SouthStart is back in 2018 with a mission to unite, connect, inspire and catalyze the disruptive ideas and amazing people making their mark on the world. The two-day festival will deliver more than 30 entrepreneurs, innovators,technologists and leaders on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 November at Adelaide Town Hall.
The single-track format program includes a combination of TED-style talks, interactive panels and fireside chats of local and international speakers. The line-up includes Canva Co-Founder and CPO Cameron Adams; Fleet Space Co-Founder and CEO Flavia Tata Nardini; Uniti Founder and CEO Lewis Horne; and Sweat Founder and CEO Tobi Pearce.
Launching with the theme “Frontiers of the Future”, SouthStart will highlight the strengths and capabilities of South Australia with a focus on Artificial Intelligence, Future Mobility, Space Tech, Blockchain, Software as a Service (SaaS), and Internet of Things (IoT).
SouthStart Event Director, Craig Swann, said, “SouthStart aims to raise awareness and celebrate the incredible innovation that is happening in South Australia, while helping develop people and partnerships to attract interstate and international attention and investment.”
South Australian businesses will have the opportunity to be put in front of an invite-only audience of investors at a curated Investor showcase event on Wednesday 21 November which is supported by the Office of the Chief Entrepreneur South Australia.
Newly appointed Chief Entrepreneur for South Australia, Mr Jim Whalley, said, “Conferences like SouthStart are an important and fundamental component of our start-up ecosystem, providing the opportunity to showcase our entrepreneurs and start-ups to a national and international audience of mentors, thought leaders and investors.”
“Through the curated program of speakers, SouthStart will share the visions, learnings and experiences of amazing people building incredible companies from South Australia, Australia and abroad to ignite conversation and evoke inspiration,” Craig continued. The opening night will be marked by a partnership with Icebreaker18, Flinders University’s New Venture Institute (NVI) speed-networking event to enable and accelerate introductions and connections between business, academic, investment and start-up communities.
SouthStart will take over Peel Street on Thursday 22 November for a free public street party that will be branded Startup Alley. The evening will consist of select hosted dinners themed to industries and technologies, live music hosted by Fresh FM and a few special surprises to help better connect and celebrate the Startup community.
“SouthStart is encouraging all entrepreneurs, investors, innovators, service providers, students and aspiring start-up founders to join us and develop a stronger understanding of South Australia’s innovation ecosystem and the global opportunity which sees people, technology and ideas collide.” Craig said.
SouthStart is proudly supported by The Department of Industry and Skills, the Office of the Chief Entrepreneur and SA’s three major Universities alongside Naming Rights Sponsor Telstra.
“Telstra has demonstrated commitment to supporting the growth of small to medium businesses and investing in South Australia. Nationally, we have a rich culture of supporting start-ups through initiatives such as the Gurrowa Labs, a space for testing and building innovative technologies, and our Muru-D program which fosters and incubates technology start-ups. We look forward to being part of the 2018 SouthStart Conference,” said Adam Oliver, Head of Telstra Enterprise in SA.
“SouthStart is an opportunity to not just stop, but reverse the brain drain, and highlight amazing technology and entrepreneurs coming at the world from South Australia”, Craig concluded.