Dream Venture


Make your business dreams reality.

The Dream Venture Masterclasses is a first of its kind program that is dedicated to equipping Indigenous Australians with the connections, capabilities and access to capital to become investor-ready.


Indigenous Entrepreneurs


Up to $150K worth of seed funding available!

Are you an Indigenous entrepreneur looking to take your venture to the next level?

Generation One, an initiative of Minderoo Foundation, is delivering the Dream Venture Masterclasses in partnership with Youth Co:Lab — a joint initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Citi Foundation — for ambitious and energetic Indigenous founders.

Dream Venture Masterclass participants will learn key strategies to raise capital and become investor-ready, meet like-minded Indigenous entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders and understand how to grow a sustainable business that balances social and economic returns.

The 2022 Dream Venture Masterclasses will be delivered in 2 streams.

The Youth program is open to entrepreneurs aged between 18-30 and is delivered in partnership with Youth Co:Lab, an initiative co-led by UNDP and Citi Foundation.

The ‘All-Ages’ program is open to all Indigenous entrepreneurs seeking to grow their business and secure investment.

All participants will pitch their business vision and be in the running for up to $150,000 worth of seed funding to support their business growth.

This program is free and will provide successful applicants with the skills and connections to seek capital and take their company to the next level.


Youth Masterclass

In partnership with Youth Co:Lab program, the Masterclasses will empower 20 ambitious entrepreneurs aged between 18-30 to level up their venture, as well as build networks across the Asia Pacific. Participants in the Youth Masterclass will be in the running to pitch for $75,000 worth of seed funding.


All Ages Masterclass

Open to all Indigenous entrepreneurs seeking to build their business skills and secure investment for growth. Participants in the All Ages Masterclass will be in the running to pitch for $75,000 worth of seed funding.


Dream Venture Masterclass programs will be delivered in partnership with Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship – Australia’s leading centre for entrepreneurial training and development.

Key dates

18 May – 10 July

Applications open to all Indigenous entrepreneurs.

2 – 25 August

Dream Venture Masterclasses delivered 100% online by Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship.

25 August

All participants travel to Melbourne for gala pitch event.

Places are strictly limited for these Masterclasses. Any questions, please contact generation-one@minderoo.org.

What’s to gain

The Capabilities

Learn only from the best and brightest minds in the Australian business ecosystem. Access world-class education, mentoring and resources, with the potential for ongoing support.

The Connections

It takes a community to grow a business. Create lasting relationships — with both your peers and the program leaders — to level up your venture.

The Capital

Turn capabilities and connections into the capital that is required for a successful raise, or investment.

Key partners

Founding partner


Delivery partner


COmmunity partners


About Minderoo

Established by Andrew and Nicola Forrest in 2001, Minderoo Foundation is a modern philanthropic organisation seeking to break down barriers, innovate and drive positive, lasting change. Minderoo Foundation is proudly Australian, with key initiatives spanning from ocean research and ending slavery, to collaboration against cancer and building community projects.

About Generation One

Generation One’s mission is to create employment parity with and for Indigenous Australians, within one generation. We believe that Indigenous Australians should have the same opportunities as non-Indigenous Australians to achieve economic independence and empowerment through employment and business.

We work with our partners to secure meaningful and sustainable outcomes for Indigenous Australians through our demand-led training approach, investment and mentorship for Indigenous entrepreneurs, and programs which shift mindsets to foster financial independence.

Meet the team

Shelley Cable
Les Delaforce
Head of Indigenous Entrepreneurship
Jacob Habner
Indigenous Business Manager
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