Generation One23 Aug 2019

A ‘dream’ 48 hours for Indigenous entrepreneurs

Who will be Australia’s next leading Indigenous entrepreneur? The inaugural Dream Summit has been announced.

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In just over a month, over 70 emerging Indigenous entrepreneurs will descend on Sydney Startup Hub for 48 hours of big ideas and incredible mentorship.

Minderoo Foundation’s Generation One initiative is proud to announce the inaugural “Dream Summit”. A two-day intensive, skill-building and leadership program, bringing together emerging Indigenous entrepreneurs from across the country.

From 12-13th September, participants will work with a community of experienced mentors to grow their businesses. By day two, the entrepreneurs will be ready to pitch their ideas before a panel of judges, with the opportunity to receive up to $45,000 of seed funding to turn their dream into a reality.

The event will host prominent keynote speakers, mentors and Dream Summit community partners and sponsors, providing participants with unparalleled access to some of the top thinkers in Australia.

Les Delaforce, head of Dream Summit’s Indigenous Advisory Group (IAG), is looking forward to the event.

“Nothing of Dream Summit’s scale has ever been run specifically for Indigenous entrepreneurs in Australia.” Mr Delaforce said.

“The summit will provide participants with the skills and support they need to take their ideas to the next level. The Gen One team and the IAG have been working hard to ensure Dream Summit is an incredible experience for all involved. I’m excited to be apart of it!”

Dream Summit aims to complement and support the programs and organisations already working in Indigenous entrepreneurship in Australia.

Around the country, exceptional work is going on in this space. Generation One has secured community partnerships with Wirrpanda Corporation, Stone & Chalk, Melbourne Business School, and Spacecubed – with more to be announced soon.

These organisations have encouraged young entrepreneurs within their networks to apply for Dream Summit. Some have also assisted Generation One by sending successful Indigenous business owners to mentor and keynote during the summit.

Dream Summit targets emerging entrepreneurs that have started working on a business idea and are looking for support to reach the next level. Applications for the 2019 summit have now closed.

Read more about Dream Summit here.

Peter Murdoch
by Peter Murdoch

Peter specialises in policy and research and brings sophisticated analytical skills and experience across a range of policy areas to the Minderoo Foundation team. With a unique perspective from tertiary studies in philosophy and time as an Army Reserve Officer, Peter understands the importance of focusing on solutions and inspiring others to shape their own futures.

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