About Us

Innovation is a major driver of economic growth in Canterbury, helping create high value jobs, pay for local services and raise our region’s quality of life. Innovation-based firms will be a crucial part of the region’s recovery from the earthquakes.

“EPIC gives Christchurch and New Zealand an opportunity to establish an innovation hub where leading high-growth resources and facilities will live together. Colin Andersen and Wil McLellan are to be commended for their leadership in this initiative. It will create opportunities for valuable commercial collaboration between science and businesses within EPIC.”

– Hon Steven Joyce, Minister for Economic Development and Science and Innovation

What is EPIC?

The EPIC (Sanctuary) building was an early disaster recovery project, established to house local Canterbury businesses displaced by the crippling 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

The first commercial venture back into the red zone following the Restart Mall, EPIC now has 20 ICT / high-tech focused companies under its roof, between 250 and 300 FTEs engaging in active collaboration with each other around the building every day.

EPIC Success

Since the building first opened in October 2012 EPIC has played host to hundreds of functions, public events take place every week, collaborative projects between tenants have leaped from the woodwork in all directions, we have tenants who’ve reported revenue 100% ahead of years prior to moving into EPIC, some even experiencing as much as 400% growth.

Visitors have arrived from all corners of the globe – Google, The World Bank, Silicon Valley Investors, the US and Japanese embassy, the UK Prime Ministers office to name but a few.

The EPIC Vision

With the help of both our partners and tenants EPIC has transformed from a creative post-earthquake shelter to a buzzing hive of collaborative energy and innovation.

So while EPIC continues to thrive we turn out attention to the global potential of this initiative, connecting with like-minded people and similarly operating technology parks and business hubs around the world to build an empowering network for all parties involved.

Who was behind EPIC?

EPIC would never have been possible without the help, support and sponsorship of multiple organisations both nationally and internationally. Google was instrumental in the design of the campus, Weta Workshop supplied most of the amazing artwork on display, local Christchurch firms like Duncan Cotterill and Warren and Mahoney each made contributions critical to the success of the campus.

For a full list of our sponsors visit our sponsor page here

You can find the creators of EPIC on our people page here

The Tenants

Over 80% of the tenants at EPIC have a heavy export focus for their business operations. While they all fall into the category of high-tech in one form or another, their diverse skill-sets range from web, game and software development services through to leading business consultants, financial services, training and research development.

You can find the full list of all the EPIC tenants here

Our Team


Co-Founder and Executive Director of Vision & Strategy at EPIC Innovation
Co-Founder and Director of EPIC Christchurch
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Wil’s success leading businesses development for large IT corporates in the UK and New Zealand, gave him the appreciation of the value of empowered collaborative teams working closely with clients on large projects. His work helping companies such as CerebralFix progress from startups to winning international contracts with global entertainment companies leveraged that corporate background and added entrepreneurial experience.

His work co-founding the Enterprise Precinct and Innovation Campus (EPIC) with Colin Andersen has now presented the opportunity to work with a vast array of global entrepreneurs, startups, SME’s, international corporations and Governments.
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“Innovation and building business networks are driving passions of mine. The technology industry provides the opportunity to work with exciting companies developing new products and services which have the ability to make real positive impact to our lives.

EPIC represents an unprecedented opportunity for New Zealand to embrace innovation and true collaboration as we work with leaders in this space from around the world. EPIC has become a flagship for making partnerships work for real: the collaborative environment, the complimentary but different companies working together and the support of Entrepreneurs, Industry, Government and Financial institutions. It’s up to us to build upon what has been created to establish international partnerships that benefit everyone involved.”

Co-Founder and Executive Director of Governance & Management at EPIC Innovation
Co-Founder and Chairman at EPIC Christchurch
Managing Director at Effectus Ltd

Colin has 26 years of experience in corporate & IT management, software development and data management. Colin has extensive work experience across NZ and Australia in energy, health, IT, education, local Government and agriculture sectors. Prior to founding his current company Effectus in 2007 Colin was founder and CEO of SQL Services Ltd, responsible for growing it into an international database services company and completing a successful sale.
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“The idea for EPIC came about because we observed a lot of displaced companies that needed office space and wanted to stay in the CBD. We could have been up and running six months earlier if we’d gone elsewhere. We saw this as an opportunity to contribute towards the rebuild, to help create a reason for people to stay in the city and build some positive energy & vision. It is fantastic to see this vision becoming a reality”

Executive Director of Global Networks at EPIC Innovation
Global Coordinator at EPIC Christchurch
Managing Director at Corvecto, President of Business Development at CerebralFix Ltd


Henry has been responsible for creating, establishing and evolving strong partnerships with the world’s top-tier entertainment companies such as Disney, DreamWorks, Sony, Hasbro and many more. He now runs his own organisation Corvecto focused on developing professional virtual and augmented reality solutions for Fortune 500s.
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“…in this particular environment, when you’ve got people around you catering to roles similar to your own, to then be able to learn off one another and share that information – your rivals actually become one of your greatest assets in terms of tackling the rest of the world…”

Executive Director of Community Development at EPIC Innovation
Senior Consultant at Effectus Ltd

Sam has over two decades of experience within the IT industry, ranging from corporate ERP implementation, testing of software/games and setting up agile teams, to running his own software development companies. Additionally he has worked on multitudes of business analysis and process improvement projects, on a career that has taken him around the world, including China, USA, Australia and several countries in Europe.

Three years ago Sam moved to Christchurch to settle down with his wife and two young daughters. He works as Senior Consultant at Effectus Ltd and is one of the organisers of Startup Weekend Christchurch. He is also an active member of the Business Mentor Network and is involved in some exciting startups in the Christchurch area.
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