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Entrepreneur In Residence Program

The Entrepreneur in Residence program offers aspiring entrepreneurs, start-up founders and business leaders the opportunity to learn from leading specialists in fields such as:

  • Building high-growth investment ready start-ups, and
  • Developing innovative smart city products and services.

In a burgeoning industry like smart cities, success is improved by sharing real-world experience and practical support to founders, investors and mentors.

Current Resident: Kirk Drage

Kirk, is home in Adelaide after a decade overseas. He has worked on several Asian based start-ups, most notably 3D Video Analytics & IoT success story Vadaro.  His responsibilities included building global market traction with customers and technology partners, and establishing operational headquarters in Silicon Valley, California.

Kirk spent over a decade at Microsoft in various roles and ultimately as Head of Entrepreneurship & Innovation for Asia.  During this time Kirk was responsible for 20 Microsoft Innovation Centres (Industry, Government & Academic partnerships) across the region in both developed and developing Nations.  Kirk also led Venture Capital Relations and Microsoft’s start-up program – BizSpark.  Kirk’s multi country team recruited over 8,000 start-ups across Asia in the first year alone, where he travelled extensively as an event speaker, coach/mentor and lecturer/judge for various incubator and accelerator programs.

Kirk’s broad functional expertise and global experience has perfectly positioned him to purse his passion…accelerating the abilities of entrepreneurs and business leaders to build value and valuation in their companies.

Adelaide Smart City Studio is excited to facilitate his support to Adelaide's startup and business community.

If you're interested in arranging a consultation with Kirk, click here

A Smarter, Better Connected City

Adelaide Smart City Events

  • Legal structures for high growth startups

    Wed, 24 May 2017

    Minor Works Building

    Learning from an experienced panel of legal minds, this event will provide some guiding legal and intellectual property principles to founders who are seeking to establish high growth start-ups. The event will touch...

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  • TECHFUGEES HACKATHON ADELAIDE

    Fri, 26 May 2017

    Torrens Uni, 88 Wakefield St

    Hackers, hipsters and hustlers and humanitarians are invited to co-create tech solutions for refugees living in South Australia. The Adelaide Smart City Studio is proud to be sponsoring this weekend-long hackathon e...

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  • Telstra Australian Smart Communities Conference

    Mon, 29 May 2017

    Adelaide Convention Centre

    The Australian Smart Communities Association (ASCA) facilitates, promotes and advises on how communities can build liveable, sustainable, workable smart cities. We put our citizens, local businesses and stakeholders...

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