Christchurch's own 'Silicon Valley' to stay on Manchester St

A boutique version of Silicon Valley on Manchester St has secured a 15-year extension to its land-lease agreement with Christchurch City Council.

The EPIC Innovation Campus on Manchester St is home to about 15 local tech companies that, after 10 years of innovation, are now mixing it with the best on the world stage.

The venue was initially meant to be temporary, but the businesses thrived on working together.

Wil McLellan at the EPIC Innovation Campus on Manchester St. Photo: Geoff Sloan
Wil McLellan at the EPIC Innovation Campus on Manchester St. Photo: Geoff Sloan
Co-founder Wil McLellan said they could see the model was working and the tenants were happy.

They are fully self-funded and since its inception in 2012 the campus has injected an estimated $50 million into the local economy.

- By Geoff Sloan
- Public Interest Journalism funded through NZ On Air

Local trusted journalism matters - now more than ever

As the Covid-19 pandemic brings the world into uncharted waters, Star Media journalists and photographers continue to report local stories that matter everyday - yours.

For more than 152 years our journalists have provided Cantabrians with local news that can be trusted. It’s more important now than ever to keep Cantabrians connected.

As our advertising has fallen during the pandemic, support from you our reader is crucial.

You can help us continue to provide local news you can trust simply by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter