The Startup Adelaide Ecosystem Map

The startup scene in Adelaide is made possible by over 100 organisations that run events and provide training and funding. The only way for you to benefit from this rich ecosystem is to join in and take part. Startup Adelaide encourages you to browse the map and explore the websites of these organisations below. Many thanks to Paul Daly for his much appreciated contributions to this map project.


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Government Assistance

Accelerating Commercialisation

Accelerating Commercialisation helps small and medium businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers to commercialise novel products, services and processes.

Investors

Acumen Ventures

Funding the next generation of enterprise technology companies. Enterprise cloud & SaaS companies transforming corporations in Australia and South East Asia. Since inception, Acumen has focused on building the leading enterprise technology fund in Australia and South East Asia. We are a passionate about backing the next generation of ambitious entrepreneurs building enterprise-focused companies transforming corporations at the marketing and technology layer. Our team have built and funded technology companies in Australia, Singapore, USA, Hong Kong and China, including multiple trade sales and IPOs. Our global experience and networks in enterprise markets helps our portfolio companies navigate international growth. Prior to founding Acumen, our team's venture capital experience spans more than 20 years, managing over $200 million across three funds, investing in Australia, Singapore and the USA.

Community Events

Adelaide Bitcoin Meetup

This group is for people who are interested in Bitcoin, the open source, peer-to-peer payment network and currency. Come along to: Learn why Bitcoin is different from other currencies and precious metals. Learn and teach how to use Bitcoin to increase your online privacy and security. Discuss politics and economics as they relate to Bitcoin and the $A. Barter, trade, and network for a more resilient local economy. Buy and sell Bitcoin. Buy and sell products and services for Bitcoin. If you have a business, how you can be one of the first to start transacting with Bitcoin.

Formal Education

Adelaide Business Hub (Port Adelaide)

Join our vibrant community at the Hub in the heart of Port Adelaide for a collaborative advantage. Adelaide Business Hub allows independent professionals the opportunity to share networks, resources and experiences. Validate the feasibility of your venture or new business idea. Allow you to self-manage your business growth by knowing who to contact and how to find the right resources at the right time. Discuss ongoing mentoring opportunities.

Community Events

Adelaide City Council Events

Adelaide City Council runs a wide variety of business events, including a series of business growth breakfasts with international speakers brought to Adelaide by the Centre for Business Growth.

Community Events

Adelaide CleanTech Network

The Adelaide CleanTech Network (ACN) is the Adelaide based operation of the Australian CleanTech Network. It provides a forum for investors, companies, government and academia to meet, learn about the sector and collaborate. The ACN is a non-profit making venture and provides a forum for the organising partners to increase their industry profile whilst providing a useful forum for industry participants. The ACN has evolved into the single connection point in South Australia for those interested in the cleantech sector. Emerging cleantech companies are given an opportunity to pitch at these events.

Community Events

Adelaide FinTech Meetup

This group is for FinTech startups and those interested in innovative and disruptive technologies in financial services. So if you're an entrepreneur, investor or work in a bank, credit union or other financial services company please get involved so together we can enhance the success of FinTech in Adelaide.

Incubators & Accelerators

Adelaide Microsoft Innovation Centre

he Microsoft Innovation Centre in South Australia (MICSA) is a facility that provides world class resources and support for students, entrepreneurs, and startups, accelerating the creation of new companies, jobs and growth of the local software ecosystem.  We provide access to free software, loaner devices, and heaps of events for students, developers, and startups! Entrepreneurs are provided with a welcoming space to explore the various programs designed by Microsoft. Entrepreneurs can receive business and technical skills training from skilled specialists. Entrepreneurs will also be considered for a membership to BizSpark, giving them access to free software and tools. BizSpark also provides access to a huge network of advisors, mentors, and other BizSpark startups. Education faculty can also visit the MICSA to explore collaboration opportunities between our programs and their entrepreneurship school.

Community Events

Adelaide SEO Meetup

This is the Adelaide chapter of the SEO Meetups group in Australia looking to connect like-minded online marketers basedin the Adelaide-area. We aim to provide a relaxed environment to facilitate discussion about latest industry trends & to share useful tips that will help enhance you to become a better web marketer or developer. We encourage a mix of web developers, affiliate marketers, SEM and SEO specialists as we all have small tips that will help you perform better online and play smarter.

Incubators & Accelerators

Adelaide Smart City Studio

Located on the ground floor of the Colonel Light Centre at 25 Pirie Street, the Adelaide Smart City Studio will help identify and generate commercial opportunities for creative innovators and support their endeavours to build compelling smart city solutions. Adelaide Smart City Studio nurtures the entrepreneurial creativity and energy of our innovators and showcases the results of their work. It’s a space for passionate people with ideas bursting to be transformed into applications, products, jobs and prosperity for the 21st century. The ideas and energy generated in and around the Studio will spark the creation of new applications and services providing safer, more efficient and satisfying city experiences.

Formal Education

Adelaide University Business School

The Business School specialises in Accounting, Finance, International Business, Management and Marketing. The programs have been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. AACSB Accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide and is only achieved by 5% of universities globally; in addition we are the only University in this state to have earned the badge.

Advisory Services

Adelaide University Commercial Development

ARI offers resources, support and commercial funding pathways to the researchers of the University of Adelaide, and provides a point of access for government and business to engage with academics on research, development and innovation. In business 30 yeas, we know our way around the University, and are uniquely placed to connect University capabilities to community R&D needs.

Community Events

Adelaide.rb Ruby Coding Meetup

Adelaide.rb is the place where Ruby lovers meet. Whether you are an experienced Rails developer or just want to find out why Ruby is so freaking awesome, come along. You'll meet some new people and maybe even learn a thing or two.

Community Events

Adelaide’s Really Good Gathering Of Game Developers

ARGGGH is a monthly meet-up of local Adelaide game developers. It’s an opportunity to mingle, to network, to not feel quite so alone in this city which can make a person feel like they’re on the wrong side of the planet. …and, if you ignore all of the reasons behind it, it’s a great excuse to head down the pub once a month with some great people.

Community Events

Agile Community Adelaide Meetup

A meetup to highlight what's new and what's changing in Agile (Scrum/ XP/ Kanban/ etc). Discuss best practices in Agile (Planning sessions/ Grooming/ Retrospectives). Workshops/ exercises to promote best practices and share ideas. Meet other agilists and share experiences.

Community Events

Amazon Web Services User Group Adelaide

The Amazon Web Services User Group (Adelaide) is a group dedicated to cloud services provided by Amazon. Because we are specific to Amazon Web Services (AWS), we can go deep into some of the technical services provided by AWS and get some really great insights into how their services work. If you want to put your application in the cloud and have already chosen AWS, or if you already have applications in the AWS cloud, then this is a great group to get helpful insights and advice from other group members.

Investors

AMP Tomorrow Fund

Since 2014, AMP’s Tomorrow Fund has awarded 89 grants to amazing Australians doing great things. AMP Tomorrow Makers are of all ages and walks of life. They pursue goals across a range of fields – from art to technology, science to social innovation and sport, film, fashion, music, medicine and more. They have determination, a definite plan and a strong desire to make a difference – either by creating something special or inspiring others. AMP’s Tomorrow Fund 2016 has received so many high-quality applications from across the nation. To give every applicant a fair chance at sharing in $1 million in grants, we are undertaking rigorous assessments with the help of AMP employee judges and external experts.

Incubators & Accelerators

ANZ Business Growth Program

The Centre for Business Growth offers small and medium companies and large corporations the opportunity to sponsor one or any of our programs for their staff, clients or customers. We can design half-day programs through to twelve-month programs to suit the needs of your company and executive team. The ANZ Business Growth program is one example of an Individual Program we have developed.

Investors

Australian Small Scale Offerings Board (ASSOB)

The Australian Small Scale Offerings Board (ASSOB) is Australia's largest and most successful business introduction and matching platform for showcasing investment opportunities in high growth, unlisted Australian companies. A wide range of businesses, from seed and start-up stage to award-winning and government granted companies, as well as more established growth and expanding companies have joined ASSOB seeking access to growth capital and a convenient forum to connect with potential investors and other stakeholders. ASSOB believes that 'all achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea' yet we understand that capital is one of the biggest hurdles in advancing that idea.  To join ASSOB, companies are not required to have a minimum company size, particular financial track record, proven profit trading history or shareholder spread. Any idea, passion or vision can be discovered on our platform, all it takes is the simple action of making today the day to start it.

Incubators & Accelerators

Awesome App Challenge

Launching a new app or online venture requires more than just an idea. You need branding, commercialisation advice, a solid business plan, funding and a top-notch development team. AppLaunch™ can help you launch the next big thing! First prize winner receives $2,000 in cash and $8,000 worth of design and prototyping to help get their idea off the ground. At least one runner up receives $1,000 in cash and up to $4,000 worth of design and prototyping services (dollar for dollar). Finalists get to pitch in front of experienced judges in Adelaide which is a great experience!

Investors

BankSA Jump Start Grant

New businesses need all the help they can get, so BankSA is giving you the opportunity to receive a $10,000 cash grant to help jump start your business start up. Whether your business is new, or yet to get off the ground, you could be the recipient of a $10,000 cash injection from BankSA. You’ll also benefit by having access to our business experts, who can guide and advise you on how to grow your business to help it succeed.

Coworking Spaces

Base64

Base64 is a unique business precinct based around an historic 19th century Adelaide mansion which has been invigorated with all the benefits of 21st century technology. Base64 was created by Adelaide technology entrepreneur Simon Hackett as a location for both his own business interests and as a hub for technology innovation in Adelaide. Located at 64 North Terrace, Kent Town, Base64 is connected to the world via gigabit Ethernet. Although fully-airconditioned, the restored buildings also offer the ability to open windows, allowing natural airflow into rooms when required. Discretely placed solar panels generate 20 kilowatts of power, which will soon be stored in an industrial-power on-site Redflow large battery storage unit.

Community Events

Behind Closed Doors Entrepreneurs Program

Behind closed doors entrepreneurs was created in response to a need for female business owners and entrepreneurs to have a support network where they can discuss strategies, issues and challenges in a totally confidential environment, while at the same time encourage each other to extend themselves further to achieve and succeed in their business ventures. It brings female business owners and entrepreneurs together to share experiences, develop networks and receive support and mentoring in a welcoming and relaxed environment.

Investors

Beyond Bank Entrepreneur Grants

We reward entrepreneurs with grants of up to $20,000 and access to support networks in order to assist and realise their dreams that promote local economic development within the Canberra, Hunter Valley, Riverina, SA and WA regions. We are seeking businesses that support people and are looking to create good outcomes that benefit the local community by offering employment opportunities. Previous winners include a tech start up, co-working spaces, cheese maker and more! If this sounds like your start up then we would love to hear from you!

Community Events

Big Data Adelaide Meetup

This is a group for anyone interested in 'BIG DATA' and 'The Internet of Things'. If you're in IT then chances are you're working with some form of data and possibly Big Data. Whether you’re in business, academia, government or health and whether you’re an analyst, data miner, programmer, student, electrical engineer, computer scientist, physicist, etc, and you work with data to generate insights, build predictive models, build optimisation models, build reports / dashboards / visualisations, automate analyses, etc, using python, R, SQL, C/C+, Java, Excel, Hadoop, etc, and you care about doing it right, efficiently, repetitively, optimally, visually, etc, then join us!

Investors

BioAngels Inc

BioAngels Inc has been established to provide an interactive network whereby individual members can access, discuss, review and evaluate potential investment opportunities in the general field of Life Sciences. BioAngels Inc provides entrepreneurs and inventors with the opportunity to present and pitch investment opportunities to members and invited guests and to seek funding from the individuals of the group. BioAngels Inc is a not-for-profit association of business executives and entrepreneurs from a wide range of backgrounds.  Established in 2002 by a group of founding members including, Dr John Ballard, Mr Paul Flavel, Mr Ron Langman and Dr Oliver Mayo.  In 2014, the group has 15 active members and is looking to expand its membership. BioAngels will from time to time hold elevator pitch sessions where upcoming companies have the opportunity to present their product/ services to a group of investors. For more information please contact the Executive Officer.

Incubators & Accelerators

BioSA Incubator

This state-of-the-art, purpose-built facility provides modular office and laboratory space to accommodate early stage technology companies. The BioSA Business Incubator was opened in June 2008 and was fully funded by the South Australian Government and developed by the Land Management Corporation (now RenewalSA). The facility was designed by renowned international architectural firm Henn Architekten, in collaboration with Adelaide architects, Jackman Parken Evans and Capital Architecture.

Government Assistance

BioSA Industry Development Grant

BioSA established the BioSA Industry Development (“BID”) program to assist South Australian technology organisations to develop their business. Repayable grants from $50,000 up to $250,000 can be used for a range of activities as described in the BID Guidelines publication below. The BID process analyses key elements of your business planning through the summarisation of your Intellectual Property (IP) position, market potential, and commercial outcomes. Our team will support you through this process to produce the best outcome for you and your business.

Industry Education

Bizifyd Helping Young People Achieve (HYPA)

Bizifyd, part of HYPA Works powered by iiNet Business, is a 'real world' Social Enterprise which connects small business owners seeking assistance with social media and e-retail with young people who have both the time and interest in technology. Bizifyd focuses on helping young people develop a better understanding of general business practices and the use of social media and digital technology in a business context. Participants in the Bizifyd program will undertake an in-house training course facilitated by the HYPA Works team and then participate in a practical experience aligned with real businesses in either social media or e-retail.

Investors

Blue Sky Alternative Investments Limited

Blue Sky Alternative Investments Limited (Blue Sky) is an Australian Securities Exchange listed (ASX:BLA) alternative asset manager with more than $2 billion in assets under management. Headquartered in Brisbane, Blue Sky has offices in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and New York and a team of over 80 investment professionals and support staff. Since inception, Blue Sky has built a strong investment track record across private equity, venture capital, hedge funds, private real estate, and real assets (primarily water and water infrastructure) of 16.9% per annum compounding (net of fees).

Community Events

Boomerprenurs Meetup

Baby Boomers who are interested in moving from a traditional 'job' to self-employment, entrepreneurial income generating activities. Support for all Boomers who are reasonably new to this. In SA, the manufacturing industry is dying and people who have traditionally held jobs in that industry are now becoming unemployed - and believe themselves unemployable. We believe that everyone has something valuable to offer, and aim to provide a forum where Boomers can share, support and encourage each other to take those healthy risks and to rise to greater heights.

Investors

Brandon Capital Partners

Brandon Capital Partners manages the MRCF Collaboration, providing seed and venture capital investment to support the development and international growth of Australian life science companies. We work collaboratively with entrepreneurs to demonstrate the benefit of their technology, thereby creating value for them, their teams and our investors.

Coworking Spaces

BRICK+MORTAR

BRICK+MORTAR is a retail and coworking space for independent designers, artists, makers and creative businesses co-located in a design-oriented environment with a café, a space to hold workshops, events and exhibitions, and free wifi. We accept applications for retail spaces, studios, offices, workshops and exhibitions on a rolling basis so please visit our ‘apply here’ page to apply for one, or several of these options.

Advisory Services

Business Enterprise Centre Tea Tree Gully

Business Enterprise Centres have been established across Australia specifically to provide support, guidance and advice for small business owners. BEC Tea Tree Gully is now one of the longest running centres in South Australia, and we continue to support small business in the region. Here at Tea Tree Gully we have a team of experienced business advisers, who have all “been there and done that”. They are all independent, non judgmental and committed to help. BEC Tea Tree Gully provides the following services and information: Business Advisory Services, Information Workshops, Business Improvement Plans, The Coaching Program, Networking.

Industry Education

Business SA

For 175 years Business SA has existed for one reason: to support South Australian businesses both large and small. As the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in South Australia, Business SA exists to assist organisations with the challenges of today's competitive environment. We offer courses to cover all your training needs and host a wide variety of events, seminars and forums for the business community. We actively lobby on your behalf to achieve the best business environment for this State. We are your voice. Offering a wide variety of services, we can assist your business with whatever you need to do business.

Community Events

Campbelltown YEP! Youth Entrepreneur Partnership

The Campbelltown City Council’s Youth Advisory Committee initiated a proposal to identify and engage young people with an interest in pathways into business, self-employment and entrepreneurship (16-25 years) and support them to get business savvy.  They promote, introduce and encourage entrepreneurship at an entry level to young people as a potential pathway into business and self-employment. They identify and engage Campbelltown youth aged 16 – 25 years interested in business, self-employment and entrepreneurship.

Community Events

Club Kidpreneur

Since 2010, Club Kidpreneur Foundation has played a pivotal role in entrepreneurial education with programs specifically designed for primary school students aged 10-12. Club Kidpreneur exists to spark an entrepreneurial spirit in the next generation, equipping and empowering them with the confidence, resilience, creativity and critical thinking to thrive in their future careers. Club Kidpreneur program’s all help primary school students, working in teams, build their own micro-business, which can be used for social good. Kids learn the key steps of business from ideation to commercialisation and then donate their profits to charity.

