Aboriginal Innovator in Residence program

The Aboriginal Innovator in Residence (IiR) program aims to provide proactive mentoring and support to Aboriginal businesses in the Northern Territory (NT).

The program aims to increase the survival rate of Aboriginal businesses, help commercialise research and development, create and retain jobs in the NT, improve the local economy, and increase opportunities for partnerships between the public and private sector.

The Aboriginal IiR program brings Aboriginal businesses the opportunity to sit down with an expert and receive advice and support to ensure their businesses is best placed and has the capacity and capability to work on their innovative projects through the Business Innovation Program (BIP).

The Aboriginal IiR program can support your business by introducing you to:

  • investors with access to finance
  • knowledge partners and universities across Australia and internationally
  • intellectual property (IP) experts and key IP lawyers
  • Australian and international business networks.

The Aboriginal IiR program can also assist with the Business Innovation Program applications, for more information go to the Northern Territory Government website.

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Portrait shot of Murray Saylor

Murray is a proud Samsep man from Erub (Darnley Island) in the Torres Strait. Murray’s passion and drive are focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural, ecological and economic sustainability. Murray has over 20 years of diverse experience in the fields of government, defence, Aboriginal affairs and resource sectors.

Murray is the Managing Director of Tagai Management Consultants, a company driven to work respectfully with clients in the Australia and Asia Pacific region to deliver market leading procurement / supply chain management, business advisory, innovative futures, and stakeholder engagement services.

In 2019, Tagai Management Consultants were presented with the Innovation in Business award by the Ipswich Business Chamber, and in 2018 was selected as one of 100 faces of small business in Queensland.

Board and appointments:

  • Member of the Supply Nation Indigenous Business Advisory Group
  • CSIRO Indigenous Innovation Alliance steering group member
  • AIATSIS Council member.

Portrait shot of Julie-ann Lambourne

Julie-ann, is a Torres Strait Islander woman of Mabuiag and Darnley Island descent. She is a senior consultant with Tagai Management Consultants (TMC). TMC is a company driven to work respectfully with clients in the Australia and Asia Pacific region to deliver market leading procurement / supply chain management, business advisory, innovative futures, and stakeholder engagement services.

Julie-ann was a founding member and chief executive officer of enVizion, an Aboriginal owned and operated charitable organisation, which focused on assisting disadvantaged people see beyond their limitations and to reach their full potential.

She is passionate about utilising cutting-edge technologies to complement traditional practices to deliver meaningful and creative solutions; including the development of Aboriginal business and leaders.

Julie-ann has a wealth of experience across sectors including education, including vocational education, workforce development, social services, community development and innovation and advanced technology.

Board and appointments:

  • Member of the Queensland Small Business Advisory Council
  • CSIRO Indigenous Innovation Alliance steering group member
  • Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion.

Last updated: 02 March 2020

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