First Nations Export Mentoring


John May
Manager, Trade Programs
Department for Trade and Investment
T +61 (8) 8235 5400   


The Department for Trade and Investment (DTI) is committed to contributing towards the wellbeing and prosperity of South Australia’s First Nations peoples. DTI is working with First Nations businesses to strengthen their future capacity for growth and export opportunities through the First Nations Export Mentoring Initiative.

First Nations Export Mentoring will connect your businesses with a DTI mentor, with the objective of helping you to grow through export. Your mentor will be able to help you through the different stages of growth and your export journey through one-on-one mentoring sessions providing valuable and bespoke advice for your businesses.

The branding for First Nations Export Mentoring was developed by Indigenous artist Alysha Menzel.

Symbolism of the design represents people coming together, each sharing their knowledge and nurturing growth. The shape is inspired by a mark in Australian Indigenous culture that references a human sitting. Often the "U" shaped mark is shown facing another, which is symbolic of meeting, conversation and one to one sharing of knowledge.
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