Pause Awards 2021 Finalists Skyrocket
What a smashing year so far for the Pause Awards!
This year’s awards program has almost double the entries, with 167 companies and individuals entering. In addition, we’ve partnered with MYOB, Blackmagic Design, OVHcloud, and VicGov – now our major partner until 2023.
“The 2021 Pause Awards submissions were insightful, ingenious and courageous efforts and some simply extraordinary.”Lee Tonnito – Chair, Pause Awards Judging Board
And we’ve introduced a new award category for business excellence this year. The Grand Prix award will be given to a selected winner only if the Judging Board unanimously decides the entry is truly worthy.
“At the intersection of technology, creativity and innovation, it is all about unknowns and exploring uncharted territories. In my experience, award submissions allow you to sit down and reflect on what you and your team have achieved and share them with the community. So it was delightful and a bit magical to sit down with the 2021 esteemed judging board and review the finalists’ innovative ideas/submissions from the diversity of impressive domestic and international minds. The Pause Awards 2021 submissions were insightful, ingenious, courageous, and some simply extraordinary. Winning is not an intrinsic quality of innovation, but sharing ideas, lessons learned, and outcomes achieved is definitely. So to all submissions – well done on making a difference!’ said Lee Tonitto, Chair – Judging Board at Pause Awards.
Here are some general statistics about the 2021 Pause Awards entrants:
- The top 5 industries in 2021 are:
- Computer Technology – Software
- Financial Services
- Food & Beverage
- Consumer Goods
10 new categories are: Defiant Ones, Creative Genius, Underground, Exit Planet, Circular Pioneer, You have Ethics, Work Sweet Work, Going Green Award, Inside Out and Inception Award.
The top 5 most popular categories in 2021 are:
- I Wish I’d Done That
- Defiant Ones
- Out of Garage
The average age of the founder is 37 years.
The average funding for a company entered is $17 million.
The international industry judging panel, chaired by Lee Tonitto, Managing Director at Tonitto and Partners, included Ben Ford, Head of Growth at Frollo, Christina Gerakiteys, Co-CEO at SingularityU Australia. Sonia Clarke, Director, Future of Work, PwC and Tom Leyden, Global Leader of IT at Woods Bagot.
We congratulate all entrants on their current successes, especially all Finalists who made it through two rounds of challenging judging process this year, with some to be crowned as the most innovative and impactful companies in Australia.
Company Awards Finalists:
A Glass of
Digital Skills Organisation
Five Mile Radius
Guzman y Gomez Mexican Kitchen (2)
Heaps Normal (3)
hipages Group (2)
Inspiring Rare Birds
Law On Earth
Lyre’s Spirit Co. (3)
Memories Group Limited
Mr Yum (4)
Quad Lock (3)
Seeing Machines Ltd
Stone & Chalk
The Push for Better Foundation
Verve Super (2)
Individual Awards Finalists
Alicia Holmquest, Co-Founder, Wellness in Real Life
Anthony Kwok, CEO, ZILIO
Chris Olufeso, Founder & CEO, Upzeez
Chrissy Symeonakis, Owner, Creative Little Soul
Emily Blanch, Head of Community & Co-Founder, XY Adviser
Emma McAllister, Head of Operations, Education Perfect
Michelle Akhidenor, Founder & CEO, The Peers Project
Gilbert Guaring, Global Head of Marketing and Communications, UAP | Urban Art Projects
Hamish Mcphee, Twitch Account Director, AUNZ, Twitch
Michelle Mannering, Developer Community Manager, GitHub
Nick Hudson, Chief of Push Ups, The Push for Better Foundation
Summer Howarth, Founder and Learning Designer, The Eventful Learning Co.
Taylor Black, Strategic Designer, Engineer & Founder, Taylor Black
Big thanks to all, and congrats! See you at the Awards Night as we announce the winners.