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Barayamal is Australia's Indigenous Business Accelerator - now known as a world leader in Indigenous Entrepreneurship.

We inspire, educate and support Indigenous Entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams and create a better world for all who live in it.

The meaning of Barayamal

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.

Team

Dean Foley

Founder & Managing Director

Dean served five years in the Royal Australian Air Force before founding Australia’s Indigenous Business Accelerator, Barayamal – now known as a world leader in Indigenous Entrepreneurship. Dean is an action-oriented entrepreneur, Microsoft RAP Advisory Board Member and proud Kamilaroi Man who grew up within the Aboriginal community in Gunnedah, NSW.

 

murray saylor

director

Murray is a proud Torres Strait Islander and Samsep clan member from Darnley Island (Erub), and Managing Director of Tagai Management Consultants. Murray is an action oriented procurement and sustainable community specialist, trainer, mentor and volunteer with over 20 years experience in the government and business sector. In addition, Murray served in the Australian Army Reserve as a Commissioned Officer working in finance administration roles

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 support and advise Indigenous Entrepreneurs in Barayamal's programs.

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