Barayamal Demo Day & Awards

National platform to showcase Indigenous Entrepreneurship to the world!


Following the completion of the Barayamal Accelerator program, five Indigenous entrepreneurs will present their businesses at an investor pitch or “demo day” event on the 25 October at the Victorian Innovation Hub in Melbourne, the Barayamal Demo Day & Awards!

This national event will bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to showcase some of the best Indigenous entrepreneurs in Australia, break negative stereotypes and show the world that Indigenous entrepreneurs exist (like black swans) and they can also build successful businesses.

Enjoy a night of free-flowing drinks and fusion of Indigenous foods (Pawa Catering & Events), quality entertainment including a live performance and listen to the inspirational stories of Indigenous entrepreneurs at the Barayamal Demo Day & Awards.

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Demo Day


Pearlii uses cutting-edge AI technology to help Australians overcome the two biggest barriers to seeing a dentist; cost and time.

Pawa Catering and Events

Pawa means ‘to cook’ in Gundijtmara language from the South West coast of Victoria. Pawa Catering & Events are an experienced couple with over 20 years combined experience, which aims to scale into a global brand.

Our Songlines

An Indigenous tourism marketplace that aims to connect travellers with Indigenous tourism companies.

Binary Security

Binary Security protect businesses in Australia from cyber-threats by providing quality, adaptive solutions using cutting edge knowledge and technologies.


Ngail brings the artwork of talented Indigenous Australians to the world through stylish, sustainable and premium quality clothing and homewares.



Photo of First Nations Entrepreneur of the Year

First Nations Entrepreneur of the Year

This award recognises the commercial and community achievements of the First Nations Entrepreneur of the Year.
Photo of Black Swan Award

Black Swan Award

This award recognises the best up-and-coming First Nations Entrepreneur. The black swan is a symbol of breaking negative stereotypes and showing the world what First Nations people are capable of.
Photo of Partner Award

Partner Award

This award recognises the invaluable contribution of one of our partners for supporting Barayamal and making a real difference.
Photo of Volunteer Award

Volunteer Award

This award recognises the invaluable contribution of one of our many volunteers who have worked tirelessly to support Barayamal and make a real difference.

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

Barayamal only works with leading Government and corporate organisations who genuinely want to strengthen reconciliation in Australia through Indigenous entrepreneurship and self-determination. Not tokenistic policies and RAPs.


5:00pm – Networking & Drinks
5:45pm – Welcome to Country & Introductions
6:15pm – Accelerator Presentations
7:30pm – Halfway Entertainment & Networking
8:00pm – Awards Ceremony
9:00pm – Afterparty

Attendees: Between 200 – 300 attendees (investors, professionals, community and government representatives).
Awards: First Nations Entrepreneur of the Year, Black Swan Award, Partner Award and the Volunteer Award.
Location: Victorian Innovation Hub, 710 Collins Street, Docklands 3008

Dress code: Business Attire / Black tie.

Who’s attending?

Dean Foley

Founder and CEO, Barayamal

Kate Dornick

CEO, LaunchVic

Kayla Cartledge

CEO & Co-Founder, Our Songlines

Stephen Mam


Duncan Jones

Group Manager, Melbourne Angels Inc.

Catriona Wallace

Founder, Flamingo Ai

Stewart Stacey

Managing Director, Binary Security Pty Ltd


If you have additional questions, please send an email to [email protected]

The Barayamal Demo Day & Awards is an invite-only event.