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.
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.
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.
This unique program is now live and actively recruiting creative, ambitious and innovative businesses to participate.
Successful participants will be notified in late 2020 and can expect to start their 9-month global growth journey in Q1 2021.
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. Prior to his time at Austrade, David was employee no. 1 in the US for an Australian tech company where he led the company’s expansion into the North American market. 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.
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.
Les is an experienced founder, board director and advisor to startups such as Experlio. A proud Gumbaynggirr man, Les built DreamSpark, an Indigenous startup providing support to harness and leverage Indigenous entrepreneurship and accelerate innovation. His experience spans being the first Indigenous startup to raise venture capital, to developing lean business models, design thinking, innovation and new venture creation. 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 plus featured in the book, Stories of Grit. Les is a strong advocate for the use of innovation as a mechanism to drive change and improve outcomes for a better work environment and community that has impact.
Bevan Mailman is a corporate lawyer with expertise in commercial transactions, corporate advisory and corporate structuring with over 15 years’ experience. Bevan has held several legal positions with leading law firms and companies and was previously the founder and managing director of Mailman & Associates, a 100 per cent Indigenous-owned corporate and commercial law firm.
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.
Experienced Bussiness Development and Implementation Manager with a demonstrated history of working in government administration, sector development, bsuiness and the arts. Skilled in Nonprofit Organisations, Government, Art, Management, and Leadership
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