Indigenous entrepreneurs recognised at inaugural awards
Excellence in Indigenous innovation and entrepreneurship in the digital economy was recognised last night at the inaugural Indigenous Digital Excellence (IDX) Awards, with UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation (UGDC) a proud sponsor of the event.
UGDC sponsored the entrepreneurship award, one of twelve categories including learnings and education, culture and country, pathways and employment, and wellbeing. The award celebrated Indigenous entrepreneurs who start and grow innovative businesses.
The award was won by Dean Foley, the founder of Australia’s first Indigenous start-up weekend and Australia's first Indigenous run accelerator for Indigenous businesses. Brett Leavy, an entrepreneur who uses modern immersive technologies to recreate the Australia of his ancestors, was runner-up.
“We’re honoured to have the opportunity to support the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence and the ground breaking IDX Program,” said UGDC Head of Projects Steve Driscoll. “It was fantastic to see so many innovative ideas and people recognised, and I’d like to congratulate Dean on his well-deserved win at the inaugural Entrepreneurship Award last night, and Brett on his nomination.”
“Our organisation has a significant association with the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence, which was established in 2010 as a result of the work of the former Redfern Waterloo Authority under the Redfern-Waterloo Built Environment Plan. NCIE also took over the Koori Job Ready Program from the Australian Technology Park in 2013.
“This area has both strong ties to Australia’s Indigenous past, and great potential to shape Sydney’s future, so it’s fantastic to see programs like IDX celebrate Indigenous entrepreneurs who start and grow innovative businesses, creating job opportunities in new industries.”
The inaugural National IDX Awards aimed to recognise and reward Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from across Australia who demonstrate Indigenous digital excellence. The IDX Program is a partnership between the NCIE and the Telstra Foundation that aims to strengthen Indigenous participation, practice and entrepreneurship in the digital economy
The event brought people from around the country to Redfern to connect and share inspiring and innovative ideas. UGDC supported the IDX awards to facilitate partnerships between industry, government and innovators, and to foster opportunities to strengthen creative, digital and high tech industries in the Redfern to Waterloo area.
“Sponsoring the entrepreneurship award and bringing together local community institutions, industry leaders, and government is part of our commitment to support innovation and startup ventures in the area, as detailed in the Central to Eveleigh Urban Transformation Strategy,” said Mr Driscoll.