Supporting Indigenous entrepreneurship across Central Australia.
Desert Knowledge Australia has received $300k in grant funding from the Northern Territory Government’s Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade to research, design and pilot a program to support development of Indigenous enterprises across Central Australia.
The first objective of this program is to conduct thorough research on both Aboriginal businesses and business support services across the region to evaluate where the gaps in business development support are, and how they can be filled.
Once identifying key areas where the program can best add value, it will collaborate with community leaders, entrepreneurs and support services to design an appropriate development program for community-based enterprises.
The co-designed program will be piloted with a select group of Aboriginal businesses and emergent entrepreneurs throughout Central Australia. The delivery format and key focus areas will be determined in the research and co-design phases.
The Enterprise Development program will be facilitated by Jamie Toyne, who grew up in Mparntwe (Alice Springs) and is the founder and former CEO of an international business consulting group called Dealflow Brokerage. Jamie started Dealflow whilst living in San Francisco to help entrepreneurs start, develop, grow and exit their business. Since returning home after 13 years abroad, Jamie has been supporting local entrepreneurs and indigenous organisations to develop sustainable self-generated income streams.