New Directions for Regional Innovation
Priority One has been working with companies and organisations across the region to support the development of two proposals for the establishment of a government-supported regional research institute. Unfortunately the two bids did not make the shortlist, however the process has opened up alternative options to develop new innovation platforms for the Bay of Plenty which will be driven by the business community. Priority One is currently in discussions with local business partners on the following three options:
- A commercially driven innovation lab or school of innovation focusing on design and creativity in the areas of natural products and niche manufacturing.
- An applied technology centre utilising ICT and engineering for horticulture and plant-based industries, with an emphasis on Māori land use.
- Design and prototyping capability for medical devices leveraging the expertise of TiDA/RAM, the Bay of Plenty Clinical School and associated national relationships.