A successful prototype
In 2015, the University of Melbourne launched LAB-14, an on-site prototype to test the concept of a new innovation precinct in Carlton. LAB-14 operated for two and a half years as an innovation precinct on a small scale with co-located industry and research groups.
LAB-14 brought people together to network, bump and mingle in a central location with a distinctive program of events, seminars, exhibitions, workshops, roundtables and hackathons which attracted more than 40,000 visitors.
Several projects successfully emerged with the support of the Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP) and the Translating Research at Melbourne program (TRaM), such as the renewable energy technology company Allume Energy and the virtual reality start-up Phoria.