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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
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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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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.

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  • 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


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    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.


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    For the best company. This award recognises a company leadership, success, ambition to excel against all odds with the solid future development plans.


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    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.


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  • Circular Pioneer

    For making a difference. This award category recognises a company that is pioneering their circular efforts.


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    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)

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  • Inception

    For visionary thinkers. This award recognises a person that came up with the transformative idea that can change the world for better.


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    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.


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    For conquering a marketplace. This award recognises a company that has made a significant impact on the marketplace in the shortest amount of time.


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    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.


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    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.


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    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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