Media ReleaseMinderoo Foundation23 Sep 2019

Inaugural Dream Summit unearths ‘outstanding’ indigenous business leaders

A mother-daughter duo who make skin care products from the native plants of Western Australia’s Pilbara region have taken a huge leap toward realising their business dreams.

Karratha’s Adrianna Irvine-Stanes and her mother Josie Alec were awarded $30,000 in seed funding for their budding business Jummi Factoy at the inaugural Dream Summit. Photo Credit: Wayne Quilliam.

Karratha’s Josie Alec and daughter Adrianna Irvine-Stanes were the big winners at Generation One’s inaugural Dream Summit last week, which saw more than 80 of Australia’s most talented entrepreneurs converge in Sydney for two days of mentoring and personal development.

Josie and Adrianna received $30,000 in seed funding for their business – Jummi Factory – after the Dream Summit advisory judges awarded the mother and daughter team the grand prize.

Inspired by Josie’s mother who was a renowned healer among her people, Jummi produce a range of products including lip and skin balms, deodorant, rubs, exfoliators, insect repellent and perfume, all made with native Pilbara plants.

“To be recognised in this manner and to receive $30,000 for our budding little business is an indescribable feeling,” Josie said. “It will allow us to grow Jummi Factory to that next level and expand our horizons.”

Les Delaforce, head of Dream Summit’s Indigenous Advisory Group (IAG), said the judging panel and event partners were blown away by the quality of ideas and the calibre of entrepreneurs at the summit.

Mr Delaforce said although prizes were awarded, the main aim of the summit was to expose the entrepreneurs to business contacts and allow them to learn from mentors.

“Thanks to our event sponsors and partners – including the Wirrapanda Foundation, Stone & Chalk, Melbourne Business School, Tank Stream Labs and Spacecubed – the participants walked away with a full book of contacts and advice on how to grow their ideas or existing businesses,” he said.

“I also want to thank the team at Generation One, Skills of the Modern Age and the IAG who worked hard to ensure Dream Summit was an incredible experience for all involved.”

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

Further information is available on the Dream Summit website  More information on all 2019 Summit winners can be viewed below.

Dream Summit 2019 Prize Winners

Minderoo Seed Funding Winners

Austrade Landing Pad Winner

  • Pearlii – Dr Kyle Turner (Melbourne, VIC)

The Landing Pads program provides market-ready start-ups with potential for rapid growth to land and expand into major global innovations in either San Francisco, Tel Aviv, Shanghai, Berlin or Singapore.   

This prize includes:

  • A 90-day residency in a co-working space to help them grow their business by facilitating in-market business development, introductions to investors and mentor networks and strategic partnership opportunities
  • Business services and in-market learnings from local and international experts
  • Access to a curated community that supports Australian entrepreneurs who want to go global via shared insights and collaboration opportunities, and 
  • Assistance post-residency to help continue to grow their business.

EY Growth Accelerator Program Winners 

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

EY Growth Navigator is an interactive experience that enables the three Dream Summit winners and their leadership team to assess their company’s capability to deliver growth plans. It uses the EY 7 Drivers of Growth which is the product of years of working with hundreds of the most dynamic companies and growth leaders.

Wayne Quilliam Art Prize Winner

  • Yingarna – Kirsten Atkinson (Coffs Harbour, NSW)
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