Why Adelaide?


Adelaide is an amazing place to live and build a company.  With the rapid growth in our agri-tech, health & biomedical, space, energy, food & wine, and defence industries it’s a pivotal place full of opportunity.


A growing number of entrepreneurs concur:

Wendy Perry

Founder, Workforce BluePrint
Entrepreneurship Facilitator, Switch Start Scale

Entrepreneurial and startup ecosystems produce successful businesses and scaleups when
they are collaborative, inclusive and innovative. These capabilities are noticed by interstate and
international delegations, leaders and visitors and it is what makes South Australia a standout

Richard Kwan, Founder Kiratech

Richard Kwan

Founder Kiratech

“Where else would you rather build a company other than with an isolated population of 1.3 million people, access to the best produce in the world, engineering talent which is the best nationally (we have the highest number of recipients for the Federal Accelerating Commercialisation Grant I believe) and COVID-free?”

Startup Adelaide Annette McClelland

Annette McClelland

Cofounder of Tekuma

“Three years ago I had never thought of visiting Adelaide. We came for the defence & space industries, and the government support for startups. We stayed because of the lifestyle, the people, and the affordability. Adelaide feels like a true meritocracy, where your hustle will get you in front of anyone, and everyone has the time and inclination to give everyone a fair go. Now we own a home here.”

Startup Adelaide Zac Bailey

Zac Bailey

Founder of the Innovation Factory and James Anthony Consulting

As a South Australian born-and-bred, I experienced all of my peers moving interstate when graduating Uni. I was one of the few who decided to plant my feet and stay-put in Adelaide and see what I could achieve here. I’ve followed this approach now for 13 years, and I can happily say that Adelaide has provided me with an excellent platform to both hone my craft, and start my own business. In transforming from developer to business-owner, I’ve realised Adelaide is a truly amazing city which holds massive potential for my whole industry. We should be the main tech outsourcing hub in this country, as we have excellent local Universities producing a constant stream of tech graduates coupled with a low cost-of-living – and I’m digging-in to see this mission become a success here.”

Rob Blum (Brazil)

Co-founder The Leaf Protein Company

Your limited savings are limiting your ability to launch and build your own company and make your dream a reality? In Adelaide, you will double your personal runway and maximize your quality of life. Come join our growing entrepreneurial community!

Sanja Jovanovic

Founder Talent Academy

Running a business from Adelaide is one of the smartest moves I’ve made…for many reasons! The benefit of the smaller community is the depth of relationships that can be built. The ROR (Return on Relationships) is second to none. We are uniquely placed to build deep relationships locally for a broader reach globally – from one of the most affordable, liveable cities in the world. 

Startup Adelaide Matthew Stead

Matthew Stead

Founder of Ping

As a co-founder in Ping Services, we started in Adelaide because as a global company it does not matter where we live, and we may as well be where we want to be. This is my view after living in Adelaide, Melbourne and San Francisco. The reason why Adelaide is our home is because we have a great community for startups which is also fostered by the Government’s Chief Entrepreneur, with Stone and Chalk, and local Universities.


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