99designs CEO Patrick Llewellyn hasn’t owned a suit in 5 years (welcome to the fashionable world of tech startups). He finally found an excuse to buy one last week: the Governor of Victoria Export Awards in the Australian state of Victoria.

99designs was started in Melbourne, Victoria in 2008 by Mark Harbottle and Matt Mickiewicz. Every year, the Governor of Victoria recognizes businesses from the state that have achieved sustainable export growth through innovation and commitment. This year, 99designs took home the Business Services Award and the top prize: the 2015 Victorian Exporter of the Year Award.

The award win also qualifies 99designs as a finalist in the Australian Export Awards to be announced in Melbourne in November.

The award was presented to Patrick and 99designs at a ceremony hosted by Her Excellency he Honourable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria

We’re happy as a quokka to be honored with such a high distinction.


The 99designs team celebrates the win (photos courtesy Jason Sew Hoy)