City of Innovation

Smart Innovation refers to the support we're providing to encourage emerging industries, start-ups and scale up businesses to see Newcastle as the ideal base for collaborative problem solving.

Investment includes:

  • A virtual innovation hub website to connect with fellow entreprenuers and other professionals - visit
  • Investment in co-working spaces and Landing Pads to support talented professionals moving to Newcastle
  • Support for events and training to grow the capability of the local innovation ecosystem.
  • Industry events such as iQ to showcase Newcastle as a smart and innovative city.
  • The establishment of a Sensor Lab and the Newcastle City Centre as a technology living lab to attract advanced industries.
  • Newcastle libraries using robotics to scan historical content to ensure its longevity.
  • The establishment of a backyard detectives pilot project which will encourage primary school children to build DIY air quality monitors.
  • AiTC information on accessible facilities to help people with disability navigate the City’s facilities.