UoC has invited Dr. Piqué, as part of promoting their innovation precinct. However it is not clear what a small regional university can learn for its "Innovation Park" from the experience of the "Catalan Manchester". UoC might be better off looking to a smaller city for inspiration. The city I first suggested Canberra should model itself on twenty years ago is Cambridge (UK).
The Canberra suburb of Bruce, where UoC is located, has a history of attempted government funded technology startups going back 40 years. In the 1970s the company Information Electronics Limited manufactured computer terminals for government agencies in a factory opposite the university campus, on Haydon Drive. The nearby Fern Hill Technology Park was opened in October 1984, with limited success.
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