Coworking Spaces

CO-HAB

Administered by Innovyz and supported by the Department of State Development & Renewal SA. Located just south of Adelaide CBD in the exciting new Tonsley redevelopment, a collaborative and high-value industry, education and residential precinct. Industrial pioneers and innovators will find their niche at Tonsley. CO-HAB is an Adelaide based not-for-profit company providing coworking space for people from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. Members have the opportunity to operate their businesses, connect and collaborate. The emphasis at Co-HAB is on collaboration, the fuel for invention and entrepreneurial activities. Spacious, well resourced, inspiring. Far beyond merely a place from which to work, CO-HAB is a unique place to develop your business, to connect with others and be part of the future of South Australia.

Community Events

D3 Digital Challenges

D3 Digital Challenges offer a new way of working to achieve better outcomes for the citizens of South Australia. We're teaming up digital entrepreneurs with digital users to help discuss, design and deliver solutions to various challenges that South Australians face. Together teams will explore how technology can help better connect people with the services they want and need – in ways never before possible. Whether you are an aspiring digital entrepreneur, creative freelancer, university student, parent, knowledge expert, information expert or interested member of the community, there is an opportunity for you to be involved and help shape how we work together now and into the future.

Community Events

Docker Adelaide Meetup

Meet other developers and ops engineers using Docker. Docker is an open-source engine for building and deploying cloud applications as standalone containers which can run on any server - from the VM on your laptop to the largest EC2 compute instance, and everything in between. Docker is a great building block for deploying web apps, database services, service-oriented architectures, and so on.

Coworking Spaces

Drink Eat Work

Creatives and locals should rejoice as Adelaide welcomes its newest co-working space to the CBD, DEW – the perfect place to Drink, Eat and Work. Located in Hindley Street and open from 7 until 7 Monday through to Saturday, DEW is available for use as a work hub, art space, studio and lounge. On top of this, customers have access to amazing Colombian coffee, raw foods, fresh smoothies and market fresh juices.

Advisory Services

Eastside Business Enterprise Centre

The Eastside Business Enterprise Centre (EBEC) is a not-for-profit organisation established to assist small business in the eastern regions of Adelaide. EBEC has been at the front line of small business support since 1995 and has successfully delivered many Government programmes. EBEC has successfully secured funding from the Federal government over the next 3 years (2015 to 2017) under the Australian Small Business Advisory Service (ASBAS) Programme.Invaluable library of business resources. Online marketing, advertising and listings. Discounts to attend events and workshops. Business advisory and support services. Exclusive member opportunities.

Formal Education

eChallenge

Run by the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC) at the University of Adelaide, the Australian eChallenge has stimulated Australian entrepreneurship since 2001. The Australian eChallenge is a competition based learning experience that develops strategic business thinking for early-stage entrepreneurial ventures. Participants pitch their venture concepts to potential investors from the local business community. Teams compete for prizes and the prestige of being nominated the most outstanding Australian eChallenge entrepreneurial venture of the year. The Australian eChallenge's proven teaching and learning environment includes a series of specialised workshops conducted by experts in their fields, the opportunity to work with dedicated business mentors, connection with members of the business and research community and the opportunity to enrol in the eChallenge as a course.

Incubators & Accelerators

Elevate61

elevate61 is a unique program designed to enable high performing Australian businesses to fast track their growth into the United States (US) and beyond. elevate61 provides participants with facilitated access to an established network of successful Australian and US-based entrepreneurs, investors, advisors and global corporations. The program includes: three days of intensive workshops, one-on-one sessions with subject matter experts from KPMG Australia and US-based Advance advisors, access to potential enterprise customers and investors, 10 days in the US, roundtables with investors and key figures from the Australian start-up community.

Community Events

Engine Room

The Engine Room brings together South Australian company owners to inspire, grow and be the driver behind South Australia's growth and direction. The Engine Room offers free events, free networking and the chance to combine as a group, speak up and create something great, together. The Engine Room hosts regular networking events. Join now to receive invites to our upcoming events. We are looking for fast growing South Australian companies. If you need funding, we'd love to chat. The Engine Room offers education sessions run by company owners for company owners.

Advisory Services

Enterprise Adelaide

Adelaide City Council’s Enterprise Adelaide service provides information and advice to small business owners within the Adelaide City Council area. Running a business requires broad skills and we have experienced Business Advisors who can help with free one-on-one advice and support.  We can also introduce you to professional advisors, and can connect you to business events, training and networking opportunities. We can also introduce you to professional advisors, and can connect you to business events, training and networking opportunities. Visit our Business Adviors and Start Up Information to find out more about  Enterprise Adelaide and how we can help you.

Formal Education

Entrepreneurs’ Organization

EO is the only global network exclusively for entrepreneurs. EO helps leading entrepreneurs learn and grow through peer-to-peer learning, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and connections to experts. What would you give for the ability to tap into a group of 7-10 fellow business owners who can offer you direction based on their experiences? At the core of EO’s mission is an unrelenting commitment to help young entrepreneurs learn and grow on a personal and professional level.

Government Assistance

Entrepreneurs’ Programme

The Entrepreneurs’ Programme provides access to a national network of more than 100 experienced private sector Advisers and Facilitators. The programme helps businesses improve their productivity and competitiveness.

Formal Education

Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innovation Centre (ECIC)

The ECIC's mission is to stimulate innovation through its research, teaching, and community engagement activities including the Australian eChallenge and ThIncLab Commercialisation Accelerator. Our degrees are designed to assist individuals in achieving personal growth and professional goals. We teach the skills needed to incubate, grow and execute ideas. In applying these skills, our graduates become proactive and innovative leaders who make a real difference to their organisations, companies and communities. Innovation and entrepreneurship are at the heart of economic growth and development.

Government Assistance

Export Market Development Grants Scheme

The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters. Administered by Austrade, the scheme supports a wide range of industry sectors and products, including inbound tourism and the export of intellectual property and know-how outside Australia. The EMDG scheme: encourages small and medium sized Australian businesses to develop export markets, reimburses up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000 provided that the total expenses are at least $15,000, provides up to eight (8) grants to each eligible applicant.

