How to Enter The Pause Awards in 7 min?

25 June, 2021
How to Enter The Pause Awards in 7 min? | News | Pause Awards
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Ann Nounce
25 June, 2021

Yes, you can get your submission done within the same time it would take you to drink that excellent latte. So let’s see how you can save time and set yourself and your company up for success.

But first things first. You need to know a few basic rules of eligibility with Pause Awards.

Did you hear that this year’s Pause Awards has gone global? Now you can apply from every corner of the planet. You don’t have to be NFP, B-Corp, or a specific business type to apply for any award category. We are not exclusively awarding social good and impact companies; we just hope that you and your projects are making a conscious effort to address sustainability and the betterment of society in any way. If you are an innovative, clever and disruptive startup, scaleup or enterprise, we want to hear from you!

So now that you know that there are no rules around what type of company you are in, you can relax and start picking your fav categories to enter. However, we do have a few specific categories for entrepreneurs, early-stage companies, ideas for validation, exit/ IPO milestones, and a stack of sustainability categories. So pick one or as many categories that you and your company fit. Again, there is no limit to how many categories you can enter.

“Having LVLY be recognised in the Pause Fest Awards was such an honour. Positive impact is at the core of our business and to have that acknowledged outside of the LVLY team was proof to us that we’re on the right track.”

Entering the awards

We have also made it so much easier this year to fill out the form without signup into a software, so you can check out all questions and ponder.

Here is what we recommend you do:

  • Pick an award category or categories that best fit you.
  • Find the questions in the form and write your answers in a separate document.
  • Write down all successes, resilience and positive impact you’ve achieved.
  • Copy your answers into the Pause Awards online form.
  • Hit submit and do it again for any other subsequent category entry.

It takes 30-60 minutes, on average, from writing an entry to actually hitting the submit button.

We advise you to write your entry down in Google Drive or your computer because you won’t be able to edit it after once you send it. Also, if you submit for more than one category, it will be much faster to alter the copy and copy-paste it in the form.

“I want to know how entrants have gracefully solved customer problems with technical solutions that scale. How have they applied deep thinking and meticulous product build to create something that feels easy, helpful and delightful?”

“Being recognised by the industry for the work you do gives this award so much meaning. It felt like a genuine thank you and big high five from your peers.”

Dianna Somerville
Chair, Regional Development Australia Riverina (Super Connector Award 2019 Winner)

Want to convince the boss?

Some of you might already be the startup’s boss, but scaleups and enterprises might need to go through some senior approvals. The good news is that Pause Awards are not the most expensive. In fact, we are one of the most affordable award programs in the market. Our competitive prices allow everyone to enter, from small to big businesses.

  • Apply from anywhere in the world.
  • Challenge yourself – compete with the best in class.
  • Support the tech industry initiative.
  • Get awarded for your impact on the ecosystem.
  • Build credibility with the Pause Fest stamp of approval.
  • Tell your success story to the world.
  • Invite to speak at Pause Fest events.
  • Boost your brand by winning a designer trophy.
  • Get featured in Pause Award comms for two years.
  • Enter as many categories that fit you.
  • Affordable entry prices.

“If you’re a growing, successful business, you’re already doing things well. We need more celebration and press for the folks who are deep in the mix, doing the good work and showing up. They need to be cheered on to keep bringing us all forward!”

Andy Rosic
VP of Product, 5th Kind (Pause Awards 2021 Judge)

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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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