MEET THE 2020 ALUMNI
Food Futures Company launched Australia’s first early stage accelerator focused on the native ag+food sector.
The Ideas2Business program involved 12 weeks of coaching and mentoring support to help native ag+food start-ups to test ideas and build confidence and capability to launch new products and new business ventures.
Food Futures Company is committed to working in partnership with the Traditional Owners of the land on which we live, learn and work. We acknowledge their continuing cultural, social, environmental and economic connection to land, sea and community, and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
For full details on how Food Futures Company is working with Indigenous partners please download our Indigenous Engagement Plan.
Pawa Catering fuses native ingredients with western style foods. Following a halt on catering due to Covid, Niyoka turned to creating DIY native themed pizza kits.
Initiated strategic distribution opportunities with key delivery partners resulting in a projected $170,000 revenue by mid-2021.
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they create food with Indigenous Fusions of Native foods and western foods. Drawing inspiration and ideas from everyday foods that people loved and infusing them together often creates a great new flavour.
Pawa currently provide corporate, events, festival and community catering from small groups to large events of 300 people. Our services online, we offer morning teas, lunch & afternoon packs or individual servings. The menu consists of popular office items of hot & cold finger foods to healthy snacks and individual portions. Hot lunches are available and can be tailored to your event. Throughout the menu, we offer Indigenous fusion foods in finger food style, salads, hot foods and canapés.
The events menu is filled with Indigenous fusion canapés to make events memorable and create the discussion around food, the canapés present as a colourful focal point and are served by our Indigenous wait staff, who we provide work to when events are on. We aim to source our native produce fresh local suppliers from Victoria or NSW, as these places are connected to our family’s countries and the foods they would have been eating. All other produce is from local fruit and veg markets and other local suppliers, our environmental footprint is monitored by using biodegradable packaging and disposable serving wear and limiting deliveries to a daily run schedule to limit the use of company vehicles on the road. Our goal is to create an Indigenous Catering company that trains and employs Indigenous people in all areas off the business. Indigenous Fusion Food is the future.
Owner and operator of Pawa Catering
I have loved to cook for my family since a very young age. Having my own business is something that has always been a vision of mine. I decided to open my own catering business as its a way of doing what I love and presenting First Nations Indigenous ingredients.
My mother is from the Gundijtmara people in Warrnambool Victoria and my Father is from the Yuin people of Bega New South Wales. I like to use indigenous foods from my families countries.
My grandfather revived the Gunditjmara language and helped us keep our culture alive, it was natural for us to choose the name PAWA from his language. We are always trying to better our business and our food, we talk about new recipes and new use of native ingredients everyday. This is my passion and I want to bring it to Australia
Owner and head chef at Pawa Catering.
From the Isle of Man.Vincent has over 10 years experience as a chef. His passion is French and Italian with a natural cooking flare for Indigenous ingredients and flavours. Vincent has helped bring ideas to life with the knowledge and ideas Pawa come up with. Vincent is the food creator of PAWA.
‘The Native ingredients found in Australian are versatile and can be used in all mixes of cuisines’
Hayden Marks founded Melbourne Bushfoods in September 2019 with a social mission to bring native ingredients to the forefront of Australian minds and pantries.
Through value-chain mapping, Hayden tripled revenue month-on-month and has increased the businesses role as an impact leader.
Tracey Goebel and her husband Bunjalung man Doug, run a 16-hectare native farm. The team create value-added native food products including salts and jams and have been developing a native education garden.
Doubled quarterly revenue during the program through increased digital marketing and self confidence.
Eddy Nye &
In development, SOTA is a sparkling beverage infused with native botanicals grown by the founders. The team are in their first round of seed funding.
SOTA's growth forecasts see the team reaching $680K in revenue by 2022
Co-founder Araluen Hagan introduced an alcohol free alternative to business 14K Brewery. Shrubs by Araluen is a uniquely Australian beverage delivering consumer expectations for a more natural, sophisticated option.
Using the discovery process, Araluen uncovered a different consumer and more scalable consumer need which immediately multiplied the size of the opportunity.
Rachel McMillan, co-founder of McMillan & Drew, is a landscape designer and horticulturist. She launched an edible garden design solution to cater to different customer segments.
Rachel has increased collaboration with businesses creating interactive and productive gardens for vineyards and restaurants
Andrew Fielke &
Edible Reconciliation are in ideation phase with a focus on building awareness of the significant cultural, social, environmental and economic benefits that native ag+food can deliver.
Launching The Origin Food Co. to meet the growing demand of ready-made meals, Leanne has incorporated native ingredients to increase accessibility.
Growth forecast to reach $200k in revenue by 2022 and international ambitions in 2024 in a market predicted to grow by $55B by 2023/
Food Futures Company has Indigenous members and representatives of Indigenous organisations forming part of the selection panel who assisted in the review and selection of all participants in the program.
The competition was really tough amongst those that applied to the 2020 Ideas2Business Program and we acknowledge the effort that was put in by all!
The selection panel had a challenging job to select the final 12 amazing teams.
Dr Christine Pitt
Food Futures Company
Ms Skye Raward
Food Futures Company
Ms Suzanne Thompson
Chair Australian Native
Food and Botanicals
Ms Dale Tilbrook
Director Australian Native Food and Botanicals
Ms Eloise Leaver
Mr Peter Crane
Food Futures Company
Mr Michael Davis
Agribusiness Development Manager (Indigenous Land & Sea Corporation)
Mr Craig North
Founder Indigenous Impact Pty Ltd