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2024 predictions

Read a thrilling mid year predictions by the judges

Despite the half year being gone and us now in July, there is still time for 2024 to surprise us...

24 June, 2024
Square Peg and Pretzel

Brittany Garbutt’s exchange with Paul Bassat on building and sustaining a business empire

In an illuminating exchange filled with raw emotion and seasoned advice, Brittany Garbutt, the energetic founder of Pretzel Australia, sat...

21 May, 2024
Entering first-timers

Entering Pause Awards for the first time?

Entering the world of business awards can be daunting, especially for first-timers. But at Pause Awards, we believe in the...

21 May, 2024
Pause Breakthrough Sweater

What’s a Pause Awards breakthrough?

In the competitive world of business, the term “breakthrough” often conjures images of groundbreaking inventions or once-in-a-lifetime achievements. However, at...

14 May, 2024

Redefining success with Angus and Neil of Tanck

Meet Angus Crowther and Neil Pharaoh, the dynamic co-founders of Tanck, a consultancy that has swiftly carved a niche in...

15 April, 2024
Quad Lock

Quad Lock’s Breakthrough Moment

Introducing Quad Lock, the winner of the Pause Awards 2023 in the ‘Movement’ and ‘Work sweet work’ category.  Quad Lock’s...

12 April, 2024
Origin Energy

Origin Energy’s Breakthrough Moment

Introducing Origin Energy, the Pause Awards 2023 winner in ‘Going green’ category which was elevated to best in Good Category...

10 April, 2024
Mel Stubbings

Mel Stubbing’s breakthrough moment

Introducing Mel Stubbings, Development Lead at Hide and Seek Digital, winner of the ‘Top coder’ category at the Pause Awards...

5 April, 2024

Kollektive’s Breakthrough Moment

Meet Kollektive, founded by Melinda Farley, the Pause Awards 2023 winner in multiple categories Out of garage, Woman in business...

26 March, 2024
Wrap Fight

Fight Club and Zombie VCs

Welcome to Ignition Lane’s Wrap, where they cut through the noise to bring you their favourite insights from the technology...

25 March, 2024
Entertainment Brands

How Entertainment Brands are winning hearts and minds

In the ever-evolving landscape of brand marketing, a new breed of trailblazers is emerging, redefining engagement through the art of...

5 March, 2024
Pause Awards at SXSW Sydney

Looking at 100 years from now in Solar, EVs and MedTech

Discover the insights from a panel discussion at SXSW Sydney featuring Slava Kozlovskii (Founder and CEO of evee), Professor Renate...

20 October, 2023
Building Culture

How to build a company culture in dynamic market

Glean insights from top industry leaders as they dissect the intricacies of building a resilient company culture in today’s dynamic...

8 September, 2023
Oppenheimer vs Startup

The valuable startup lessons hidden in the film Oppenheimer

I drew the uncanny parallels between the film ‘Oppenheimer’ and the journey of a startup. Let’s dive into the lessons,...

7 September, 2023
Compass map Australia

How Pause Awards can put your brand on the map

Discover the unmatched influence of Pause Awards in bolstering brand reputation and how it serves as a reality-check for businesses...

30 August, 2023

Is AI the new frontier of creativity and business

We explore analytical trajectory of AI with industry leaders Stephen Foxworthy, Fiona Triaca, and Dr. Joseph Badr. Unpack the complexities,...

25 August, 2023
Brand experience

Experience is a new frontier for brands

Explore the intersection of brands and digital spaces, drawing insights from industry experts, aka Pause Awards judges. We’re talking about...

18 August, 2023
How to grow an idea

How to grow an idea into a great product

Discover the secrets of product design, the art of feedback and the nuances of customer adoption. In the third edition...

11 August, 2023
Storytelling and trust

Good storytelling and trust will fuel startup and brand growth

Discover how storytelling, trust, and strategic pricing play pivotal roles in startup growth, get an overview of the fundraising environment...

