Jump Start 2016: Agrifood Focus

The initial Jump Start prototype programme was run as a collaboration between the Palmerston North City Council, Massey University, Microsoft and The Future Cities Institute in 2016, which led to the establishment of an innovation pop-up hub in the heart of Palmerston North City

Partnering with Microsoft

Since 2009 The Future Cities Institute has been partnering with Microsoft and local, regional and national governments to support the development of digital economies, improve engagement with both citizens and enterprises and accelerate innovation in local economies. 

2014: INNOVATION CENTER BEST PRACTICES AND ECONOMIC VALUE ADD, ASIA PACIFIC, MIDDLE EAST AND EUROPE.

Malcolm Fraser from The Future Cities Institute was the Lead Researcher and Implementation Consultant responsible for creating a Local Software Economy Sustainability Framework to establish, manage and monitor innovation centers and incubators. The Project included the global network of Microsoft Innovation Centers (MICs) and supported the development of start-ups, digitally enabled businesses and entrepreneurs across Europe and Asia Pacific.

Think Tank on Innovation - Gold Coast

t was great to host an Innovation Think Tank on the Gold Coast last week in conjunction with Business Gold Coast.    Great discussions on how to create an innovation precinct and really what attracts starts up to a particular area. Local government, industry leaders, innovation hubs, small business as well as academic were all representative and committed to a action plan designed to promote the Gold Coast as the place to do business.