By Melissa Keogh
A series of business mentoring opportunities in Adelaide’s east throughout the year aims to aid future business growth within the city’s emerging startups.
The Norwood Payneham and St Peters Council and Adelaide Company LeapSheep are presenting the Eastside Startup Series, a collection of entrepreneurial and networking events throughout 2018.
LeapSheep CEO and former head of entrepreneurship and innovation at Microsoft, Kirk Drage, will host Global Opportunites on Tuesday April 17, at Brick+Mortar Creative.
The event will feature two panelists, Ken Saman, founder and CEO of Adelaide-based tech company Personify Care, and Andre Eikmeier, co-founder of Aussie wine start-up Vinomofo.
They will discuss Adelaide’s hyper-connectivity and its opportunities and technologies that can enable startups to accelerate their growth and success.
Then on July 4 a free networking event at Little Bang Brewing Co in Stepney will allow participants to connect and share knowledge with other entrepreneurs and business owners.
The networking opportunity falls prior to Entrepreneurs Week from July 9 –13, which involves a showcase of forums, talks and events on innovation and startup success stories within SA.
Norwood Payneham and St Peters Mayor Robert Bria says entrepreneurs are big contributors to local economies and that a number of success stories have already emerged in the area.
“It is important for the entrepreneurial and startup business industries to be supported through local opportunities for learning, development and networking…” he says.
Eastside Startup Series will continue in the second half of the year, with a Startup Growth Hacks session on September 18, followed by The Future of Work on November 20.
Chairman of Coworking SA Josh Garratt says events are a crucial part in building and supporting start-ups.
“Events are an essential ingredient in supporting startups through the process of building the companies and jobs of the future,” he says.
“Bringing these people together fosters community which has an economic multiplier effect.”
The first Eastside Startup Series event was held in February.
Each session will cater for 40 participants. Book tickets here.