LiveTiles Geelong tech hub to generate 500 jobs

Friday, 24 November, 2017

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A new tech hub will be established in Geelong, creating 500 jobs in the area.

LiveTiles has made the decision to base its global innovation centre and Asia–Pacific headquarters in Victoria’s largest regional centre.

The company will partner with local universities, TAFEs and secondary schools to create opportunities for tech graduates and drive research projects.

LiveTiles was established by Melbourne locals Karl Redenbach and Peter Nguyen-Brown, and allows users to create their own intelligent workplace software using simple drag-and-drop functionality.

It has offices in New York City, Washington State, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, North Carolina, London, Zurich, Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart and major markets include the US, UK, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Australia.

The regional headquarters and innovation centre will be a major part of the company’s global operations, providing service and technical support to thousands of customers around the world including PepsiCo and the US Department of Defence.

The investment by LiveTiles will transform Geelong’s digital technology sector, which already features major companies like education technology provider Tribal Group and incubators like Runway Geelong.

“This major coup will see 500 more jobs heading for Geelong — all part of the massive jobs boom spreading across Victoria,” said Premier Daniel Andrews.

Alongside the Victorian Government’s $60 million start-up fund LaunchVic, which is attracting significant tech investment to the state, LiveTiles will also benefit from payroll tax cuts that reduce payroll tax for businesses based mainly in regional Victoria by 25%.

Victoria’s highly skilled workforce and vibrant tech sector have helped the state build a global reputation as an Asia–Pacific tech hub and attracted investments from global leaders such as Alibaba, Dialog, Square and CyberGym — all of whom have recently established regional headquarters in Victoria.

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