14 New award categories under five tracks to highlight the ecosystem success

5 July, 2022
14 New award categories under five tracks to highlight the ecosystem success | News | Pause Awards
Nikita Lamba, writer contributor
Nikita Lamba
5 July, 2022

Some of you may be well versed with our awards categories — but did you know we’ve added about 14 new ones?

That’s right. The 2022 edition of Pause Awards will see a sum total of 31 awards categories — the biggest overhaul from our end to date!

It’s obvious that new categories means new opportunities, but let us help break down what they mean.

To navigate all our 31 segments, we’ve introduced 5 tracks that will help you understand where you fall. These are Growth, Excellence, Operators, Good, and Culture. While the 31 award categories are spread across these, the tracks also exist to help judges know which ones align best with their expertise, so that they judge nominees more strategically.

Let us give you a bit more insight into what these tracks mean:

Growth: This track houses categories that focus on productivity and the elegance of execution to deliver impactful ideas to a market. Entries for categories under Growth should essentially demonstrate how the innovation and optimisation of their customer journey has led to increased consumer engagement and commercial success!

Excellence: This track celebrates company’s demonstrating commercial effectiveness through success in the marketplace — those who’ve left a dent in the universe, regardless of their company size. We’re looking for entries that demonstrate the highest levels of expertise, leadership, and vision!

Operators: This one’s for all those who are elevating every voice in the ecosystem and consider doing so a part of not just industry development, but a collective success for future growth! The entries for categories under this track should demonstrate ingenuity and the ability to create new products and services that are thought-leadership that elevates not just the internal culture, but also the communities they serve.

Good: Under this track, we’re looking for teams who truly live their purpose and go beyond it — those who are aligned on a single mission, to positively impact the environment, the people, and the community. Entries for Good should demonstrate ideas that intend to change the world through work which challenges gender inequality, and social imbalance and injustice.

Culture: And to round our tracks off, we’ve got Culture which includes categories that recognise those companies who are creating a safe and inclusive space, where collaboration flows through all levels and titles. Entries under Culture will recognise those who believe in the power of one team, and those who’ve demonstrated positive impact and growth for the business, its staff, its stakeholders, and of course, its customers.

Given that you’d probably click away if we began describing all 31 awards categories that these tracks are housing — we’ve decided to break down just some of the ones that we’re especially excited about!

First up, we’ve got the Women in Business category. This award exists to recognise successful female leaders and entrepreneurs who are paving the way forward for future generations, irrespective of their industry.

Following this is another new category — the Design First — that will be awarded to a company that’s leveraged clever design to drive product innovation.

We’ve also got the Backbone category, as well as the Hottest Hub. While the former is for VC firms with a portfolio of companies that have made significant contributions to the growth of the Aussie economy, the latter award recognises co-working spaces that provide a boutique experience and world-class facilities along with ace community management.

Bookending the introduction of these exciting categories is the C-Suite and the Large Team Culture awards. As the name suggests, the C-Suite award is intended for the highest-ranking executives with impeccable leadership, management, and interpersonal skills. And the Large Team Culture category exists to recognise a workplace with over 1000+ employees that’s outpaced its cohort in fostering a culture of innovation.

Sounds sensational, right?

But that’s not all.

We’ve also come to realise that when it comes to nominations and enrolments, time is of the utmost essence. Which is precisely why we’ve decided to make your lives easier by providing you the option to enter the same answers across different categories of your choice and proceed straight to payment! Check out more details on our speedy checkout option here.

But wait! Before you proceed for nominations, we’ve got one final piece of news for you — an offer you can’t (and shouldn’t) refuse. If you decide to enter into 2 categories or more, you can enrol for the Company of the Year category at just 50% of the fee!

We know it’s overwhelming to decide which categories to even consider. So take a breather, and browse through our 5 tracks and their respective categories here.

The best part of the whole process? You’re allowed to edit your submissions post-payment, right up till the closing date of the awards program. So scrap the stress, and get nominating!

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Category tracks

The Culture track seeks entries that exemplify the development of an inclusive and collaborative workplace culture, crucial for organisational success and growth. Submissions should illustrate transformative strategies implemented across core business functions, reflecting expertise, leadership, and a clear vision. These strategies should demonstrate a positive impact on the business, its employees, stakeholders, and customers, showcasing how a nurturing culture contributes to overall growth and innovation.

The Excellence track celebrates businesses that have demonstrated remarkable success and impact within their industry, regardless of their size. Entries for this category should illustrate how the business's strategic execution, guided by visionary leadership and exceptional expertise, has significantly influenced the industry. The focus will be on the tangible outcomes of these strategies, highlighting the company's ability to innovate, lead, and leave a lasting impression in its field.

The Good track is focused on recognising companies dedicated to their mission of creating a positive societal impact. Entries should highlight innovative solutions aimed at addressing global challenges such as environmental sustainability, social equity, and community well-being. Successful submissions will demonstrate how their initiatives contribute to significant changes, tackling issues like gender inequality, social imbalance, and injustice, thereby setting a precedent for responsible and impactful business practices.

Awarded to a single entry in a category, Grand Prix is the top accolade in that category. To win the Grand Prix, the entire Judging Board must unanimously agree that the entry deserves the accolade of being the best in that category.

