Arrow
Pause Awards Winner 2023
News
| 6 Dec, 2022

Women and purpose led businesses take the most wins at Pause Awards ‘22


Read post
Professor Fiona Wood
News
| 6 Dec, 2022

Professor Fiona Wood – The pioneer of ‘Spray-on-Skin’ technique, ReCell.


Read post
Pause Awards 22 Finalists, Great Wrap
News
| 10 Nov, 2022

82 Bold Finalists Announced for the Pause Awards ‘22


Read post
1 / 6

Pause Awards is the home for champions as we honour business excellence, performance and effectiveness annually to measure the progress of the Australian innovation ecosystem. Originally part of the Pause Fest, the world’s leading festival for business and creativity in Australia. The Ecosystem Business Awards are inclusive and focused on all aspects of the ecosystem building by highlighting the champions and unearthing the secret gems. We expect to honour many great business achievements this year, and we hope that yours is one of them.

We are an independent innovation agent, established in 2018 as a means to recognise the fast-growing innovative companies in Australia. Enter today and join the champions!

“Broadsheet for tech.”
Merton Lawyers
“Oscars for innovation & creativity.”
Single Use Ain’t Sexy
“Being part of the ecosystem is everything.”
Kalinya

Categories

This year we have five tracks that contain 31 categories, including 14 new categories! A number of criteria will be considered during judging and weighted as follows: 30% smart tactics; 30% business success; 40% positive impact.


  • Culture05

    Creating a safe and open space in which everyone thrives and the collaboration flows through all levels and titles with the power of the one team. The entries should demonstrate how the transformation has been achieved across core business functions, that have delivered a positive impact and growth for business, staff, stakeholders and customers. Judges will only refer to written entries during the evaluation process. No additional research will be undertaken, and for this reason, we recommend you give detailed and sharp answers.


    Diverse Co.

    For nurturing an inclusive environment. This award recognises a workplace that has successfully and intentionally encouraged innovation among diverse employees.


    Large team culture

    For fostering innovation. This award recognises a workplace with over 1000+ employees that has outpaced their cohort in fostering a culture of innovation.


    Medium team culture

    For fostering innovation. This award recognises a workplace with 21-999 employees that has outpaced their cohort in fostering a culture of innovation.


    Small team culture

    For fostering innovation. This award recognises a workplace with less than 20 employees that has outpaced their cohort in fostering a culture of innovation


    Work sweet work

    For a great workplace culture. This award recognises a company that has managed to improve or attain outstanding levels of employee engagement, retention and satisfaction.


  • Excellence09

    Celebrating commercial effectiveness through success in the marketplace by leaving a dent in the universe, no matter what the size of the company. The entries should demonstrate the highest levels of expertise, leadership and vision in the application of their business strategies. Judges will only refer to written entries during the evaluation process. No additional research will be undertaken, and for this reason, we recommend you give detailed and sharp answers.


    Company of the Year

    For the best company. This award recognises a company leadership, success, ambition to excel against all odds with the solid future development plans.


    Defiant ones

    For new tech breakthroughs. This award recognises a company that defines the future of the industry they play in.


    Hall of fame

    For a lifetime achievement. This award recognises a game-changer who paved the way by breaking new grounds and inventing new categories.


    Hammer

    For nailing it. This award recognises a company’s success – on their own terms – in the market.


    I wish I’d done that

    For sheer brilliance. This award recognises a company’s simple and clever idea in a niche market.


    Indi

    For new and First Peoples. This award recognises a successful company with its founders from indigenous or ethnic heritage that gained success in the market.


    On the rise

    For early stage mavericks. This award recognises an early stage startup that has done well in its first three years.


    Prodigy

    For being exceptional. This award recognises a young person with exceptional qualities or abilities.


    Women in business

    For breaking the mould. This award recognises a successful female leader and entrepreneur who is paving the way forward for the future generations.


