What is GridAKL?

GridAKL is more than just a place.
It is a community of innovation.

GridAKL is part of the innovation precinct in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter, designed to maximise innovation by harnessing the power of collaboration. Creating pathways for innovative individuals, entrepreneurs and businesses to connect, share ideas and access the tools they need to help them grow.

“Over the last 10 years, the sector has witnessed 25% growth. ICT and Digital Media accounts for 3.2% employment in Auckland or 1 in 30 jobs. Half (48%) of New Zealand’s ICT companies are based in Auckland, employing 37,000 people. GridAKL’s role is to assist high-impact, growth-orientated, technology-focused businesses and entrepreneurs to develop and commercialise their innovations.”  –  Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development

A home for innovation in the heart of Auckland, GridAKL provides the space, support, inspiration and community needed for a strong and vibrant innovation culture. A place of discovery, GridAKL  showcases and celebrates ideas which may impact positive change for our communities and our world at large.

Who is GridAKL for?

GridAKL is for anyone actively involved in innovation. This includes entrepreneurs, start-ups, SMEs, national and multinational companies, research institutes and everyone in between. These are supported by a network of investors, education providers and tertiary organisations, government agencies and other key partners delivering services to New Zealand’s innovation ecosystem.

GridAKL Sectors

GridAKL’s role is to assist high-impact, growth-orientated, technology-focused businesses and entrepreneurs to develop and commercialise their innovations.

Businesses at GridAKL develop technology solutions and platforms that cut across sectors. They are diverse and applications range from social enterprise, user experience design, geospatial data, data visualisation to health and safety, finance/pos and innovation.

What GridAKL offers

  • Mentoring, support and specialist advisory services in: Investment Funding / Financial Accounting / Business Planning / Marketing Strategy / Legal and Governance / Market Intelligence
  • Connections with business advisors, experienced founders, entrepreneurs, Startups, corporates, tertiaries, social enterprises and community groups
  • Creative, inspiring and welcoming work environment consisting of hotdesks, coworking spaces, team pods or studios. Wifi and power and full office amenities
  • On-site café / bar and break out spaces to hosts guests, hold meetings or social engagements
  • Professional front-of-house / concierge and administrative support
  • Access to fully-serviced event spaces and a full calendar of tech events designed to inspire, mentor and add value to your team and your business

The GridAKL Team

(L – R) Marissa Brindley (Manager of Innovation Precincts), Catriona Stewart (Community & Services Relationship Manager), Jono Bishop (AR/VR Liaison), Dave Burgess (Place Manager)
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Auckland’s Innovation Precinct in Wynyard Quarter