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Signup lightning speed by clicking the ‘Enter now’ button below. From there on it’s all history!


The portal

Enter now

You can enter the Pause Awards by clicking the ENTER NOW button above or on any page you see it. Alternatively, you can also click the ENTER/LOGIN button from the main navigation. You’ll need to log in and create your account first if you don’t have one already. The whole process is lightning fast as you only need two pieces of information to sign up. Once you create your account, you can use it ongoing for the following years.

There are three segments that need your attention once you sign in. You can edit your answers for these sections even after making payment right up until the final deadline. This means you can secure earlybird rates but still have time to finesse your entries before the final deadline.

  1. Business Information we use for the internal insights only.
  2. Pause Index profile creation, which allows you to have your own beautifully designed business page on our website, if you win the award. We’ll also link all associated articles to your page in the future, so this is your landing page in the house of champions!
  3. Category Selection will have a few useful filters to help you pick the right one. You can enter as many categories as you like with a speedy option to have the same answers across all categories, or write them all individually. Good luck!

Payment

Payment is at the very end of the process, and you’ll be able to pay for as many categories all at once, and you can add more categories if you change your mind. 

Multiple entries

If you enter into any two categories, we’ll give you a 50% discount on the ‘Company of the Year’ category only. And if you take three wins, we’ll offer a complimentary Winner’s Package for the third pack.

If you need, you can find our terms and conditions here.


Important dates

All entries must be submitted by midnight on the night of each deadline day.


Entry Dates

2022 Entries Open
Monday 15 June, 2022

Early Entries Deadline
Friday 15 July, 2022

Standard Entries Deadline
Friday 16 September, 2022

Late Entries Deadline
Friday 30 September, 2022


Public Voting

Public Voting Opens
Wednesday 3 October 2022

Public Voting Deadline
Friday 4 November 2022


Judging

Frist Round Judging
Monday 17 October, 2022

Final Round Judging
Monday 7 November, 2022


Announcements

Finalists Notification
Wednesday 9 November, 2022

Winners Announced
Monday 5 December, 2022


Pause Awards Night & Afterparty

Winners of Pause Awards ’22 will be announced at the live in-person event on 5th December in BOND Melbourne. We’d love to welcome you and your teams on the night. Premium Winner’s Pack and Trophies will be available for order four weeks before the ceremony, and will be handed to the winners who purchased – on the night! The winners announcement will be shared in the media release and the website will update the following day. Key photos from the event will be available for promotions along with the winner’s media kits, next day as well.

Read more about the big night from the Resources.

Block your calendar for Monday 5 December 2022, from 6pm until late, in BOND Melbourne.

DATE: 5 DEC 2022
TIME: 6pm – Late
FORMAT: Cocktail and canapés
DRESS CODE: Black tie / Cocktail
DIETARY REQUIREMENTS: Enter when purchasing tickets
ACCOMMODATION: If travelling, our hotel partners QT Melbourne and OVOLO Laneways have 15% OFF discount, get it from here.

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Categories and criteria

Pause Awards champions ambitious people and forward-thinking businesses in the Australian ecosystem. 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.

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.

The entry must be made for the nominee’s achievements in the period from 1 July 2021 to 1 June 2022.


  • 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.


Eligibility

  1. Entries are open to people who live and operate a business in Australia.
  2. To be considered an eligible entry, achievements and projects must be from the period 1 July 2021 to 1 June 2022.
  3. Projects in development and with no results should not apply.
  4. The entry needs to be executed in the marketplace prior to the submission.
  5. National companies can apply multiple times from different offices with different projects. 
  6. Blockchain, government departments, NFPs and agencies can apply if they see the fit.
  7. Awards are not industry-specific. All types of businesses can apply.
  8. You can enter into multiple categories with the same or different projects to increase your chances of winning.
  9. Individual entries need to be employed full-time or part-time for a minimum of one year prior to entering.
  10. Partners and sponsors can enter their companies into awards. There will be no favours.
  11. Judges can enter themselves and their companies but must recuse themselves from judging those entries.

