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Pause Awards 2021 Finalists Skyrocket

17 November, 2021
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17 November, 2021
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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:

  1. The top 5 industries in 2021 are:
  2. Computer Technology – Software
  3. Financial Services
  4. Food & Beverage
  5. Consumer Goods
  6. Education

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:

  1. I Wish I’d Done That 
  2. Hammer
  3. Defiant Ones 
  4. Out of Garage
  5. B–Good

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
Adventus.io
AirRobe
Aussie Broadband
Birchal
Bodd
Booktopia
Carers Couch
Cogniss (2)
CoinJar
Cyber Clinic
Digital Skills Organisation
Envato
ettitude (2)
Five Mile Radius
Future Normal
Go1
GroupTogether
Guzman y Gomez Mexican Kitchen (2)
Heaps Normal (3)
hipages Group (2)
Home/ Upzeez
HungryHungry
Inspiring Rare Birds
Kalinya Communications
Kennell&Co
LAVO
Law On Earth
Learnmate
Linktree
Lyre’s Spirit Co. (3)
Marketplacer (2)
Memories Group Limited
Mr Yum (4)
Music Health
Nuheara
Open (2)
Ovira (4)
Phocas
PixelForce
Providoor
Pyn
Quad Lock (3)
Removify (2)
Riparide
SAAM Inc.
Safely
Seeing Machines Ltd
Slyp
SocialQ
Stone & Chalk
Superhero
Swoop Aero
TAXIBOX
The Push for Better Foundation
Transpire
Verve Super (2)
Young Folks

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.


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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. (NEW)

    For nurturing an inclusive environment. This award recognises a workplace that has successfully and intentionally encouraged innovation among diverse employees.


  • Large team culture (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    For the best community. This award recognises a co-working space that provides boutique experience, world class facilities with community management.


  • Launch pad (NEW)

    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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