First Nations Export Mentoring


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


The program connects six Aboriginal businesses with six DTI mentors, with the objective of helping them grow through export or investment. 

The six businesses involved are at different stages of their growth and export journey with one-on-one mentoring sessions providing valuable and bespoke advice for these businesses.  
Mentees and mentors will participate in a series of one-on-one mentoring sessions for up to 12 months. Participants are matched according to their area of expertise, personality and learning styles. 
The program commenced on the 9 December 2021, with completion set for the end of January 2022.

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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