A unique opportunity is being created especially for Victorian-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses who aspire to grow and supply their goods and services to Australia’s largest companies.
What is Meereeng 50 VIC?
Meereeng 50 VIC is a collaboration between Kinaway Chamber of Commerce Victoria, PwC’s Indigenous Consulting and University of Melbourne focused on building capacity within, and supporting the growth of, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses in Victoria. Working alongside some of Australia’s largest companies and government, we are designing a first of its kind mature business accelerator that will blend formal education with cultural and corporate wisdom and experience.
Program participants will have an opportunity to hone their key business skills, gain a better understanding of corporate procurement requirements and processes and develop commercial relationships with some of Australia’s biggest companies.
What’s in a name?
The number 50 refers to the target number of businesses to participate in the Meereeng program nationally over time. In the first Victorian cohort, we have room for up to 12 businesses. The name ‘Meereeng’ means land in Gunditjmara language.
Naming the program Meereeng draws on our aspirations to create a place and space for First Australian businesses and corporate Australia to learn, create and nurture relationships and support each other to develop new opportunities.
Meereeng 50 is currently in design phase and the collaborators are working closely with the corporate participants to create relevant course content and an appropriate ongoing support structure for the Meereeng 50 cohort of businesses.
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Contributing towards the program design and delivery, and committed to providing real procurement opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses who complete the Meereeng 50 program
Meereeng 50 VIC will be open to businesses that:
- Are in existence (i.e. no start-ups);
- Have at least 50% Indigenous ownership and control; and
- Have genuine operations in Victoria that are contributing to the Victorian economy.
Expressions of Interest open in mid September, and remain open for at least 1 month.
We expect that the accelerator modules will commence in late February 2020.
How can I find out more?
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