All the team at _SOUTHSTART did an amazing job of making me feel welcome in their city, and the event itself was one of the most organised I've had the privilege of being involved in.”

_SOUTHSTART EMERGENCE* is an experience designed to foster conversation amongst humans, and provoke the necessary thoughts needed to accelerate our understanding of humanity. The challenges and opportunities we face - and how we approach them. So, we're sharing the thoughts that we've gathered throughout the creation of EMERGENCE* - from our speakers, partners and attendees. Check back regularly for new thoughts as they come through. Maybe some will resonate. Maybe some will challenge you. One thing we know, is that the same humans who added these thoughts will be present at our festival. If this is the company you want to keep, then join us.
Where we've been
  • "I had the honor of keynoting at _SOUTHSTART 2018. I speak on stages all over the world and can definitively say the _SOUTHSTART group - organizers, speakers and attendees - stood out in so many ways. I look forward to being a part of _SOUTHSTART 2019, and to meeting many more global influencers at one of Australia's premier conferences!” Heather J. MacKenzie - Head of Due Diligence, Australia @ 3Lines Capital.
  • “Wine, tech and talent. __SOUTHSTART is now firmly the leading technology gathering in Australia. The connections with fellow entrepreneurs, financial partners and amazing speakers makes this a must for Sine to attend. Being able to hear from so many talented visionaries in one cool setting with a glass of SA’s finest wine, just all works. The total closer for us is the ability to tell our story, recruit and grow.” Antony Ceravolo - Founder / CEO at Sine.
  • “_SOUTHSTART is the premier Startup and Technology conference in Australia. [I] went to the new room and waited for my talk to start, and about 100+ people showed up. The room was packed and people had to stand up the back. It was great, but going from ok maybe 10 people will show up to "oh shit, there's like 100+ people here" was a quick mental transition I had to make. [Everything] went well and I'm very happy with the about of people who I had the opportunity to help” Tyson Drake, WOD Life
  • "_SOUTHSTART is one of only a few conferences I would recommend people take the time to go to: A truly international celebration of ideas and technology. [I'm] big on how Australia can take its place on the global stage. I think events like this could play a bigger role in creating semi-private conversations about how Adelaide can develop its ecosystem. And my hunch is that there are a lot of passionate exPat Adelaidians scattered around Australia and the world who would love to be presented with an opportunity to represent Adelaide/SA. Maybe next year we could bring together select exPat Adelaidians (with some current too, of course!) to talk about the future of the state and how we support each other to do bold things. [I] see a great opportunity to do this next year.” Nick Byrne, Director at Type Human
  • “__SOUTHSTART was definitely an amazing experience – the team delivered a superb event and the Austrade team were delighted to be part of it. Great programs showcased throughout the conference days, very valuable connections and networks made, and most importantly - showcasing South Australia’s vibrant business and cultural ecosystem. We connected with a number of SA startups and scaleups during the event and showcased Austrade’s service offering in getting their businesses into global markets, in particular the Landing Pads program. This has lead to an increase in applications from South Australian businesses to our Landing Pads program, especially getting the first-ever South Australian startup commence in our program in San Francisco this year.” Jonathon Saw - Austrade.
