The Barayamal Pre-Accelerator is for Indigenous Australians in Victoria, which will provide world-class 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 Methology).

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.


Linda Ryle

Director at Barayamal
Linda is an Aboriginal woman of Birrigubba – (Bowen Qld) and Kamilaroi (Monaro NSW) heritage; mother to one son, and makes her home on traditional Jinibara (Sunshine Coast Hinterland). Linda has been both personally and professionally involved in the area of Indigenous Affairs. Linda is the Executive Director of CALM – Cultural Advocacy and Legal Mediation an Intersectional Cultural Change Agency assisting professional, corporate and the community entities in their cultural engagement and inclusion.

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.

Nicole Petrilli

Manager at KPMG Indigenous Services
Nicole is a Manager at KPMG Indigenous Services, which aims to improve Indigenous social and economic development through connecting Indigenous businesses with the corporate and public-sector in Australia. Nicole is a results-driven professional with world-class communication skills that she is using to make a real difference in Indigenous communities.

Application Deadline: 1pm, 22 March 2019
Program Date: 28 – 29 March 2019
Time: 9:00AM – 5:00PM (Thursday & Friday)
Location: KPMG Australia, Level 36, Tower Two, Collins Square 727 Collins Street Docklands, VIC 3008
Schedule (link to runsheet)