Indigenous entrepreneurs, current and aspiring, are encouraged to join in the exciting program of workshops and masterclasses that will be delivered in Lismore at the Lismore City Hall from 15-17 May 2018.
The Walan Mayinygu Indigenous Entrepreneurship Pop Up Hub aims to nurture Indigenous businesses and emerging entrepreneurs across NSW by offering business workshops and masterclasses delivered by successful Indigenous entrepreneurs and business experts. The program’also includes a youth component for school aged Indigenous students from Years 5-12.
“Our pop up hub for current and aspiring entrepreneurs will also aim to draw out and refine ideas for new businesses, so we hope that Indigenous people thinking about starting a business will register for Walan Mayinygu,” said Indigenous entrepreneur and 2017 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year, Kristal Kinsela.We also offer workshops and masterclasses very relevant to existing Indigenous businesses including the real value of understanding your markets and, importantly, what their needs are. Dr Ian Allsop from the Melbourne Business School will conduct business strategy workshops and a masterclass in ‘Thinking Entrepreneurially’, so there is something there for existing and new Indigenous businesses to learn from the experts.’
They will also be working with young people in the Lismore region to introduce entrepreneurship with the focus on bringing young people’s innovative and creative ideas to life in each pop up hub, including the opportunity for students to pitch their innovative business ideas to a panel of judges at the end of the day.
The hubs provide participants with access to government departments, private firms and not-for-profit organisations to develop business relations. I’m really excited to be a part of this exciting business event for Indigenous entrepreneurs – existing and aspiring – in the Lismore region,” Kristal said.
The program for the week is diverse and includes developing a business strategy to guide growth through to financing your business, digital marketing, Indigenous procurement and small business management.
“We invite all Indigenous business-people, entrepreneurs, those interested in starting businesses and Indigenous youth to participate,’ added Kristal.