4 August, 2023
Lisa Chesterfield Director of Strategy, Innovation & Ventures, Monitor Deloitte Consulting

Discover the latest tech predictions of 2023

Delivering the top tech trends and forecasts for the rest of 2023 from the leading industry experts. Delve into the...

1 August, 2023
Stephen Hunt

Elevate your business with Stephen Hunt’s success secrets

Get to know Music Health, a venture-backed company that uses Precision Music® to enhance health and well-being. Learn about their...

31 July, 2023
Digital Marketing trends

Lean into digital marketing trends now and in 2024

From cultivating superfans to integrating AI, explore how brands can cut through the noise, build communities, and stay famous in...

28 July, 2023
Pause Fest 2020

Pause Fest’s BREAK–THROUGH SESSIONS will keep you scaling

Join the Pause Fest BREAK-THROUGH SESSIONS for an online growth festival like no other! Explore the latest in digital marketing,...

12 July, 2023

How to choose the right awards for your business

Learn how to pick genuine awards that truly recognise your accomplishments. Discover the importance of authenticity, key aspects to look...

5 July, 2023
BODD Technologies

Mapping the future of fit and function

Dive into the journey of Bodd Technologies, the innovative company revolutionising the fit and wellness industry. Learn about their growth,...

23 June, 2023
Championing breakthrough

Championing breakthroughs in today’s business world

Discover the transformative journey of the Pause Awards, a unique business accolade that propels Australian innovation to the global stage....

21 June, 2023
Pause Awards - Announcements 1

Top 5 compelling reasons why you should enter

Find out why the Pause Awards should be on your radar and discover the top five reasons that make them...

18 June, 2023

Pause Awards vs Webby’s, Cannes Lions and Effies

Dive into an in-depth comparison of the Pause Awards with other prestigious awards such as the Webby’s, Cannes Lions, and...

18 June, 2023
Pause Awards - Announcements 2

A tour of 11 new categories

Delve into the exciting world of 11 new categories introduced in the Operators and Excellence tracks. Unearth the unique opportunities...

12 June, 2023
How does it work, Pause Awards

Inside out of Pause Awards

Experience the prestige and advantage of Pause Awards, Australia’s leading recognition programme for innovative businesses. Learn how our rigorous and...

5 June, 2023
Pause Awards - Announcements 1

Aim for the Diamond: Understanding the Different Categories

A comprehensive guide to various award categories, including individual, company, investor, TopCoder, and the exciting 11 new categories. A must-read...

1 June, 2023
Jodette Cleary Chief People & Culture Officer, hipages Group

Industry leaders predict a transformative year ahead

Pause Awards ’23 brings together top industry experts predicting a transformative year ahead. Judges from Mastercard, Google, AWS and more...

17 May, 2023

Designing global empires:
How local brands can conquer the world

Discover how Melbourne brands like Aesop, JULY, Memo Bottle, ThankYou, Blackmagic Design, Quad Lock and Bellroy are transforming the global...

10 April, 2023
Ai Platforms

Top AI tools you need to try now

It seems like everyone has waited on ChatGPT to arrive to release their own versions of AI. Anyhow, it’s madness...

29 March, 2023
Louise Fisher, LunchFox

A journey to revolutionising healthy school lunches

An in-depth conversation with the inspiring entrepreneur behind the award-winning HealthTech startup LunchFox. After winning the coveted ‘I Wish I’d...

28 March, 2023
Music for wellness

Music for wellbeing:
The healing power of sound

Music has always been a powerful force in our lives. It can evoke memories, inspire emotions, and even change our...

20 January, 2023

Deep dive with ChatGPT about Aussie tech ecosystem

My next guest is a true leader in the field of artificial intelligence. ChatGPT, developed by OpenAI, is a cutting-edge...

