Tonsley is Australia’s first innovation district bringing together leading-edge institutions and companies to connect with start-ups, business incubators and accelerators .
It combines an award winning mixed use development, strong academic and training institutions, a mix of established global companies and start-ups, and carefully curated research and industry networks to offer investors a collaborative environment that supports high value industry.
The site’s redevelopment by the State Government began in 2012, with a vision to create a precinct that would enable businesses to connect, innovate, grow and compete in global markets. The AUD$253 million investment on site will leverage over AUD$1 billion in private sector investment.
Tonsley’s key target sectors reflect the State’s areas of competitive advantage; mining and resource services; health and medical devices and assistive technologies; clean technologies and renewable energy; and software and simulation.
High quality academic and research skills at Flinders University’s AUD$120 million building are complemented by the State’s Drill Core Reference Library and trade and technical training at the TAFE SA Sustainable Industries Education Centre.
Siemens, a world leader in innovation and technology was an early supporter of the Tonsley vision, entering into a strategic partnership with the State Government in 2012 and today Siemens turbomachinery maintenance facility is fully operational on site.
Alongside the more than 8,500 students based at Tonsley, there is also a vibrant start-up community with access to mentoring and professional development, delivered by business accelerators like Innovyz and Flinders University’s New Ventures Institute.
The project is also Australia’s first mixed use development to win the prestigious 6-Star ‘World Leading’ Green Star Communities Certification and the adaptive use of the main assembly building on site is winning awards and fast becoming a national benchmark.
Tonsley’s collaborative culture means the education institutions in this district are heavily embedded in industry activity on site – creating a skilled workforce that is readily employable for participating businesses.