National Indigenous Business Summer School

A first of its kind program is set to inspire Australia’s future Indigenous leaders.

The inaugural National Indigenous Business Summer School will give high school students the opportunity to meet and learn from Indigenous entrepreneurs, business owners and University of Melbourne students.

Business education will be a key focus of the experience.

The learning opportunities will be second to none. The students will take part in workshops to bring their business ideas to life. Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics, Professor Paul Jensen.

“They’ll also receive mentoring from Indigenous entrepreneurs and hands-on experience solving real world business challenges.

“The students will also live on campus, so they will get a taste of university life.”

Wayne Denning from Carbon Creative is the keynote speaker

Successful Entrepreneur and proud Birri Gubba man Wayne Denning will tell his inspirational story to the students as part of a keynote address. Mr Denning is the Managing Director of Carbon Creative – a creative agency committed to social change and with it, giving Indigenous Australians a positive voice in the media.

The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Business and Economics is hosting the first event – an initiative of the Australian Business Dean Council. The University of New South Wales will host the event in 2019.

The program is open to Indigenous high school students starting year 11 or 12 in 2018 and undertaking a math’s subject.

Applications close on Friday 15 December 2017.

Banner image: The Currency of Country, ink on paper, 2017 ©Shawana Andrews.

The people come together to trade and share. They are dressed in possum skin cloaks and have a basket of ochre, berries, yams and eggs to exchange. There is also an axe of stone and timber to be traded. The squares represent the shared knowledge built over generations of cultural memory. The people are connected with a songline and they look to the ancestors to learn and maintain culture.

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