Australia

Global Victoria and RMIT Activator, through the Global Victoria Trade Alliance initiative are currently seeking expressions of interest from First Nations-owned and run businesses who want to accelerate their growth in global markets.

Find your market entry strategy and prepare for global growth, in a program specifically designed for First Nations businesses

What is Trade Routes?

Trade Routes is a hands-on, outcomes-focused program, uniquely co-designed with First Nations business and community leaders to unlock the ambition and potential for global growth within the indigenous business community.

The program brings together expert knowledge, practical experience and an extensive network of connections to deliver a program that builds the foundations and capacity for international trade and global growth for each participating First Nations business.

Now in its second year, Trade Routes unlocks the global growth ambition and readiness of emerging leaders in the First Nations business sector. Over nine months, Trade Routes is split into a three month Global Growth Incubator,
followed by a six month Global Growth Accelerator.

Supported by the Aboriginal Economic Development (AED), Trade Routes takes a strategic and pragmatic approach to your global market strategy. During the course of the nine-month program, you'll make progress via modules in a unique program that was co-designed with leading First Nations export businesses.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Business model design
  • Understanding market selection
  • Assessing market value through research and insights
  • Mode of market entry and international marketing and channels...

...and much, much more.

Most importantly, work with facilitators and mentors who understand global export isn't just about your bottom line - it's an acknowledgement of your quality craftsmanship and unique products.

It's a way to teach the world about your culture and what it means to Australia's story too.

If you're ready to see your product flourishing in global markets, take the next step with Trade Routes - it's an intensive but intensely rewarding experience, designed with practical outcomes in mind.

Trade Routes timelines


Expressions of Interest open: 29 November 2021
Expressions of Interest close: 26 January 2022
Invitation to apply to eligible EOIs: 31 January 2022
Applications close: 17 February 2022
Board members evaluate: 21 February 2022 to 6 March 2022

Ready to join program alumni like Ngarga Warendj, Ngali, Yarn Strong Sista and Mwerre?

The first step of the application process is to submit an expression of interest by 26 January 2022.

Start your expression of interest today