The 10th Aboriginal Economic Development Forum (formerly the Indigenous Economic Development Forum) was held in Alice Springs from Wednesday 20th to Friday 22nd October 2021.

One of Australia’s premier Aboriginal economic development events, the Forum provides an opportunity for Aboriginal businesses from across the Northern Territory to showcase their products and services, reflecting diversity and growth across a broad range of industries. The Forum is also a platform for developing Aboriginal business and private sector investment that supports the growth of the Territory’s economy.

Over the three days participants shared knowledge and experiences, connecting with Aboriginal entrepreneurs, industry, public and private sector entities. This years’ theme was industry: a system that, from the ground up, intricately connects our businesses, networks and communities.

Emma Nesbitt, COO of Darwin Innovation Hub flew to Alice Springs to participate in the forum and was able to catch up with startups, Ayeye Atyenhe Art and RapidClean NT.

One of Darwin Innovation Hub‘s Startup Incubator Ayeye Atyenhe Art had a booth at this forum to display their artwork and services. The business was launched on April 14th this year by Paul Tolliday. They collaborate with a growing number of Aboriginal artists in the Northern Territory and facilitate the development of unique and authentic Indigenous art. Their artists create traditional Aboriginal art for sale – painting the stories of their land and their culture. They are excited to also offer a unique opportunity in which Aboriginal artists can tell your story on canvas in a mix of traditional and contemporary styles.

Trading as RapidClean NT and with the power of the Rapid Group behind it, this partnership has been established to provide employment and career opportunities for Aboriginal people in Darwin and surrounds.

It was great catching up with Paul Tolliday from Ayeye Atyenhe Art and Stephen Cardona from RapidClean NT.