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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
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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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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. (NEW)

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


  • Large team culture (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

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


  • Launch pad (NEW)

    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.

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