The 2021 Pearcey National Awards and South Australia Entrepreneur Award completed

The Pearcey Foundation awards program for 2021 is now complete. On the 15 November 2021, the Pearcey Foundation announced that the 2021 South Australian Pearcey Entrepreneur of the Year was Mohan Koo, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of world leading cybersecurity provider DTEX Systems.

Then on Wednesday 24 November the Foundation presented the Pearcey National awards in a multi-state Zoom link-up. In Adelaide the Premier of South Australia, the Hon Steven Marshall, awarded both the 2021 South Australia Entrepreneur Award as well as the 2021 National Entrepreneur of the year Award to Mohan Koo during a break in a conference he was attending in Adelaide. The six winners of the respective State Entrepreneur Awards were all present on a nation wide linkup to hear the announcement.

Concurrently in Sydney, the Chairman of the Pearcey Foundation, Wayne Fitzsimmons, presented the 2021 Pearcey Medal to David Thodey AO, as well announcing the 2021 Hall of Fame recipients - Alan Noble in Adelaide and Judy Hammond in Sydney. Alan received his Hall of Fame certificate from the Premier of South Australia alongside Mohan Moo receiving his National Entrepreneur Award. Judy Hammonds award was a virtual presentation over Zoom.

Full details on the awards are shown on their respective pages on this website  

Coming events

24 Feb 2022

'Riding the Digital Wave Summit' - celebrating 70 years since Australia's first Computer Conference

In person at Syd Uni…all being well Omicron fades away quickly!!

More details on all forthcoming events are available on our Pearcey Heritage website

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Mohan Koo

15 Nov 2021

2021 SA Award

The 2021 Pearcey Entrepreneur Award was presented to Mohan Koo, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of world leading cybersecurity provider DTEX Systems. The Award was presented at a small ceremony on 15 November 2021 at Lot 14 in Adelaide, attended by Pearcey Committee members, previous Pearcey Entrepreneur Awardeees, and special guests Andrew Nunn, SA Chief Entrepreneur and Alan Noble, ex ... »» Read more...

Nina McMahon

12 Nov 2021

2021 Tas Award

Nina McMahon, co-founder and CEO of PopUp WiFi was the recipient of the 2021 Tasmanian Pearcey Entrepreneur of the Year Award. This year's award was presented on 12 November in Hobart during the gala industry dinner following TasICT's Annual Conference and in collaboration with the Tasmanian Branch of ACS as well as TasICT. »» Read more...

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14 Oct 2021

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Vale Clive Finkelstein

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