Boost for Central West Indigenous business

29 August 2017

Participants take part in the Deadly Ideas Start-up workshop at Dubbo

The NSW Government is partnering with Charles Sturt University to give Indigenous businesses a major boost across the Central West.

The 'Walan Mayinygu Indigenous Entrepreneurship Pop-up Hub' is visiting Dubbo’s Regional Theatre and Convention Centre from 28 August-1 September offering a range of free Indigenous business development workshops and activities.

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said Walan Mayinygu is NSW's first regional Indigenous entrepreneurship program developed by Charles Sturt University’s Associate Professor Michelle Evans to nurture Indigenous business, technology, and innovation ideas.

“The pop-up hub is funded by the NSW Government's Boosting Business Innovation Program which is providing $1.5 million to each of NSW's 11 universities - including Charles Sturt – and the CSIRO to work with businesses to drive innovation.

“In coming months, Walan Mayinygu is visiting locations across NSW for week-long workshops next week in Dubbo, Albury on 9-13 October, Port Macquarie on 5-9 March 2018 and Lismore on 14-18 May 2018.

“Through the Boost program, Charles Sturt University is also developing further innovation projects including the CenWest Innovate business accelerator, and an AgriTech Incubator Hub in Wagga Wagga to support startups and SMEs.”

Associate Professor Michelle Evans said Walan Mayinygu’s visit to Dubbo will allow Central West Indigenous residents to be mentored by established Indigenous entrepreneurs and businesspeople.

“The pop-up hub will offer a week of Indigenous learning events including business masterclasses, practical workshops, panel discussions, a business plan and pitch development studio, guest speakers and networking,” Professor Evans said.

“Professional development opportunities will cover topics including procurement skills, managing staff, legal Issues and business compliance.

“Business Strategy workshops will build business skills, Social Enterprise workshops will assist organisations that tackle social problems, and a Deadly Ideas Pre Start Up Workshop will focus on starting a business.

“We invite all Indigenous business-people, entrepreneurs, those interested in starting businesses and Indigenous youth to participate.”


For information and to register visit Walan Mayinygu Pop Up: Dubbo

More information

For further information visit Boosting Business Innovation Program.