The Barayamal Pre-Accelerator is for all First Nations people, which provides world-class training and mentoring to kick-start your entrepreneurial journey.

From customer validation to business model development, we’ve got you covered. Check out what we offer at a pre-accelerator. You never know who you’ll meet!

Is this program for you?

If you’re a First Nations person (Aboriginal, Māori, Native American, etc.) 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 running a successful business can benefit your community.

Are you ready to take your business idea to the next level?

We’re a pre-accelerator designed to help First Nations entrepreneurs achieve their goals. We’ll provide you with the tools, connections, and knowledge to make your business a success.

We have helped hundreds of young companies launch successfully since 2017. Check out some of our past class videos here!

Click the register button now and apply for our upcoming program! We look forward to helping you take your business idea from concept to reality! 🚀

Program Outline


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 – 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.


  • Startup with IBM (for our Alumni who we recommend):
    • $1,000/month in Builder IBM Cloud credits for one year.
    • $10,000/month in Premium IBM Cloud credits for up to one year. Up to $120K in IBM Cloud credits.
  • Gain Validation and Traction.
  • Meet The Right People.
  • Build Customer Development and First Nations Entrepreneurship Skills.
  • Post-Pre-Accelerator Support for 1-month includes:
    • Engagement survey
    • Experience survey
    • Wellbeing survey
    • Goals tracking
    • Self-reflections
    • Performance reviews
    • 1-on-1 Conversations
    • Continuous feedback
    • 360-degree feedback Participant & Barayamal Team
    • Developmental resources

What’s the difference between Barayamal’s pre-accelerator, virtual accelerator and accelerator?

The pre-accelerator and virtual accelerator are programs that help aspiring First Nations entrepreneurs refine their ideas, create a plan for launch or get some traction (launch sequence – liftoff stage). An accelerator is more about providing resources and connections to help a company grow.


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.

Application Deadline: TBC
Program Date: TBC
Time: 8:00AM – 6:00PM (AEST)
Location: Virtual (Video Teleconference)

Please note there are limited spaces – we prefer a small number of participants (5-10) per program.