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Women and purpose led businesses take the most wins at Pause Awards ‘22

6 December, 2022
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6 December, 2022
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The annual business awards programme for the most ambitious and forward-thinking companies, Pause Awards has announced 50 bold winners for 2022, with the champions from: Great Wrap, Verve, Bare Cremation, Separation Guide, Wisr, Circle In, Pentanet, Evee, TernX and many more.

December 6, 2022 Melbourne, Australia Pause Awards, powered by VicGov, is building better ecosystems in Australia through their business awards programme that celebrates only the real winners, now in the 5th annual edition.

In 2022, Pause Awards upgraded to a lavishly designed BOND Melbourne bar, a local icon that gathered people from all over the country to attend the biggest night for the Australian innovation ecosystem. The awards were packed with sophistication, palpitating excitement, tears, silly industry hosts and finished off with clubbing to classics.

The Pause Awards are highly competitive! The entries are evaluated by 60 international and local judges, including founders, CEO’s, execs and entrepreneurs who are experts in their field. Judges ensure only the highest quality of winning entries is selected each year, on their merit and impact, not just growth. 

​​The 2022 entrants showed businesses have a key role to play in creating a more equitable and regenerative world. Submissions were authentic and bold in their approach to tackling some of society’s biggest challenges and delivering real and measurable change where it matters.

Lee Tonitto B. Com, MBA, GAICD and Chair at Pause Awards

There are too many upgrades this year, we’ll mention only a few, from the complete website redesign, Entry Portal built from scratch, 14 new categories, entry questions to wearable trophy design! 

Companies entered are mostly small businesses with less than ten employees, closely followed by medium size businesses of up to 100 employees, and there has been a significant growth of over 100 employees companies applying. The average founder age this year has dropped to 29, compared to 37 in a previous year.

The Education sector jumped one spot up to fourth place, remarkably the Food & Beverage industry has completely disappeared and Health entered the Top 5 industry charts this year. The ‘Defiant Ones’ category, for new tech breakthroughs, took over leadership from ‘I Wish I’d Done That’ for sheer brilliance.

I’m honoured to be recognized. The Pause Awards build better ecosystems by recognizing real people who do real things, and I’m so proud to be one of those

Fiona Wood AM FAHMS, Hall of Fame ‘22 winner for pioneering the innovative ‘spray-on skin’ technique (Recell)

“This award programme is not just about recognising the real winners, through excellence, performance and effectiveness in the Australian marketplace, we’re celebrating ingenuity and total commitment to tackle serious problems in response to local and global challenges and unstable markets,” Hedon added.

Out of 50 winners, 7 double title winners went to Bare Cremation, The Separation Guide, Wisr, Circle In, Pentanet, Evee, TernX and 2 triple titles went to Great Wrap and Verve. 

There were only 7x Grand Prix awards out of 32 categories, Grand Prix stands for best in category, and are awarded only if the Judging Board fully agrees, those went to Bare Cremation, Great Wrap, Music Health, The Separation Guide, Midnight Health, Vanessa Doake and Verve.

The ceremony was masterfully conducted by returning ecosystem champion and MC Garry Williams from Tractor Ventures who announced the awards are returning on 18 May 2023. Winners for 2022 are:

CULTURE
Diverse Co. – Wisr
Work Sweet Work – Honeycomb Strategy
Work Sweet Work – Wisr
Work Sweet Work – PwC Australia

EXCELLENCE
Company of the Year – Bodd
Defiant Ones – Great Wrap
Defiant Ones – Switch4Schools
Hammer – Marketplacer
Hammer – Aussie Broadband
Hammer – Pentanet
Hammer – Aquarzon
I Wish I’d Done That – Great Wrap
I Wish I’d Done That – TernX
I Wish I’d Done That – Labflow by Comply Group
I Wish I’d Done That – Driveschool Enterprises
I Wish I’d Done That – LunchFox
On the rise – Music Health
On the rise – Bare Cremation
Women In Business – Christina Hobbs
Women In Business – Kate Pollard
Women In Business – Angela Harbinson

GOOD
B-Good – Linkmate
Circular Pioneer – Goterra
Circular Pioneer – Circle In
Going Green – Verve
Going Green – evee
You’ve Got Ethics – The People Spot

GROWTH
Design First – Quad Lock
Design First – TernX
Wildfire – Food Frontier
Wildfire – Pentanet
Wildfire – Linktree
Out of the Garage – Matrak
Out of the Garage – STEM Punks

OPERATORS
Do You Know Who I am – Mark Brownlee
Future Builder – Slava Kozlovskii
Future Builder – Jordan Shreeve
Future Builder – Alex Goulios
Hottest Hub – Hub Australia
C-Suite – Dom Pym
Launch Pad – INCUBATE (University of Sydney)
Super Connector – Michelle Mannering

HALL OF FAME
Hall of Fame – Fiona Wood

GRAND PRIX
Defiant Ones – Bare Cremation
Going Green – Great Wrap
Hammer – Music Health
On the rise – The Separation Guide
Wildfire – Midnight Health
Women In Business – Vanessa Doake
You’ve Got Ethics – Verve

DOUBLE X7
Circular Pioneer – Circle In
Women In Business – Circle In
On the rise – Bare Cremation
Defiant Ones – Bare Cremation
Diverse Co. – Wisr
Work Sweet Work – Wisr
Hammer – Pentanet
Wildfire – Pentanet
Going Green – evee
Future Builder – Slava Kozlovskii
I Wish I’d Done That – TernX
Design First – TernX
Women In Business – Angela Harbinson
On the rise – The Separation Guide

TRIPLE X2
Going Green – Verve
Women In Business – Christina Hobbs
You’ve Got Ethics – Verve
Defiant Ones – Great Wrap
I Wish I’d Done That – Great Wrap
Going Green – Great Wrap


Congrats to all winners at Pause Awards '22!
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2022 Hall of Fame winner – Prof. Fiona Wood
Pause Awards '23 entries open on 17 May
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Big shout to all Pause Awards '22 winners!


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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.

    For nurturing an inclusive environment. This award recognises a workplace that has successfully and intentionally encouraged innovation among diverse employees.


  • Large team culture

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    For the best community. This award recognises a co-working space that provides boutique experience, world class facilities with community management.


  • Launch pad

    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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