Based on its growth and the companies that have emerged from the city, we can safely say that Adelaide has one of the strongest startup scenes in Australia. There are around 68 professional support networks in Adelaide, making it one of the most structured environments in the country; and with accelerator programs such as ANZ Innovyz and conferences like South Start, it is quite clear that our southern cousins mean business when it comes to innovation and technology.
Like past editions, Adelaide has so many great mentors that we could literally fill a whole website with profiles about each person. However, like with previous posts in this series, we have chosen to feature 10 individuals or duos that you should definitely get to know.
You should also note that, in this series, we have also left out all official mentors to our own company to negate bias. We have also focused specifically on the tech space.
Here are mentors you should get to know in the Adelaide startup space:
Jason Cross is the Co-Founder of Aston Club and Co-Director of the Adelaide chapter of Startup Grind. He has been heavily involved with many startup focused events in the area including startup weekends, where he has helped out and mentored many startups get their ideas off the ground and form an actual business.
Cross also has an interest in the Non-for-Profit sector and is currently looking at possible board opportunities in the space.
In 2013 Vinh Giang won the Young Australian of the Year award for South Australia and is the co-founder of Encyclopedia of Magic. Giang speaks and mentors on the topics of motivation and innovative thinking to both corporates, new business owners and students. He does this with a bit of a twist using magic as a metaphor for what he is speaking about in his talks and mentoring sessions.
Giang has a strong track record mentoring and inspiring young people having rolled out his program to over 35,000 students around the country.