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.
The announcement was made during the Pearcey Foundation National Event. This year, because of COVID, this was a ‘virtual’ celebration held on 25 November 2020 on a national Zoom broadcast.
In presenting the award, Rick Harvey (Chief Judge, Pearcey Foundation) said,
Grant grew up in a small Victorian country town and from an early age he was fascinated by electronics, computers, software and audio visual. He started Blackmagic Design as a side project in 2002 which has now grown to become an international digital cinema company with more than $600m in revenues, a head office and manufacturing facilities in Melbourne and another 1000 employees worldwide. Blackmagic software and equipment is used for broadcasting, live streaming, editing, special effects and sound engineering, and BlackMagic technology has been behind many Oscar-winning movies over the years. Grant has been instrumental in putting Australian ingenuity and technology at the forefront of the international audio-visual industry.
For more information about Grant, please see the 2020 Pearcey Vic Award.
2020 Pearcey State Entrepreneurs
The Pearcey National Entrepreneur is selected from one of the 2020 Pearcey State Entrepreneurs.
ACT: Shane Hill, Founder of 3P Learning and founder and CEO of Skoolbo.
NSW: Jamila Gordon, Founder and CEO of Lumachain.
QLD: Nick Therkelsen-Terry, Co-founder and CEO of Max Kelsen.
SA: Dr Michelle Perugini, Co-founder and CEO of Preagen and Life Whisperer.
TAS: Mike Cruse, Founder and CEO of Definium Technologies.
VIC: Grant Petty, Co-founder and CEO of Blackmagic Design.
WA: Greg Riebe, Co-founder of Entrepreneurs in Residence.