UTS partners in Sydney’s new Digital Creative Precinct

4 August 2015

UTS partners in Sydney’s new Digital Creative Precinct

UTS is at the heart of fostering Australia’s own ‘Silicon Valley’, as a key partner in Piivot, Sydney’s recently launched digital creative knowledge hub.

Incubated at UTS’s Ultimo campus – the nexus of a vibrant digital creative entrepreneurial ecosystem – Piivot is a collaboration between UTS, the NSW Government, Commonwealth Bank, Microsoft, engineering and design firm ARUP and Ultimo’s co-working startup Fishburners.

Startup hubs like Silicon Valley, the United Kingdom’s TechCity, Hub Singapore and Start Tel Aviv have shown that collaboration is critical to driving innovation. With UTS at its core, Ultimo is an ideal location for a Sydney-based hub, with the suburb and neighbouring Surry Hills and CBD areas boasting a high concentration of entrepreneurial and innovative organisations.

"Sydney is a global innovation leader, with NSW home to 40 per cent of Australia's creative and digital industries, and City of Sydney data showing a 252 per cent jump in workers in those industries in Pyrmont and Ultimo over the past six years," said UTS Deputy-Vice Chancellor (Resources) Patrick Woods.

"The industry profile and workforce is here, and at the same time the physical infrastructure is transforming the urban landscape with billions of dollars in new developments at Central Park, the UTS campus, Darling Harbour, the Goods Line and Barangaroo."

Mr Woods said although Ultimo and the surrounding precinct were thriving by Australian standards, industry had recognised a need to increase competitiveness on a global scale, and that the Piivot hub would add value in this area by working with the tech startup community to strengthen activity.

“We are not trying to replicate or stifle what is already taking place here or what has already happened organically,” he said. “We want to facilitate something that gets the best out of it.”

Piivot aims to cement Sydney’s place on the map as the nation’s digital creative capital, by connecting startups to more established innovative companies and other startups, as well as fostering opportunities for learning, networking, mentoring and internships.

It also seeks to stimulate and influence national debate and policymaking by gathering and sharing information, news and leading thinking on innovation and entrepreneurship.

The launch of Piivot continues UTS’s commitment to supporting Australia’s startup ecosystem, following on from the creation of ‘The Hatchery’, a startup pre-incubator designed to equip UTS undergraduates and research students with the skills to start their own innovative businesses.

This focus on innovation and creativity has also been seen in the university’s 2014 appointment of  Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak as an Adjunct Professor, and former IBM Australia’s research director Professor Glenn Wightwick as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).

To find out more about Piivot, including events, opportunities for involvement, and a map of the Sydney’s creative eco-system, visit the Piivot website.