The Barayamal Pre-Accelerator is for Indigenous Australians in Victoria, which will provide training and mentoring to kick-start your entrepreneurial journey.

Is this program for you?

If you’re an Indigenous Australian based in Victoria who:

  • has an interest in starting your own business,
  • keen to learn new skills and methodologies to take your business to the next level, or
  • you want to learn about startups and how businesses can benefit your community.

Then this program is definitely for you!


Develop creativity by identifying potential problems and effectively communicate ideas and solutions by pitching to other members (optional pitch).

What is a startup?

Discover what a startup is and how to start your own “startup” (process and examples e.g. The Lean Startup Methodology).

Start your own Startup

Using the tools and skills from Day 1 – participants have the opportunity to develop and validate their own business idea.

How to Pitch Workshop

30 min workshop on how to pitch to investors and what to include in the pitch deck.

Cash & Resources To Help Launch Your Business

  • Cash Prizes
    • You could win up to $1,000 in cash.
    • Plus other cash prizes! e.g. Best Pitch.
  • Indigipreneur Starter Kit
    • Barayamal Merchandise.
    • Resources.


Dean Foley

Founder & CEO at Barayamal
Dean served five years in the Royal Australian Air Force before founding Australia’s Indigenous business accelerator, Barayamal – now known as a world leader in Indigenous Entrepreneurship. Dean is an action-oriented entrepreneur, former Microsoft RAP Advisory Board Member, CSIRO STEM Award Winner, Indigenous Digital Excellence (IDX) Entrepreneurship Award Winner, and proud Kamilaroi Man from Gunnedah, NSW.

Stephen Mam

Founder & Executive Director at SIBW
Stephen comes from a strong cultural background, grounded in his Torres Strait Islander heritage. Stephen extends his passion for the community as the Executive Director / Founder of SIBW, a cultural publishing & events business, sharing the richness of culture. Stephen is also the Executive Director / Founder of The MYX, a social enterprise bringing the community together and supporting community-based learning. Stephen advocates the importance and spirituality of identity, place and relationships.

Application Deadline: 1 pm, 23 March 2019
Program Date: 27 March 2019
Time: 8:00AM – 6:00PM
Location: Virtual (Video Teleconference)