Barayamal is Australia's Indigenous Business Accelerator - now known as a world leader in Indigenous Entrepreneurship.
We inspire, educate and support First Nations youth and budding entrepreneurs through technology and entrepreneurship to help them achieve their dreams and create a better world for all who live in it.
The meaning of Barayamal
Barayamal means ‘Black Swan’ in Kamilaroi language. Before colonisation of Australia, Europeans only taught kids in school about the white swan until Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh discovered what Indigenous Australians knew for millenniums, that there was also black feathered swans (black swans). This forced Europeans to reconsider and change their perceptions about what a “swan” actually means. In this instance, the black swan represents Indigenous entrepreneurs who have not been noticed for their innovative ideas and businesses - Barayamal will show the world that Indigenous entrepreneurs exist and they can also build global businesses that have a positive impact in our community.
Founder & Managing Director
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, Microsoft RAP Advisory Board Member, winner of the Indigenous Digital Excellence (IDX) Entrepreneurship Award, and proud Kamilaroi Man who grew up within the Aboriginal community in Gunnedah, NSW.
Linda is an Aboriginal woman of Birrigubba (Bowen Qld) and Kamilaroi (Monaro NSW) heritage. Linda has been professionally engaged in the area of Indigenous Affairs since the late 1990s with professional experiences including Corporate Co-ordinator to the Girudala Council of Elders (Whitsunday Coast), Legal Services Senior Officer (Bowen). Linda also served as the President of the Indigenous Lawyers Association of Queensland for 3-years.
Steve is a seasoned entrepreneur, public company director and business owner with over 25 years’ business experience. He has successfully advised and raised capital for start-up and high growth companies in the resources, retail, technology, media, and manufacturing sectors and has been personally involved in many business and property investment/divestment transactions totalling over $100m in transaction value.
Leading Corporate Accelerator Program
Slingshot is Barayamal's founding partner who provides essential support that helps Barayamal deliver a world-class accelerator program.
Slingshot was founded in 2013 and is currently running its sixth program and has to date made 25 investments. Slingshot market its program to high potential emerging companies that use technology and the internet as a platform to access customers on a global scale.
Barayamal has access to some of the most successful Indigenous Entrepreneurs, Innovators and Leaders who support and advise Indigenous Entrepreneurs in Barayamal's programs.