The Growth track is about showcasing how businesses have enhanced productivity and execution to make a significant impact in their market. Entries should highlight innovative strategies that have optimised the customer journey, leading to increased engagement and commercial success. This track is for those who have effectively used their understanding of the market and customer needs to scale their business and achieve notable growth.

The Operators track seeks entries that showcase leadership in fostering innovation within their ecosystems. Ideal submissions will highlight how your initiatives have catalysed the creation of new products or services, bolstered by a culture that uplifts internal teams and the wider community. This track celebrates those who drive progress by empowering voices and forging transformative connections in their industry.


  • Always Evolving New

    Acknowledges a culture of continuous learning and improvement within a company, encourages employee development, and always looks for ways to optimise and innovate operations.

  • Big & Mighty Culture New

    Recognises companies (51-1000 employees) for their exceptional efforts in cultivating a culture that champions innovation.

  • Diverse Co.

    Celebrates workplaces dedicated to fostering innovation through a vibrant tapestry of diverse talents and perspectives.

  • Small & Mighty Culture New

    Applauds small teams of fewer than 50 employees for their remarkable ability to foster innovation and set new benchmarks in their domain.

  • Work Sweet Work

    Acknowledges companies that have achieved extraordinary employee engagement, satisfaction, and retention, creating an exemplary workplace culture.

  • Company of the Year

    Honours an outstanding company that not only showcases exemplary leadership and resilience but also demonstrates a clear, quantifiable impact over the past year.

  • Customer Obsessed New

    Applauds prioritisation, understanding and meeting the needs and expectations of their customers, including feedback, personalised services and ensuring high satisfaction.

  • Defiant Ones

    Recognises firms that lead technological innovation, setting new standards and defining the future of their industries.

  • Hammer

    Celebrates companies that have not only defined success on their own terms but have also concretely demonstrated their triumphs over the past year.

  • I Wish I'd Done That

    Applauds ingenious, simple solutions in niche markets that spark a universal sentiment of admiration.

  • On the Rise

    Celebrates early-stage startups, under 4 years, that have shown remarkable progress and success in their initial years.

  • Prodigy

    Recognises young visionaries under 30 with outstanding talents and achievements, setting them apart in their fields.

  • Singularity

    Highlights AI-driven companies that are pioneering new services or integrating AI to create innovative products.

  • Women in Business

    Celebrates female entrepreneurs and leaders who are forging paths for future generations by creating more equitable opportunities.

  • B-Good

    Recognises businesses that redefine commercial success by positively transforming our economic system for the benefit of all stakeholders.

  • Circular Pioneer

    Celebrates companies at the forefront of circular economy practices, making substantial and sustainable differences.

  • Ethical Leadership New

    Commends companies exemplifying leadership in environmental and social governance, setting standards in corporate responsibility and ethical practices.

  • Going Green

    Acknowledges companies leading large-scale sustainable initiatives, addressing critical areas like clean energy and environmental justice.

  • Collab New

    Honours strategic partnerships and alliances with other businesses to leverage complementary strengths, access new markets, and share resources for synergistic growth and innovation.

  • Design First

    Celebrates companies where design is the heartbeat of innovation, engaging the whole team in crafting groundbreaking products.

  • Going Global New

    Applauds companies that have expanded their reach globally, showcasing exceptional growth and international success.

  • Great Pivot

    Acknowledges companies that adeptly navigate change, leveraging insights to pivot towards delivering outstanding products.

  • Movement

    Recognises unforgettable event experiences that resonate emotionally, drive social change, or achieve viral status.

  • New Model

    Honours businesses revolutionising markets with elegant and disruptive business models.

  • Next Level New

    Applauds companies which had successful strategic acquisition and integration of another entity, staff or an asset that allowed them to further grow and scale their services.

  • Wildfire

    Celebrates companies that have rapidly and significantly impacted their marketplace, online and offline, setting new standards for success.

  • Angel

    Honours visionary angel investors who've significantly contributed to early-stage startups, guiding them toward success.

  • C-Suite

    Recognises exceptional leadership qualities in high-ranking executives, showcasing their management and interpersonal excellence.

  • Creative Maverick New

    Honours unconventional thinkers with exceptional abilities to execute typically unimaginable initiatives, expertly coordinate teams, secure funding or successfully launch multiple ventures.

  • Ecosystem Star

    Celebrates individuals who energise and nurture their communities, fostering engagement and advocacy.

  • Future Builder

    Recognises the determination and resilience of founders who've embarked on the challenging journey of starting their own ventures.

  • Quiet Achiever New

    Applauds the unsung heroes whose behind-the-scenes efforts have led to flawless project executions and exceeded expectations.

  • Splash Down Under New

    Acknowledges international companies making a noteworthy entrance into the Australian market, enriching the local business ecosystem.

  • TopCoder

    Recognises developers for their outstanding technical skills, clean code, and collaborative spirit.

  • Venture Cap

    Salutes venture capital firms with a track record of backing transformative businesses, contributing significantly to Australia's economic growth.

  • Visionary New

    Recognises effective leadership by setting a clear vision, motivating the team, and making strategic decisions that guide their business towards its goals.

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