Barayamal is a world-class business accelerator program for Indigenous entrepreneurs, with effective and culturally appropriate support, at each stage, from concept development to standalone businesses
Barayamal means 'Black Swan' in Kamilaroi language. Black swans were seen by Europeans in 1697 but before that Europeans had only known of a white swan. The black swan represents Indigenous entrepreneurs who have not been noticed for their innovative and successful businesses.
Indigenous employment sits at a low 48%, and while Indigenous businesses are 100 times more likely to hire Indigenous people, less than 1% of Australian businesses are Indigenous owned, despite representing 3% of the population. 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.
Barayamal is a grass-roots initiative that is 100% Indigenous owned and managed. By empowering Indigenous entrepreneurs we could help re-shape these statistics and our communities.
Founder & CEO
Dean served five years in the Royal Australian Air Force before founding Barayamal – Australia’s Indigenous Business Accelerator Program. He is a proud Kamilaroi Man who grew up within the Aboriginal community in Gunnedah, NSW and currently studies a Master of Business degree at the Queensland University of Technology. Dean is an action oriented social entrepreneur and marketing professional
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.
Slingshot brings corporates and Startups together by running innovation programs on behalf of tier one corporates clients.
Barayamal has access to some of the most successful Indigenous Entrepreneurs, Innovators and Leaders who will support and advise the Indigenous Startup Founders