An accelerator program launched specifically for procurement opportunities

A new program has launched to help Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business owners to accelerate the growth of their businesses.

The accelerator program, called Meereeng 50, is a collaborative project led by Kinaway Chamber of Commerce Victoria Ltd, PwC’s Indigenous Consulting and the University of Melbourne. They are working together with some of Australia’s largest companies, including Lendlease, National Australia Bank and Telstra, as well as IBA and the Victorian State Government, to deliver an accelerator program for mature businesses aspiring to develop relationships with major companies.

As Co-CEO of PIC Jodie Sizer said, ‘Our mob are true entrepreneurs. We just need to help them get access to those opportunities.’

Kinaway General Manager, Paul Kruspe, sees Meereeng 50 as a significant step forward for Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses. He said, ‘We know that one of the barriers to Aboriginal businesses getting contract opportunities is a lack of confidence to connect with key decision makers. By bringing suppliers and corporates together, Meereeng 50 will help to break down this initial hurdle.’

The pilot program will initially include up to 10 Victorian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander businesses, with the intention to roll out the developed program nationally.

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