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In March 2016, KPMG rated Adelaide as the best place in the Asia-Pacific to do business. But Adelaide’s businesses knew that long before KPMG. The city has been one of Australia’s fastest growing business destinations, and it’s currently undergoing major development works worth more than $3.5 billion. It’s now home to more than 5,500 businesses, which between them employ 120,000 skilled workers.

Entrepreneurs: Driving the Driverless Car Revolution

A CUTTING edge wireless technology company is helping to put South Australia at the forefront of the driverless car industry. When the International Driverless Cars Conference rolled in to Adelaide, South Australia at the beginning of November, more than 300 local and international delegates witnessed Australia's first on-road driverless car trial using Cohda Wireless technology. Cohda, based in the capital city... read more

Health: Ancient superfood’s global revival

The demand for an ancient superfood backed by Oprah Winfrey and Jamie Oliver is being met by a single company in Adelaide, South Australia. Freekeh, a process of heating immature green grain to halt maturation without cooking it, was developed in the Middle East in about 2300BC. Greenwheat Freekeh has been producing the superfood commercially in South Australia since 1997. ... read more

Entrepreneurs: Adelaide, the city dubbed the start-up capital of Australia

Search through a list of the best startup cities in the world and a trend quickly appears: they are cities of a certain size, big enough to attract capital but small enough to build a supportive network. With a population of 1.2 million, South Australia's coastal city of Adelaide falls squarely in this trend and that could explain why it has... read more

Retail: Trend Setting for Adelaide Designers

From Adelaide to Los Angeles, Australian Fashion Labels is revolutionising the fashion world through innovative business practices and a strong local focus. Founded by fashion forward duo Dean and Melanie Flintoft in 2007, Australian Fashion Labels was launched in response to the global financial crisis. “We saw a huge gap for clothing that was well-designed with a high-end aesthetic but at... read more

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Entrepreneurs: Kick.It

Adelaide entrepreneur James Stewart has a clear goal – to rid the world of smoking.  James, a New Zealand national, is launching an attack on tobacco from his adopted home of Adelaide where he has found support, expertise and financial backing for his ambitious goal. is a web and mobile platform that logs the behaviour of regular smokers... read more

Health: Marco Baccanti

TELEMEDICINE, wearable devices and the use of digital medical data are three key areas of future research and development for which Adelaide offers unique advantages, a global health executive says. The head of Health Industries in South Australia Marco Baccanti says South Australia’s geography makes it an ideal place to forge new links between technology and medicine. Mr Baccanti,... read more

Professional services: KPMG

FOR a century KPMG has been a prominent player in the global audit, tax and advisory services sector and their Adelaide base fills an important role in both the global presence of the firm and the local South Australian business community. Adelaide director Con Tragakis said KPMG prides itself on being a network of expertise with local connections, meaning that... read more

Education: Torrens University Australia

Adelaide’s push toward becoming a “knowledge city” made it the perfect candidate to host the first Torrens University Australia campus. This is the belief of Torrens University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Justin Beilby who notes the student, business and academic community are leading the charge. Professor Beilby said the central Victoria Square campus –... read more

Residential development: ART Apartments

Changes to legislation regarding tower height in the city centre are the sign of a new direction for Adelaide, a leading residential developer says. Loucas Zahos Architects director Michael Loucas said the new conditions cemented the decision to invest in ART Apartments; a 14-storey apartment building in the city’s east end. Mr Loucas, also a director of the development... read more

Retail: Steve Maras

Adelaide has never looked better, leading property developer Steve Maras says. The Maras Group has been at the forefront of Adelaide’s business community in varying forms for more than 30 years. So Steve Maras, who runs the commercial and retail property investment company established by his father Theo, has seen the many phases of Adelaide’s development. “Adelaide has really... read more