  • “I was so proud to walk into the auditorium for _SOUTHSTART last year. The setting was world class, and you could feel this energy in the room from everybody. I'm so happy this event is in the hands of people who care, and can make it something truly worthwhile. Hope I get invited back - promise to lift my game!” Andre Eikmeier - Founder & CEO at Cult Tribal / Co-Founder at Vinomofo
  • "__SOUTHSTART [is] a gift to South Australia. It was thrilling to be there and to see what seemed like a thousand people learning and creating together to start businesses, support the community and to do it in a sustainable way. It was great fun, and my only regret was that more startup founders didn’t get to the event. Turnout was good, but I knew people who felt they didn’t have the time to attend, when in fact I believe the inspiration and connections they would have made would have been returned to them many times over. There is an important place in the South Australia startup community for __SOUTHSTART and I hope it is even bigger and better next year.”  Terry Gold, Entrepreneur in Residence at UniSA
  • “Flight departing now. Thanks so much for this amazing week. Coming here alone was a good idea, I got to meet all of you and be outside my bubble for the first time in years. It feels sad to leave, which is really atypical for me. For the first time in more than a decade I feel proud of my home country. Thanks for that.” Lewis Horne - Founder / CTO / CEO at Uniti Electric Car
  • “__SOUTHSTART was smart: delivering surprise, synergy, and spunk with a world-class speaker line up, SA hospitality and engaging a savvy, hungry audience. A highlight for me was the uniquely curated a 'space program': a strong timely statement amongst start-ups, VCs, new technology, media, social enterprise and wellness programs. Being able to immerse the audience in state-of-the art projection mapping of my space art videos was such a privilege too: amplifying my message ten-fold. It was a joy to spend time with this crowd, and make meaningful connections.” Sarah Jane Pell - Artist Astronaut; Adjunct Associate Professor (Research) at Monash University.
  • "Loved spending time at _SOUTHSTART. Discussed some huge ideas and met many great Australian founders all in the one place. The level of ambition was stratospheric and the energy in the community palpable. We'll be back for sure." John Henderson - Partner at Airtree Ventures
  • “I attended __SOUTHSTART 2018 and thoroughly enjoyed myself - wearing a few different hats. As a speaker I was treated like royalty (all speakers were) which in turn provided stellar presentations across the two days on an off the stage. As a first-timer to Adelaide, I know now why I want to return. As someone working in the tech and startup spaces, I found the energy and the people very forward thinking and innovative keen to highlight the work and impact that Adelaide is having in South Australia and across the country - be it as a tech hub, some great food, helping to change the way we invest in female entrepreneurs or simply exhibit authentic hospitality.. As a HumanAPI, I was (and still am) able to make valuable connections and new friends.” Julie Trell - Head of global at muru-d
  • The program, the partnerships and the overall experience is world class. When the most senior bureaucrats in QLD Innovation department turn up to check out what you're doing... You're doing something right. Almost every conversation I've had with QLD ecosystem leaders since returning has begun with 'damn, __SOUTHSTART looked amazing! Tell me more...'” Murray Galbraith, Head of Innovation at Cohort & Co-Founder at Myriad
  • “Well done I loved __SOUTHSTART! My only feedback is overwhelmingly positive so well done! “ Michael Batko, CEO at Startmate
  • "Just a quick thank you for the great work you do. Just wanted to [share] how the _SOUTHSTART global network has helped The Hacker Exchange. Following _SOUTHSTART, Devin Mancuso has become part of the HEX program in San Francisco and recently led a panel at Google for Australian student founders. Got us out of a massive bind as our main googler moved on right before the program! We were then able to help Devin get a speaking gig at PauseFest next month in Melbourne as HEX is on the organising committee. We will now be hosting an event on the day before Pause with him as well. Truly thank you for creating the environment with rockstars like Devin and dorky foreigners like me can be in the same room together.” Chris Hoffmann - VP Partnerships & Engagement at The Hacker Exchange
  • “It was an absolute pleasure to be involved with __SOUTHSTART this year. The program, community, atmosphere and series of events were wonderfully curated and a huge value add. The vibrancy of the South Australian tech ecosystem is certainly thriving - with awesome people leading the conversation and impactful change.” Sophia Witherington, Head of Fellowship at Startmate
