ATP Innovations and partners launch Innovation Central Sydney


Innovation Central Sydney launch event at ATP Innovations

On Monday 15th February, ATP Innovations and partners launched Innovation Central Sydney, a collaboration focused on Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation, which will be based inside ATP Innovations deep technology incubator.

The aim of the innovation centre is to inspire and showcase IoT innovation and development, bringing together customers, industry partners, research organisations, startups, accelerators, government and universities. The collaboration of the founding partners is already demonstrating the Sydney Innovation Centre’s ability to be a nexus for different interest groups to create mutually beneficial synergies, which is evidenced by their diversity. The founding partners are Cisco, Data61, UNSW, National Farmers’ Federation, NSW Farmers, Primary Industries, Lands and Water and deep technology incubator, ATP Innovations.

Innovation Central Sydney foundation partners and NSW Chief Scientist, Professor Mary O'Kane

Innovation Central Sydney foundation partners and NSW Chief Scientist, Professor Mary O’Kane

The purpose of the centre is to accelerate the development of IoT innovations through the technical and commercial expertise of it partners. There will be emphasis on solving big problems in Agriculture, Smart Cities and transport with the ability to test and implement locally before going global. The successful projects will have the opportunities to access Cisco’s global distribution channels.

Hamish Hawthorn, CEO ATP Innovations, “ATP Innovations partners with technology-based startups and entrepreneurs to help them grow, achieve success and find investment through the support of personalised assistance and mentoring. Hosting Innovation Central inside the ATP Innovations incubator will add value to existing and future support of the tailored mentoring offered. Hosting Innovation Central inside the incubator will add value to existing and future portfolio companies and provide a dynamic link between startups, industry and research that will be the first of its kind in Australia.”

ATP Innovations currently has more than 70 companies in its incubator, across enterprise software, hardware (mechatronics, robotics, UAVs) and life sciences (medical devices, diagnostics, pharmaceuticals). This diverse community will both benefit from and bring benefits to the Innovation Centre. In addition, as an incubator owned by four of Australia’s top universities, Australian National University Sydney, University of NSW, University of Sydney and University of Technology, ATP Innovation’s is already well versed in bringing education, research and startups together through innovation.

The initial focus for Innovation Central Sydney will be to develop IoT solutions in agriculture, where Australia has established global strengths, and in smart cities and transport, where there is a significant local and global opportunity.

The centre is expected to open mid 2016. If you’re interested in applying please contact Eitan Bienstock,

About ATP Innovations:

ATP Innovations is an internationally recognised and awarded deep technology incubator. Owned by four of Australia’s top Universities, the incubator partners with technology-based businesses to give them the best chance of achieving commercial success as quickly as possible. ATP Innovations works with researchers and entrepreneurs to help them raise capital, build a team, secure government grants, create new products, grow revenue and ultimately exit the business profitably.

Our experienced executive team has worked with more than 80 businesses since 2006, helping them raise over $150 million in private equity, file 250 patents and trademarks, sell products across the globe and for eight, sell their business. ATP Innovations hosts Sydney’s largest community of technology entrepreneurs within the National Innovation Centre, where more than 70 companies employ over 350 staff. We strive to create a supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem where innovation can thrive.

By Jackie Ariston, Startup and Innovation Specialist, ATP Innovations


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