Government Assistance

Export Partnership Program

The Export Partnership Program provides funding assistance for small and medium-sized businesses to access new global markets through marketing and export development opportunities. Successful applicants may receive up to a maximum of $50,000 to assist with export activities. Companies can apply multiple times until they reach the full $50,000 allocation. Grants of up to $5,000 are also available to aspiring exporters for coaching and mentoring expenses.

Coworking Spaces

Fab Lab Adelaide

Fab Lab Adelaide is a volunteer run, digital fabrication workshop and home to a diverse community of people with a passion for making things, and who want to share that passion with others. First established in 2012 by the Australian Network for Art & Technology, it is now managed by South Australian Makers Inc. Equipped with a selection of desktop 3D printers, a Trotec laser cutter and additional complimentary digital tools and software, the Lab is built on the idea of connected creativity or the bringing together of makers to learn, explore, educate, communicate and fabricate.

Coworking Spaces

Fifth Quarter

Carclew’s Fifth Quarter arts incubator supports artists to establish viable arts businesses. It champions the idea that creative professionals can simultaneously pursue innovation as artists and entrepreneurs. Located at Carclew House in North Adelaide, Fifth Quarter connects artists with enterprise models, networks and business planning skills through a one-on-one coaching and residency program. The program is open to all artists working in any art form however priority will be given to artists aged 26 and under.

Formal Education

FIRST LEGO League

FIRST® LEGO® League is a competition catering for upper-primary and lower-secondary school students. Every year, teams of up to 10 students build, program and compete with a robot, while also learning about a modern problem in science and engineering and developing solutions for it.  The entire competition for the year is based around one of these themes: Past themes include natural disasters, senior citizens, food health & safety, climate change, medical science, and nanotechnology.  Tournaments are run with the feel of a sporting event, and teams compete like crazy while having the time of their lives.  What FIRST® LEGO® League  teams accomplish is nothing short of amazing. It’s fun. It’s exciting. And the skills they learn will last a lifetime.

Advisory Services

Flinders Partners

Flinders Partners is the sole commercialisation agent for flinders university’s academic research and intellectual property. we act as an innovation catalyst, providing the crucial link between researchers, businesses and investors, connecting problems with solutions and creating opportunities with benefit and value for all. The journey begins with a hypothesis – an idea or invention that could be beneficial or a problem that is worth solving. Together with our commercial partners and academic researchers we set out to convert it into a viable opportunity that creates value for everyone.

Formal Education

Flinders University Business & IT Courses

Flinders University enjoys a well-justified reputation for its excellence in teaching and research. It has a long-standing commitment to enhancing educational opportunities for all and a proud record of community engagement. Since being established in 1966, Flinders has achieved much of which we can be very proud—in innovative research, in high quality teaching and in community engagement. We have led the way in providing access to higher education for individuals who did not traditionally aspire to University.

Community Events

Hackerspace Adelaide

Hackerspaces are community-operated physical places, where people can meet and work on their projects. This group is the digital version of hack-session chatter. Anything you would ask or share at a session is appropriate here. Trigger warning: social justice. We meet on Tuesday evenings at Tonsley, Wednesday evenings in the city, and Saturday afternoons at Woodville. Check our wiki for details!

Incubators & Accelerators

Hills Innovation Centre

Hills, Australia’s most trusted iconic brand, is committed to establishing Australia as the innovation nation. As a leader in the delivery of technology and innovation to government, enterprise, business and the home, our aim is to provide the opportunity and facility in which the next generation of innovators can thrive. To achieve this, we’ve created a $5 million, 3 year partnership with the South Australian Government to establish two major centres of development excellence in South Australia, the Lance Hill Design Centre, and Hills D-Shop. The two centres will support and fund new and innovative next generation technology ideas, projects and start-ups in line with Hills Innovation Centres' principles and criteria. Our goal is to retain local design talent and to collaborate with key educational campuses as well as the rich pool of independent designers in Australia. UniSA, Flinders University and the University of Adelaide, together with DSTO will play pivotal roles in collaborating on innovative projects within both centres.

Coworking Spaces

Hub Adelaide

Hub Adelaide’s shared office and coworking space has been designed to be as diverse as the people that use them with private desks, studios, flexible coworking desks, meeting rooms, and quiet spaces.

Investors

Innovation Capital

Welcome to Innovation Capital - an Australian/US venture capital fund that invests in seed and early stage Australian technology companies. We are a team of experienced entrepreneurs that have a hands-on approach that assists in building world-class global businesses. Our objectives are to; Identify unique Australian technology investment opportunities with global potential. Help exceptional management to build them into financially successful commercial businesses. Realise shareholder value by listing in an appropriate market or by sale at an international valuation.

Community Events

Innovation In The City Meetup

Created by Rick Carter and enovAsia this group is aimed at supporting and developing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Adelaide and for our core members provide a chance to build business and broaden knowledge in a variety of areas. While much is being done for would be innovators and entrepreneurs we believe we need to engage more "ordinary" people in business and government in whats happening and whats possible if we are to develop the vibrant business community we need.

Government Assistance

Innovation Voucher Program

The program aims to stimulate innovation in small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) through collaboration with public and private research providers to develop new manufactured products or processes and drive productivity and business profitability. Vouchers up to $50,000 are awarded on a competitive basis to eligible research and development projects that partner with SMEs with an annual turnover of less than $200 million. SMEs are required to provide a financial contribution to the project which is determined by annual turnover. Eligible research and development businesses include public research organisations and companies that provide services for research, development and design.