  • “I've appeared at conferences nationally and around the world, but I can honestly say that __SOUTHSTART 2019 was the highlight of my speaking career. The depth and quality of the other speakers and presentations, the organisation and coordination of the scheduling and logistics, the amazing vibe and the incredible staff made it a highlight of my year, and a conference that I absolutely loved both attending and participating in. I look forward to the next __SOUTHSTART and I congratulate the team on everything they have achieved.” Joan Westenberg, Founder at Tiny Spells & Studio Self
  • “Great to participate in robust panel conversation on how impact can be actively embraced across business models” Kylie Charlton, Australian Impact Investments
  • “It was an absolute pleasure to be involved in __SOUTHSTART. Thanks and congratulations to you and your team for pulling together such an engaging festival.” Lasya Rao, Austrade
  • “I was struck by the uniqueness of this event as it started and continued to focus on us as humans – not just superstar entrepreneurs , but humans. We need this approach if entrepreneurs are to deliver the social and economic changes we need in the world. Cheers and thanks for including me.” Sarah Pearson, Chief Innovation Officer & Chief Scientist at DFAT
  • "My involvement in _SOUTHSTART came hand in hand with the huge support you and Craig offered,actually I lack enough words to show my gratitude but THANK YOU so much” Zillah Munene, Founder at Zillah Tech
  • "__SOUTHSTART is my favourite Australian innovation and ideas festival which I have now had the privilege of being part of both 2018 and 2019! __SOUTHSTART magically blends the best of South Australia's innovators and thought leaders with a powerhouse of Australian and international voices working across so many sectors with Industry 4.0 digital technologies. I urge those who have yet to experience __SOUTHSTART to come along in 2020!" Katrina Donaghy, Civic Ledger
  • “Huge thanks to you - [it] was a wonderful event!” John Henderson, Partner at Airtree Ventures
  • "Looking forward to next year. Great event and hats off to the team." Nesh Sooriyan, Asia Focused EIR and Investor
  • "Great job at _SOUTHSTART!" Nigel McBride, Chief Executive Officer at City of Prospect
  • "Thank you for the opportunity to be part of a great event." Michael Masterson, EverEdge Global Managing Director, Australia & New Zealand
  • "It was a pleasure to present at _SOUTHSTART. I would love to be considered in future to present again if you felt it was worthwhile” Ingrid Bayer, Founder & CEO VA Institute & Find a VA
  • "Really enjoyed the event. Was the best "Tech" event I've been to in AUS, the way the team hosted the speakers was exceptional, would certainly like to come back next year!" Martin Duursma - Partner at Main Sequence Ventures
  • “__SOUTHSTART is full of very interesting & clever people. Great minds get to expand their thoughts” Chester Osborn, Head Winemaker at d'Arenberg
  • "I'm thrilled to be a part of this year's _SOUTHSTART festival to connect, learn and share our work and mission at Humanitix. Exploring how we as a society navigate this next era of rapid technological growth to benefit the planet and its inhabitants will be the legacy of our generation.” Adam McCurdie, Co-Founder at Humanitix
  • “BDO was proud to sponsor and curate the AgTech stream of __SOUTHSTART 2019. The event provided a platform for AgTech innovators from around Australia and Asia to converge and share new technologies and approaches to sustainable growth in Agriculture. __SOUTHSTART was an opportunity for us to expose our BDO client network to the South Australian start-up eco-system, demonstrating new technologies and ways of thinking, which challenge their perceptions and lower the barriers to engagement with early stage companies. We received excellent feedback from those who attended the event, with many remarking on the quality of the connections and conversations they had over dinner. Our BDO management has already committed to continuing support for the event in 2020.” Michael Macolino, Senior Manager - Advisory / BDO
  • "We're delighted to be partnering with _SOUTHSTART to integrate Pledge 1% into the festival and we're thrilled _SOUTHSTART itself has joined the Pledge 1% movement.” Mark Reading, Head of the Atlassian Foundation.
  • "I enjoyed the event and hope there will be another one next year!" Carolin Reichherzer , UX Research AR/VR
  • "Well done on delivering such an amazing event - I was buzzing for days!" Emma Grivell City of Prospect's business brand, Network Prospect
  • "It was a brilliant conference." Paul Gordon, Partner at Wallmans Lawyers
  • “I love _SOUTHSTART and what it stands for. I was very impressed by last years upgrade and want to see it move into the future” Daish Malani, CTO
  • “I enjoyed the event & staff interaction last year “ Justin Bradstreet, Solutions Lead for Telstra Enterprise.
