Adelaide Smart City Scholarship

New Venture Institute and Adelaide Smart City Studio have partnered to create a Scholarship for innovators, entrepreneurs and startups whose businesses drive change to create a smarter, better-connected city.

With a groundbreaking gig-city investment, a world-class reputation as a learning city and an entrepreneurial ecosystem that is sparking with potential, Adelaide is recognised globally as a leading smart city.

Applications are now open for the Adelaide Smart City Scholarship. Up to eight (8) teams will be enrolled in the Venture Dorm program at the City Campus on Flinders Street.

Do you have the goods to be part of this exciting new landscape?

The Adelaide Smart City Scholarship offers participants:

  • Entry into the 12-week Venture Dorm program for just $300 (usually $1,250)
  • The opportunity to win up to $3,500 in cash prizes, plus entry into the larger prize-pool available to all Venture Dorm participants
  • The chance to win a trip to SXSW (Austin Texas, March 2018) and pitch to potential global customers, including Austin City Council
  • Be mentored by some of SA’s top technology companies
  • Winning teams get to pitch to the Adelaide Smart City Studio's Steering Committee, made up of key influencers in State Government and City of Adelaide

Make your vision a reality in less than 12 weeks. Expert mentors guide you on everything from taking an idea and finding a viable business model, to designing a business that’s scalable and repeatable. Put your ideas to the test and give yourself the best chance of success.

This is practical, immersive education you can use for the rest of your life.

Teams will use principles such as Lean Startup, Customer Development and the Business Model Canvas.

The Scholarship is open to teams with the following smart city areas of focus:

  • Festival and Event Tech
  • Transport Tech
  • Food, Wine and Ag Tech
  • Tech Fabrication
  • Grid Tech


  • Now - Applications are now open – click here to apply
  • 26 July – Applications close
  • 27 July – Program starts

Cost per team $300

A Smarter, Better Connected City

Adelaide Smart City Events

  • The Internet of Things - the Big Debate

    Fri, 4 August 2017

    The Science Exchange

    Will the adoption of IoT be the end of an organised architectural strategy? Is IoT signalling the end of an era or is it the golden ticket we've waited for to thrust company strategy forward?

    Event website
  • UX (User Experience) Design for Startups

    Wed, 23 August 2017

    The Rhino Room

    The behaviours that lead to creating strong user engagement and ongoing consumption of services are essential to successful new economy businesses. Explore with us the role and function of UX.

    Event website
  • Design Disruptors Screening

    Tue, 29 August 2017

    Mercury Cinema

    The future of business is being written by companies and products that—intentionally or not— shake billion dollar industries. In Design Disruptors, enter the world of 15+ industry-toppling companies.

    Event website