The Blue Nile African Australian Business Masterclass Program

A masterclass program designed for African Australian entrepreneurs.

Applications are open until 31 March 2020

The Blue Nile African Australian Business Masterclass program is a subsidised program designed for African Australian entrepreneurs and corporate leaders who would like to broaden their business knowledge so that they can access and network with mainstream Australian industry, enabling them to build their own economic prosperity and that of their communities.

The Blue Nile program was developed by the University of Melbourne, supported by the Melbourne Social Equity Institute, in collaboration with the African Australian community to respond to the specific challenges faced by African Australian entrepreneurs in the Australian business landscape.

Over 12 days, participants will engage with entrepreneurs, world-class faculty, executives, managers and community leaders, who will share tools for growing businesses and developing economic opportunities for the community at large.

In addition to delivering world-class business knowledge, the Blue Nile program also seeks to build participants’ business networks through a mentoring program. Mentors will continue to provide support to participants following the completion of the program.

Applications are open until Tuesday 31 March 2020.

Complete the Online Application Form

The program will be delivered over three 4-day modules, with each of the following subject areas covered in two days:

  • Business Strategy
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Marketing
  • Managing People
  • Australian Business Culture
  • Leadership and Social Impact

A mentorship component is also built into the program.

Program Dates

Module 1: Friday 17 July to Monday 20 July 2020
Module 2: Friday 4 September to Monday 7 September
Module 3: Saturday 31 October to Tuesday 3 November


The University of Melbourne
Carlton, Melbourne

Haileluel Gebre-Selassie, Community Program Director

Haileluel Gebre-Selassie is the Chair of the African Think Tank and the Program Manager of the African Leadership Development Program. He is also the Chair of the African Communities Task Force established by Victoria Police.

Ben Neville, Academic Program Director

Associate Professor Ben Neville researches and teaches in the area of sustainable business in the Faculty of Business & Economics at the University of Melbourne. He is the Coordinator of Leadership for Social Impact at the Centre of Workplace Leadership.

Samuelson Appau, Program Coordinator

Dr Samuelson Appau has a background in marketing and market research and holds a PhD in Marketing from the University of Melbourne. He is currently a Lecturer in Marketing at RMIT University.  Samuelson also consults for start-ups and entrepreneurs on how to build and sustain strong brands.

Precious Rametsana, Community Researcher

Precious Rametsana is a recent Master of Management graduate of the Melbourne Business School and currently researches and teaches within the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne. Precious is also a current committee member of the Incubate Foundation and a former board member of the Africa Australia Chamber of Commerce.

Co-Design Phase Report

The team collaborated with African Australian entrepreneurs, business leaders and community leaders to understand their economic challenges and business education needs so that we can tailor the program to suit their business development and growth needs.

The research team engaged in a co-creation process with the community to obtain a deeper understanding of the economic obstacles and unmet business education needs of African-Australians operating in business communities within Australia.

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