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Indigenous Entrepreneur & STEM Pathways

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We're on a mission to generate a significant increase in the participation of First Nations women in the native ag + food sector

Our challenge

Currently, only 0.2% of Australian businesses of Australian businesses are operated by Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander women.

Indigenous representation across the native ag + food sector is less than 2%

Indigenous women face multiple barriers to participation as a result of their gender, cultural background, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status

We're on a mission to change this.

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We see it like this:

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significantly increase the participation of Indigenous women in the native ag + food sector

If we

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equipping Indigenous girls and women with the confidence, knowledge and skills needed to launch new ventures or participate in STEM-based careers

by

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Indigenous women will be empowered to lead in the growth of the native ag + food sector

over time

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create a more sustainable native ag + food sector and have a positive impact on the lives of Indigenous women and communities

which will

Projects on the ground

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We currently have 5 regional Project Hubs in Central NSW, Central Coast NSW, Gippsland VIC, Riverlands SA and Tropical North Queensland.

 

Each hub has a portfolio of projects based on a deep understanding of the needs of First Nations girls and women in their region.

 

The regional hubs participate in ongoing discussion and consultation with key stakeholders from the Indigenous community, educational institutions and the native ag + food sector.

Our great role models

and entrepreneurs we're currently working with

Taka Gin Co

Taka Gin Co

Niyoka Bundle

Chocolate on Purpose

Chocolate on Purpose

Fiona Harrison

Indigiearth

Indigiearth

Sharon Winsor

Yaala Sparkling

Yaala Sparkling

Tara Croker

Native Foodways

Native Foodways

Native Oz Bushfoods

Native Oz Bushfoods

Tracey & Douglas Goebel

Miluny

Miluny

Celeste Iannotta

Our goals by 2025

and how we're measuring our impact

500

First Nations girls in school participated in the Pathways Program

250

First Nations women in tertiary education participated in the Pathways Program

25

Female First Nations entrepreneurs and business founders supported

15

Regional native ag + food project hubs across Australia

Our advisory group

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Suzanne Thompson

Chair, Australian Native Food & Botanicals (ANFAB)

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Topaz McAuliffe

CEO, 15 Times Better

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Pat Torres

CEO, Mayi Harvests

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Dr Geraldine McGuire

Managing Director, Rainforest Bounty

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Felicity Taylor-Edwards

Senior Research Fellow, Office of First Nations Engagement CSU

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Our corporate sponsors

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Our corporate sponsors

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This project received grant funding from the Australian Government Department of Industry, Science Energy and Resources through the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship Round 3 program