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.
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.
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.
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 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 will support and advise the Indigenous Startup Founders