188E SA 

To fulfill the South Australian nomination requirements, you must:

  • Meet the criteria for the Subclass 188 Entrepreneur stream visa set by the Department of Home Affairs.
  • Have competent English proficiency or hold a passport from the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, or New Zealand.
  • Have the intention to reside in South Australia.
  • Propose a business based in South Australia that has a strong potential to meet the Department of Home Affairs criteria for the Subclass 888 Entrepreneur stream visa within 5 years, including achieving the success factors.
  • Propose a business with the potential to become a sustainable high-growth start-up and create employment opportunities for South Australians.
  • Priority will be given to proposals that align with the strategic objectives of the South Australian Government.
  • Provide comprehensive information on the viability and economic impact of your proposal on South Australia. If you are 55 years or older at the time of invitation, you must demonstrate that your proposed entrepreneurial activity will bring exceptional economic benefits to South Australia.
  • Agree to fulfill all other obligations to maintain the validity of your state nomination when applying directly to the Department of Home Affairs for the Subclass 888 Entrepreneur visa.
  • Obtain the support of a selected Service Provider who has reviewed and approved your proposed entrepreneurial activity.


The South Australian service providers are:

  • The Innovation & Collaboration Centre (ICC)
    The ICC, a collaboration between UniSA and the SA Government, offers a vibrant community for entrepreneurs. It provides access to mentoring, research resources, prototyping labs, and business development support. The ICC is renowned for its ability to accelerate startups’ entry into the Australian market and connect them with global industry experts. It offers specialized programs for entrepreneurial visa holders and hosts accelerator and incubator programs for space and high-tech startups.
  • Stone & Chalk
    As Australia’s largest startup and scaleup innovation community, Stone & Chalk has locations in Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide. In South Australia, it is situated at Lot Fourteen, a prominent innovation precinct. Stone & Chalk operates alongside leading organizations and startups such as Myriota, the Australian Institute for Machine Learning, Google, and the Australian Space Agency.
  • New Venture Institute (NVI)
    Located at Tonsley, Flinders New Venture Institute supports startups and businesses in six focus sectors aligned with Flinders University’s expertise: Advanced Manufacturing, Creative Industries, Education, Energy, Water, and Sustainability, Health, and Wine, Tourism, and AgTech. NVI offers various programs and services to assist entrepreneurs in progressing their ideas from conception to industry advancement.
  • Moonshots
    Moonshots welcomes startups with promising business plans and pairs them with experienced entrepreneurs to develop globally scalable and investable businesses. They have a particular interest in Creative, Space, BioTech, AI/Hi-Tech, AgTech, Education, and Defence industries. Moonshots values individuals with a growth mindset, regardless of their background.

  • ThincLab
    Powered by the Adelaide Business School at the University of Adelaide, ThincLab is the university’s flagship business incubator. It collaborates with a broad network of partners to support entrepreneurs in launching and growing innovative companies. With five global locations, ThincLab has been fostering early-stage and scaling entrepreneurs across various industry sectors for nearly three decades. It also operates a specialized incubator for AgTech, Food, and Wine innovations.



Individuals holding specific visas will not qualify for endorsement by the South Australian Government. These visas include various student visa subclasses (500, 570, 571, 572, 573, 574), as well as Subclass 403 and Subclass 771. However, holders of the Subclass 485 visa may be eligible to participate if the service provider determines that they have an innovative idea and a compelling business case.


Restricted activities 

The proposed business activity should not fall within any of the following categories:

  • Residential real estate
  • Labour hire
  • Purchase of an existing enterprise or a franchise in Australia
  • Cafes and restaurants
  • Consulting firms/companies
  • Employment agencies
  • Export/import businesses


188E Entrepreneur Visa
Australian Business Innovation Visa
188E NSW | 188E VIC | 188E QLD | 188E SA | 188E WA


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