Barayamal chief executive officer Dean Foley

With Australian businesses forced to transition to remote work, Barayamal is continuing to support Indigenous entrepreneurs by taking its business accelerator programs online.

The newly launched Barayamal Virtual Accelerator is a free business program for First Nations entrepreneurs interested in starting a new business, gaining new skills and learning more about how startups can better serve a community.

While the times may be difficult, Barayamal chief executive officer Dean Foley is optimistic that the online transition and growing interest in the digital economy will present new opportunities for Indigenous startups.

“It’s essential to keep supporting First Nations entrepreneurship development in this disruptive and fast-changing global economy because there will be new opportunities arising from these challenging times that can benefit our communities. Traditional or grassroots First Nations Entrepreneurship can change the world for the better,” he said.

The virtual accelerator program is a ten-week program, from May to July, that provides weekly mentoring sessions and one on one coaching among its resources to advance business growth. Through the program, attendees will create a one-page business model, achieve product-market fit, be introduced to the customer development process and gain various other business skills to take a business from conception to market.

Program graduates will also receive a digital credential for “First Nations Entrepreneurship” as a reward for all of their hard work.

Once the world’s first Indigenous accelerator program, Barayamal now offers a total of six programs including a pre accelerator option and CoderDojo, which teaches young First Nations members valuable coding skills.

Applications for the Barayamal Virtual Accelerator are now open through 5 May 2020 at 3pm. Learn more about how to apply on Barayamal’s website.

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