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.

Adelaide Smart City Studio is currently reviewing candidates for the next Entrepreneur In Residence appointment. We look forward to sharing the appointment with Adelaide's startup and business community soon.

Previous 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 pursue his passion…accelerating the abilities of entrepreneurs and business leaders to build value and valuation in their companies.

A Smarter, Better Connected City