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"Empowering Indigenous economic development and entrepreneurship.”

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July 10th, midday - 3pm, Redfern, Sydney, Australia

"If I told you that the only difference between you working in a mine or owning the mine was access to capital and the capacity to put together a business plan what would you say?" 

That is the question that Matthew Tukaki, founder of EntreHub and Sustain Group posed to a group of Indigenous students back in 2009 when he was the head of the worlds oldest employment company, Drake International. Today, the opportunity surrounding Indigenous economic development and entrepreneurship is massive and sits at the heart of our first "In Conversation" forum in Sydney, Australia, for 2015., AuStep and the Maori Business Network has bought together some of the sectors most influential business and thought leaders together in an afternoon forum that explores what more can be done and how when it comes to Indigenous ecnomic development and entrepreneurship. Joining us in a Q&A style panel on July 10th in the heart of Redfern's Indigenous community will be New Zealand's Minister for Maori Development and Entrepreneurship and Associate Minister for Ecnomic Development, Te Ururoa Flavell, Australian business leader and former politician, Dr John Hewson, Director of the Board of Indigenous Business Australia and former CEO of the Diversity Council of Australia, Nareen Young, Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda and founder and CEO of, Matthew Tukaki. 

The panel will be unpacking the big questions and talking about their insights and experiences as well as how to access capital, getting ideas off the ground, forming connections and networks and how to overcome barriers. The audience will have the ability to submit questions and involved in networking post the event. 

  • What is the current state of play when it comes to indigenous business and entrepreneurship?

  • What is happening around the world and what are some of the lessons we can learn and translate into local action?

  • What are some of the barriers to success and what can we do to overcome them?

  • What more can we do to inspire more indigenous people into business ownership?

Tickets for this one off event are limited and you need to register quickly!

 Take a look at the agenda for the afternoon:

  • 11.45am - midday: arrival and registration

  • Midday - 12.05pm: Welcome to country, National Centre for Indigenous Excellence 

  • 12.05pm - 12.10pm: Matthew Tukaki, founder of EntreHub will set the scene

  • 12.10pm - 2.00pm: Each panel member will spend five minutes talking about the subject and how they see things unfolding in terms of indigenous entrepreneurship and business. This will be followed by an interactive panel session and Q&A style audience questions

  • 2.00pm - 3.00pm: Networking and vote of thanks from the Maori Business Network

EntreHub would like to thank AuStep and the Maori Business Network for being a partners to this event.


Earlier Event: April 17
Whao Pounamu Workshop
Later Event: July 10
Matariki Ball