Adelaide ideas and innovation festival Southstart joins forces with startup accelerator Startmate and VC Rampersand to create two new opportunities for this year’s program under the theme of Odyssey.
Rampersand’s Giant Warm Intro, which connects underrepresented founders with investors and was a huge hit in Sydney last year (it will return in 2023), is heading to Adelaide, while starting size presents ‘Pitch Stage’.
VCs including Blackbird, TEN13, Airtree, Square Peg, Flying Fox Ventures and South Australian Venture Capital Fund will join the the country’s leading angel investors from syndicates such as Southern Angels, ArchAngels, Aussie Angels and Perth Angels.
Recognizing that the startup ecosystem relies heavily on personal connections, it’s an opportunity to give founders a warm introduction to the industry thanks to Rampersand.
Founder Odyssey ticket holders can sign up to pitch to or meet with leading investors from across Australia through Rampersand’s Giant Warm Intro and _SouthstartOdyssey’s Pitch Stage program, powered by Startmate as part of Village on Thursday, March 9.
Pitch-ready founders are allowed to take the stage in Village for Pitch Stage. Ten founders will be selected to present their ideas and submit direct investment requests during the event.
Registration closes next week on February 24.
South StarIt’s in Adelaide and around March 7-10. It offers a range of keynotes, workshops, masterclasses, panels and summits on technology and startups, spanning sectors such as agriculture, creative, innovation and science, presented by founders, executives, industry experts, investors and other innovation leaders
Event experiences are held at various venues in the city and surrounding area, including The Garden of Unearthly Delights, Lake Breeze Winery, McLaren Vale, and WOMADelaide.
And if you’re worried about cost, Southstart is also partnering with the Atlassian Foundation to offer some sponsored places to be a part of it.
Scholarship applications are open but hurry, they will also close next week on February 24th.
The registrations for _SOUTHSTART // ODYSSEY 2023 are open here now.