After running the world’s first Indigenous Startup Weekend and Business Accelerator Program in 2016, Dean Foley created a First Nations charity called Barayamal which is now leading a national and worldwide movement.

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

Today, we are proud to be a world leader in First Nations Entrepreneurship. We do this by building solutions, running programs, putting on events and investing in startups. We also produce a podcast for Indigenous entrepreneurs (Indigipreneur).

You can support our mission and play a role in closing the massive disparity gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Join us today as we continue to grow into a world leader.

When an aspiring entrepreneur said, “Why rely on the Government for help when we can do it ourselves?” they set out to make a difference.

Dean Foley wanted to create a way for First Nations businesses and entrepreneurs to have a place to start, grow, and learn. He created Barayamal, which is leading a national and worldwide movement of First Nations people looking to start their own business and give back to their community.

The latest government employment study found the Indigenous employment rate fell over the past decade, from 48% in 2006 to 46.6% in 2016. The non-indigenous employment rate was broadly stable, at around 72%, over the same period.

The Government has failed to close the disparity and opportunity gap over the last decade despite spending billions of taxpayer money. We need to act now.

Achieving self-determination and making our communities more resilient is possible. All we have to do is empower Indigenous people with the tools they need to take control.

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At Barayamal, we believe that First Nations Entrepreneurship can change the world for the better.


We solve problems and grow ventures through First Nations Entrepreneurship.


We create digital products, tools and services.

Barayamal is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). Eligible tax-deductible donations have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status with the Australian Tax Office.

The Company is established for the public charitable purposes of:

  • Providing benevolent relief to Indigenous Australians, particularly through addressing disempowerment and lack of opportunities in Indigenous communities; and
  • Empowering Indigenous entrepreneurs to create equal opportunities for Indigenous Australians in employment and business, alleviate distress, misfortunate and suffering caused by Indigenous unemployment, underemployment and underrepresentation in the business community, and close the economic gap.