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This week’s bumper Member News section brings you Flinders University’s Icebreaker event, Fleet Complete’s expansion, tech-based Rocketship awards to help you expand into the UK, Piper Alderman’s defence industry masterclasses, NAB gets fit for a cause, and Cowell Clarke moves.

We love sharing your news – which means if you have anything to tell the world, and fellow members, email us at and we’ll add you to our next feature. Read on to find out what’s going on in the South Australian business world…

Flinders University’s Icebreaker, the networking event masterminded to connect thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, rising stars and employers with their perfect match, is returning bigger and better for 2018.

After an extremely successful launch in 2016, South Australia’s biggest networking event will return on November 21, boosted by a data-driven matching mechanism and hosted again by Flinders’ New Venture Institute.

The inaugural Icebreaker16 brought more than 1,200 networkers to the Tonsley Innovation Precinct to participate in 22 ‘speed dates’, each with potential employees, investors, backers, founders or innovators. The NVI is expecting 1500 people at this year’s event.

Register for Icebreaker18 here

Global telematics company Fleet Complete has recently grown its national staff base by more than 15 per cent, hiring six staff for new positions in the past six months, and mostly for its national head office in Thebarton.

Globally, Fleet Complete is the fastest growing provider of IoT solutions in the connected commercial vehicle space. With the ‘Software as a service’ movement gaining traction, and the constant increase and uptake of new business technology, Fleet Complete have recently taken all of its hardware in-house, so instead of reselling other similar products installed with their software - they now develop and own all of their hardware too – creating a more comprehensive and expandable business model.

There are new products in the pipeline and further growth planned in the coming months. See more here

The UK’s Department for International Trade has launched its Tech Rocketship Awards in Australia for the first time, selecting eight of Australia and New Zealand’s leading tech companies to take part in a tour of the UK to boost their UK expansion plans.

There are eight award categories up for grabs across clean growth, mobility, agritech, the economy and digital security, and other tech industries.

The UK DIT and Grant Thornton will be hosting a workshop in Adelaide on 8 November, opened by Consul General Christ Holtby. Find out more here

Piper Alderman will be running a Defence Industries Masterclass Series, to help businesses understand and navigate the laws associated with the industry.

The first session, held on 20 November, will work through the complex relationships within the defence industry and is titled Understanding the Defence Industry. For further details, click here

A group of NAB bankers clocked up the kilometres earlier this month in support of Loud Shirt Day.

Bank staff – all wearing brightly coloured shirts – set up a treadmill on the footpath outside NAB’s 22 King William Street branch. If you happened to stroll past and notice, now you’ll know what the bright colours were about.

Their goal was to run 100km in total to help raise funds for deaf children in South Australia. Congratulations NAB!

Commercial law firm Cowell Clarke has moved into new city offices, featuring more dedicated client meeting spaces and seminar facilities.

It might not seem that far – with Cowell Clarke only moving from levels five and six at 63 Pirie St to levels nine and 10, but the new floors offer more collaborative working spaces, open and light-filled offices, hot desking, a village green central breakout space and a central staircase connecting levels.

Managing partner Rob Comazzetto said law firms had traditionally operated in closed-office environments and while private spaces were essential, the new style would lead to greater collaboration and connections.

Feature image: Cowell Clarke new office with Natasha Nicholas, Chief Operating Officer; Rob Comazzetto, Managing Partner; Kristen Muster, Receptionist; Brett Cowell, Chairman

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