  • Good04

    Standing up for your purpose and going beyond together as a team aligned on the single mission to positively impact the environment, people and community. The entries should demonstrate ideas intended to change the world; work which sets out to positively impact ingrained gender inequality, social imbalance or injustice. Judges will only refer to written entries during the evaluation process. No additional research will be undertaken, and for this reason, we recommend you give detailed and sharp answers.


    B-Good

    For a good business. This award recognises a company that has done well to change our economic system to positively impact all stakeholders through their commercial practice.


    Circular Pioneer

    For making a difference. This award category recognises a company that is pioneering their circular efforts.


    Going green

    For delivering impact at scale. This award recognises a company that is actively leading and delivering impact and scale through sustainable efforts in clean energy, climate change, healthy environment, social and economic justice etc.


    You’ve got ethics

    For the leadership in environmental social governance. This award category recognises a company that is promoting accountability, good governance, leadership in Corporate Social Responsibility and solving societal problems.


  • Growth05

    ​​Focusing on the productivity and elegance of execution to deliver impactful ideas to a market (or many) with the power to cut through the noise. Entries should demonstrate how the innovation and optimisation of the customer journey led to scaled consumer engagement and commercial success. Judges will only refer to written entries during the evaluation process. No additional research will be undertaken, and for this reason, we recommend you give detailed and sharp answers.


    Design first

    For design lead products. This award recognises a company that is using design to drive product innovation with the entire company onboard.


    Inception

    For visionary thinkers. This award recognises a person that came up with the transformative idea that can change the world for better.


    Out of the garage

    For scaling globally. This award recognises a company’s global growth, expansion, and success.


    Unexpected twist

    For a great pivot. This award recognises a company that has taken an unexpected pivot in their business or career.


    Wildfire

    For conquering a marketplace. This award recognises a company that has made a significant impact on the marketplace in the shortest amount of time.


  • Operators08

    Elevating every voice in the ecosystem is not just important for its collective success, industry development but also for the future growth. The entries should demonstrate ingenuity which leads to the creation of new products and services, through leadership, by elevating the internal culture and communities they serve. Judges will only refer to written entries during the evaluation process. No additional research will be undertaken, and for this reason, we recommend you give detailed and sharp answers.


    Backbone

    For backing the future idea. This award recognises a VC firm with a portfolio of companies that have made a significant contribution to the growth and success of the AU economy.


    Brave Angel

    For early stage support. This award recognises an angel investor that has garnered a portfolio of companies and has a good track record of helping founders succeed.


    C-Suite

    For the best leadership. This award recognises the highest-ranking executive that has impeccable leadership, management and interpersonal skills.


    Do you know who I am

    For the silent achiever. This award recognises a person that has been responsible for the success of their company from the backstage.


    Future builder

    For grit to start a new venture. This award recognises a founder at any level and life stage who has decided to start jumping the hoops of their own business.


    Hottest hub

    For the best community. This award recognises a co-working space that provides boutique experience, world class facilities with community management.


    Launch pad

    For activating the support systems. This award recognises an accelerator that has a good reputation in providing the best startup program with industry connections.


    Super connector

    For being the community champ. This award recognises a person for a significant contribution to the success of their clients or the community.


Past winners

“Winning the Pause Award put our brand SINGLE USE AIN’T SEXY on the map. It’s like the Oscars for innovation and creativity.”
Josh Howard
CEO & Founder, Single Use Ain’t Sexy
“Pause is the community of amazing innovators, and we are thrilled to be recognised for the third year running.”
Matt Vitale
Co-Founder, Birchal
“Well, it a) made me laugh when I read it and b) made me feel a lot prouder than any other award I’ve received. So thank you! I’m honoured.”
Cyan Ta’eed
Founder, Exec Dir/ Co-Founder, Envato
“Entrepreneurship is all about the community. Otherwise it can be a very isolated experience. So being part of the ecosystem is everything.”
Jirra Harvey
Founder, Kalinya
“Pause Fest and Awards is very renowned, and we just wanted to be part of it. I feel very supported.”
Michelle Akhidenor
CEO, The Peers Project
1 / 6