17 January, 2023
Breakfast with Champions AWS Startups

Learning from mistakes and how to tackle the upcoming headwind

We know that mistakes propel us forward, but how do we make them recognize them and learn from them ss...

14 December, 2022
Pause Awards 2022, announcements and important news

Claiming your PauseNFT trophy

Here are the instructions for claiming your Pause Award NFT through the MetaMask cryptocurrency Wallet application. Creating a MetaMask Wallet...

13 December, 2022
Sunrise Conference

Rise and Demise

Welcome to Ignition Lane’s Wrap, where they cut through the noise to bring you their favourite insights from the technology...

28 November, 2022
Judge Sessions with LongView, Fullstack and Art Processors

Judge Sessions with LongView, Fullstack and Art Processors

Welcome to the Pause Awards show, where we invite past winners and future judges to talk about their journeys, inspiration...

20 October, 2022
Judge Sessions with Wavia, SEIKK and MedTech Actuator

Judge Sessions with Wavia, SEIKK and MedTech Actuator

Welcome to the Pause Awards show, where we invite past winners and future judges to talk about their journeys, inspiration...

26 September, 2022
Judges, Synergy Group, AOK Creative and i4 Connect

Judge Sessions with Synergy Group, AOK Creative and i4 Connect

Welcome to the Pause Awards show, where we invite past winners and future judges to talk about their journeys, inspiration...

16 September, 2022
Matt Vitale, Co-Founder Birchal

A word with Birchal’s Co-Founder – Matt Vitale

We’re less than 3 months away from our Awards Night. The nominations are pouring in, the judges are getting ready...

6 September, 2022
Peter Brennan, Heaps Norman and Analogue Digital

A word with Heaps Normal’s Head of Brand – Peter Brennan

By now you must be well versed with our community of champions and our commitment towards them. So in the...

9 August, 2022
newsroom, news, ecosystem, founder stories, insights, advice, product, growth, learnings

We’re giving a voice to our community with a stylish newsroom design

Pause Awards isn’t a single night or week of celebration. It’s a perennial reminder to uplift and highlight the ongoing...

10 July, 2022
Prof. Martin Green, father of solar cell, innovator

Professor Martin Green
– The father of solar cells

A world that’s struggling to solve climate change is more than ever in need of smart solutions and green energy,...

10 July, 2022
Haley Worley, Founder of The Sheet Society, winner Pause Awards 2021

The Sheet Society
– Success Stories

In the last 5 years, product innovation has transformed dramatically. Not only has it changed where shoppers spend their time...

17 June, 2022
Josh Howard | Pause Awards Judge

Single Use Ain’t Sexy
– Success Stories

According to WWF Australia, on average, Australians use 130kg of plastic per person each year. Less than 12% of that...

1 June, 2022

– Success Stories

Launched in 2015 in Sydney, Afterpay has revolutionised the way shoppers purchase products.Deeming itself as ‘financial wellness’ in the present...

24 May, 2022

Get to know:
Carolyn Breeze – Judge

Welcome to the Pause Awards show, where we invite past winners and future judges to talk about their journeys, inspirations...

24 August, 2021

Get to know:
Will Hayward – Judge

Welcome to the Pause Awards show, where we invite past winners and future judges to talk about their journeys, inspirations...

17 August, 2021

Get to know:
Shamila Gopalan – Judge

Welcome to the Pause Awards show, where we invite past winners and future judges to talk about their journeys, inspirations...

10 August, 2021

Get to know:
Jamie Finnegan – Judge

Welcome to the Pause Awards show, where we invite past winners and future judges to talk about their journeys, inspirations...

18 July, 2021

Get to know:
Melanie Rayment – Judge

Welcome to the Pause Awards show, where we invite past winners and future judges to talk about their journeys, inspirations...

24 June, 2021

Dane O’Shanassy on Patagonia’s moral compass and commercial success

When it comes to identifying as an “activist company”, Patagonia walks the talk. And it does it so bloody well....

6 November, 2019

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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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