Indigenous entrepreneurship and DKAc­cel­er­a­tor

Indigenous entrepreneurship

The Darwin Innovation Hub Central Australian partner Desert Knowledge Australia (DKA) is up to incredible things in the indigenous entrepreneurship space.

DKA has begun the rollout of the DKAc­cel­er­a­tor, a program that supports the development of First Nations enterprises across Central Australia.

The DKAc­cel­er­a­tor is a pro­gram designed to sup­port First Nations entre­pre­neurs to accel­er­ate the growth of their busi­ness through inten­sive men­tor­ship, project-based learn­ing, and dig­i­tal tech­nol­o­gy inno­va­tion. The pro­gram responds to the socio-cul­tur­al bar­ri­ers of run­ning a busi­ness in Cen­tral Aus­tralia by pro­vid­ing respon­sive and con­tex­tu­al sup­port, and work­ing along­side entre­pre­neurs and their sup­port network.

The DKAc­cel­er­a­tor program’s preliminary objective was to conduct research on Aboriginal businesses and business support services across the region, and understand how gaps in business development support can be filled. The design and delivery is based on findings from the regional analysis, and will focus on helping entrepreneurs build momentum and confidence in their business through a 24-week program with responsive, hands-on support.

DKA is currently accepting applications from Indigenous entrepreneurs interested in being part of the program.

The program is supported by the Northern Territory Government.

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