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The Pause Awards resource hub is designed to help you make the most of your accolades. Get valuable promo tips and ways to promote your win on social media, download our logo packs and more.


For finalists

Promo tips

Congratulations on being the finalist at Pause Awards!

ndustry peer acknowledgement is all it matters, right! Being the finalist at Pause Awards is a significant achievement granted to only 40% of the entries in this year’s competition. It’s worth tweeting about!

Here are few tips of what you can do to maximise your promotions:

Promote being a finalist

You’re not the winner yet, but being a finalist is one step closer to the win. Take this opportunity to show the world why your business is awesome and why you’re selected. We’ve prepared some ammo for you below.

Put it on the website

Get our official finalist logo and badge from Downloads and post it to your homepage. Here is the link.

Go to socials

If you don’t say it, it didn’t happen. Don’t forget to post about it on you preferred social media channels by using our hashtag #PauseAwards and by tagging us with @PauseAwards. It’s the best way to get some instant kudos.

Grace your email signature

It’s one of the easiest things to do in the world, and still very impactful. Make it a highlight in your email signature for everyone to see.

Thank the support network

Send the email to your best and closest friends, family, colleagues and clients to let them know of great news.

Make content

These days, it is so easy to just pick up the phone and shoot a short video or take a photo. Think about writing a blog post or even run a Facebook ad, but don’t forget to tag us. Promote yourself and your business.

Create a media plan

If you pitch your business to the press, being a finalist at Pause Awards is a good additional reason to generate more attention. You can do it through broadcast, print, radio, online media, and blogs. 

We’ve created a simple Press Release here to download. If the media need official photos and videos, you’ll find those in the Pause Awards media room.


Finalists Sample Press Release


For winners

Congratulations on winning Pause Awards! Now you should tell the world about it. This is definitely a career-defying milestone as you were one among the 30% or less that won and if you hold a Grand Prix that’s less than 10% of all winners. Definitely enough to brag shamesly about it!

Here are few tips that you can do to maximise your promotions:


Launch a campaign

Nothing should stop you now. We recommend shooting from all tops, but it’s essential to prepare a good strategic campaign first. Winning a Pause Award is kind of a big deal, big enough to take your business leap to the next level. 

But don’t just take our word for it: past winners said, winning has put them on the map, gave them meaning, feel they are on the right track, belong to the ecosystem and help them drive new business and partnerships post awards.

We’ve prepared some ammo for you.

Create a media plan

Being a winner at Pause Awards is a good reason to garner some serious press in the broadcast, print, radio, online, podcast, media, and blogs. It’s a good time to share your business success story and of course that you won the Pause Award for it.
We’ve created a simple Press Release here to download. If the media need official photos and videos, you’ll find those in the Pause Awards media room.

Make content

These days it is so easy to just pick up the phone and shoot a short video or take a photo. Think about writing a blog post or even run a Facebook ad, but don’t forget to tag us.

Put it on the website

Download our official winner logo and badge and post it to your homepage. Here is the link.

Thank the support network

Send the email to your best and closest friends, family, colleagues and clients to let them know of great news.

Go to socials

If you don’t say it, it didn’t happen. Don’t forget to post about it on you preferred social media channels by using our hashtag #PauseAwards and tagging us with @PauseAwards. It’s the best way to get some instant kudos.

In the packaging

If you have a physical product, and it makes sense, you can include a special packaging Pause Awards Winner logo on your product packaging as well.

Thank the support network

Send the email to your best and closest friends, family, colleagues and clients to let them know of great news.

Grace your email signature

It’s one of the easiest things to do in the world, and still very impactful. Make it a highlight in your email signature.


Winners Sample Press Release


Winners awards night

The 5th annual Pause Awards Night, powered by VicGov, will be hosted in early December, in Melbourne, details still TBC. Make sure you’re ready for it!

Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Pause Awards Night, tickets, Welcome Reception, Official Afterparty and where to stay.

Pause Awards Welcome Reception

Join the fellow winners in the welcoming reception for an hour starting at 5:30pm in the venue of the Pause Awards Night. Network with the industry luminaries and special guests from the innovation ecosystem.

