Top 5 compelling reasons why you should enter

18 June, 2023
Top 5 compelling reasons why you should enter | News | Pause Awards
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18 June, 2023

Find out why the Pause Awards should be on your radar and discover the top five reasons that make them an essential accolade for your enterprise’s growth.

Amid the myriad business accolades out there, the Pause Awards stand as a prestigious recognition platform for Australian innovation. But why should you consider applying? Here are the top five compelling reasons.

Showcase Your Breakthroughs
The Pause Awards aren’t just about numbers on a balance sheet or social media followers. These awards provide a unique platform for your business to showcase true innovation and change-making in your industry. They emphasise the impact and significance of those defining moments when your company made a tangible difference, solved a complex problem, or introduced a product or service that revolutionised the status quo. By focusing on these breakthrough moments, your success story becomes a beacon of inspiration for others in the industry.

Gain Valuable Mentorship
A standout benefit of being a top winner in the Pause Awards is access to invaluable mentorship from leading figures in the business and tech community. Imagine being mentored by industry heavyweights like Paul Bassatt, gaining insights from their wealth of knowledge and experience. The mentorship you receive could open new doors of opportunities, fostering collaborations and partnerships that would otherwise be challenging to access.

Attract Investors with an Investable Score™
Unique to the Pause Awards is the inclusion of an Investable Score™. This addition makes these awards particularly enticing for companies looking to attract investors and raise capital. The score is a clear indicator of your business’s investment potential, providing a credible and compelling argument to convince potential investors of your company’s worth. It’s not just an award; it’s a signal to the investment world that your business is a solid bet.

Amplify Your Brand Credibility
Winning a Pause Award brings with it a significant boost in brand visibility and credibility. This award recognises the hard work you’ve poured into your business and affirms your place as an industry leader. The Pause Awards seal is more than just a badge; it’s a testament to your commitment to innovation, effectiveness, and impact.

Learn More About Self
Completing the Pause Awards application process in itself can be a valuable exercise in introspection and clarity. The specific set of questions, coupled with a word limit, prompts you to distil the essence of your company’s development and direction. This process can lead to a deeper understanding of your company, aligning your team with the core values, mission, and vision that drive your business. It’s not just about winning an award, it’s about gaining a clearer perspective of who you are as a company and where you’re heading.

But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what some of our previous winners have to say:

Having LVLY be recognised in the Pause Fest Awards was such an honour. Positive impact is at the core of our business and to have that acknowledged outside of the LVLY team was proof to us that we’re on the right track.

Verity Tuck, Co-founder & COO, LVLY

Single Use Ain’t Sexy, another Pause Awards winner, talks about the impact of winning on their brand visibility, stating that, “Winning Pause Awards put our brand on the map.”

In the words of another winner, Birchal, “Pause is the community of amazing innovators and we are thrilled to be recognised.” By applying for the Pause Awards, you’re not just taking a shot at winning an accolade, but also joining a community of innovators shaping the future of business.

In the world of business in Australia, it’s an international standard of benchmarking – so why not take the chance?

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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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