Future of work series - innovation and entrepreneurship

Future of work series - innovation and entrepreneurship

Mar 27
At the first event in the CEDA SA Future of Work series, we welcome Chief Entrepreneur for South Australia, Jim Whalley, and other thought leaders as they discuss the future of our economy in innovation and entrepreneurship.


Jim Whalley, Chief Entrepreneur for South Australia, Government of South Australia
Dr Alex Grant, Chief Executive Officer, Myriota
Jenny Paradiso, Co-Founder and Director, Suntrix Solar

Event overview

CEDA's Future of Work series will lead discussion around our future economy being built on creativity and technology, where there will be immense opportunities for people who combine technical, creative and social skills that will be resilient to future automation.

Entrepreneurship will be front and centre of this continued shift, not just for individuals but as companies around the world seek people who can bring the entrepreneur mindset and skill set to their organisation, driving increased innovation and originality. 

Event presentations 

Jim Whalley, Chief Entrepreneur for South Australia MP3

Dr Alex Grant, Myriota MP3

Jenny Paradiso, Suntrix Solar MP3

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the keynote speaker

Jim Whalley
Chief Entrepreneur for South Australia, Government of South Australia

Jim is the Chair and co-founder of innovative defence industry company Nova Systems. He is a former air force fighter pilot and test pilot and holds a Master of Business Administration, a science degree and has completed the Harvard Business School OPM Executive Education Program. Jim is a member of the Sir Ross and Keith Smith Advisory Committee, the Council of the University of South Australia, the board of the Adelaide Festival, the Federal Government's Defence Innovation Steering Group and a non-executive director of Australian Naval Infrastructure.

Meet the speakers

Dr Alex Grant
Chief Executive Officer, Myriota

Alex Grant is CEO and co-founder of Myriota. Founded in 2015 by Dr Alex Grant and Dr David Haley, the company was developed after years of ground-breaking telecommunications research, and enables clients to develop new use-cases and business models for the internet of things. From water tank-management to help farmers and asset-tracking across great distances for heavy industries, to “black box” type recorders for military personnel – Myriota is powering the future of globally connected devices.

Jenny Paradiso
Co-Founder and Director, Suntrix Solar

Jenny is the Managing Director of the award winning solar and battery storage company, Suntrix. Since starting the business in 2009, Jenny has grown Suntrix from the kitchen table into a multi-million dollar company. Suntrix services thousands of residential, commercial and government clients, helping them save money and reduce their carbon footprint. Through Jenny's leadership, Suntrix was awarded the Telstra SA Business of the Year in 2013. In July 2014, Jenny won the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Emerging Category) and in 2017 was awarded the Australian Telstra Business Woman Entrepreneur of the Year.

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