The $20k prize will give a much needed boost to ‘Barayamal’, Foley’s charity which aims to inspire, engage and educate Indigenous youth and budding entrepreneurs within the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) field.
It was an incredible experience for the Barayamal Family to be a part of the 2018 VicForum! Below is a quote from our MD and a link to the event report if you would like to know what happen.
“I was very humbled to be a speaker at the 2018 VicForum, which is a platform to discuss the importance of multiculturalism and how our diverse community can create a better Australia for all who live in it.
How can companies claim to be innovative when they sometimes lack experiences and perspectives that represent a broader community!?
If you want to make Victoria and Australia stronger, culturally and economically, be part of the VicForum." - Dean Foley, MD at Barayamal
Click this link to view the summary report --> https://bit.ly/2IQSpj7
Indigenous Australians have inhabited this land for tens of thousands of years and personally, I think that the fact I learned more about ancient Sparta and the Vikings in school than I did about the history of the land on which I actually live is a huge failure of the Australian education system.
Although there still so much work to be done preserving the Indigenous history of our nation and not just acknowledging but celebrating the fact that commerce and innovation in our country can be dated back more than 60,000 years (hello boomerang and didgeridoo), what has been great about the last two years in particular is the way in which the local startup ecosystem has embraced and supported Indigenous founders and their ideas....
Name: Phillip Harris
Mob/Heritage: Wiradjuri and Eastern Arrernte
Our short-term platform is a music-booking marketplace, which aims to help connect musicians with customers. In the long run, we will be adding new and improving on existing online features that will assist in setting us apart from the generic marketplace model and our competitors.
The biggest reward I will get out of this venture is the relationships and connections I build with and between customers, helping me create something they not only want, but also need. I am very excited to see where Aartbi takes me.
What's your inspiration?
My biggest inspiration would be Brian Chesky and the other Airbnb founding crew. Everything about Airbnb’s journey is inspirational to me. But I also admire how they do not shy away from taking a stance on social injustices and inequalities. I wish that one day, I can help make the same social impact for my mob.
The biggest challenge so far and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge I had to overcome during my entrepreneurial journey, was not having a strong technological background. I really had to dig deep and research all of the tech requirements needed to build such a platform. After spending months of learning, I was ready to bring my idea to life. It just goes to show that you don’t need to be a techy to build a tech company – there’s always ways around it.
Why do you think entrepreneurship is important for Indigenous communities?
Indigenous entrepreneurship is pivotal towards Closing the Gap on issues concerning economic development and employment. I believe it is up to powerful and wealthy Indigenous leaders to give back by funding real solutions and hiring our own mob. Apart from being gifted footy players, we are also naturally creative thinkers and hard workers – it is time we prove that Australia.
Our Barayamal’s Budding Entrepreneurs Program will accelerate your business success by providing free working space at Australia’s largest community of scalable tech startups (Fishburners) and an Entrepreneurship Development Program (mentoring from successful Indigenous and non-Indigenous entrepreneurs, workshops and training by Barayamal) for 3-months in Brisbane or Sydney
3-month Budding Entrepreneurs program kicks off today with four inspiring Indigenous entrepreneurs in the program who have access to Fishburners (Australia's Largest co-working space for tech startups) and an Entrepreneurship Development Program (mentoring from successful Indigenous and non-Indigenous entrepreneurs, workshops and training by Barayamal).
Dean Foley, a Kamilaroi entrepreneur and head of accelerator program Barayamal has questioned why the economic body known as Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) are holding over $277 million in cash reserves for Indigenous entrepreneurship & businesses while delivering a lower amount of loans since 2014 according to the IBA 2016-2017 Annual Report.
Others have also questioned why IBA are holding back this money as well.
We recently launched CoderDojo First Nations to do exactly that - to show Indigenous youth what's possible and teach them the right skills that can help them achieve their dreams....
Our first program ran for 7-weeks at Capalaba State College and recently concluded at Microsoft’s Innovation Centre in Brisbane on the 6th of December. The students who stayed at school during the last week of Christmas holidays got to play with new Microsoft technology and present their cool projects.
What did they learn during the 7-weeks? [Read more...]
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)
Former Gunnedah man Dean Foley has received recognition for Indigenous innovation.
The Kamilaroi man recently won an entrepreneurship award at the inaugural National Indigenous Digital Excellence Awards in Sydney.
Barayamal Founder, Dean Foley was recently announced as the winner of the Entrepreneurship Award at the 2017 Indigenous Digital Excellence (IDX) Awards.
"It's humbling to recognised by the community for the awesome work we are doing at Barayamal, which would not have been possible with my own efforts alone - without the support and mentorship from people who genuinely want to help and make a difference, none of this would have been possible. I cannot thank you enough!
I would like to thank the organisers of the IDX Awards for this extraordinary honor and to the many First Nations Entrepreneurs throughout Australia who are just as worthy of winning this award, I’m so proud to be in your company."