Our Story

Our Story

The Christchurch Innovation Precinct is born out of a commitment to Christchurch innovators, to create a central city hub of entrepreneurs and idea generators, a place to share ideas, and do innovative things together.

From its genesis in 2012 the Christchurch Innovation Precinct has emerged as a focal point and prime location for fast growing, knowledge-rich and creative tech businesses in Christchurch much of which was catalyzed from the visionary cofounders of EPIC innovation which established a place to co- locate 17 tech businesses in 2012.

The Innovation Precinct today brings together a rich tapestry of businesses large and small. From corporates such as Vodafone and Kathmandu, to established, fast-growing tech businesses housed in EPIC Innovation, and startups based in co-working and incubator spaces like Biz DoJo, Ministry of Awesome, GreenHouse and Vodafone Xone.  The Precinct is supported by two tertiaries in close proximity – SIGNAL ICT Grad School within the Precinct and Ara Institute of Technology is adjacent to the Precinct as well as close links with the University of Canterbury. The social fabric of the Precinct is enhanced by a great mix of bars, restaurants and shops and open outside spaces.  This is a world class precinct which is fast attracting globally inspired entrepreneurs focused on impact and success.

The Precinct is located in the heart of Christchurch – New Zealand’s newest city.

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Where We Are

The Innovation Precinct is located
in the heart of 
Christchurch City.

The Innovation Precinct is right in the centre of Christchurch’s central city – within walking or biking distance of central city shopping, tertiary institutions, public transport links, a variety of green spaces and a whole heap of first-rate cafes, restaurants.  It is surrounded by cycle-friendly laneways for ease of commuting.

The heart of the Precinct makes up three city blocks within Manchester, St Asaph, Madras and Lichfield Streets.

How we work

How we work

The Precinct is a community and a place – where people come to share, learn, create and do great things together.

We are:

Connected – our community comes together to work, to share ideas and to socialize, and our community has an extensive range of national and international networks. The Precinct’s tenant group work together to develop the Precinct community, coordinate events and find new ways to encourage participation and collaboration.

Creative – a place where creativity, ideas, design thinking and innovation is fostered. Through regular events to pitch new ideas, share learnings and ideas with other innovators, entrepreneurs and business people, and through access to specific co-working and incubator support, all sorts of people create, test and develop all sorts of ideas in the Precinct.

World Class & Globally Focused – the Precinct is already home to many world class businesses operating on the global stage. The Precinct provides access to people with expertise and experience to help innovators, entrepreneurs and businesses to realise the full potential of their ideas – whether that’s international commercial success or global social or environmental impact. We are actively attracting entrepreneurs wanting to make a global impact from Christchurch through New Zealand’s Global Impact Visa. www.ehf.org

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