ‘temporary’ in planning towards:
  2. the building of a dedicated innovation hub / incubation space – near Y3A, ETA: April 2017.

To help capture Macquarie staff needs, an Innovation Hub / Incubator Use Survey has been developed. Please complete the survey by COB Friday 12 August. The results will be used in discussions with architects and property over the coming weeks and the user design group may contact you to discuss your insights further.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact: Fiona Reyerink, Executive Manager, Office of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Engagement and Advancement).

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