  • “It is a great opportunity to meet and make friends with talented people” Siang Chia, Consultant
  • “I volunteered last year and had a blast” Mercy Oloo, Co-founder at Her Rise Up
  • “I love volunteering at events and being part of something bigger! My work department are likely to sponsor the event, but I'm sure I can volunteer in some other way.” Emma Grivell, Economic, Development at City of Prospect
  • “I attended last year and absolutely loved listening to all the wonderful speakers. One message that really came across was to create a capable startup ecosystem here in Adelaide the community needs to grow and be supported. I think this is a great opportunity to show my support towards an industry I'm excited about” Tom O'Flaherty, Finance Student
  • “I'm a SISA migrapreneur and I will arrive in Adelaide just before _SOUTHSTART. I'm very excited to participate and contribute to _SOUTHSTART. I'vd been following your media closely and I'm sure the event will be amazing. I'm so lucky it's coming to Adelaide this year and I would love to help as much as possible.” Roberto Blu, Founder
  • “Last year I attended my first _SOUTHSTART. I have registered early to support the event. Building the ecosystem for entrepreneurs to succeed in SA requires everyone to lend a hand. I have spent most of my adult life serving the community. Acts of service are in my DNA. I want to see the event succeed!” Leesa Chesser, Non-executive Director
  • “Last year was a great experience” Jacqui Quinsey, Student
  • “I find the culture of _SOUTHSTART so vivid, young, inspiring and fresh that really motivates me to join in as a youth so that I can contribute, learn and self-develop. I honestly believe as well, in such a terrific culture, I will meet lots of great people and people” Truc (Rita) Tran, Student.
The conversations that our speakers want to have

What emergence means to our humans

What excites them about the future
  • Seeing the innovations that change the world for the better.
  • Innovation in creative industries and new work environments.
  • That we can have an impact on how it's gonna be
  • The endless opportunities for growth.
  • Developing myself to contribute to human capital development which I feel excited how the technology is changing rapidly, and we should focus on STEM education and design thinking for the better solution of future work opportunities.
  • The changes and the innovative aspects of life which excites me about the future and am looking forward to it.
  • The thing that excites me most aout the future is being able to see how technology and marketing is constantly growing and developing. Knowing that I will have the opportunity to be continously exposed to these developments is what motivates me most. The developments we can make to inspire and help future generations bloom in the safest, healthiest, and most science-forward future.
  • The world is continuing to trend towards progress and efficiency, and the start-up community is on the cutting edge of that progress. Aliens and AI School and learning with technology will be so much improved. The potential of 5G. [apologies, that's 2 items....]
  • I'm excited to (hopefully) see an about turn in the way we treat the planet
  • How younger generations will become smarter, cleaner, nicer, more connective and more innovative, which transform this world to be a better place for all.
  • The future of myself mastering 5 languages excluding Vietnamese (my first language) and English truly excites me because it also means I'm not onlu able to speak, listen to, understand but also can know more about cultures, enriching my experience about this amazing world.
  • Airspace and our use of it. Smart dust capabilities for marketing.
  • The fact that i don't know who i will meet or what will come out of the conversations that i search for every day. The more authentically i seem to be with business' and their ideas to furthur innovate, the more opportunities that arrive at my door. My work and attitude is my reputation and i hold that to a high regard for myself.
  • Technology and how it blends with the work that we do and how it will impact influence and improve our lives. The possibilities of understanding the metaphysical world better through technology Innovation in healthcare for society.
  • All the opportunities that are yet to exist.
  • How the work we do will change due to advances in technology
  • The most exciting thing about the future is the potential innovation to come from breaking down the oppressive systems of the past.
  • The infinite possibilities that human beings can create with their brains. There are still many interesting topics remain to answer, for instance, will robots replace humans one day? If not, how can humans interact with machines in the most effective way? I always believe that, people in all walks of life can make use of technology to doing something meaningful, and staying tune with the most cutting-edged technologies and getting to know more about them can be the best way of exploring the future. Drones, Art in AR, smart city
  • Change creates opportunities for observation, learning and creativity.
  • The future holds so many opportunities to grow and learn. The sky's the limit. There are so many problems around which need solutions( opportunities in my regard ) in order to build a better community"
  • The magic of making use of data, which enables us to create, explore and tell amazing stories.