By the numbers

Top 5 industries

1. Web/ Internet
2. Financial Services
3. Marketing & Advertising
4. Education
5. Health/ Consumer Goods/ Computer Tech
Industry

The average age of the founder

29 years
Founder

Awards by states:

59% VIC
15% NSW
11% QLD
6% WA
4% SA
5% ACT
Melbourne

Awards by gender

Male 55.7%
Female 43.9%
Non Binary 0.3%
gender

Top 5 categories

1. Defiant Ones
2. I Wish I’d Done That
3. Hammer
4. Wildfire/ Company of the Year
5. Women in Business
categories

Average funding for a company entered

$10.5 million
investment

Why enter

We’re here to champion the ecosystem’s growth continuously and are on the lookout for the most successful companies, people and ideas in the market to award their success, resilience and positive impact.

Challenge yourself – compete with the best in class

Get exclusive access to the winners-only experience

Get your own page in the Pause Index, and hit TOP10 charts

Sharing your success story to the world, break the news

Own limited edition designer trophy and Pause NFT

Write your own content and publish it on our newsroom

“The Pause Awards 2021 submissions were insightful, ingenious and simply extraordinary.”
Lee Tonitto
Chair – Judging Board, Pause Awards

Trophy & NFT

From 2021, the Pause Awards TrophyNFT has become seasonable. Meaning – each year there will be an exciting new 3D illustration of the arch shaped trophy. Which makes them unique and limited in supply.

Pause Awards 2021, product shoot, trophy collection design, lifestyle shoot, porsche
Pause Awards 2021 Trophy. Photo by Jess Middleton

Latest posts

Category tracks



Creating a safe and open space in which everyone thrives and the collaboration flows through all levels and titles with the power of the one team. The entries should demonstrate how the transformation has been achieved across core business functions, that have delivered a positive impact and growth for business, staff, stakeholders and customers. Judges will only refer to written entries during the evaluation process. No additional research will be undertaken, and for this reason, we recommend you give detailed and sharp answers.

Celebrating commercial effectiveness through success in the marketplace by leaving a dent in the universe, no matter what the size of the company. The entries should demonstrate the highest levels of expertise, leadership and vision in the application of their business strategies. Judges will only refer to written entries during the evaluation process. No additional research will be undertaken, and for this reason, we recommend you give detailed and sharp answers.

Standing up for your purpose and going beyond together as a team aligned on the single mission to positively impact the environment, people and community. The entries should demonstrate ideas intended to change the world; work which sets out to positively impact ingrained gender inequality, social imbalance or injustice. Judges will only refer to written entries during the evaluation process. No additional research will be undertaken, and for this reason, we recommend you give detailed and sharp answers.

Only awarded to a single entry in each category track, Grand Prix is the highest accolade in Pause Awards. To win the Grand Prix, the entire Judging Board must unanimously agree that the entry deserves the accolade of being the best in class.

​​Focusing on the productivity and elegance of execution to deliver impactful ideas to a market (or many) with the power to cut through the noise. Entries should demonstrate how the innovation and optimisation of the customer journey led to scaled consumer engagement and commercial success. Judges will only refer to written entries during the evaluation process. No additional research will be undertaken, and for this reason, we recommend you give detailed and sharp answers.

Elevating every voice in the ecosystem is not just important for its collective success, industry development but also for the future growth. The entries should demonstrate ingenuity which leads to the creation of new products and services, through leadership, by elevating the internal culture and communities they serve. Judges will only refer to written entries during the evaluation process. No additional research will be undertaken, and for this reason, we recommend you give detailed and sharp answers.


Categories


  • Diverse Co.

    For nurturing an inclusive environment. This award recognises a workplace that has successfully and intentionally encouraged innovation among diverse employees.


