A tech conference like no other, _SOUTHSTART brings together influential leaders, founders, innovators, and investors across scenic South Australian locations to educate and inspire entrepreneurs and founders from all over Australia. When we say it’s held in South Australia, we mean some of the best places of SA, including McLaren Vale and The Garden of Unearthly Delights — which is where Fringe is also happening.
Since its inception in 2013, _SOUTHSTART has emerged as a dynamic force for the creatively inclined. Dedicated to empowering people to initiate, expand, and scale initiatives, _SOUTHSTART plays a vital role in the global community by turning passion into action.
Over the years, the festival has attracted some very high-profile speakers — last year, the keynote address was delivered by Marc Randolf — Founder of Netflix and author of That Will Never Work.
This year, the _SOUTHSTART team has again assembled an all-star lineup of speakers that you won’t want to miss.
If you need another reason to go, _SOUTHSTART also coincides with Adelaide Fringe Festival — widely regarded as the biggest and best Fringe Festival in the world — making it an ideal opportunity to go for _SOUTHSTART and stay for Fringe and, of course, the famous SA wineries. If you’re looking for some inspiration to extend your trip and stay the weekend, have a read of this article that provides some insight into how to spend 48 hours in Adelaide.
_SOUTHSTART transcends traditional conference boundaries, boasting a stacked line-up of programs spanning three days and nights. Its extensive itinerary offers opportunities to delve into industry insights and engage in vital discussions, empowering advancements for the future. There are also ample networking opportunities and when you look at the lineup of speakers, this is a great opportunity to meet some of Australia’s most prominent investors and VCs.
March 55:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SOCIAL, the first event to kickstart the festival, welcomes both regulars and newcomers to become part of _SOUTHSTARTS lively community among Light Adelaide’s innovative spaces. This introductory affair will feature energetic music and immersive installations alongside food and refreshments to fuel meaningful conversation with fellow attendees.
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Journey into the extraordinary at the Garden of Unearthly Delights, where VILLAGE, a distinctive ‘unconference,’ introduces diverse programming that fosters intellectual and emotional adventures, skill development opportunities, and connections among founders, investors, and students. The morning’s agenda will spark conversations with influential thinkers and trailblazers in areas such as Impact, Fundraising, and Design to ignite inspiration. Lunch will be provided before the afternoon dives into sales, marketing, digital, and pitch-focused sessions.
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm.
One of the key networking sessions, LANEWAY, is where you’ll embark on an evening of pulsating energy. Kicking off with happy hour, Gilbert Place will come alive with a mix of Adelaide’s most vibrant sounds and culinary delights. The night will extend into a dynamic experience, featuring street artists, African BBQ, and selections from four distinguished bars including Memphis House of Blues, Shotgun Willies, High Spirits, and Hains & Co. LANEWAY goes beyond the lively festivities. You’ll not only savour a sensory feast but also walk away with new friends and connections.
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
UNTETHERED is a day of exploration, conversation, and tasteful experiences where you’ll be guided through meaningful human connections against the scenic backdrop of McLaren Vale. Commencing with registration at Lot Fourteen, the first hour sets the tone with morning snacks and a chance to regroup. Hop aboard the Magical Mystery Bus where you’ll be transported to a secret location. Upon arrival, you’ll be spoilt with one of five four-hour experiences to choose from.
- BODY — This invigorating odyssey allows you to connect with the ocean over a feast of sustainably sourced seafood.
- SOUL — An opportunity for mindful reflection surrounded by gardens and wildlife that will revitalise you.
- HE(ART) — This sensory expedition blends arts, culture, and wine to offer a tasting experience set in the heart of nature.
- MIND — A thought-provoking journey through vineyard-laden landscapes where conversations explore the chance to connect, reflect, and contribute to shaping the future.
- FUN(D) — The one for qualified investors looking to delve into seaside discussions of current and emerging investment trends.
The day-end revelry will take place at Chalk Hill Wines for the Sundowner Soiree presented by the City of Onkaparinga. Here is where you’ll bask in the day’s adventure over local wines and food, before heading back to the city. If you fancy staying overnight, that’s also an option.
How To Get Tickets
Now that you’re well-versed in what to expect at _SOUTHSTART, it’s time to secure your tickets here.
With _SOUTHSTART’S bundles of various ticket options, you can choose the package best suited to your needs.
Three-Day Access Platinum Ticket :
Don’t want to miss a thing? This one is for you. Experience the full spectrum of _SOUTHSTART with this all-access pass, covering SOCIAL, VILLAGE, LANEWAY AND UNTETHERED.
Two-Day Access Gold Ticket:
Embark on a two-day adventure with the GOLD pass, immersing yourself in the vibrant energy of SOCIAL, VILLAGE, and LANEWAY.