The Dream Venture Masterclasses are dedicated to equipping First Nations Australians with the connections, capabilities and access to capital to become investor-ready.
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Dream Venture Masterclasses are back in 2023 with $200,000 of seed funding up for grabs. Dream Venture is a leading national program for First Nations entrepreneurs to gain the skills and build the capacity needed to help their business stand out.
Participants will learn key strategies to raise capital and become investor-ready, meet like-minded entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders and understand how to grow a sustainable business that balances social and economic returns.
The Masterclasses are free and will be delivered online by the Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship and finish with finalists travelling to Sydney for a gala event in October to pitch for a share of $200,000 in seed funding. Dream Venture has so far helped raise more than $4 million for First Nations businesses with more than 200 entrepreneurs having taken part in the program.
Generation One is very proud to be leading this program and showcasing innovative First Nations businesses aiming to have a positive impact on community and the Australian economy.
The 2023 Dream Venture Masterclasses will be delivered in two streams.
The Youth Program is for founders aged between 18 and 30. Dream Venture entrepreneurs will connect with the best and brightest business leaders and investors, tap into global networks and secure mentorship from some of the region’s most successful founders.
The All-Ages Dream Venture Masterclass will be tailored to support 20 First Nations entrepreneurs of any age to prepare their enterprise for growth, and to connect with mentors, investors and peers to help bring their entrepreneurial dreams to life.
All finalists attend gala pitch event in Sydney.
Learn from the best and brightest minds in the Australian business ecosystem. Access world-class education, mentoring and resources, with the potential for ongoing support.
It takes a community to grow a business. Create lasting relationships — with both your peers and the program leaders — to level up your venture.
Turn capabilities and connections into the capital that is required for a successful raise, or investment.
Minderoo Foundation takes on tough, persistent issues with the potential to drive massive change. We incubate ideas, advocate for systems change and accelerate impact. We push the limits of what is believed possible. Minderoo Foundation is proudly Australian, independent, forward thinking and seeks effective, scalable solutions. Through bold, collaborative, and selfless action, we seek to dismantle the systems that entrench inequality and fight for a fairer future.
2023 Dream Venture artwork tells a story of entrepreneurial growth.
Artist, founder of Bunya Designs, and proud Mayi woman from North-Western Queensland, Leah Cummins, explains the inspiration behind her artwork.
First the seeds are planted, growth then comes from the strong tree that’s standing tall. Its branches represent the connection of communities, people, ideas, investments and their journey together.
The waves flow through changing tides that help them to flourish and keep the tree standing strong.
The three circles on the outside represent dreams, growth and future.