UNSW Canberra has welcomed local cyber security company Penten as the anchor tenant at the university’s new collaborative workspace precinct – “Launch”.
Based out of the capital, Penten is a cyber security company focused on innovation in secure mobility and applied AI (artificial intelligence). It works to "solve the cyber challenges of tomorrow", a mission that has placed it firmly within the crosshairs of UNSW's new initiative. Located on Northbourne Drive, Launch provides a collaborative space for start-ups, enterprises, associations, academics and alumni.
It plans to play host to three floors of workspace, private offices, meeting rooms, and events rooms, all of which will be operated as flexible co-working spaces. Launch will operate as a precursor to the larger Defence and Security Innovation Precinct, which will be established at UNSW Canberra’s new City campus.
According to university rector Professor Michael Frater, the concept of Launch is about the power of collaboration. He also said that Penten will be a leading contributor to the success of the collaborative model.
“Penten is a local Canberra company that have achieved great success having been recognised as Telstra’s 2018 Australian Business of the year as well as Australia Defence Industry’s 2019 Cyber business of the year,” said Professor Frater.
“They also have a strong connection with UNSW Canberra; from advising and teaching into our cyber courses through to the staff they employ with UNSW Canberra alumni being key members of the leadership team.
“Penten is forward-thinking and innovative, working on future challenges that industry and Australia will face. I welcome them to Launch and am are excited by the research and educational opportunities the collaboration will enable.”
Penten CEO Matthew Wilson said that moving to Launch will enable the business to grow in a centrally located area that provides easy access for clients, industry partners and employees.
“The Launch collaboration space provides the opportunity to share ideas, resources and new methods of delivering capability in the defence, space and cyber industries,” he said.
ACT Minister for Advanced Technology and Space Industries Mick Gentleman said Penten is a local success story, providing world-class sovereign defence and cyber capability and contributing to Canberra’s remarkable culture of innovation and excellence.
“It’s great to see companies like Penten continuing to grow here in Canberra. By working collaboratively alongside other organisations – like UNSW Canberra – our local advanced technology industries will be well placed to solve the cyber challenges of tomorrow,” said Minister Gentleman.
“The ACT government is committed to supporting our defence, space and cyber industries, which play a key role in diversifying the ACT economy, attracting more investment and creating more jobs for Canberra.”