$1.4 million pledged to harness creativity of Aboriginal entrepreneurs

Aboriginal startups in Victoria have received a $1.4 million funding injection, with calls to further harness the creativity of indigenous entrepreneurs across the nation.

LaunchVic will support indigenous business accelerator Barayamal, the Global Sisters business program, entrepreneurship-focused Project Ngarrimili and RMIT University to help launch a new generation of business owners.

The funding support will help recognise and foster the great ideas forming among Aboriginal communities, says Cormach Evans, founder of youth mentoring business Strong Brother, Strong Sister.

"For me, as an Aboriginal business person, I think starting a business is quite tricky," Evans says.

He says he's experienced a range of barriers across his own life and business journey, including discrimination alongside the universal challenge of starting a completely new business.

But Evans, who will be partnering with ImpactCo to launch Project Ngarrimili accelerator programs, says young Aboriginal people are working on excellent business concepts.

"We’ve identified quite a number of key filling gaps, it’s really quite cool," Evans says. Read more

Emma Koehn - Brisbane Times - 17 Sep 2018

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