Incubators & Accelerators

Innovyz

Innovyz provides end-to-end support to help innovators build and grow companies that bring their innovations to market. We do this via our Nine Month Programs. We also assist people and organisations who develop industry, make policy, and who have major commercialisation projects via our Innovyz Special Projects. Companies are important to national economies, to the individuals who found them, who work for them, and who use or benefit from their products or services. Some companies matter more to the present. Others to the future, to better ways to fulfilling human needs, to solving big problems, to driving our lives and communities forward. At Innovyz, it is on these other companies that we choose to focus our support.

Coworking Spaces

Intersect

Intersect is a place where members and their clients connect to achieve more. Welcome to Intersect – an exciting new way to connect and do business. We offer somewhere you can come together, with professionals who share similar values and working styles. Our members combine experience & knowledge, offer advice and interact for the best possible business outcome. Intersect offers striking and contemporary corporate coworking spaces in inspiring locations. Each location offers unique qualities. All provide an ultra-modern, light-filled interior with state-of-the-art meeting rooms, high speed internet and flexible work areas. In-house barista and café facilities add to the ‘home away from home’ feeling.

Coworking Spaces

Little City

A city within a city, we are a unique collaborative working space for the most creative of minds. Our little patch is in Prospect – one of South Australia’s most artistic, community-minded and small business focused areas. We are a community of coworking residents who have outgrown their home office or who simply want to build networks in an affordable and relaxed environment. Becoming a resident at Little City means you are able to access high speed broadband through the recent installation of NBN to the area, great networking and education opportunities, a boardroom, easy parking and more coffee options than you can poke a stick at.

Coworking Spaces

Majoran

Majoran is Adelaide’s coworking space for the tech and creative freelancer startup and community. We adore code and the Creative Suite and sit in front of computers a bit too much but we also love startups that are building a better Adelaide and a brighter world. If that’s something you do to, then come join us and escape the days of doing it alone. Bring your kit over to our Grenfell Street base, in the heart of the city and join our community of coworkers. Or, come along to one of the many events we run and host and meet our community. Look forward to meeting you!

Government Assistance

New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)

Job seekers who are interested in running a new small business may be eligible to participate in the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS), delivered as part of jobactive. NEIS is a programme delivered by a network of 21 providers who provide individualised help for job seekers to become self-employed business owners. NEIS provides job seekers with: accredited small business training and business mentoring for up to 52 weeks, income support for up to 39 weeks (NEIS Allowance) and NEIS Rental Assistance for up to 26 weeks (if eligible), personalised mentoring and support from a NEIS provider in the first year of the new business to help a job seeker put their business idea into practice.

Investors

Peter Kittle Motor Group Young Entrepreneur Scholarship

Twelve25 Salisbury Youth Enterprise Centre and Polaris Business and Innovation Centre are proud to be two of the 6 supporting organisations supporting the Northern Business Breakfast in their new “2016 Northern Business Breakfast Peter Kittle Motor Group Young Entrepreneur Scholarship” valued at $7,000. The scholarship was launched at the Northern Business Breakfast in December. Other partners are the Peter Kittle Motor Group, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and the Northern Business Breakfast partners which are The Rotary Club of Salisbury,  The Rotary Club of Elizabeth and the Polaris Business and Innovation Centre. The scholarship are now open for applications from young business people across both Playford and Salisbury council areas.

Industry Education

Polaris Business And Innovation Centre

If you are looking to grow your business through business mentoring, or get it back on track, the Polaris Centre’s Mentoring for Success program offers you an opportunity to learn from experienced business owners. Over 140 business owners have already seen their productivity and profitability increase through their participation in our Mentoring for Success business mentoring program for small business in and around northern Adelaide. Although the focus of the business mentoring program depends on your business needs, topics the business mentor could cover include marketing, social media and online applications, staff, costings, growth strategies, innovation and business planning.

Community Events

Port 80 Meetup

Meet geeks. Talk to people whose eyes do not glaze over. Listen to expert talks then ask difficult questions. Do that social thing that you do so well. Port80 is part of the Australian Web Industry Association (AWIA). We are the white hats in the web industry; join us to help educate the market and for your own professional development.

Government Assistance

Research and Development (R&D) Tax Incentive

The Research and Development (R&D) Tax Incentive offsets some of the costs of doing eligible R&D activities. Companies must lodge an application to register within 10 months after the end of their income year.

Government Assistance

SA Film Corporation Seed Company Development

SAFC stimulates screen production in South Australia by providing sustained development assistance in the form of a business enhancement scheme. The Seed Company Development program is designed to help support South Australian production companies develop outstanding projects and significantly expand their business by attracting private capital and market place partners. To apply for Seed Company Development at least one principal company director should have: A minimum of three credits as producer or executive producer on any combination of narrative driven drama or documentary project, that has secured commercial release via theatrical, broadcast or digital platforms; or One credit as a producer or executive producer on a feature film selected for a major film festival (eg Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Sundance or Toronto, or IDFA, Hot Docs).

Government Assistance

SA Micro Finance Fund

The SA Micro Finance Fund (SAMFF) aims to make South Australia more globally competitive by enhancing its innovation capabilities through entrepreneurship and supports businesses looking to take new ideas through to production and sales, with the aim of generating export revenue and growth. The SAMFF offers 2:1 funding of up to $50,000 (i.e. the applicant can receive two dollars of SAMFF funding for every one dollar raised itself).

Coworking Spaces

SASS Place

Opened in 2014, Sass Place is dedicated to supporting South Australian female changemakers, it provides a range of services to enhance, support and encourage women to bring their dreams to life. Including Coworking, Room Hire, Online Community, Events, Creche facilities  and 1:1 Mentoring. Our vision is to be a class leading co-working space and community for women in business in South Australia, encouraging growth, connection, collaboration and empowerment amongst members. Sass Place offers a variety of spaces for you to build your career from. Whether you are studying, returning to the workforce, finding your new path, starting a business or growing an existing one, Sass Place has the space and environment to support you to be the best you can be.

