Jenny Vandyke

Managing Director, Startup Adelaide

Jenny Vandyke is the managing director of Startup Adelaide and the author of The Innovation Recipe. Jenny is on a mission to help South Australia to pivot from the industrial age to the entrepreneurial age. Working with startups since the age of 12, over the last 20 years she has worked with ventures ranging from bootstrapped operations to billion dollar fintechs in Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide.

In addition to her hands on, practical experience, over the years Jenny has delivered hundreds of workshops and keynotes on innovation and startups. Recent speaking gigs have included Southstart, CPA Week, and the Vivid Festival. She is also a judge for the Anthill Magazine Smart 100 Awards, judging the most innovative products in Australia. After moving from Melbourne to Adelaide in 2015, Jenny has become a passionate supporter of her new hometown. Jenny believes there has never been a better time to be living and working in South Australia.

Startup Adelaide is an independent social enterprise, focussed on helping South Australian tech startups to scale. Our focus is on startups that are breaking the mould with new products, new technology or new business models, We have an online community with 1500 members (tripling in size in the last 2 years), and our website showcases more than 140 programs available to support local startups, including coworking spaces, accelerators and investors. We also run startup events, including Startup Weekend, a pitching competition to launch a business in 54 hours. 

SACristy Houghton