Judging process

When the entries close, we open for judging and public votes. This year we have built our own entry and judging portal to better cater to our specific needs and make everyone’s experience delightful. This is a big deal (flex time!) because the Grammys uses off-the-shelf award software, but we own ours.

There are two judging rounds:


First Round

Each judge will review anonymously a percentage of entries across the categories or a group of specific categories assigned to their expertise. The scoring is done on a 1-10 rating. All entries need to have three judges’ votes and score above 6.0 to move on to the Final Round as finalists.


Final Round

The Judging Board judges the final round in an open session where each finalist is discussed independently, and a further 10 points are assigned or deducted from the entry. The Chair of the board is in charge of the judging process. This round is final and binding.

To win the Grand Prix, the entire Judging Board must unanimously agree that the entry deserves the accolade of being the best in class.


Judging criteria

While each category is different, overall judges will be marking in the three judging criteria:


Smart tactics / 30%

How smart are your operations, and why the solution is innovative.

Business success / 30%

Show the tangible results across different matrics.

Positive impact / 40%

How people responded to your initiative and what’s the impact it created.


You’ll also need to provide the background to your success, which won’t be taken into account for judging but will provide context on how you achieved the results. And why you deserve the award.

There is no limit on how many finalists or winners judges assign. However, if an entry doesn’t meet the judging criteria or doesn’t provide sufficient information and metrics, there will be no winner for that category. 

Judges must recuse themselves from voting on their own company, those who don’t will be withdrawn.


Entry fees

Pause Awards entry fees have been set as low as possible to encourage entries from every type of company to apply, big or small. And we want to encourage you to enter multiple entries too. Therefore, we have new reduced rates for the individuals and companies with ten employees or less, saving you $85 per entry. Entry fees are as follows:


Early entry until 15 July 2022

Individuals and companies with less than 10 employees 
$180 per category entry

Individuals and companies with 10 and over employees
$265 per category entry


Standard entry until 16 September 2022

Individuals and companies with less than 10 employees 
$240 per category entry

Individuals and companies with 10 and over employees
$325 per category entry


Late entry until 30 September 2022

Individuals and companies with less than 10 employees 
$310 per category entry

Individuals and companies with 10 and over employees
$395 per category entry

Note: All prices exclude GST. After you’ve paid your entry fee, you have officially entered the Pause Awards. If you win, you can purchase the Winner’s Pack or just attend the Pause Awards Night, it’s all optional. 


Award trophy

Here at Pause Awards, we’d like to do things differently, mainly because we deeply appreciate design. So our trophies are aesthetic works of art, fuelled by innovation.

We are excited to share a new wearable trophy design, you can read more about it here.

From 2021, we have introduced a world first TrophyNFT in addition to the physical trophy. Pause TrophyNFT is your digital certificate of authenticity that you are the true winner of Pause Award. They are also beautiful works of art designed by talented 3D artists around to world, and you can use them to promote your success and learn about the blockchain along the way!

The Pause Awards Trophy and TrophyNFT are part of the Premium Winner’s Package fee, including 16 other incredible and valuable benefits. You can order them in the Entry Portal where you signed-up to enter awards. The ordering will start right after the winners are announced and will be shipped in 2-3 days of your purchase.

We are not just selling any kind of trophies, because we think you deserve more than just an average. You’re getting a cutting-edge design concept that reimagines the trophy’s purpose, matched with unparalleled awards programme experience, because life is too short for ordinary!

In 2022, Pause Awards has won an award at Good Design Awards for the best packaging design in Australia. Sounds like inception.

See below what’s included in the Premium Winner’s Pack.

Pause Awards Trophy Design 2022
Pause Awards 2022. Image by Yeti Motion
Pause Awards Trophy Design 2022
Pause Awards 2022. Image by Yeti Motion
Pause Awards 2021, product shoot, trophy collection design
Pause Awards 2021 – Trophy collection. Photo by Jess Middleton
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Pause Awards 2021 – Trophy collection. Photo by Jess Middleton
Pause Awards 2021 – TrophyNFT certificate. Photo by Jess Middleton
Pause Awards Trophy Group Shot 2022
Pause Awards 2021 – Trophy packaging. Photo by Jess Middleton
Pause Awards 2021, product shoot, trophy full collection design, nft trophy
Pause Awards 2021 – Trophy collection. Photo by Jess Middleton
three trophies, Pause Awards 2021
Pause Awards 2021 – Trophy collection. Photo by Jess Middleton

Winner’s Pack

We hope you’ll find a Premium package valuable enough to join our mission. The fees are competitively priced within global award programs for business excellence. The Premium Winner’s Package is optional for purchase.