Community Events

SeniorPreneurs Meetup

Over 50 and looking at starting a business? We discuss how to take your idea, validate your potential business or service, take it to market and the underlying technology that is available for your business.

Incubators & Accelerators

Social Ventures Incubators Program

Adelaide City Council’s world class 90 day program delivered by Business Models Inc. and supported by industry experts will provide you and your team with the practical skills to develop and launch your social venture. The Social Ventures Incubator Program is a deep learning and development opportunity for early-stage social ventures, to develop their business models and impact to sustainably improve community life. The program will work with up to 8 social ventures (individuals or teams of 2-3) to support the active development of their ventures through workshops, mentoring, peer-learning and digital platforms. Our unique program will give you the knowledge and practical skills to develop, test and launch your social venture.  Practical sessions with experienced social entrepreneurs and business professionals will cover areas such as social impact, pitching, business planning, legal obligations and communications.

Industry Education

South Australian Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (SAYES)

The South Australian Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (SAYES), established in 1998, assists young South Australians aged between 18-35 years to develop a business idea or further enhance an already established business over the course of 12 months. As a part of THREESIXTY, SAYES assists participants to develop the skills and confidence to develop and implement their business ideas. The key to this program is the support of experienced mentors and industry leaders. The comprehensive workshops are hosted by leading experts in: strategic management, finance, marketing, taxation, law, employee relations, leadership and media.

Community Events

South Start Conference

SouthStart is a conference focusing on technology innovation and startups, combining an expo and startup pitching competition which aim to connect, educate, inspire, and showcase South Australia and Southern Hemisphere’s startup businesses.

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St Paul’s Creative Centre

The St Paul’s Creative Centre on the corner of Pulteney Street and Flinders Street in the CBD is the location of a new collaborative co-workspace for the South Australian creative industries and arts sectors. The vision for this new collaborative space is to provide an environment for arts and business incubation; create an environment that encourages collaboration and connectivity through physical and digital clustering of arts and broader creative industry businesses and practitioners; be a centre for business skills incubation and mentoring services aligned to the needs of the arts and creative industries sectors; and be a central location for links to national and international markets, including international trade advice and services.

Community Events

Start Lean, Go Global Meetup

Using Eric Ries's Lean Startup approach, Start  Lean, Go Global aims to provide a forum for young or not so young companies to learn about growing successful enterprises, and to share experiences with others. Link up with the SA Angel investor community and learn what you need to do to attract and secure investment. Our monthly meetings will introduce you to highly skilled professionals as well as other participants who are on the same path as yourself. And don't be fooled - we'll have some fun too!

Community Events

Startup Grind Adelaide

Startup Grind is an event series and website designed to help educate, inspire, and connect local entrepreneurs. Each month we welcome an amazing speaker who shares their story with our community and tells us what worked, what didn't, and what they'll do differently next time. It's an amazing opportunity to learn from the best, network with other members of the startup community, and improve your chances of entrepreneurial success.

Community Events

Startup Weekend Adelaide

If you want to launch a startup and have some fun, then we think you will find Startup Weekend will be a life changing experience. It's a hands on business hackathon delivered over the course of a weekend that teaches you how really start a business. When you register you will get all your meals and drinks over the weekend, access to 20+ mentors who have done what you want to do, a chance to win some of the $20,000 in prizes up for grabs. What makes Startup Weekend so valuable for wantrepreneurs is that it helps you validate your business model, build a team around your business idea, exposure to investors and advisors to help get your idea off the ground.

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Stretton Centre

The Stretton Centre is a focal point for building the industries and jobs of the future. It brings together researchers, industry, government and the community, and focuses on outcomes that help strengthen the economic and employment base of Northern Adelaide. Located in the new Playford Alive Town Centre, only 30 kilometres north of Adelaide, it is a catalyst for innovation in the new North. Stretton Centre spaces are functional and flexible, and designed to support learning, collaboration and activity.

Formal Education

Tafe SA Business & Marketing Courses

Rapid technological change and software development in this industry provides great career opportunities for computer-literate TAFE SA graduates. Growing trends in small businesses and call-centre networks offer careers that are closely aligned with e-commerce technologies. TAFE SA qualifications can lead to careers as human resources managers, information and marketing managers, accountants, company secretaries, real estate sales representatives, land agents and property managers, conveyancers and conveyancing clerks, and office trainees.

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That Space

That Space co working studio is located on The Parade, in cosmopolitan Norwood. We are the very first collaborative work space of our kind in the city fringe/eastern suburbs of Adelaide. Offering a beautiful & flexible working space for entrepreneurs, creatives & freelancers, small businesses and start-ups to work independently whilst surrounded by a community of passionate and successful collaborators. We are a working environment for anyone who doesn't need the costs and ongoing commitment of a long term private office, or is finding working from home or your local cafe tedious.

Community Events

The Executive Connection

The Executive Connection (TEC), has been placing CEOs, executives and business owners into professionally facilitated, private group meetings lead by expert executive coaches and mentors, known as TEC Chairs for close to 30 years. Each TEC group is completely tailored to CEOs, SMEs and senior executives and specifically designed for members to assist each other in solving the most pressing business issues and concerns. Members can count on their peers to provide fresh perspectives and new ideas at the monthly group meetings. When placing twelve or more high performing executives in a room the possibilities are endless.

Formal Education

ThincLab Business Incubator

At the ThincLab Business Incubator and Commercialisation Accelerator, our primary objective is to produce successful and financially viable enterprises that have continued commercial viability. The ThincLab Business Incubator is an initiative of the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC) and has been designed to provide a structured launch pad for start-ups. ThincLab is an innovative incubator that discovers and pioneers collaborative relationships with Schools, Industry, Government, students, and innovators in the wider community. The Incubator is designed to engage partnership arrangements, encourage investment, and promote entrepreneurial behaviours to create a self supporting environment for success. ThincLab provides the foundations and physical environment to engage enterprising activities, bridging resources and networks. ThincLab hosts interactions and up to date knowledge transfers providing modern approaches to best practice initiatives via professional expertise, providing in-depth seminars, workshops, networking events, mentoring support and assistance to pursue new leading edge approaches to start-ups.

