Christian Beck of Australian Technology Innovators named 2017 Australian EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

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Christian Beck of Australian Technology Innovators has been named 2017 Australian EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™.

As the Australian winner, Christian will travel to Monaco in June next year to compete against national winners from more than 60 countries for the chance to be named 2018 EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™.

Christian Beck was developing software for legal firms before the search engine concept was an internet byword. His first company, LEAP Legal Software, delivers technical solutions to improve the productivity of law firms and conveyancers. InfoTrack, which is complimentary to LEAP Legal, is a one-stop-search engine for critical legal and other company-related information from sources including ASIC, credit agencies, the electoral roll, and litigation services.

Brought together as Australian Technology Innovators, these thriving technology companies are undertaking rapid global expansion.

The combined business has grown significantly in the last three years, with revenue growing from $156 million in FY15 to $231 million in FY17.

Chair of the independent judging panel Kathy Gramp said there was significant competition among this year’s applicants but Australian Technology Innovators stood out for its innovation and impressive growth.

“Christian has built two enormously successful businesses from nothing, and he shows no signs of stopping. He is a self-made, self-taught serial entrepreneur who has demonstrated the ability to derive extraordinary value through the integration of his offerings in Australian Technology Innovators, which is set for global expansion.”

Christian was named this year’s winner at a ceremony attended by Australia’s leading entrepreneurs, alumni and judges at Crown Palladium in Melbourne last night.

Five impressive Australian entrepreneurs also took home national trophies from the awards ceremony. The national category winners were:

  • Emerging Category: Michelle Aznavorian – Misha Collection
  • Services Category: Fred Schebesta – finder.com.au
  • Industry Category: Toni Galati – Galati Group
  • Technology Category: Christian Beck – Australian Technology Innovators
  • 2017 Australian Social Entrepreneur: Melissa Abu-Gazaleh – Top Blokes Foundation

EY Oceania CEO and Managing Partner Tony Johnson said, “Collectively our finalists in this year’s program have created over 16,000 jobs, generated $3 billion dollars in revenue and contributed countless billions of dollars in economic activity.  These exceptional people have demonstrated that through hard work, sheer determination and self-belief you can achieve your dreams.”

“They are part of our country’s heritage of entrepreneurialism which stretches back to our first people’s ability to thrive and prosper in this sunburnt country of ours.”

“Christian Beck in particular demonstrates what can be achieved with hard-work, dedication and ‘out of the box’ thinking.”

“The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is much more than an awards program – it’s an opportunity for participants to embark on a lifelong journey with an alumni network of like-minded and talented entrepreneurs.”

“Creating an environment where everybody achieves their full potential is deeply embedded in EY’s Purpose as a company – to build a better working world.”

“The quality and creativity of the finalists this year demonstrates how such purpose and potential can be realised.”

“We sincerely thank and congratulate all of the winners for their contributions to building a better working world,” he said.

Adam Bennett, Group Executive, Business and Private Banking, Commonwealth Bank said: “We recognise and celebrate the role entrepreneurs play in building innovative and successful businesses. Entrepreneurs are such an important catalyst for Australia’s ongoing economic growth and prosperity. Commonwealth Bank has a long history of supporting entrepreneurial businesses, reinforcing our vision to excel at securing and enhancing the financial wellbeing of people, businesses and communities.

“Congratulations to all of the finalists and especially Christian Beck, this year’s Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year.”

For more information on the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ program visit www.ey.com/au/eoy.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The YearTM

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognises the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognising them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

The Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program, launched in 2001, is conducted in five regions culminating in the national awards. The program honours entrepreneurs whose ingenuity and perseverance have created and sustained successful, growing business ventures.  Entrepreneur Of The Year’s primary objective is to identify, acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding contribution entrepreneurs make to the Australian business community and economy.

The Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year program now has alumni of over 1,500 entrepreneurs who have participated in the program. Since the program’s inception more than 15,000 people have attended Entrepreneur Of The Year events and award ceremonies in Australia.

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