Raising the Bar Adelaide

We are raising the bar in our City!

Raising the Bar Entrepreneurship - book now

company couch coworking 7077

10 Entrepreneurs. 5 Bars. 1 Night.

Event date: Tuesday 1 October 2019

You will see it first, here in our City – Raising the Bar Entrepreneurship!

The Council is thrilled to bring a second Raising the Bar event to Adelaide this year, but this time, with an entrepreneurial focus.

The event will transform the city into an innovation hub, with ten entrepreneurs and innovative thought leaders from various fields and backgrounds giving talks about the successes and failures of their entrepreneurial journey and sharing business advice.

Book free tickets


Speakers and topics

Speaker Topic
James Mueke How to use your passion to change the world
Paul Steffens Will a robot take your job? Learn how to future proof your career
Tom Rayner AgTech from space: How tiny satellites are solving massive problems
Tim Angel Driving optimal learning outcomes through AR/VR
Kirk Drage Why startups typically fail and what the data shows
Jennifer Ma Key learnings from raising startup capital in Australia
Andrew MacDonald Design thinking: The creative mindset
Leila Henderson Where business funding meets spin
Drew Evans Partnering with research: From ideas to products
Doug Adamson Funding from five sources

Participating venues include Alma Tavern, Colonist Norwood, Little Bang Brewing Company, The Maid Hotel and Republic.

For more information, Raising the Bar Entrepreneurship.

Download the program here: Raising the Bar Entrepreneurship Program


Past event

Raising the Bar: 20 Talks. 10 Bars. 1 Night

Raising the Bar was held on Tuesday 13 August.


Raising the Bar is a global award winning series of talks that take place in venues across the City in one night. Beginning in New York, the series has made its way to major cities around the world, including London, Hong Kong and Sydney.

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters brought Raising the Bar to Adelaide last year for first time and due the overwhelming positive response from the community, the Council has announced that it will be bringing it back to the City again on Tuesday 13 August.

The Raising the Bar Adelaide event will transform the City's landscape into a campus for one night, where notable professors and thought leaders will give talks in some of our City’s top bars and pubs, creating an unexpected environment for discussion and supplying the community with direct access to cutting-edge content.

This year’s event will feature a brand new suite of speakers, as well as some of the favourites from last year.



Missed Raising the Bar? Not a problem, we have a selection of Raising the Bar talks available for download on SoundCloud


View image galleries




My husband and I wish to thank you and the Council for organising such a brilliant event, ‘Raising the Bar Adelaide’...

We would also like to pass on our congratulations to the Council staff who did a wonderful job of introductions and thanks to the speakers.

We hope you will organise another event like this in the future.

     Sharon Mraz


I attended Raising the Bar on Tuesday night at the Maylands Hotel and absolutely loved it! The speakers were fantastic, the vibe was great and it was so great to see the Council contributing to the community in a different way. I strongly encourage the Council to put on events like this in the future.