Atlassian entrepreneurs receive UNSW Young Alumni Award

Wednesday, 20 March 2013  Features

The co-founders of enterprise software company Atlassian, Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar, have received the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Young Alumni Award.

The annual award recognises graduates who have distinguished themselves nationally or internationally in their chosen field and are likely to inspire the next generation of Young Alumni, or their community, through their leadership abilities.

Brookes and Farquhar, who met while studying at the Australian School of Business (ASB), set up Atlassian in 2002. Atlassian plans, builds and launches collaboration software. It now sells $100 million worth of software annually to over 25,000 companies in 130 countries.

Atlassian counts some of the world's largest organisations as clients, including almost every major American investment bank and some of the biggest names in media, manufacturing, and technology such as Microsoft, Apple, Cisco, Oracle, BMW and NASA.

Professor Geoffrey Garrett, Dean of the Australian School of Business, congratulated the Atlassian founders on their extraordinary success. "Mike and Scott have not only achieved phenomenal success in business at such a young age, but they have fostered a culture of giving back to the community by establishing the Atlassian Foundation. They also sponsor the UNSW Co-Op program which supports career development scholarships for Business Information Technology students."

The Atlassian Foundation has donated approximately US$2.2 million to charity supporting a range of initiatives such as Movember, Habitat for Humanity and Conservation Volunteers Australia.

Equity from Atlassian is donated to the Foundation and Atlassian employees are encouraged to become involved with the projects the Foundation supports. The company allows staff to dedicate five days each year to assist projects run by various charities and not-for-profit organisations.