Network partners with SouthStart Conference

The Women in Business Regional Network is thrilled to be an Ecosystem Partner for SouthStart a major multi-track technology conference being held in Adelaide on November 20-21 in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurs Week.

SouthStart has released early bird tickets for the conference at the Adelaide Convention Centre and the network is pleased to be able to offer 50% off discounts to its financial members. 

The week-long festivities will kick off with a TechStars StartupWeekend, in collaboration with UniSA’s Innovation and Collaboration Centre, followed by a 2-day workshop series in partnership with Flinders’ New Venture Institute. In addition, there will be industry dinners along Peel and Leigh streets, activations at SA’s flagship innovation precinct – Lot Fourteen, networking parties, winery experiences and more.  

Network founder Carolyn Jeffrey said it was an exciting partnership, particularly as so many women within the network found technology daunting and were unsure how they could make the most of technological advances for their business.

“Organisers are still working on the program but they realise the importance of providing practical sessions for entrepreneurs to be able to get their teeth into technology,” Carolyn said.

“We’re also investigating ways of being able to help deliver at least some of the conference program to our network chapters in the regions, whether live or in a pre-recorded session.

SouthStart event director Craig Swann says the event is not just a conference.

“It is a convergence of humans, impact and technology. We’ll be exploring exponential technologies developed here in Australia and the people and ideas that drive them,” he said.

“The entrepreneurial path is a hard, and often lonely road. 

“SouthStart provides a unique experience for people to come together offline, connect as humans and acquire the networks, skills and knowledge to tackle the problems that will affect billions of people.”

More than 100 founders, investors and ecosystem leaders from across the country, and the globe, are set to contribute to the program through keynotes, workshops, masterclasses, panels and summits across a diverse range of industries including AI, Space, Creative Industries, AgTech and Blockchain.

SouthStart will also seek to attract stronger interstate and overseas investment interest into South Australian companies, partnering with Innovation Bay to deliver a national Investor showcase attached to the main event.     

Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said SouthStart was a key part of South Australia’s plan to become a global leader in entrepreneurship, by creating the right culture for startups to flourish and supporting access to investment capital.

“SouthStart brings fresh ideas and adds great value to the local innovation ecosystem and we are committed to supporting the development of forward-looking and global-minded ideas in South Australia,” Minister Pisoni said.

“That’s why we are supporting SouthStart with $350,000 through the Research, Commercialisation and Startup Fund, and why it is a key action in our Future Industries Exchange for Entrepreneurs (FIXE) strategy.

“SouthStart is a fantastic opportunity for local entrepreneurs and start-ups to learn from world-leading business and innovation leaders about their journeys and the global trends that will be vital for businesses to thrive in the digital age.”

Early bird tickets for SouthStart are now available for $249 until September 24 through event ticketing partner Humanitix, a not-for-profit backed by Atlassian Foundation and Google.org. 100% of the profits from booking fees will be donated to literacy programs for disadvantaged young girls, indigenous scholarships and meals for disadvantaged Aussie kids. 

Details and speakers surrounding these activations will be announced in the coming weeks. Further information is available at www.southstart.co

To access the discount code as a member please email network@wibnetwork.com.au.

SouthStart Conference early bird tickets