The Innovation Corridor Discussion Paper by Professor Donald McNeil was launched at the Ideas Lab, on Western Sydney University's Parramatta South campus on Tuesday, October 27. The discussion paper was a collaborative partnership between Western Sydney University and Celestino.

The Innovation Corridor will stretch from Campbelltown to Hawkesbury, and include Badgery's Creek Airport Precinct and the Western Sydney Employment Area. It will link the NSW Government's designated North-West and South-West Growth centres.

The Corridor will provide sites for emerging industries, and spur growth in the accelerator model of business development, where angel investors, corporations, governments and universities provide seed money and mentoring.

To discuss the strategy and the release of the Innovation Corridor Research Paper, the Ideas Lab has gathered an informed audience and panel of industry, government and community leaders, including:

  • Professor Barney Glover, Western Sydney University Vice Chancellor
  • Lindy Deitz, General Manager of Campbelltown City Council
  • Professor Donald McNeill, Institute for Culture and Society and author of the Innovation Corridor Discussion Paper
  • Dr Tim Williams, CEO, Committee for Sydney
  • David Borger, NSW Business Chamber
  • John Vassallo, Sydney Science Park (Celestino)

The Ideas Lab also provided a forum allowing audience members to have their say, through an online poll and real-time Twitter feeds.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Development, Professor Scott Holmes, says the Innovation Corridor will provide much needed support for emerging and growing businesses in Western Sydney.

"Western Sydney is home to some of Australia's most inventive entrepreneurs," says Professor Holmes.

"By creating an innovation growth corridor spanning across Western Sydney, the University can act as a mechanism to connect start-ups to emerging and growing business in the health, automotive, education and social enterprise sectors, all key areas of strength in the west."

"Digital and other start-ups in London are already looking further afield, such as locating in Croydon, south of the city. It's time we start thinking about how to encourage new locations for our emerging digital activity and markets in Sydney - and Western Sydney makes perfect sense."

John Vassallo says the paper shows there's a unique opportunity to create a globally significant ecosystem of innovation in the region.

"The planned Sydney Science Park will be an integral element of this innovation ecosystem and we look forward to working with government, industry and academia to deliver this vision," he says.

Click here to review the Discussion Paper