Department of State Development
  • A new model for entrepreneurship in South Australia.

    The Office of the South Australian Chief Entrepreneur provides FIXE as a new model for entrepreneurship in South Australia, offering people with imagination and initiative the opportunity to bring their ideas to market and build businesses that can go global.

    The Office works collaboratively with businesses, researchers and investors to facilitate connections, provide advice and position South Australia as a destination for entrepreneurship and innovation.

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Jim Whalley is South Australia’s first Chief Entrepreneur.


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 and a non-executive director of Australian Naval Infrastructure.

Jim Whalley Chief Entrepreneur


FIXE is connecting and building the ecosystem and a showcase of South Australian people, businesses and ideas.


Support for startups

FIXE supports and facilitates high-quality education, skills and training programs to enhance entrepreneurial capability.

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Business enquiries

FIXE equips South Australians with the tools, mechanisms and resources to start and grow successful businesses.

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Entrepreneurship Advisory Board

Providing high level, independent advice on entrepreneurship matters.

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