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

10 July, 2022
We’re giving a voice to our community with a stylish newsroom design | News | Pause Awards
Nikita Lamba, writer contributor
Nikita Lamba
10 July, 2022

Pause Awards isn’t a single night or week of celebration. It’s a perennial reminder to uplift and highlight the ongoing journeys of the brightest minds in Australia. It’s a platform where the trials, tribulations and triumphs come to live together. It’s where individuals meet inspiration, and where ideas meet innovation.

Which is why we don’t see ourselves celebrating your nominations and wins as a one-off affair. Instead, we see ourselves building a platform that houses the ecosystem and voices the community — one that champions you and your story every day.
And so, we want you to have access to thoughtfully crafted and skilfully curated content on business success — stories and thought-leadership pieces written and delivered by experts and enthusiasts in the ecosystem.

As members of our community, you’re not awarded to sit on a mere list, which is why we want to empower you to join us in leading conversations about the industry, help address the pain points, and support the growth of it all.

We believe that you deserve a platform that can deliver this and much more — because champions deserve nothing less.

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Everything starts with a passion.

To address this goal, we caught up with some of our ambassadors and judges to hear what they believe would be the impact of our newsroom. Discussing what they hope to see happen with the advent of such a platform, Founder and Director of Positive HR, Jessica Bilston-Gourley said:

“I see this as a platform that creates value through storytelling of success, innovation, creativity and acknowledgement of failure. It should deliver a knowledge and information hub that takes founders from idea to scalability.”

Jessica Bilston-Gourley, Founder and Director, Positive HR

Not too far removed from this thought process was Creative Director at Synergy Group, Jason Perelson’s comment.

“I’d love to see the sharing of new thoughts and ideas across a range of industries. Not just industry moves and hires or case studies, but truly open conversation about humanity, society, potential and future. I’d love to see people boldly sharing new thoughts and ideas, even if they’re toying with theories, for it to serve as a platform for the future.”

Jason Perelson, Creative Director, Synergy Group

We couldn’t agree more with Jason. For this platform to be truly valuable to the ecosystem, authenticity is key. Discussing what role our ambassadors see our platform play in the wider innovation ecosystem, Birchal’s co-founder Matthew Vitale goes on to say:

“I see this as a platform that celebrates our progress and achievements, and a forum that helps support and guide one another.”

Matthew Vitale, Co-founder, Birchal

On a similar note, Sergio Brodsky mentions his desire for our platform to be an enabler, a place where people and companies with complementary skills, expertise, and offerings can meet one another.

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Inclusive ecosystem for all voices.

To be able to bring this to life, engagement and willingness of not just us, but the wider community, is crucial. And while we want entrepreneurs to walk away with valuable insights, there’s so many more benefits our ambassadors see them receiving. In Matthew and Sergio’s opinion, founders are bound to receive encouragement and connection, and a sense of true support that should help them overcome obstacles. Jessica believes that the platform will not only provide them the opportunity to problem solve, but also foster a sense of continuous learning and collaboration that should help them raise funding and scale. And in Jason’s opinion, founders should look to engage with the platform in return for new insights from outlier thinkers and seasoned pros.

There is so much gravitas in what the four of them have to say, and we truly couldn’t have said it any better. The only thing that awaits us now is you and your desire to join our community and become part of this stomping ground for unique, bold, and spirited ideas — ideas that are building businesses of the future.

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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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