Indigenous Entrepreneurs Pathway

Indigenous Entrepreneurs Pathway

Have you got an idea that creates impact in our community? Are you ready to tap into your entrepreneurial mindset, guided by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders who have forged their own impact journeys?

Join us as we embark on a 10-week entrepreneurial program rooted in First Nations wisdom to explore your idea in detail. The Indigenous Entrepreneurs Pathway is where traditional knowledge meets entrepreneurial action. The program is designed to build your capability in innovation and entrepreneurial methods and empower you to address the challenges facing our peoples and communities.

Ensuring your ideas resonate culturally and commercially, learn from the ground up, and be guided by our ancestral spirits of creativity and purpose. Validate ideas and business models with the support of experienced guides and mentors who treasure growth in you and your community.

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"Delivering this program on Wiradjuri country, connecting with Indigenous facilitators, in a culturally safe space, ensures that we have a deadly environment to build Indigenous entrepreneurs. Join us. Gawaymbanha-galang—walk with courage and purpose!"

- Stephen Rutter, The Scale Institute

This initiative isn't just about exploring an idea, it is about connecting deeply to create sustainable opportunities. Transform, grow, and give back. This is innovation through an Indigenous lens, where every step forward honors the pathways forged by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander change makers.

What you need to know

Working with The Scale Institute, an Indigenous owned and led organisation, the 10-week program will consist of:

A two-day learning circle in Wagga Wagga
9-10 August 2024

Six weekly virtual sessions with Indigenous facilitators
20 August 2024
27 August 2024
3 September 2024
10 September 2024
17 September 2024

A bagaraygan (celebration with mob) in Wagga Wagga to conclude the program
26 September 2024

The program is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who are interested in entrepreneurship and innovation. We welcome applications from community leaders, emerging entrepreneurs, and anyone passionate about making a positive impact in their communities. As the program is designed to accommodate individuals who may be working or studying, sessions are often scheduled to fit around typical work or study commitments. Specific details will be provided once you are accepted into the program.

The program is offered free of charge to support accessibility for all participants. Specific details on any potential costs, such as travel arrangements will be provided during the application process.

Meet our Alumni

 Karkallaa at Home

Karkallaa at Home

Mindy is the owner of renowned native food restaurant 'Karkalla Byron Bay'. Karkalla at Home seeks to extend Mindy's expertise into the retail sector, offering a line of products like curry sauces, liqueurs, teas, and chai teas, all imbued with the distinctive qualities of native ingredients.

Chocolate on Purpose

Chocolate on Purpose

Chocolate On Purpose is a 100% Indigenous-led and owned business by Fiona Harrison, combining couverture chocolate with Australian native botanicals to create the Bush Food Chocolate range.

 Bush to Bowl

Bush to Bowl

Bush to Bowl is a 100% owned indigenous social enterprise that seeks to foster healing and connection for First Nations People, aligning them with Country and traditional foodways.

Native Oz Bushfoods

Native Oz Bushfoods

Doug and Tracey are the husband and wife duo behind Indigenous-owned and led business, Native Oz Bushfoods which started some 16 years ago through their deep understanding of the importance of culture and native foods. ​

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