The world’s first Indigenous Accelerator


Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Indigenous startups finally get a national platform to showcase their successes – thanks to LaunchVic!

Following the completion of the Barayamal Accelerator program, five Indigenous entrepreneurs will present their businesses at an investor pitch or “demo day” event on the 25 October at the Victorian Innovation Hub in Melbourne, the Barayamal Demo Day & Awards!

This national event will bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to showcase some of the best Indigenous entrepreneurs in Australia and show the world that Indigenous entrepreneurs exist (like black swans) and they can also build successful businesses.

Five innovative Indigenous business was selected for the Barayamal Accelerator, which provided free co-working space at the Victorian Innovation Hub, mentoring and training from industry experts, along with financial support the growth of their companies. The Indigenous entrepreneurs have grown their businesses and will now showcase their successes at the culminating demo pitch night, which is now open to the general public to register to attend with over 100 attendees – investors, professionals, community and government representatives expected to attend the event (currently have 130 registrations).

Success Milestones (examples) from one of the participants, Binary Security:

  • Learned the importance of embedding Indigenous culture into their business.
  • Started engaging with second national enterprise customer for Cyber consulting services.
  • Deployed first proof of concept (POC) for digital product into enterprise customer of 1,100 users.
  • Received enquiries for partnerships in Fiji, New Zealand, China, Indonesia, The Philippines.
  • Opened a new office.

“I feel that indigenous business in Australia is set to explode onto the world stage and being part of it is both incredibly exciting and humbling.” – Stewart Stacey, Director at Binary Security

CEO of Barayamal, Mr Dean Foley, said an accelerator typically helps startups to gain access to business networks, knowledge, expertise and early-stage funding they need to build successful businesses.

Mr Foley said Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurs can make a valuable contribution to this momentum towards innovation if they build and grow companies with a global impact.

“The Barayamal Accelerator wants to help Indigenous entrepreneurs achieve just that,” Mr Foley said.

‘LaunchVic is thrilled to be supporting indigenous entrepreneurs through the Barayamal Accelerator Program.  We wish the five startups who participated in the inaugural cohort the all very best at their upcoming Demo Day and are looking forward to watching them succeed, as we follow their startup journeys.’ – Kate Dornick, CEO at LaunchVic.


At Barayamal, we believe that entrepreneurship and technology can change the world for the better.

We do this by building technology solutions, running business accelerator programs, free events, the Indigipreneur podcast, school-based education and by investing time and funding Indigenous startups, which are the high-growth economic and employment solution.

Barayamal means ‘Black Swan’ in the Gamilaraay language. Black swans were first seen by Europeans in 1697 but before that, Europeans had only known of a white swan. In this instance, the black swan represents Indigenous entrepreneurs who have not been noticed in the world for their innovation. Barayamal plans to show the world that Indigenous entrepreneurs exist and they can also build global businesses.

Barayamal acknowledges the support it receives from LaunchVic.

This program is an initiative of Tharamba Bugheen – the Victorian Aboriginal Business Strategy 2017-2021 released by the Victorian Government in March 2017. Tharamba Bugheen recognises that economic advancement of Aboriginal Victorians is critical for self-determination and is making significant investments to support this agenda.

Further information:
Dean Foley

Founder & CEO, Barayamal
p: +61 458 980 232
e: [email protected]


Barayamal participants who are available for comment and interview:

Stewart Stacey

Director at Binary Security

p: 08 8963 5636

e: [email protected]

Niyoka Bundle 

Owner & Operator at Pawa Catering and Events

p: 0422 896 535

e: [email protected]

Kyle Turner

CEO at Pearlii

p: 0458980232

e: [email protected]

Kayla Cartledge

Director & CEO at Our Songlines

p: 0413 505 225

e: [email protected]

Denni Francisco

Founder at Ngali 

p: 0418 140 635

e: [email protected]

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