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Igniting early stage First Nations Business

Built on lived experience and a deep knowledge of First Nations Social Enterprise, Esparq Ventures is redefining the First Nations entrepreneurial landscape.

The Opportunity

The landscape for First Nations businesses is ripe with opportunity. There’s a growing enthusiasm from a diverse array of stakeholders—including community leaders, investors, and philanthropic organisations—who are eager to back ventures that deliver both social and financial outcomes. To harness this momentum, we focus on leveraging the inherent strengths and capabilities of First Nations businesses, boosting the capacity of these organisations to meet the growing demand for investable opportunities.

The Esparq Approach

We don’t just offer advice— we integrate deeply within communities and businesses. By forging long term trust-based relationships, Esparq Ventures ensures that First Nations enterprises are built to last. 

Through a structured yet flexible model we provide business advisory, access to networks, capital, and shared services. Above all we have a ‘whatever it takes’ attitude, supporting businesses along their journey to ensure they thrive in every possible way.

Our Team

Esparq Venture's has a 100% Indigenous membership and majority Indigenous board.

Darryl Majid - Director

Darryl is a First Nations man born and raised Cairns man with family originating from the Torres Strait and the local region. His passion and purpose lies in working with First Nations Entrepreneurs on their journeys to building businesses and creating jobs. Darryl has been successful at supporting First Nations businesses to grow, raise investment, create new jobs and build more resilient business models.

Toni Ellis - Director

Toni is a First Nations woman with over 25 years of experience as a business owner in bookkeeping and consultancy. She has worked in project and finance management, strategic and project engagement for non-for profits, corporate, prescribed body corporates and small businesses.

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Alex McDonald - Director

Alex has worked extensively across the corporate, “not for profit” and government sectors in Australia and the South Pacific. Alex has been instrumental in developing significant cross sector agencies, businesses and organisations such as Cape York Partnerships, The Big Issue Australia, Mulgrave farmers markets, Australian Spatial Analytics and the Wise foundation.

Riannah Burns - Finance Analyst/Consultant

Riannah is a researcher for Intelligent Impact, a company that advises entrepreneurs, fund managers, foundations and other funders on using innovative finance structures. In her previous role as Senior Analyst in Social Finance at White Box Enterprises, Riannah helped structure and syndicate $26 million of social impact investment, and played a key role in structuring the organisation's $5 Million credit lending facility. Riannah holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of Queensland.