About

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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.

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.

 

Team

Dean Foley

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 Business 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.

 

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.

Slingshot brings corporates and Startups together by running innovation programs on behalf of tier one corporates clients.

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

Donald Johannessen Director, Indigistream

Donald Johannessen

Director,

Indigistream

Murray Saylor Management Consultant, Tagai Management Consultants

Murray Saylor

Management Consultant,

Tagai Management Consultants

Jesse T Martin Founder & CEO, The Streets Movement Organisation

Jesse T Martin

Founder & CEO,

The Streets Movement Organisation