Trade Routes

Trade Routes

Introducing the Indigenous Global Growth Program

Trade Routes is a global growth, capacity-building and activation program funded by DJPR, co-designed with the Indigenous business community and delivered in collaboration with RMIT Activator. This program aims to accelerate cultural, social and economic prosperity for Indigenous Australians and the wider community, both nationally and internationally. 

What makes this program unique? 

In advancing indigenous economic participation and independence, we draw heavily on the Indigenous community's expertise to ensure culturally-aligned support for the participants. This program is also designed to be action-oriented and hands-on with a focus on business outcomes. 

Trade Route's prioritisation of Indigenous facilitators, mentors and experts undertaking community consultation, co-design and co-facilitation build the enterprise and capabilities needed whilst transferring proven knowledge and capability back into the community, hence building long-term value and connection. 

Why should you apply?

Built by practitioners for practitioners

Work, ideate and innovate on your business from Day 1

Leverage the knowledge, technologies and global networks of RMIT University

Build your own Indigenous business network and community of practice

What do the expected program outcomes and key takeaways look like?

  • Identification and prioritisation of global growth opportunities
  • Development and personalisation of growth plan/ trade routes
  • Capabilities and connections building towards your growth plan/ trade routes
  • Business model innovation and activation planning that prepares you to realise your growth ambitions

Interested? 

This unique nine-month program is actively recruiting creative, ambitious and innovative businesses to participate.

Applications close 5pm, Monday 22 February, 2021. Successful participants will be notified in early March and invited to the program launch on Monday 22 March, 2021.

The Steering Committee

Pia Herbert - Project Manager and Policy Advisor, Victoria's Department of Jobs Precincts and Regions

Pia Herbert has over 20 years experience on a wide range of projects in local and state government, creative arts and publishing. She worked for more than twenty years in a range of roles in the creative industries, and education publishing. She joined the Victorian Public Service in 2006 working in policy development and implementation in e-research and broadband. She has worked on programs in innovation and business development, community revitalisation and social innovation.

David Brown - Business Development Director, San Francisco Landing Pad

David manages Austrade's San Francisco Landing Pad and advises Australian scaleups on US market entry and go to market strategies, business development, growth, scaling operations, customer acquisition and customer success. David has Bachelor’s Degrees in Law and Business from the University of Technology, Sydney and commenced his career as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer at top tier firms in Sydney and London working in private equity.

Leslie Delaforce - Founder / Managing Director, DreamSpark Co

Les is an experienced founder, board director and advisor. A proud Gumbaynggirr man, Les is the Indigenous Entrepreneur Lead at Generation One and built DreamSpark, an Indigenous startup providing support to harness and leverage Indigenous entrepreneurship and accelerate innovation. His experience spans startups, new venture creation, investment and venture capital. In 2017, Les was recognised in the Inside Small Business - Top 50 Business Leaders and in the Westpac 200 Businesses of Tomorrow out of 3000 businesses in Australia.

Scott McCartney - CEO at Kinaway, The Victorian Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce

Scott has had extensive experience in start-up and small to medium enterprise development. His skills include establishing and growing partnerships, problem solving, and developing team culture. Scott is a proud Aboriginal man, a descendant from the Wotjobaluk people in the Western Region of Victoria.

Bevan Mailman - Managing Principal and Director, Jaramer Legal

Bevan is a senior corporate lawyer with expertise in commercial transactions, corporate advisory and corporate structuring. He is the Global Indigenous Representative for North American Australian Lawyers Alliance and regularly advises on community impact projects in various jurisdictions.

Shawn Andrews - Founder, Managing Director / Founder, Indigicate

Shawn is a descendant of the Mununjali people of South East Queensland and the Palawa people of Tasmania. Shawn has held positions across National Australia Bank, Melbourne Grammar School and Indigenous Accountants Australia. He is currently the director of Indigicate a majority owned Indigenous company and Supply Aus a 100% owned Indigenous company.

Elizabeth Liddle - Manager, Womens Business Sector Development at Kinaway, The Victorian Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce

Elizabeth Liddle is a skilled manager and administrator who has worked in the Aboriginal business and arts communities for almost 20 years across Aboriginal policy, governance, implementation, planning and strategy.

Damien Connell - Senior Engagement Officer for the Social Procurement and Engagement Team, Victoria's Department of Jobs Precincts and Regions

Damien has a keen interest in partnering with Indigenous-led businesses and associations and is a co-Founder of Bundyi Girri Consulting, a start-up dedicated to supporting non-Indigenous staff to embrace Reconciliation opportunities through brand and collaborate with Indigenous-owned businesses.

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer

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torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.