AEDA Business Summit provides glimpse into Adelaide’s future

Last updated 19 Apr, 2023

The nation’s greatest minds will share insights into the future of the city at the second Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) Business Summit next month, supported by the City of Adelaide.

The Business Summit, at Adelaide Oval on 24 May, will delve into areas including attracting tech workers, a potential university merger, entrepreneurship, commercial property, as well as unpack economic opportunities and trends for the CBD.

Early bird tickets, priced at $165 per person (save $40) or $1,500 for a table of 10 (save $300), are on sale until 26 April. Tickets include morning tea, a two-course lunch and drinks.

The AEDA Business Summit returns to this year’s event calendar after the 2022 inaugural event drew more than 350 business leaders from across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Technology Council of Australia Chief Executive Officer and headliner Kate Pounder will examine how Adelaide can become a magnet for tech worker talent.

“The Summit provides an opportunity to talk about how Adelaide can grasp an even greater share of the growing tech economy,” Ms Pounder says.

“Adelaide is in the country’s top ten regions for tech jobs growth.

“Technology provides some of the highest-paid, fastest-growing and most flexible jobs in our economy today and they will only become more important into the future and provide employment for generations of South Australians.”

The opportunities and implications of the state’s two largest universities merging will also be up for discussion, with University of South Australia Deputy Chancellor Hon John Hill and University of Adelaide Chancellor Hon Catherine Branson AC KC confirmed to speak at the Summit.

Other industry leaders set to speak at the AEDA Business Summit include:

  • The Demographics Group Director and Co-Founder Simon Kuestenmacher, who will discuss the workforce, skills and jobs challenges,and the opportunities for Adelaide;
  • South Australian Productivity Commission Chair Adrian Tembel, who will share insights on how the CBD is driving growth and what's in store for the future;
  • Treasurer of South Australia Hon Stephen Mullighan on the State Government’s policies, plans and projects for the Adelaide CBD, and
  • Pelligra Group Chairman Ross Pelligra on the plans, outlook and demand for commercial property in the city.

AEDA Acting Managing Director Michael Rossi says the Summit has quickly become a must-attend event on the business calendar.

“Our line-up brings together industry leaders in economics, urban development, technology, entrepreneurship, events and education to share their views on how Adelaide can prosper and provide insights into the challenges and opportunities facing our city,” he says.
“The AEDA Business Summit provides a platform for South Australian businesspeople to come together, network, and contribute to shaping the future of Adelaide’s economy.”

The AEDA Business Summit is on Wednesday 24 April at Adelaide Oval from 8.30am – 3pm.

Visit to view the full list of 2023 speakers, event program and to book your tickets.