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?

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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


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

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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. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer