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Dream Summit

We want to expose Indigenous start-ups to the skills and tools required to grow their businesses.


Dream Summit is a forum for emerging Indigenous entrepreneurs that have started working on a business idea and are looking for support to reach the next level.


Dream Summit exists to have a profound social impact, complementing and supporting the people, programs, organisations and incredible work already happening in the growing space of Indigenous entrepreneurship.

What’s involved

The inaugural Dream Summit, held over two days in September 2019, provided Indigenous entrepreneurs and start-ups with exposure to the skills and tools required to supercharge their businesses. Designed to ignite a passion for entrepreneurship, the Summit partnered early-stage Indigenous start-ups with skilled Indigenous mentors to elevate their thinking.

Our process

We invited Indigenous start-ups to attend a two-day Summit where participants were guided through a structured skill-building, mentoring and educational process. Indigenous mentors helped participant groups to refine, validate, prototype and pitch their work to venture capital investors. Our event partners are working with the teams post-event to accelerate growth.

What motivates us

Indigenous procurement policies are increasing market demand for Indigenous businesses. To help meet this demand, Dream Summit exposes Indigenous start-ups to the skills and tools required for growth. We are passionate about helping Indigenous businesses leverage the fourth industrial revolution’s opportunities. Economic development is crucial to creating parity.

Thinking long-term

Ultimately, we’re aiming to develop Dream Summit into something bigger. We aspire to run an annual weekend-long bootcamp with 20 to 30 Indigenous businesses.

We aim to invite three to five representatives from each business and we’ll partner each team with two mentors to help the teams pitch their growth strategy. After the weekend teams may be eligible for seed-funding prizes.

2019 Winners

Minderoo Seed Funding Winners

Austrade Landing Pad Winner

  • Pearlii – Dr Kyle Turner (Melbourne, VIC)

EY Growth Accelerator Program Winners

  • The Jummi Factory
  • Pearlii
  • Ochre Sun – Alana Kennedy (Townsville, QLD)

Wayne Quilliam Art Prize Winner

  • Yingarna – Kirsten Atkinson (Coffs Harbour, NSW)

Project members

Shelley Cable
Chief Executive Officer, Generation One