Barrie won a similar award earlier in the year, when he was named BRW Entrepreneur of the Year in March.
The six criteria for the Ernst & Young prize were entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, personal integrity and influence, financial performance, strategic direction and national and global impact.
Barrie was chosen as the winner by the Eastern Region panel of noted judges, which included Non Executive Director of Seven West Media Limited, Doug Flynn.
Finalist and winners of the 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Eastern Region included:
Matt Barrie – Freelancer.com – Technology Winner
David Brown – Trixan
Valerie Duncan – Energy Action
Brendan Green – Hire a Hubby
Nikki Hager – PeepToe
Dr Miles Jakeman – The Citadel Group
David James – Brasserie Bread
Helen Logas – Tavelcorp
Anthony Moorhouse – Dynamiq Pty Ltd
Paul Munten – Ocean & Earth International
Dr David Penn – Southern Cross Dental Laboratories – Services Winner
Jeff Phillips – Varley Group
Mark Rutherford – Ilum-a-Lite
Brian Siemsen – Siemsen Group – Emerging Winner
Naomi Simson – RedBalloon – Industry Winner