Pause Awards Night, powered by VicGov

The night filled with champions of the industry will not disappoint, how’s that possible! We’re giving away Grand Prix and Hall of Fame as well as our standard awards. The hosts, entertainment and venue have not yet been confirmed. But we know your ten-word speeches and dancing-walks are here to stay and entertain us again this year. Make sure you’re there and prepared for it!

Pause Awards Official Afterparty

This year we want to add some more spice to the festivities around the Awards Night, since people have asked ‘where is the afterparty? We’re extending the celebrations at the exclusive afterparty in a special venue with all your favourite people. From 10pm until late. Come for a few drinks, get stuck on the dancefloor. You wouldn’t want to miss it for anything in the world!

Event tickets fees

Join us to celebrate our innovation ecosystem! The 5th Pause Awards is powered by VicGov and we’ll honour the best performing and forward-thinking businesses and individuals in Australia that make this ecosystem. 

The best way to experience the biggest night is with a group of team members, (future) clients, family and friends. Details about ticket fees are below.

ALL PAUSE AWARDS WINNERS GET ONE FREE TICKET TO THE EVENT, ADDITIONAL TICKETS FOR COLLEAGUES MUST BE PURCHASED SEPARATELY.

IMPORTANT: There are limited tickets available, and the events WILL SELL OUT quickly. Tickets are sold on a first-come-first-served basis, so please order early to avoid disappointment. Invitations are limited to people associated with winners of the Pause Awards.

Covid-19 Vaccine Requirements

All ticketed guests are required to be vaccinated. Attendees will be expected to show their vaccine certificate at the entry.

Each ticket includes:

  • Pause Awards, Welcome Reception
  • Pause Awards Night, powered by VicGov
  • Pause Awards Official Afterparty

Flat Fee: $295


Ten-word speech & dance-walk

If you win, there are only two things you need to worry about at the event. Your ten-words speech and dancing skills. Traditionally, winners do the dance-walk to get their certificate on the stage and then address crowds with their ten-words at the big show.

Ten-word speech

We’ve limited speeches to ten words so that we can go through all winners in one night and make it exciting in the process. So your ten-words should be chosen wisely. And make it ten, no more, no less! We’ll be pushing them out to the socials.

The ten-words could be your bold statement, future tagline, social commentary, product launch, a joke or anything else you see fit at the time. Make it smart, witty and punchy – this works the best. We encourage you to start preparing ahead of Awards Night for your ten-word speech! 

Here is the sample:

“When they go low, we go high. That is all!”

Dance-walks

Dance-walks have stolen the show when we introduce it in 2020. They cut through the usually monotonous awards presentation and add a bit of flavour and excitement to each winner. The crowds loved seeing who pulls which dance moves on the blue carpet. 

There shouldn’t be much preparation for it, just get on the floor and bust a move. Even if you can’t dance, it’s a great thrill and a lot of fun for those watching you. So don’t stress. Put on a show for your friends! In the past, we had breakdancers, cartwheelers and catwalkers. We’re open to anything.

Pause Awards Night 2021
Pause Awards 2021 Awards Night
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Pause Awards Night 2021

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Creating your profile

One of the best things about Pause Awards is that we give free personal profiles and landing business pages to our champions. We’ve decided to do this because we thought no awards are doing it, and we’re into building better ecosystems so people and businesses need to be highlighted. We want your input and engagement.

We’ve created the most beautiful awards website on the market with great functionalities so we think you’re going to love coming back, using and sharing it. It’s like a better version of your LinkedIn profile. Once you set it up, your profile doesn’t need much updating, unless you get new professional photos or want to update your bio.

You don’t need much to create your profile, just a killer (studio) photo and 50 words of your bio. Please make sure you have a good quality profile photo at the right resolution. We understand that some people don’t understand what’s the right resolution and what pixel sizes mean, but if your photo is pixelated, it’s not good.


Images in two sizes:

Used on your index profile within a large image carousel. These images should be business or product shots that look great. Do not include your logo. Can include only 1, but preferable to have 2-4.

Profile Images (up to 4)

Used on your index profile within a large image carousel. These images should be business or product shots that look great. Do not include your logo. Can include only 1, but preferable to have 2-4. 

Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (Landscape) 
Resolution: 3000 x 1687px 
File Size: max. 600kb 
Format: .jpeg

Avatar Image (x1)

Used as a tile image wherever your business profile is displayed on the site in a grid, list or carousel. This image is the one that will be shown wherever your business is displayed on the website as a tile, so make it your best one. Do not include your logo. 

Aspect Ratio: 1:1 (Square) 
Resolution: 1600 x 1600px 
File Size: max. 300kb 
Format: .jpeg

Use www.tinypng.com to compress images before uploading.


Bio

Your bio is capped at 50 words so you’ll have to be short, punchy and only put the summary of your best achievements. Please stay away from buzz terms such as Innovation Guru or Self Evangelist etc. Other professionals will read and it just never resonates well.


Business Index profiles

These are created as you enter Pause Awards, there will be a segment which will ask you to enter three pieces of information, once you’ve done that and uploaded images you are done. It should not take more than 15 minutes to complete the profile.

Please make sure that you have high quality images that represent your business, they can be anything but we suggest having a photo of the Founder/ CEO, product and people in the office. You can upload up to four images.

Just keep in mind that the Business Index on Pause Awards is an editorial style of content and we want to make sure that everything looks classy and it’s up to date.


Judges and Ambassador profiles

Judges can now apply online and set up their profile during the application process. As we mentioned above, you’ll need one good quality photo of yourself and 50 words bio.

Ambassadors will be privately invited to join Pause Awards so they will have separate entry to portal access but essentially will require the same information. 

Setting up any of these profiles should not take more than 5 minute.


Contributor writing

We’re more than excited to present this opportunity for the innovation community to contribute to our newsroom. So why did we decide peer generated content is good?

The Australian ecosystem is growing at an accelerated pace and the current media channels are overflooded with paid content and not enough quality articles are written. There are few well crafted content beacons in the industry posting out on their own and we’d like to centralise some of those great reads and conversations to amplify their voices.

Our thinking and some feedback that we got is that there is a room for an alternative channel that fills this gap. Something like Medium or Apple news, but even more curated. We’ve already been called ‘the Broadsheet for tech’ by Merton Lawyers.


Who can contribute?

Almost everyone involved with Pause Awards, they include:

  • Winners with a Winner’s Pack
  • Judges, current and past
  • Ambassadors
  • Sponsors (paid)
  • Community partners
  • Special contributors invited by the Pause Awards

Where do I start?

Winners, Judges, Community Partners and Ambassadors can access this feature by logging into the Pause Awards portal and hitting the ‘Article EOI’ button under their profile.

Special contributors will have writer access to the portal and be able to just write articles and not see any other content related to Pause Awards.

We’ll manually send everyone access to write content by email.


What can I write about?

Pause Awards is the home for the champions of the industry. We want to make sure the content sent to us adheres to simple guidelines so that reading experience (or the pleasure) for the reader is taken into consideration, in simple terms, we need quality content with a point of view.

We don’t want:

  • Copy pasted press releases
  • Sales pitches 
  • HR news and job promotions
  • Advertorials
  • SEO backlinks

We want:

  • Opinion pieces
  • Industry and business insights
  • Thought-leading stories
  • Product launches
  • Educational

The publishing process

When you submit your article it will need to go through the approval process first, so it won’t be uploaded immediately. If you are planning a product launch or just want to time the article going live please allow 3-5 business days minimum.

If your article has quality photos and generally is well written it may be approved in 2-3 business days. But if your article doesn’t have good photos, it’s not well written or is salesy it will be knocked back for further editing or not be published at all. Please follow simple guidelines below.


How to write an article people want to read?

Also known as the Audience’s Choice is a great way to engage the audiences from a wide spectrum of our ecosystem that may not have heard of Pause Awards, or teammates of those that have entered.

We’re all about the community and so we decided to add this new dimension to the awards program to boost engagement and bring some more excitement to the program via socials.


Downloads

Download hi-res images of the Pause Awards logo, trophy and various badges to share on your website. 

We’re all about the community and so we decided to add this new dimension to the awards program to boost engagement and bring some more excitement to the program via socials.


Logo and badge packs


Sample press releases


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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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