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Webinar: Indigenous entrepreneurship

November 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm AEST

Dean Foley

Presenter: Dean Foley
Organisation: Barayamal

Indigenous unemployment is currently at 21%, an increase of 4.3 percentage points since 2008 — and 4x times the current non-Indigenous unemployment rate.

Disempowerment and lack of opportunity has led to the Indigenous community in Australia having the highest rate of suicide of any community in the world.

Indigenous businesses are the high growth employment generation and solution to close the disadvantage gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Greater opportunities and more jobs produce happier families and less crime.

Dean’s presentation will explore how Indigenous entrepreneurship can deliver positive change and contribute significantly to the COAG Closing the Gap initiative – maintaining, valuing and strengthening Indigenous cultures and improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s skills and employment outcomes.

About the Presenter

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.

An action-oriented entrepreneur, Microsoft RAP Advisory Board Member and proud Kamilaroi Man, Dean grew up within the Aboriginal community in Gunnedah, NSW.

He is an Industry Mentor at Griffith University, founder of the Indigipreneur Podcast and Give Backathon, and ran Australia’s first ever Indigenous Start-up Weekend.

Barayamal is a 100% Indigenous owned and managed charity which 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 the bird was first seen by Europeans in 1697. Before then, 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.

Missed a webinar? You’ll find recordings of previous webinars on the Innovate Queensland YouTube channel.


Thursday, November 2
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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