GridAKL is helping Auckland become an innovation hub of the Asia-Pacific region, as part of the Auckland Innovation Plan. Opened in 2014, the GridAKL precinct brings together more than 70 technology companies in the same area of Auckland’s waterfront.
The precinct is one of the most key examples of ATEED’s focus on developing a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship to drive business growth. Our project partners, BizDojo, Generator and The Icehouse, run GridAKL’s day-to-day operations.
When all construction is complete in 2022, GridAKL is forecast to contribute $450 million in GDP to the Auckland economy annually.
The successful Tripartite Economic Summit that ATEED delivered in May 2016 on behalf of Auckland Council generated $30 million in direct foreign investment, with more forecast to come.
The Auckland summit attracted about 700 delegates (more than double the number first expected), including 150 in mayor-led delegations from Los Angeles and Guangzhou – Auckland’s sister cities and Tripartite Economic Alliance members.
We have a programme in place to help Auckland companies convert business opportunities from the summit and keep up momentum towards the next summit, Guangzhou 2017.
The Aroha Auckland programme is showing huge potential for helping to grow jobs and investment in the region by actively managing aftercare services for top companies that set up here.
The programme promotes regular engagement with the top multinational companies and investors in Auckland, ensuring businesses are supported by the council and are encouraged to expand within the Auckland region. There are more than 80 companies in the programme, with ATEED investment specialists helping to meet their needs.