  • vegan cheese that isn't disgusting ( if that exists).. going to mars, technology and the way it will bring people together
  • The way we are doing business is changing. Diversity, innovation, disruption and human centred and data driven problem solutions excite me and make me hopeful for humans! I think there has never been a more exciting time in SA to do business.
  • The uncertainty. There are always best things yet to come.
  • There will be new technology and great companies which make the world better. In this era of massive change and transformation, there is so much to explore. With the popularity of technology and the rise of big data, understanding marketing would be interesting.
  • Innovation - Leveraging tech to aid community
  • We are in Digital/AI Revolution and we can tap into opportunities with global market access through internet."
  • The unpredictability of life makes me very curious about the future. I am very excited when I do my favorite job, especially if I create something, or do something I think I can't do. For example, I am currently trying to start my own business which is about public art and communities, I feel very excited about this because i love what i am doing. That's it's gonna be unimaginable.
  • To become a person who I admire to. driver-less cars
  • Democratization of technology The unknown.
  • We are entering into a great digital and artificial intelligence world transformation where our imagination could come to life.
  • That we can be financial free one day by working smart right now New technology gears
  • Development of technology and the potential it has to impact on the future in terms of business and environmental sustainability.
Why people go to _SOUTHSTART
  • Friends, human connections
  • Surprising connections - hearing people’s backstories and making sense of your place in the world
  • Also a relief to hear that other people face challenges in their journey; eye-opening experience, diverse topics of conversation
  • I have a company and relationships are the main thing - SouthStart is kind of about building relationships
  • My background is in NGO/charity, became very obsessed with financial sustainability and social enterprise - “inspirational sabbatical” - to learn from social enterprises, and now building a map that connects startups to each other, want to learn and be inspired, human-centered, relationship building
  • Business, different business models, not involved with startups but v interested in the ecosystem.
  • Very interested in investment and the pitch event - also growing the ecosystem and supporting Adelaide’s growth
  • I'm here because I want to meet like-minded people and connected and hopefully form a startup in south Australia
  • Meeting interesting people, which is getting harder in Adelaide because it is small - and actually helping to facilitate , creating interesting relationships and friendships
  • In my final year with uni, just want to connect and be a place where people are connecting with eachother and try to grow myself along with that. Want to contribute back to society and something that’s bigger than myself. I attended the event two years ago when I was in high school years ago — I went to the town hall.
  • Everything Craig said hit what I was wanted to come here for. Big ideas and ideas that puts people first. I follow southstart on linkedin and social media channels - the messaging really hits what I’m looking for. I was looking at Canberra’s innovation ecosystem, but in Adelaide, I was looking around and thought wow there’s so much more
  • I was going to moonshine lab and saw southstart , two years ago, and thought what is it? So I joined the experience. It’s all about what happens, it’s a celebration of everything that happens in the startup world, innovation, connecting people. Volunteering for me is - I can’t believe I’m volunteering. I get so much benefit; I’m coming here to learn
  • The energy that comes from this event. Other events can be numb and you’re disconnected from the overall experience. But this event is such a powerful experience; I always warn people to be prepared for that. That human-first approach; that convergence; that collision of people.
  • I was running an agtech startup for the last few years - had never been to a startup before - love putting all these people in one place. Being able to centralise everyone in one spot is really cool. Now I’m working on new startups
  • Having been to _southstart as an attendee in 2018 then coming back in 2019 as a volunteer because I loved what the team was doing for the ecosystem and the event in general, i think it only makes sense to want to help out again.
  • I really want to make the Adelaide's ecosystem awesome and as friendly as possible to newcomers. I also like meeting new people and help them by introducing to others! Did south start volunteer last year and love being involved in startup ecosystem
  • I volunteered last year and enjoyed the experience to help out. Love being around the startup ecosystem and still working on my own startup ideas. Potentially can meet someone who can complement my skillsets to start the adventure.
