How to navigate the awards Entry Portal?

14 July, 2022
How to navigate the awards Entry Portal? | News | Pause Awards
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14 July, 2022

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

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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