Published: March 21, 2019

Leading international start-ups will be lured to South Australia under a $4 million investment from the Marshall Government’s Economic and Business Growth Fund to further stimulate the local economy, create jobs and grow crucial industries.

The South Australian Landing Pad, which offers global entrepreneurs up to $80,000 over 12 months to help cover business accommodation and professional services costs, is part of a suite of new measures worth millions of dollars to be funded by the Economic and Business Growth Fund.
Premier Steven Marshall says the initiative will help attract exciting start-up and scale-up companies to grow the South Australian economy.

“The State Liberal Government is committed to creating an environment where small businesses from across a range of industries – both emerging and established - can thrive,” said Premier Marshall.

“Today’s announcement gives entrepreneurs from around the globe the incentive to explore the opportunities available to them right here in Adelaide and helps them access established coworking spaces or alternative business accommodation.

“The South Australian Landing Pad, along with the Defence Landing Pad at Lot Fourteen will show international companies that South Australia is serious about leading the way in entrepreneurship, cyber-security, defence, space and innovation.

“Supporting start-ups and ensuring they have the right economic environment to build a successful business is crucial in creating jobs and bolstering economic growth throughout South Australia.”

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway said the $100 million Economic and Business Growth Fund was established to help grow the SA economy and create jobs, with a focus on strategic sector-wide investment opportunities.

“Whether it be by encouraging the growth of existing sectors or developing new industries, building international connections and attracting foreign and national direct investment, our emphasis will be on sector-wide opportunities rather than the former government’s approach of picking individual winners,’’ Minister Ridgway said.

“We look forward to welcoming more of the world’s best and brightest to South Australia, as we capitalise on strong business confidence and ongoing momentum.”

Applicants will be assessed through a competitive process, with priority given to businesses related to defence and space, cyber-security, food and wine, health, media and film, as well as energy.

The City of Adelaide has a strong history of supporting entrepreneurship and creating the right conditions and environment for international businesses to establish in the city.

Adelaide's high-speed fibre optic network, Ten Gigabit Adelaide, along with the city’s innovation hubs' GigCity connections, make Adelaide very appealing for high-tech, data hungry start-ups.

The City of Adelaide will continue its work with the Marshall Government to grow the start-up ecosystem and align its entrepreneur programs for maximum economic impact.

To learn how we can support your business when exploring opportunities in the City contact our investment team.