Final Deadline is Looming

1 September, 2021
Final Deadline is Looming | News | Pause Awards
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1 September, 2021

With 15 days left until the end of Pause Awards 2021, here are 15 reasons why you should consider entering now.

The Standard Entry fee ends on the 24th of September, and you could save yourself 20% OFF – handy if you are planning to enter into multiple categories. The Late Entry ends on the 1st of October, and that’s the wrap for 2021.

Are you still thinking of entering? Here’s why you should do it:

  1. An easy entry process is streamlined for you. Entering Pause Awards is neither a drag nor a brain drain. You can finish your entry in 30 minutes to two hours on average. No fancy presentations to design; just answer five questions.
  2. Our incredible judges will see your company/self. Our 60 judges from various industries and across the globe include CEOs and Founders such as Will Haward, Shamila Gopalan and Lynda Coker.
  3. All Finalists get featured on our website and get a Promo Kit to promote their entry.
  4. Winners will also be featured in an article by SmartCompany. Over 500K business decision-makers read SmartCompany with 50K daily newsletter subscribers. And our newsletter is shared with an additional 14,000 key decision-makers nationally.
  5. Finalists also get 50% off an annual subscription to SmartCompany Plus. The yearly subscription costs $99, and it offers you access to the world of quality content.
  6. You’ll be promoted across all of our social media, reaching 70,000 across all channels and as a winner, you’ll be the face of the 2022 campaign buildup to millions of people online. That’s a double whammy with two years of promotions!
  7. Pause Awards bring unparalleled value in marketing, connections and promotions compared to any other media channel. If you run your business or work in marketing, you’ll know that any other activity will cost you 3-5 times more than our entry fees.
  8. This year, the best of the best in each category will receive the highest accolade Grand Prix award. If awarded, you’ll know that you are light years ahead of your competition and setting an industry standard.
  9. Finalists will enter the Pause Fest’s Speaker List for future opportunities and Pause Fest & Awards events. We’ll aim to pass on the invitation.
  10. Selected Winners will be invited for video interviews post announcement or as part of promotional content during or after the applications finish and in 2022.
  11. Winners get handmade and sustainable Awards trophies designed by George Hedon. The new trophy design will challenge the notion of awards trophies and why they exist.
  12. We made entry fees affordable for small to big businesses. Pause Awards are bang on for your buck compared to many industry award programmes!
  13. You’re pretty much done after you hit submit and enter Pause Awards. Attending Awards Night and getting an Awards Trophy are optional and nice.
  14. Everyone will be added to our VIP mailing list to receive exclusive giveaways and special event invitations.
  15. We didn’t run out of reasons. We think it doesn’t make sense to keep going if these don’t impress you. Additionally, we offer a personalised service to help you choose categories via Category Selector, and you can also arrange a Zoom call with us via Calendly.

You can avoid the late fees by entering before next Friday, the 24th of September.

We’ll announce the winners at the end of November, and that’s it for the year. What a ride it has been!

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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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