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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Apr 29, 2014

2014 Benson Award

John De Margheriti was awarded the 2014 Benson Entrepreneur Award at the 2014 gala national iAwards event held on August 29th 2014 in Melbourne

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Aug 8, 2013

2013 Benson Award

Leni Mayo was awarded the 2013 Benson Award at the 2013 gala national iAwards event held on August 8th 2013 in Melbourne.

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Aug 9, 2012

2012 Benson Award

Bevan Slattery was awarded the 2012 Benson Entreprenuer Award at a gala dinner as part of the 2012 iAwards event held in Melbourne on Thursday evening 9th August.

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Aug 3, 2011

2011 Benson Award

At the 2011 iAwards gala dinner held in Melbourne on the 4th August 2011, the 2011 Benson Entrepreneur Award was given to Lars and Jens Rasmussen. The Lars brothers accepted the award via a video from Google headquarters in San Fransisco in the presence of the Governor of Victoria, His Excellency Alex Chernov and his wife Elizabeth, some 800 guests.

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Nov 1, 2007

2007 National Award

The 2007 Pearcey National Award for Young Achievers was presented to Brett Hooker at the Pearcey National event dinner, Carlton Crest Hotel King George Square in Brisbane.

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Sep 28, 2006

2006 National Award

The 2006 National Pearcey Award for Young Achiever has been awarded to Luke Bereznicki of Tasmania. This national award recognises a particularly outstanding winner of the State Pearcey Award Winners from 2006.

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