The Ngamai Aboriginal Entrepreneurs Meet Ups are a partnership between Kalinya Communications and RMIT University College of Business.
The monthly meet ups are a space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business owners and community members interested in business to come together, share ideas, experiences and generate new business.
Our focus is on Aboriginal owned, value led businesses. The Ngamai Meet Ups are a space for discussion about how to juggle the complexity of keeping a healthy cash flow while staying true to your values and giving back to community.
Aunty Carolyn Briggs named the events in Boon Wurrung language. Ngamai Moorroop Wilin means light the spirit of the fire. The local ecosystem thrives after fire, seeds sprout and flowers bloom.
We have local and visiting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business owners share their story, showcase their products and led us in hands on workshops. To kick off the series we had Sharon Windsor founder of Indigiearth and Daniel Motlop founder of Something Wild led the bushfoods session, Delevene Cockatoo-Collins founder of Made in Minjerribah led a weaving session with hand prepared cotton tree she brought from her Country and Charles Solomon from Garawana Creative talk about de-colonising our gardens, with local plants to give to all attendees. Charcoal Lane provides our fancy nibbles and after work drinks.
Ngamai Meet Ups are planned in a series of three, the first two are for Aboriginal community members and the third meet up a space for collaboration where we invite non-Indigenous entrepreneurs, procurement managers, investors and industry experts.
The idea came from a co-creation model, where Jirra went around Australia chatting to value led Aboriginal businesses owners asking them what is needed to grow a healthy entrepreneurs ecosystem.
As the Ngamai community grows, we will begin to develop small businesses education programs developed for and by Aboriginal entrepreneurs.