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Serial entrepreneurs Josh Baker and Geoff Rohrsheim have joined the panel for InDaily’s countdown of the State’s top-performing 100 companies at the South Australian Business Index this month.

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Hospitality developer Josh Baker is well-known around Adelaide’s food and drink scene for starting some of the hippest joints in the most unlikely places.

He and his business partners helped build momentum for a Small Venue License in Adelaide when they opened Clever Little Tailor in a then empty Peel Street. They went on to create a sliver of an eatery, award-winning Pink Moon Saloon, wedged into a Leigh Street alleyway.

More recently, Whistle and Flute was opened on the culinary wasteland that is Greenhill Road. Rhyming slang for ‘suit’, Whistle and Flute is not only and excellent noshery, it is also a joint venture between the tenants of 136 Greenhill Road, Leedwell Property and Business SA.

Geoff Rohrsheim is a seasoned entrepreneur and disruptive force in the tech and IT fields. He and business partner Jamie Potter sold five-year-old Kloud Solutions – ranked by BRW in 2014 as the fastest-growing company in Australia – to Telstra in January 2016 for more than $40 million.

Now the duo runs Chamonix IT Consulting, headquartered in Adelaide, and in July they kicked off another startup, Exposé  Data.

Scott Dolling, a Director at Taylor Collison, the firm composing the business index, also joins the panel, along with Professor Jana Matthews, Director of the Centre for Business Growth at UniSA, a major partner of the event.

Rooster Radio team Andrew Montesi and James Begley will chair the discussion, capturing it as a podcast for publication on InDaily.

Premier Jay Weatherill headlines the luncheon for 600 business leaders, with a 12-month report on the state of the state, and the performance of the Investment Attraction Agency during that time.

There are still some tables available for the event, a must-attend for anyone serious about doing business in South Australia. To book tickets, click here.

To be included in the Index, companies must have their head office in South Australia, with an Adelaide share registry, or be SA operated, founded and majority-owned by South Australians. Qualifying companies cannot be government-run, agencies of government or a registered charity.

The list includes companies from all major sectors and this year will add awards for the fastest-growing company on the list (in terms of revenue) and best new entrant (highest-ranking company not included last year), plus a Rising Star award for the company that has moved up the rankings the most since 2015.

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