Pearcey Entrepreneur Process
- THE PEARCEY MEDAL FOR LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT
The Pearcey Medal is awarded to a notable person who has made a lifetime contributor to the Australian ICT industry and who is recognised by his or her peers for that contribution. Anyone can nominate an individual for consideration. For a detailed background on the annual National Medal Award process and how to nominate someone see Pearcey Medal Process.
- THE BENSON NATIONAL ICT ENTREPRENEUR AWARD
The Benson National ICT Entrepreneur Award (formally Pearcey National Award) is one of the major iAwards see www.iawards.com and selected from the Pearcey State Finalists from the year before. For details on this award see Benson Entrepreneur Award.
State Entrepreneur Awards
How to Apply
The Entrepreneur Award is a State award, rolling up into the Benson National ICT Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and is aimed at encouraging and rewarding fresh and innovative talent in the ICT and digital media professions. It is awarded to an individual mid career who has demonstrated innovative and pioneering achievement and contribution in their chosen industry. The winners will be drawn from contributors across all aspects of the ICT and Digital Media industries including but not limited to) computing science, the Internet, communications, social media and networking, interactive media, games and the like. The idea is to embrace all those younger professionals in the ICT and Digital Media sectors and not exclude anyone. The individual should be one who will act as a role model for others to acknowledge and hopefully emulate.
We encourage you to get in early and apply or nominate someone you know who has made a significant contribution to their industry. You may download a Pearcey State Nomination Form.
The Foundation awards format varies between States and depend upon sponsorships. Please refer to the specific State Pearcey pages for details.
The Award is usually presented at a dinner / conference or ceremony. It is strongly recommended that you are available to attend the ceremony.
Each State has its own Selection committee. It is usually a panel of five or more and includes a Chairperson. The Committee will review all applications based on the Foundation's criteria, relevance to the Award; achievement and experience in the ICT or Digital Media industries. The panel will shortlist candidates and may choose to interview them before making their decision. Usually, the winner will be notified prior to the ceremony and it is recommended that the winner personally attends the ceremony to receive the award. Each winner will then be invited to attend the following year’s national event for which Pearcey Foundation will reimburse travel and accommodation expenses.
For further information, see FAQ (right) and our Awards page for previous State Award winners.
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Anyone who has "taken a risk" and "made a difference" and "is an inspiration" in the Australian ICT and Digital Media industries.
The aim is to give recognition during a career, rather than at the end of one. This means that you need to have spent enough time in your chosen career to make a significant contribution, but are not yet at the 'top of the tree'.
The intention is to recognise and promote an individual others can admire for the quality of the contribution itself, for the way it was achieved and for the positive impact it has had. Such individuals will hopefully act as models for others to emulate.
The Pearcey State Award is a personal award by your peers who recognise your outstanding contributions to the ICT Industry. These contributes may be new innovation, new knowledge, the clever application of ICT or ways to improve professional practice. Importantly, the contributions should be above and beyond what is expected of a person in their normal job role.
The achievement should be both innovative and practical. If the achievement is research oriented, then it needs to have valuable commercial potential. If the achievement is in the novel application of IT using existing technologies, then there must be significant market opportunity.
Not necessarily - this is a personal award for the extent of your contribution and, in the pioneering spirit, the risks you have taken along the way.
Your work should have some significant links to your state however you do not have to be from your state or living in your state.
The Pearcey web site lists previous winners under Awards.