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.

Indigenous entrepreneurs making change

The founder of Barayamal, a business accelerator program for Indigenous start-ups, left a career with Royal Australian Air Force to pursue his dream of getting into business in Brisbane.

“It wasn’t the smartest idea, leaving secure employment to live off zero dollars,” he said.

However, he was accepted into a Graduate Certificate of Business Administration at Griffith University and used his own experiences to launch the grass-roots, indigenous-owned initiative.  

A proud Kamilaroi man, Dean Foley was born in Brisbane but grew up in Gunnedah, New South Wales.

Believing he wasn’t smart enough to go to university, he pursued another goal – serving in the Australian Defence Force.

His time with the RAAF proved valuable – teaching Mr Foley a range of skills, including discipline, and opening his eyes to the world outside his small hometown.

The coding workshop future-proofing budding Indigenous entrepreneurs

Twenty Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students have learnt valuable tech skills to prepare them to launch their careers, or even their own future businesses.

Before today, Kimberley Wren had often thought about a career in the tech industry, but never thought she was cut out for it. 

But following an entrepreneurship and coding workshop in Brisbane, the 15-year-old has changed her mindset.

"I’ve never really thought I had the right skills for it, but now I see that I can build my skills easily," she tells NITV News. 

Kimberley was one of 20 students from Capalaba State College who took part in the workshop, which involved public speaking and problem solving activities designed to boost students' confidence and communication skills.

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...

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Australia’s first Indigenous start-up accelerator launched at Brisbane’s new innovation hub

Five innovative Indigenous start-ups 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 in partnership with Slingshot, offered by Barayamal, a new not-for-profit business, which will run Australia’s first Indigenous accelerator program from mid-2017.

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

“Now Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurs will have their own accelerator to turn to for such support. The support will also include world-class entrepreneur programs from Australia’s leading corporate accelerator, Slingshot and will offer one-on-one mentoring with successful Indigenous and non-Indigenous entrepreneurs,” Mr Foley said.

CEO of Slingshot, Karen Lawson explained “We are delighted to partner with Barayamal to create new opportunities for indigenous founders to grow and accelerate their business. We are passionate about diversity and inclusion and are excited by the opportunity to address this within the indigenous community.

“The quality and depth of our program has been recognised by universities and when this is combined with our world class mentors, we have proven that our accelerator will equip entrepreneurs with skills, knowledge and connections to deliver commercial outcomes.

“Over four weeks, participants will learn contemporary techniques for taking their business ideas step by step through the essential stages,” she added.