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™.
[Ed note: EY was formerly known as Ernst & Young]
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.”
From 20 years ago to present
Twenty years ago, back in 1997, despite not having a university degree or any IT professional experience, Christian Beck’s father placed his 20-year-old son in charge of his conveyancing firm’s IT systems.
In no time at all Christian had taught himself how to code, program, and rewrite the entire firm’s software, thereby improving their conveyancing process and workflow through information retrieval process automation. Christian saw the value of information retrieval through the internet before most other companies.
Christian continued to observe his surroundings, identified other productivity barriers in the workplace, and continued to create an array of technological solutions to improve the productivity of all legal firms in Australia. Alas, LEAP Legal Software was created and saw Christian wearing all types of hats including the compiter programmer and marketing head to sales trainer and ‘IT fix-it’ person.
Fast forward two decades on, and LEAP Legal is a market leading cloud based software-as-a-service productivity platform. With approximately 40% market share and serving 5,000 small to medium law firms, the LEAP platform is considered integral to the daily operation of a typical legal firm.
At the core and crux of LEAP Legal Software is that it supports small to medium law firms with everything they need to run their firm, including automated legal forms, cloud software, legal matter management, and integrated legal search functionality.
However, the platform was missing one thing – legal search capability. This led to Christian creating InfoTrack: a one-stop-search engine for critical legal and other company-related information from sources including ASIC, credit agencies, the electoral roll, and litigation searches. Integrating this service into the workflow totally revolutionised the legal industry and Christian has never looked back.
InfoTrack is complementary to LEAP Legal and is a number one market leader in the legal and conveyancing industries. InfoTrack has approximately 8,000 clients in Australia and New Zealand and serves 20 of the top 30 law firms in Australia.
Both LEAP Legal and InfoTrack are primed for global expansion with Christian wholly committed to disrupting the US and the UK markets with this technological solutions.
LEAP Legal and InfoTrack benefit from a high level of client crossover and complementary product offerings, allowing the combined business, Australian Technology Innovators, to further secure market share. The combined business has grown significantly over the last three years, with revenue growing from $156m in FY15 to $231m in FY17.
Christian is a keen donor to cancer charities and has also been a keen supporter of families of police officers who have died in the line of duty.
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