Government Assistance

Tradestart Assistance

TradeStart is an Australian Government initiative that delivers Austrade services through local public sector and industry organisations throughout Australia. TradeStart partners employ advisers who are well-versed in the needs of exporters and skilled in matters of international trade. These TradeStart advisers have access to Austrade’s worldwide resources and systems. The prime objective of the TradeStart program is to assist small and medium sized enterprises in their international business endeavours. The program flexibly addresses the needs of individual businesses drawing on the combined resources of Austrade and the TradeStart Partner. The program contains elements of coaching and action learning, with the goal being to assist each business to achieve long-term success in international business.

Formal Education

UniSA Business & IT Courses

As South Australia's leading university for career outcomes, our programs and support services are designed to prepare you for the international job market. Home to the 5-star MBA program and comprising the Schools of Commerce, Management, Marketing, and Law, the UniSA Business School is the state’s largest and one of the nation’s premier business schools. Our excellence is assured—we are one of just nine business schools nationally with EQUIS accreditation awarded by the EFMD Quality Improvement System, and our QS five Star™ rating places us in the top 1% of business schools globally.

Incubators & Accelerators

UniSA Innovation and Collaboration Centre

The Innovation & Collaboration Centre (ICC) is a strategic venture between the University of South Australia (UniSA), the South Australian Government and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, supporting technology-based incubation and business growth. By leveraging world class technology through HP Enterprise and UniSA’s expertise in business growth, creative thinking, commercialisation and technology, the ICC supports the lifecycle from idea generation to growth and expansion for students, businesses and industry. The Centre provides a multidisciplinary environment where SME’s, students and entrepreneurs can access a wide range of expertise to help them develop their products and grow their business.

Advisory Services

UniSA Ventures

UniSA Ventures is the technology commercialisation arm (TTO) of the University of South Australia. Our mission is to facilitate the translation of outcomes from research into products and services that create a commercial return and have a positive impact on society. Additionally, we are an important conduit linking UniSA to industry whereby industry needs can be addressed using the world-class expertise and capabilities within the University. UniSA Ventures' company structure is unique: We are wholly owned by the University of South Australia but operate independently. This enables us to be flexible, creative and efficient with the process of technology commercialisation.

Community Events

Unleashed Gov Hack

Unleashed is South Australia’s annual Open Data competition, which is part of the GovHack competition held across Australia and New Zealand. Over one weekend, teams use Open Data that has been made available by government to showcase how we can create innovative services for South Australians. It is about encouraging and celebrating our technical and creative capacity with government for great outcomes, and building upon the social and economic value of Open Data published by government. Competition entrants create a proof of concept together with a video that tells their story of how they’ve used datasets. A panel of judges view the entries and decide category and competition winners. Competition prize categories are announced at the launch of the competition weekend.

Government Assistance

Venture Catalyst

Venture Catalyst is an initiative of the South Australian Government and UniSA encouraging student entrepreneurship and the creation of local startups by providing funding for early-stage ventures founded by UniSA students and recent graduates. Venture Catalyst is an initiative offered under the Innovation & Collaboration Centre. Current UniSA students and recent graduates and their teams may apply for up to $50,000 seed funding to further develop a product, service or process and take it to market. Successful companies will also receive mentoring, support and working space in the Innovation and Collaboration Centre.

Industry Education

Venture Dorm

Venture Dorm provides an educational environment for people who want to learn how entrepreneurs build new ventures and then create one themselves. The aim is taking an idea, finding a viable business model which is scalable and repeatable, from scratch, in less than 12 weeks. Traditional business teaching is unsuitable for new ventures, as is just building a product insufficient for commercial success. The program is a hands-on, learner-centered, inquiry based, immersive and experiential process. You will use principles such as Lean Startup, Customer Development and the Business Model Canvas. You will make “guesses” about your idea and “get out of the building” to test them in the real world. You will be guided one-on-one weekly by experienced individuals.

Formal Education

WEA Adult Learning

The WEA offers courses on a variety of levels across a diverse range of subjects, from computing to Yoga! The WEA caters for a broad cross-section of the community, providing adults with learning opportunities for both vocational and personal advantage.  The WEA offers a variety of courses from the basics to more advanced packages. If you want to learn how to use Microsoft products such as Word or Excel or Access, need to increase your social media of internet skills or create your own Graphics using Adobe Photoshop then the WEA can help you. Perhaps you just need to learn how to use your smart phone or tablet, the WEA offers training for iPhone, iPad, Android Phones and Tablets.

Government Assistance

Women In Global Business

Inspiring Australian women to international success. Our Tradestart export advisors enable us to help South Australian companies access international markets. We develop commercial relationships in key overseas markets and foster relationships between the South Australian Government and international authorities. Identifying, attracting and securing private-sector investment into South Australia is critical. We facilitate investment by coordinating the efforts of industry and government, identifying investment opportunities and disseminating market intelligence to other government agencies, to support state-wide business development activities.

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Women In Innovation SA

Women in Innovation SA is a community of volunteer professionals passionate about innovation and technology striving to support and elevate South Australia's innovative women. In partnership with NewsCorp Australia, #WinnovationAwardsSA elevates and showcases South Australia’s innovative women by putting them on the global stage.

Community Events

WordPress Adelaide Meetup

The WordPress Adelaide Meetup is for any WordPress user from new to experienced to get together and discuss all things WordPress. If you are a Web Designer or manage a website for your company but have never used WordPress please join, as we will try to alternate between advanced and beginner topics at each Meetup.