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What's in this newsletter?

- Our Founder, Dean Foley wins the CSIRO Indigenous STEM Early Career Award.
- 10x10 Pitch at Atlassian, Sydney.
- Fundraiser for the International First Nations Startup Tour.


Barayamal joins a national panel discussion on diversity

Barayamal's Founder, Dean Foley will join a panel discussion at one of the biggest tech startup events in the world, TechCrunch Startup Battlefield.

So what's the panel about and who else is on the panel? 

Strength in Diversity: How and why to make inclusion a foundation in every startup

In conversation with Greg Moshal (Prospa), Catriona Wallace (Flamingo) and Dean Foley (Barayamal)

[Event Agenda]

CoderDojo First Nations is helping close the digital divide by teaching Indigenous youth how to code

In a recent interview with Caama Alice Springs our Founder, Dean Foley was asked to talk about the exciting collaboration opportunity with CoderDojo to teach Indigenous youth how to code because of the digital divide.

Also included in this podcast is Minister Nigel Scullion, who discusses the push to see more pre-settlement Indigenous history introduced into Australian primary schools.

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Meet Dean Foley, a 27-year-old Kamilaroi man and the founder of Australia’s first Indigenous Startup Weekend and Barayamal an Indigenous startup accelerator to showcase Indigenous entrepreneurs.

After finishing Year 12, Dean left his hometown of Gunnedah in rural NSW to join the RAAF.

“The RAAF was an awesome experience but when I learnt about Richard Branson and entrepreneurship I discovered my real interest is in business. So I decided to pursue my dream career of becoming an ‘Entrepreneur.’”

“I rushed into the business world with a ton of enthusiasm, I was fortunate enough to run into a business guru who gave me greater clarity about what I wanted to achieve, which has allowed me to enjoy the process/journey,” Dean said. [Read More...]

Barayamal partners with CoderDojo to launch coding clubs focused on Indigenous Australians

Indigenous-focused accelerator program Barayamal has partnered with global kids coding initiative CoderDojo to launch CoderDojo First Nations, a network of coding clubs aimed at Indigenous Australians.

First Nations will leverage CoderDojo’s resources of volunteer-led community programming clubs, which cater to young people from ages seven to seventeen, to provide educational sessions that teach participants how to code, build a website, and create an app or game.

Dean Foley, Barayamal’s founder, said the program will aim to bridge the digital skills gap for Indigenous Australians, providing students with the skills required to tackle the growing digital economy. [Read more...]

New Podcast for Indigenous Entrepreneurs

When I left the Royal Australian Air Force it was challenging at times to reach out and meet successful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurs to discuss entrepreneurship and learn from them, which is why we've created a new podcast, Indigipreneur.

Indigipreneur has deadly conversations with some of the most successful Indigenous entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders who will share their stories, tips, and advice on how to start and grow businesses.

Barayamal partners with Fishburners to launch program for Indigenous entrepreneurs

Indigenous-focused accelerator program Barayamal has announced partnership with Fishburners that will see four Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurs selected to take participate in its new three month ‘Budding Entrepreneurs Program’.

Designed to nurture innovative ideas, the program will give each participant access to Barayamal’s Entrepreneurship Development Program, where they will be mentored by the Barayamal network and take part in workshops, with the organisation promising “culturally appropriate support”.

Participants will be able to choose between residing at Fishburners’ Brisbane or Sydney locations, with the latter to be situated in the new $35 million startup hub currently being developed with funding from the NSW Government.

Global accelerator program Techstars opens in Adelaide to tap defence industry

Some of the most successful start-ups to come out of the accelerator to date include cloud server provider Digital Ocean, which is nearing a $US1 billion valuation, cloud-based customer communication platform SendGrid and the creators of the toy BB-8 droid Sphero.

Techstars joins a growing list of accelerators launching in Australia in 2017, including Europe's Startupbootcamp and the country's first accelerator program for Indigenous entrepreneurs, which is being launched by Slingshot and Barayamal, and there are also plans for a sharing economy accelerator called The Sharing Hub.

Inside Brisbane's Indigenous Startup Program

Five innovative Indigenous startups have been selected to attend a "mini" four-week business-accelerator program at The Capital, the recently opened dedicated venue in Brisbane's CBD for digital technology startups and entrepreneurs.

The program is offered by Barayamal, a new not-for-profit business, which will run Australia's first Indigenous accelerator program from mid-2017.

Barayamal means "Black Swan" in Kamilaroi language and the goal of the program is to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people build successful businesses through entrepreneurship training and programs...

Get ready for a new wave of Indigenous Australian startups

According to Kamilaroi man Dean Foley, many of the programs offering business skills to Indigenous Australians only "tick boxes." They're just not the right thing for would-be founders of global tech companies.