500 local jobs in new Geelong tech hub

Melbourne-born tech giant LiveTiles will establish its new global innovation centre and Asia-Pacific headquarters in Geelong, creating 500 jobs.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews joined Victorian Minister for Trade and Investment Philip Dalidakis to announce the award-winning company will base its regional operations in Victoria’s largest regional centre — turbo-charging Geelong’s tech sector and delivering a huge boost for local employment.

The Victorian Government played an active role landing the deal because we know that good long-term jobs are vital for our regions and our towns. Thanks to our support, LiveTiles will partner with local universities, TAFEs and secondary schools to create opportunities for tech graduates and drive research projects.

LiveTiles was established by Melburnians 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.

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

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 by global leaders such as Alibaba, Dialog, Square and CyberGym – all of whom have recently established regional headquarters here in Victoria.

Source: Vic Government