“Entrepreneurship isn’t necessarily about making money, it’s about identifying a problem and building and executing a solution. Most importantly, it teaches us to constantly challenge ourselves and to become self-sufficient. These values have always been central to First Nations communities and independence is what will drive our people forward and help our culture thrive.”

Matthew is a proud Wiradjuri man raised on Bunjalung Country and a successful Indigenous entrepreneur. Having began his career under well known Australian technology entrepreneur Bevan Slattery then went on to work with several data and machine learning startups in Sydney before soon co-founding two of his own technology businesses in the same space. Matthew is currently Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer at Really; a startup that uses machine learning to provide early-detection of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and other dementias sooner, allowing sufferers to access drugs that were previously inaccessible due to maturity of the condition.

Mob/Heritage: Wiradjuri man (Cowra mob) raised on Bundjalung Country.

What do you do? Technology industry, currently in Machine Learning. Chief Operations Officer at Really.

What’s your inspiration? Every so often, getting to see a new tech innovation that challenges what I thought I knew about the world. This continually reminds me of humankind’s capacity for brilliance and that our biggest barriers are the ones we place on ourselves.

The biggest challenge so far and how did you overcome it? Like many young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, I wasn’t lucky enough to have a conventional family. But this taught me to find family in unconventional places; a good mate, that Aunty from over the road that’s always been there for you. Your mob is more than just a group of people, they’re family too.

Your biggest success so far? Working in Silicon Valley on a technology that will change the face of neurodegenerative diseases for generations.

Why do you think entrepreneurship or technology is important for First Nations communities? Entrepreneurship isn’t necessarily about making money, it’s about identifying a problem and building and executing a solution. Most importantly, it teaches us to constantly challenge ourselves and to become self-sufficient. These values have always been central to First Nations communities and independence is what will drive our people forward and help our culture thrive.

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