“Indigenous entrepreneurs, both individually and collectively, are providing everyday acts of leadership, from working with clients, communities and consumers, to creating new market opportunities and income streams. This October we celebrate all forms of leadership across the diverse Indigenous business sector in Australia, specifically, we will be promoting Indigenous entrepreneurs that engage with community; Indigenous entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence in their industry; and Indigenous entrepreneurs who are also role models and ambassadors for their communities.”
Dr Michelle Evans, Program Director,
Murra Indigenous Business Masterclass Program
Indigenous Business Month is an initiative driven by the alumni of Melbourne Business School’s MURRA Indigenous Business Master Class, who see business as a way of providing positive role models for young Indigenous Australians and improving the quality of life in Indigenous communities. It has partnered with leading commercial rural and personal lines insurer CGU Insurance limited a subsidiary of the multinational insurance company Insurance Australia Group (IAG).
In search of businesses demonstrating ‘Indigenous Ingenuity’, small to medium enterprise recipients of the Wa-murayangkulang Awards will receive five $5000 toward skill acquisition or professional development. It’s an initiative that cultivates growth for Indigenous owners and operators, enabling them to remain competitive in the fast paced ever evolving business world.
“The Wa-murayangkulang Awards relates perfectly to our belief that the Award winners should be aspiring to walk forwards and onwards to a better future for themselves, their business and their communities. We look forward to working with the Award winners testing their business ideas, concepts and strategies within our teams. ” said Lee Hinton, Manager of Indigenous Engagement at Insurance Australia Group.
Michelle Evans, MURRA Program Director and Associate Professor of Leadership at the University of Melbourne (pictured) further adds, “IAG has provided an opportunity that will pave the way for future Indigenous Businesses to establish themselves as experts in their field through development and innovation.”
The Wa-murayangkulang Award winners will be announced on Wednesday 30 October, 2019 at an Indigenous Business Month event in Melbourne.
Applications close Wednesday 16th October.
Download the form here