  • Large team culture

    For fostering innovation. This award recognises a workplace with over 1000+ employees that has outpaced their cohort in fostering a culture of innovation.


  • Medium team culture

    For fostering innovation. This award recognises a workplace with 21-999 employees that has outpaced their cohort in fostering a culture of innovation.


  • Small team culture

    For fostering innovation. This award recognises a workplace with less than 20 employees that has outpaced their cohort in fostering a culture of innovation


  • Work sweet work

    For a great workplace culture. This award recognises a company that has managed to improve or attain outstanding levels of employee engagement, retention and satisfaction.


  • Company of the Year

    For the best company. This award recognises a company leadership, success, ambition to excel against all odds with the solid future development plans.


  • Defiant ones

    For new tech breakthroughs. This award recognises a company that defines the future of the industry they play in.


  • Hall of fame

    For a lifetime achievement. This award recognises a game-changer who paved the way by breaking new grounds and inventing new categories.


  • Hammer

    For nailing it. This award recognises a company's success – on their own terms – in the market.


  • I wish I'd done that

    For sheer brilliance. This award recognises a company's simple and clever idea in a niche market.


  • Indi

    For new and First Peoples. This award recognises a successful company with its founders from indigenous or ethnic heritage that gained success in the market.


  • On the rise

    For early stage mavericks. This award recognises an early stage startup that has done well in its first three years.


  • Prodigy

    For being exceptional. This award recognises a young person with exceptional qualities or abilities.


  • Women in business

    For breaking the mould. This award recognises a successful female leader and entrepreneur who is paving the way forward for the future generations.


  • B-Good

    For a good business. This award recognises a company that has done well to change our economic system to positively impact all stakeholders through their commercial practice.


  • Circular Pioneer

    For making a difference. This award category recognises a company that is pioneering their circular efforts.


  • Going green

    For delivering impact at scale. This award recognises a company that is actively leading and delivering impact and scale through sustainable efforts in clean energy, climate change, healthy environment, social and economic justice etc.


  • You've got ethics

    For the leadership in environmental social governance. This award category recognises a company that is promoting accountability, good governance, leadership in Corporate Social Responsibility and solving societal problems.


  • Design first

    For design lead products. This award recognises a company that is using design to drive product innovation with the entire company onboard.


  • Inception

    For visionary thinkers. This award recognises a person that came up with the transformative idea that can change the world for better.


  • Out of the garage

    For scaling globally. This award recognises a company's global growth, expansion, and success.


  • Unexpected twist

    For a great pivot. This award recognises a company that has taken an unexpected pivot in their business or career.


  • Wildfire

    For conquering a marketplace. This award recognises a company that has made a significant impact on the marketplace in the shortest amount of time.


  • Backbone

    For backing the future idea. This award recognises a VC firm with a portfolio of companies that have made a significant contribution to the growth and success of the AU economy.


  • Brave Angel

    For early stage support. This award recognises an angel investor that has garnered a portfolio of companies and has a good track record of helping founders succeed.


  • C-Suite

    For the best leadership. This award recognises the highest-ranking executive that has impeccable leadership, management and interpersonal skills.


  • Do you know who I am

    For the silent achiever. This award recognises a person that has been responsible for the success of their company from the backstage.


  • Future builder

    For grit to start a new venture. This award recognises a founder at any level and life stage who has decided to start jumping the hoops of their own business.


  • Hottest hub

    For the best community. This award recognises a co-working space that provides boutique experience, world class facilities with community management.


  • Launch pad

    For activating the support systems. This award recognises an accelerator that has a good reputation in providing the best startup program with industry connections.


  • Super connector

    For being the community champ. This award recognises a person for a significant contribution to the success of their clients or the community.

Pause Awards Night '22 & Afterparty
00d : 00h : 00m : 00s
GET YOUR TICKETS
Breakfast with champions AWS Startups
Signup by 24 NOV and you could win one of 5 tickets to "Breakfast with Champs!"