As a winner, you will have basic access to the Pause Index, Top10 list, Unlimited Trademark, Public Voting, Limited Partner Benefits and Promo Media Kit. And for those who want more, we highly recommend the Premium option!

  • Premium
    What you get with premium Winner’s Pack

  • Pause Index

    If you win, you’ll join the most innovative companies in Australia, and your company profile will live under the Pause Index forever. You will set up your company profile as you enter the awards, add your links, photos and a few more words. We’ll be adding your articles to your profile over time.

  • Top10 List

    On the Winner’s page, there is a Top10 section which will be updated each year after we announce the new results, and the previous page will be archived for future reference. The Top10 companies will gain the most exposure online and be included in our marketing campaigns. So, the goal is to hit the top ten! Easy.

  • Unlimited Trademark

    Our annual Pause Awards Night & Afterparty is a special time to meet with fellow winners and the entire ecosystem to network, talk business and raise glasses. You’ll get one complimentary pass to the Welcome Reception, Awards Night and Afterparty. You can also order extra group tickets for your team, family, and friends.

  • Pause Awards Trophy

    The trophy design this year is a pure aesthetic marvel designed around the production inefficiencies in Post-Covid world to punch above its weight with simplicity and style. Taking onboard the ‘less is more’ approach and new positioning being ‘The Home for Champions’ trophy has been designed to be wearable like an Olympic medal, sustainably packed.

  • TrophyNFT

    The world’s first awards program that offers an NFT version of the trophy to each winner! The number of NFTs, minted as a collection on OpenSea, depends on how many winners there are in the awards season. The future value and why you should care are explained on the Pause NFT page.

  • Thought-Leading Articles

    With a new website comes a new opportunity. We’re building peer community generated content in our newsroom, and we’d like you to contribute with your thought-leading content and industry insights. So if you have thought-provoking content, you can now share it on our channel.

  • Signed Certificate

    The winners get two A4 printed certificates. Winners that order the Premium Winner’s Package get a second TrophyNFT certificate of ownership with a wax seal and a royal stamp.

  • Winner Stories

    Our commitment is to push your stories to the world and tell everyone how successful your business was in the last year. However, due to timings, we can’t interview everyone at one time, but we’ll get to it during the year. Our newsroom page is poised to be the place for good reads, opinions and curated industry news.

  • Judge Feedback

    In 2022, we will provide Premium winners with the Judging feedback on their entries. The company names will be displayed on the judges’ profiles who they scored.

  • Photo & Video

    You’ll get your photos professionally taken at the Awards Night in front of the media wall. Our video crew will film you for vox-pops, but we can’t guarantee if you’ll make the final cut.

  • Partner Benefits

    We are looking to partner with brands and other institutions with high-quality offers, free products or services that may help businesses grow, scale, save or professionally develop. These benefits will vary from year to year.

  • Public Voting

    We are bringing the public voting in 2022! There can be only one People’s Choice Award winner from all categories, making audience voting very competitive.

  • Promo Media Kit

    Whether you are a finalist or the winner, we’ll arm you with an official media kit to share your success with the world. The Premium media kit includes the Pause Awards logo, social post template and a sample Press Release which you can use in your media pitch.

  • Ongoing Promotions

    Pause Awards are created to tell the world how amazing, courageous and smart you all are! Those who purchase the Premium Winner’s Package can expect their company profiles to be more prominent, get an article interview written about them and be used in marketing campaign the following year.

  • Fashionable Merch

    We love merch, good merch! And we don’t mind investing some time in designing good looking items that you are proud to wear or stick up. So you can expect more cool stuff coming your way at the Award Night.
  • Basic
    What you get as a winner

  • Pause Index

    If you win, you’ll join the most innovative companies in Australia, and your company profile will live under the Pause Index forever. You will set up your company profile as you enter the awards, add your links, photos and a few more words. We’ll be adding your articles to your profile over time.

