About Startup Adelaide

What we do

  1. Startup Weekend – launch your startup in 54 hours
  2. Online community – join the conversation
  3. Startup map – putting South Australian startups on the map
  4. A voice for startups – helping to strengthen the Adelaide startup community
  5. Measuring ROI – what gets measured, gets managed
  6. Awards – celebrating Adelaide’s success stories

Launch your startup in 54 hours at our next Startup Weekend
Startup Weekend #7 is scheduled for February 2017 (stay tuned for details).

Join the conversation – the Startup Adelaide Facebook group

We are also the curators of the Startup Adelaide facebook group. The group is private (closed) to encourage open discussion (i.e. comments can only be seen by group members). It’s a not a small business/new business group (there are already stacks of great resources for small businesses). Instead, our Facebook group is for Adelaide-based tech entrepreneurs and people who are aligned to our values.

Our common values and principles:

  • Openness,
  • For the betterment of the community,
  • Keeping entrepreneurs involved,
  • Collaborate to get results.

Please note – our group is a spam-free zone.

Putting Adelaide’s tech startup community on the map

Our website showcases the Adelaide Startup Map. The map is based on the ecosystem mapping spearheaded by the hard working Paul Daly showing the 100+ programs available to support Adelaide tech startups, including coworking spaces, funders, accelerators, incubators, services and education programs. The talented team at SouthStart have also mapped more than 60 Adelaide tech startups. If you have a startup or a service/program that isn’t listed, let us know – we’d love to put you on the map.

Helping to strengthen the Adelaide startup community

The team at Startup Adelaide are often called upon as advocates for the startup community. We’re always happy to provide advice to our stakeholders in government, corporates and universities to help strengthen the startup ecosystem and help our partners to develop programs that meet the needs of Adelaide startups. We also contribute to the community through our participation in events such as the Adelaide entrepreneurial ecosystem forums.

What gets measured, gets managed

We believe that measuring ROI is one of the keys to success for startups, whether that is in number of bugs squashed, number of users, number of paying customers, net promoter scores, revenue, profit, cash in the bank, capital raised etc etc. We also believe that to maximise the success of the Adelaide startup community, we need to measure the ROI of the ecosystem. We’re cooking up a few ideas/partnerships to help us measure our ROI as a startup ecosystem, so watch this space. In the meantime, we have curated a library of more than 30 reports and studies on tech startups.

If there’s anything we’ve missed, please send us a link – we’d love to add to the collection.

Celebrate our local success stories with the Startup Adelaide Awards
We’ll be doing a call out for nominees for the 2017 Awards towards the end of the year.

Meet the team

Jenny Vandyke
Managing Director
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JennyVandykeAu
LinkedIn: https://au.linkedin.com/in/jennyvandyke

Orren Pruncken
Twitter: https://twitter.com/orrenhimself
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/orrenprunckun

Aainaa Rahman
Events Director
Twitter: https://twitter.com/aainaarahman
LinkedIn: https://au.linkedin.com/in/aainaa-rahman-6682bb21

Georgia Heath
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GeorgiaAHeath
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/georgiaaheath

John Kamuchau
Digital Director
Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnkevin
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnkamuchau

The back story – how it all began

The story behind Startup Adelaide is closely tied to the story of Adelaide’s Startup Weekend. In 2011, Adelaide locals David Truong and Orren Pruncken flew to Sydney to participate in the first Sydney Startup Weekend, a 54 hour hackathon to launch a business in 54 hours. David and Orren were so pumped after their experience that they decided to bring Startup Weekend to Adelaide.

Startup Adelaide kicked off in 2012 as a seed planted by Chris Hooper at Adelaide’s second Startup Weekend. Startup Adelaide was founded in response to:

  1. The closure of the Innovate SA program
  2. There have been a lot of great startup initiatives and events in Adelaide over the years, but there wasn’t any overarching representation
  3. People new to the Adelaide startup community find it hard to find the information they need about events, coworking spaces, funders, resources and services, education and key players

Chris, David and Orren founded Startup Adelaide to:

  1. Establish a separate legal entity that could engage with external stakeholders
  2. Establish a single website to act as a gateway to the Adelaide startup community
  3. To develop a strategic plan that unifies the community around a common purpose of putting Adelaide on the global startup map.

Chris called out for people from the Adelaide startup scene who were passionate about our community, who wanted to see it grow, to get involved, and Startup Adelaide was formally incorporated as an independent not for profit in 2013.

Since then, we’ve continued to run events, with Startup Weekend scheduled to run every year. Our Facebook group has doubled in size in the last 12 months, with more than 1,000 people joining in on the conversation. Our new website features a new digital interactive startup map. The Adelaide Startup Map draws on the work of Paul Daly in mapping the Adelaide entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Adelaide Startup Map showcases more than 100 services to support tech startups. Our new website also showcases the 60+Adelaide tech startups as mapped by the team at SouthStart.