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How to navigate the awards Entry Portal?

14 July, 2022
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14 July, 2022
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You’ve heard all about Pause Awards from friends and colleagues, maybe checked our awesome website and you’re now ready to enter – or just very curious? Either way, the Australian Ecosystem Business Awards is happy to have you.

Let’s look into each step of the way in what’s required to enter and how to navigate the awards Entry Portal. To get to the portal all you need to do is click on ENTER NOW anywhere you see it on the website. This will take you to the signup page, here’s what happens next.

Entry Portal overview

Once you are in the Pause Awards Entry Portal, which we built from scratch this year, here’s what you can find and how to go on about it. And you can watch portal overview video explainer.

  1. Setup your Account
    – Choose how you want to enter, with Company or as an Individual. You won’t be able to change this after you submit an entry.
    – Answers to questions Founder’s Age, Gender and Total Funding will be kept confidential.
  2. Enter awards
    – Pick your categories. You can answer them individually or in groups with the same answers.
    – Answer all questions even if you don’t have answers. There is always an answer!
    – You will be paying for entries on submission, however you can go back and edit the entry until the final deadline 30 SEP.
    – Unlimited editing, yes you’ve heard us!
  3. Entry Info – Resources
    – Browse through all categories
    – Lookup Entry Fees
    – Everything about how to enter, eligibility and timelines
    – Download Entry Kit, we really recommend it!

Understanding Company vs Individual entry profile

As you may know we have 31 categories this year and you can apply for them as a Company or an Individual. However, if you win, we will award only one profile you’ve setup. So, here’s how to go about setting your entry type preferences to enter this year. And you can watch categories video explainer to help you pick the best and most suited for yourself and company.

Setting up your Account
Choose how you want to enter, with Company or as an Individual. Depending on how you set this preference you will only see those categories. You can change your preference until you submit an entry, after that your account will be locked to that entry type. The reason for this is because each account owner, if they win, gets a full profile page on our website.

Company Entry
If your account is set as Company, you can select as many categories to enter. Pause Awards has 21 Company categories and 10 Individual categories. If you want to enter as a Company into Individual categories, you need to create a separate account for each individual you’d like to nominate.

Individual Entry
As an Individual applying your account will be set to yourself, should you win, your basic info will be published on the winner’s page. As an Individual entrant we didn’t anticipate you may need to enter into Company categories, however, should you need so – please create an additional account.

Conclusion: To enter into both, Company and Individual categories you need two accounts. As a Company, every individual you would like to nominate needs to have its own account.

How to answer awards entry questions?

Here are a few tips on how to answer questions for your best chance to win at Pause Awards 2022. Let’s be clear, the questions should not be scary. They are straight forward for a reason. However, if you are an early startup and don’t think you have valid results or can’t 100% answer the questions – provide what you know. You can watch award questions video explainer as well.

Tips on how to answer Entry Questions

  1. Answer all questions even if you think you don’t know the answers
  2. Info & Background segment won’t be judged, but it’s important.
  3. Smart Tactics (SCORES 30%): Why is your solution innovative?
    – Tell us what your big idea is.
    – Some evidence of planning.
    – Why do you think it’s innovative?
  4. Business Success (SCORES 30%): Provide tangible results.
    – Show any stats and results.
    – What’s your customer story?
    – Don’t have KPI’s? Let’s say you tried to dominate the world.
  5. Positive Impact (SCORES 40%): What impact have you created?
    – Provide any evidence of positive impact.
    – How was the internal/ external impact?
    – Did any social good come out of it?

Our judges are not Feds approving visas for Australia, they know exactly what it takes to run a business and can quickly piece a picture together. So, please answer the questions to the best of your abilities.

Finally, your Pause Awards Checklist

Before you hit submit and pay, please be sure the check the following:

  1. Account settings
  2. Type of entry (Company or Individual)
  3. Pick your categories
  4. Answer all questions
  5. Pay for entries

Don’t stress if you haven’t written perfect submission just yet, we got your back! You can edit your selected entry even after payment until the very final deadline on 30 SEP 2022.

Additionally, if you enter into two or more categories with one account you’ll get ‘Company Of The Year’ category at 50% off. We encourage all companies to take this great offer.

If you have any additional questions or seek further support please check FAQ’s or get in touch via contact form.


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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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