  • Top10 List

    On the Winner’s page, there is a Top10 section which will be updated each year after we announce the new results, and the previous page will be archived for future reference. The Top10 companies will gain the most exposure online and be included in our marketing campaigns. So, the goal is to hit the top ten! Easy.

  • Unlimited Trademark

    Pause Awards trademark license allows you to promote your company as a finalist or winner in email signatures, website banners, brochures, mention in media, press releases and any other way you see fit to promote for a lifetime. We’re just saying this because some awards charge for this privilege.

  • Public Voting

    We are bringing the public voting in 2022! There can be only one People’s Choice Award winner from all categories, making audience voting very competitive.

  • Partner Benefits (limited)

    We are looking to partner with brands and other institutions with high-quality offers, free products or services that may help businesses grow, scale, save or professionally develop. These benefits will vary from year to year.

  • Promo Media Kit

    Whether you are a finalist or the winner, we’ll arm you with an official media kit to share your success with the world. The Premium media kit includes the Pause Awards logo, social post template and a sample Press Release which you can use in your media pitch.

Premium Winner’s Pack cost (per entry)

The cost of the Premium Winner’s Pack depends on the size of your company. Depending on the company size you selected in your Entry Portal account, you’ll be sent the corresponding fees to place an order.

When you win three awards in one year, you’ll get the third Premium Winner’s Pack on us!

If you cannot take up the full Premium Winner’s Pack due to financial limitations, entrants can request a reduced package at the time of notification. Get in touch with us.

Additional Pause Awards Trophies can be purchased for $365 +GST each. A Premium Winner’s Pack includes 1 x Pause Awards Trophy & NFT.

$365
Startup
1-3 employees
$450
Small
4-10 employees
$575
Medium
11-20 employees
$720
Large
21-100 employees
$900
Enterprise
101+ employees

Production and Delivery

Award Trophy sample will be at the Pause Awards Night for you to take photo with as you get call as a winner, but the ordering will start the day after winner’s are announced. Premium Winner’s Packs costs have been updated for 2022. Ordering your trophy is optional.

As a winner you’re entitled to Basic Winner’s Pack which is totally free, so no cost to you!

You’ll be able to claim your Pause TrophyNFT, with an Ethereum wallet (MetaMask) after we announce the winners.

Trophy Ordering Deadline

After the winners are announced, we’ll reach out to all winners to ask if they would like to order their trophies. Trophies are already been made and ready to ship, if you decide to get your’s the shipment may take from 3-10 days.

Please order your trophies before 15 Dec 2022.

We highly recommend ordering your trophy not only as a reminder of your success, but also to support the innovation in trophy design.


Pause Business Club

The Pause Business Club (PBC) is an exclusive, winners only club. As part of the Winner’s Package, the PBC is an extension to elevate the Awards program with premium experiences crafted for our champions. Currently, it’s in the Beta stage, and we are monitoring the appetite for more engaging events such as TechTable, Business Breakfast and a Conference in the near future. So think of it as an early-stage membership.


Community membership

Community membership is available for non-winners, past winners and anyone who wants to be actively involved in the Pause Awards ecosystem on an ongoing basis. It allows you to publish posts on the Pause Awards website, 15% off tickets for only $20 per month. Get yours from here.

$250
Community
Per year, per company

Pause Awards Night

The most anticipated event in the Australian innovation ecosystem is back!

Your ticket includes: Welcome Reception, Pause Awards Night and official Afterparty. You can invite your team, friends and family to support you in celebrations from the event page here. You can read more about the big night in resources.

As an extension of Pause Awards Night & Afterparty we’d like to invite you to attend Breakfast with Champions sponsored by AWS Startups. It’s a free event on 7th Dec, from 8–9am in stylish Abacus cafe in South Yarra. You’ll be joined by Pause Awards heroes and ecosystem in attendance and for the panel we’ll have special guests made up of winners, VC and AWS talking about the business success: tips, learning from mistakes and how to tackle the upcoming headwind. BOOK HERE

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.

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