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Michael Zerman ponders innovation at Willunga BeachAdelaide entrepreneur Michael Zerman claims that a Silicon Valley-like confluence of cultural factors predisposes Adelaide's Rundle Street precinct to be a hotbed of innovation.

Mr. Zerman states Adelaide has many local companies with a "Rundle Valley association, history or pedigree" including Hostworks, Maxamine, Rocksoft, Imagination, Scott Hicks' film ventures, Internode, the Chimo financial transaction gateway, CarbonPlanet, Kojo, Anifex, Zork, the YellowTail wine label, ViaMedia and Wakefield Press.

In a public paper responding to Terry Cutler's report, Venturous Australia - Building Strength in Innovation, Mr. Zerman asserts that Cutler's report underplays the importance of cultural factors in fostering innovation. "As a local response to Cutler, I'm positing a geographical and cultural model of innovation that focuses on the "Rundle Valley" experience," Mr. Zerman writes on his blog at www.zerman.net.

South Australia's Premier Mike Rann will open a new biotechnology incubator in Adelaide's inner west suburb of Thebarton on Thursday, October 23.

The BioSA Business Incubator is located at the Thebarton Bioscience Precinct, 40–46 West Thebarton Road, Thebarton.

SA claims a dynamic bioscience industry based on a strong tradition of medical and agricultural research that drives commercial opportunities. To build on these opportunities, the State Government established Bio Innovation SA, a bioscience industry development organisation that provides business development, finance, infrastructure and marketing assistance. More at http://www.bioinnovationsa.com.au/

Sheree Hyde with her childrenA just-launched savings book developed for entertaining children offers ways that Adelaide parents can escape the squeeze of high interest rates, petrol prices and rising food costs.

The Kids Around Town Great Ideas & Savings Book suggests a wide range of ways for families to save money in many areas of their spending, especially where it involves keeping the kids entertained on a budget.

With proceeds from the book raising money for a special cause, Kids Around Town has had an overwhelming response from South Australian identities and family owned and operated businesses who want to meet the needs of families.

The idea for Kids Around Town came from mother of three Sheree Hyde, who was seeking a fresh, useful, healthy and affordable fundraiser for her local kindergarten. When she failed find an existing way that met these criteria, she decided to create an innovative idea that could benefit all parents and families. After much talking with parents and brainstorming with businesses about their needs, Kids Around Town was born.

Australian small business IT specialist Calvert Technologies has continued its growth surge with the appointment of globally-trained technical engineer Puneet Awasthi to its team.

Calvert Technologies is an Adelaide-based company that specialises in providing IT support and consultancy services to small businesses. The Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, which focuses on providing quality solutions that don’t “break the bank”, is currently experiencing record demand.

With a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Delhi University in India, Puneet has built up an extensive track record in IT infrastructure management and IT infrastructure support in the seven years since he graduated.

Puneet’s most recent assignment involved working as a contracted Microsoft Server and Network Engineer on a major Active Directory migration project for South Australia’s Department of Families and Communities.