Barayamal is a world-class start-up 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.
In this instance, the black swan represents Indigenous entrepreneurs who have not been noticed for their innovative businesses. Barayamal aims to show the world that Indigenous entrepreneurs exist and they can build successful businesses.
Founder & CEO
Dean served 5 years in the Royal Australian Air Force as an Analyst before founding Australia's first Indigenous Startup Weekend and Barayamal - Australia's first Indigenous Startup Accelerator program.
Dean is a Kamilaroi Man who grew up within the Aboriginal community in Gunnedah, NSW. He is currently in his final year of studying a Master in Business at the Queensland University of Technology and loves learning about running and growing businesses.
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