  • I am looking forward to not only assist in technical aspect of the organization, such as data analytics or web development, but also to help provide meaningful support to the organizatio
  • I want to help because I have the same passion for innovation. And be able to participate of such of an important event, makes me very excited. Furthermore, I think it is a great opportunity to meet people that are entrepreneurs and innovators here in South Australia. I helped out in 2019 and had a blast! Would love to do it again 🙂
  • Loved the volunteer experience in 2019.
  • Because I know it’s going to be fun! Something really worthwhile during my maternity break. Where I can learn, socialise, make new connections and be a part of such a suectuskr event!
  • I have a deep passion for having a positive impact on the state and its people, paying it forward, and making sure SA gets the love and recognition it deserves. I want to continue to help people gown and achieve their goals. I'm not sure if volunteering or partnering is the best option for me! SO I'd like to learn more 🙂
  • I work in an innovation team at ANZ bank and am permanently relocating from Melbourne to Adelaide in February. I'm keen to get a feel for the innovation and start up space in Adelaide and make some local connections in the industry.
  • Community support being a great supporter of startup ecosystem activities.
  • I've attended SouthStart back in 2018 as a high school student (year 12) with tickets I've received from Youth Opportunities for being one of their personal leadership program graduates. I loved the atmosphere and connecting with people with high ambitions, which has influenced me to be more interested in entrepreneurship. Being able to contribute towards an incentive that I strongly believe in gives a sense of purpose beyond myself. From volunteering, I would like to not only grow my interpersonal skills but to also have a sense of pride for contributing towards the bigger picture.
  • I believe by helping Southstart, I am going to learn new things and create new connections. I also love to help other businesses. During the last 6 months, I am following Southstart events and feel very connected with the way you create value. Being part of this event gives me an incredible experience.
  • Dear SouthStart team, really impressed by your conference and keen to find out how we can help/support the next one in May.
  • Wanted to contribute in a small way as start-up entrepreneurs myself
  • Love meeting people in the entrepreneurial ecosystem!
  • I have a great passion for entrepreneurship, love networking and collaborating with like minded people to drive innovation and create a inspiring future to look forward to. Most importantly Danielle & Craig are such passionate, amazing and incredible individuals to hang out with. I love it every minute. Thank you so much for making all this happen. I've got lots of spare time during this summer holiday hence I thought this could be an opportunity to advance my career.
  • Love the sector, enjoyed volunteering last time around and I think it is important a diverse bunch of people get involved and show support for the sector because it has the potential to deliver so much for our little state. Hi - we sponsored last year and are keen to do so again this year as well as understanding how else we might be able to get involved. Please could you send through some more info. Thanks - Paula
  • I bloody love startups. Creating new things is what gets me out of bed, so more than happy to help out with _southstart given the awesome impact it has on the startup community.
  • I really enjoy leadership and hold various positions currently but I am looking to be a better team mate and yet a presenter learning with the best.i want to share my ambition of science and enterpreneurship by learning from the best humans rather than just top enterpreneurs. 
  • _SOUTHSTART is more about passion and actually solving and coming with solution. people have goals and they go to networking events like these to learn but don't get enough emotional awakening to do something.
  • _SOUTHSTART is about highlighting enterpreneurship and humanness in this top tier world and to inspire people. I manage and market events especially networking events in university so it's a best opportunity to showcase myself in something big and learn as I have a big passion for enterpreneurship ( being a business owner myself of a t-shirt brand) I'm a bit supporter of the ecosystem. If you need hands to support the event before and after, I'm happy to help. Adelaide has huge potential to be a centre of innovation in human-centred design. I want to help ensure all of that potential is realised. It would be great to volunteer with people who share that vision.
  • I am excited to be part of a motivated, driven and just generally interesting group of humans. I love the focus on the human, rather that the startup. I feel like I am being defined by my startup more and more and this is a chance to go back and re-explore the human.
  • I am VERY excited about the ecosystem summit! Eeeeverything is so connected and I want to help connect those dots (specially where those dots have a positive social or environmental impact!) - I feel there is a general need to stop re-inventing the wheel, focus on what is already there and how to add value to it. Generally it's by connecting it to something else.











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