About

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Barayamal is 100% Indigenous owned and managed charity that inspires, educates and supports Indigenous Entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams and create a better world for all who live in it.

Barayamal means ‘Black Swan’ in Kamilaroi language and were first seen by Europeans in 1697 but before that, Europeans had only known of a white swan. In this instance, the black swan represents Indigenous entrepreneurs who have not been noticed in the world for their innovative businesses. Barayamal plans to show the world that Indigenous entrepreneurs exist and they can also build global businesses.

Why

Indigenous employment sits at a low 48%. Through disempowerment and lack of opportunity, the Indigenous community in Australia has the highest rate of suicide of any community in the world. Furthermore, some organisations receive a ton of funding but have failed to deliver positive long-term benefits for our community.

By empowering (ethical) Indigenous Entrepreneurs we could help re-shape these statistics and our communities.

Team

Dean Foley

Founder & Managing Director

Dean served five years in the Royal Australian Air Force before founding Australia’s Indigenous business accelerator program, Barayamal – now known as a leader in Indigenous Entrepreneurship. Dean also studies a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Griffith University and a Master of Business (Marketing) at the Queensland University of Technology and has successfully completed a majority of both degrees. Dean is an action-oriented entrepreneur and proud Kamilaroi Man who grew up within the Aboriginal community in Gunnedah, NSW.

 

murray saylor

director

Indigenous Supply Chain Professional and Founder of Tagai Management Consultants - a dynamic management consultancy company with intimate knowledge of supply chain and procurement processes, community development and stakeholder engagement practices focused on improving our clients profitability, growth and overall sustainability within Australia and the Asia/Pacific region.

Steve hartley

director

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.

Slingshot

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.

Mentors

Barayamal has access to some of the most successful Indigenous Entrepreneurs, Innovators and Leaders who will support and advise the Indigenous Startup Founders

Mikaela Jade Managing Director, Indigital Pty Ltd

Mikaela Jade

Managing Director,

Indigital Pty Ltd

Shane Kennelly CEO, Kennelly Constructions

Shane Kennelly

CEO,

Kennelly Constructions

Trent Young Founder, Young Guns

Trent Young

Founder,

Young Guns

Leesa Watego Director, Iscariot Media

Leesa Watego

Director,

Iscariot Media

Dwayne Good Executive Director, In Travel Group

Dwayne Good

Executive Director,

In Travel Group

Casey Mulder Co-Founder, Today We Learned

Casey Mulder

Co-Founder,

Today We Learned

Neville Stewart General Manager, Australian Indigenous Enterprises

Neville Stewart

General Manager,

Australian Indigenous Enterprises

Terri Waller Managing Director SevGen Indigenous Corporation  

Terri Waller

Managing Director

SevGen Indigenous Corporation

 

Linda Ryle President, Indigenous Lawyers Association Queensland

Linda Ryle

President,

Indigenous Lawyers Association Queensland

Tara Callinan Content and Communications Strategist Accelo

Tara Callinan

Content and Communications Strategist

Accelo

Donald Johannessen Director, Indigistream

Donald Johannessen

Director,

Indigistream

Jesse T Martin Founder & CEO, The Streets Movement Organisation

Jesse T Martin

Founder & CEO,

The Streets Movement Organisation