Past winners:
where are they now?

24 June, 2021
Past winners: <br>where are they now? | News | Pause Awards
George Hedon, founder and CEO, Pause Fest & Awards
George Hedon
24 June, 2021

Here is a short timeline of successful past Pause Awards winners who are still making waves in the ecosystem. 

These companies are not only hungry for success but are delivering exceptional value to their users and investors as well. We congratulate, cheer and celebrate them for building their businesses, withstanding the pressure and continuously innovating.

HungryHungry – 2020 winner of Hammer Award

20 Oct 2020 – Aussie online ordering platform HungryHungry scored $2 million in Series A funding – after the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated innovation in the hospitality sector – leading to a six-fold increase in orders through the platform. Read more on SmartCompany.

IsoKings – 2020 winner of I Wish I’d Done That and Unexpected Twist Award

7 May 2021 – Sydney furniture company IsoKing made $3.6 million after a COVID-19 launch and has now rolled out the full range of permanent furniture. Read more on News.

Airwallex – 2019 winner of Out of the Garage Award

24 Mar 2021 – Melbourne fintech Airwallex has topped up its Series D round by 50%, raising an extra US$100 million (A$130m) for a total of US$300m. Read more via StartupDaily.

Linktree – 2019 winner of I Wish I’d Done That Award

26 Mar 2021 – Aussie social media startup Linktree has raised a massive US$45 million ($59.3 million) in Series B funding as it continues its growth trajectory following the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more via SmartCompany.

Envato – 2018 winner of the Unexpected Twist Award

29 Mar 2021 – Melbourne startup Envato has been named Australia’s top marketplace by Silicon Valley VC firm Andreessen Horowitz and the 32nd best in the world — putting the Aussie business 12 spots above its ranking in the inaugural list last year. Reward more via SmartCompany.

Single Use Ain’t Sexy – 2020 winner of I Wish I’d Done That Award

28 Jun 2021 – Aussie add-water soap company, SINGLE USE AIN’T SEXY, opened its doors to investors last week – who have already pledged EOI for over a million dollars. Read move via Ekko.

Up Bank – 2019 winner of Big Noise Award

While other neobanks have been making a show and dance about their deposit growth, Up founder Dom Pym told Business Insider Australia that his bank has been quietly raising the bar in the banking sector. Read more via BusinessInsider.

F45 Training – 2019 winner for the Out of the Garage Award

16 Jul 2021 – After a rocky road to public trading, Aussie-born fitness empire F45 has finally listed, closing its first day trading on the New York Stock Exchange with a valuation of almost $2 billion. Read more via SmartCompany.

Go1 – 2019 winner of the Out of the Garage Award

20 Jul 2021 – Brisbane-based online corporate training marketplace Go1 is Australia’s newest unicorn startup after raising a whopping US$200 million (A$273m) series D, led by SoftBank. Read more on StartupDaily.

Afterpay – 2020 winner of the Out of the Garage Award

20 Jul 2021 – Afterpay will launch a new banking app for its three million-plus Australian users in October. The payments juggernaut attempts to pinch young customers from the major banks by creating a more engaging experience around savings. Read more via AFR.

Birchal – 2020 winner of Hammer Award

Birchal, Australia’s leading crowdfunding platform, reports on sector progress in 2020, with Q4 being the biggest ever. Read more via CrowdfundInsider.

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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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