Pearcey National Entrepreneur

The Pearcey National Entrepreneur Award is a special recognition annual award. This award gives prominence to one of the State Pearcey winners for inspiring leadership, scale, impact, innovation and acclaim both locally and on the world stage.


The Pearcey National Entrepreneur Award recognises an outstanding entrepreneur who is making an impact both locally and globally.

Each year, the national entrepreneur is selected from one of the State Pearcey Entrepreneurs for that year.

This award celebrates the breadth and depth of Australian entrepreneurs who are "taking a risk", "making a difference" and "are an inspiration" in the Australian ICT Industry.

Nominations can be received at any time.


Historically, this award began as the CSIRO Tony Benson Award, in memory of a great Australian ICT pioneer, Tony Benson.

Tony Benson was a Fellow and Honorary Life Member of the ACS, and the 2001 Pearcey Medallist.

Pearcey National Entrepreneurs

Nov 25, 2020

2020 Pearcey Entrepreneur Award

The 2020 Pearcey National Entrepreneur Award was presented to Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design. The national award gives prominence to one of this year's State Pearcey winners for inspiring leadership, scale, impact, innovation and acclaim on the world stage.

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Nov 14, 2019

2019 Pearcey National Entrepreneur Award

The 2019 Pearcey National Entrepreneur Award was presented to Craig McDonald, CEO and Founder of Mailguard, at the annual Pearcey national Awards gala dinner on 14th November 2019 in Melbourne.

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Nov 1, 2018

2018 Pearcey Entrpreneur Award

The 2018 Pearcey National Entrepreneur Award was presented to Tony Clark at the ACS 2018 Digital Disruptor Awards gala dinner on 1 November 2018 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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Nov 2, 2017

2017 Pearcey Entrepreneur Award

The 2020 Pearcey National Entrepreneur Award was presented to Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design. The national award gives prominence to one of this year's State Pearcey winners for inspiring leadership, scale, impact, innovation and acclaim on the world stage.

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Dec 1, 2016

2016 Pearcey Entrepreneur Award

The 2016 Pearcey National Entrepreneur Award was presented to Aaron Birkby at ACS's Digital Disruptor's gala dinner on 1st December 2016. The Award was presented by Dr Alex Zelinsky AO, Australia's Chief Defence Scientist and also the 2013 Pearcey Medallist.

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Nov 17, 2015

2015 Benson Award

Tim Power was awarded the 2015 Benson Entrepreneur Award at the 2015 gala ACS Reimagination dinner held on Tuesday November 14th 2015 in Sydney.

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