New categories revealed for Pause Awards 2021

Pause Awards 2021 opens for entries this week with ten new exciting and important categories to enter.

Pause Awards categories have doubled this year with a total of 22 for Pause Awards 2021, which is now open for entries from today 9 July to 1 October 2021.

The new categories are Defiant Ones, Creative Genius, Underground, Exit Planet, Circular Pioneer, You have Ethics, Work Sweet Work, Going Green Award, Inside Out and Inception Award.

The most popular categories last year have been B-Good, I wish I’d Done That and Hammer Award and this year we have expanded into more impactful categories and sustainability for companies and individuals to apply.

In 2020, we introduced five new categories out of which B-Good was most celebrated and Portable took the double whammy together with StageKings and The Sheet Society. 

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This time we are expanding on the good business category to bring you Circular Pioneer, You have Ethics, Work Sweet Work, Going Green Award which will give you more options of how you can be recognised. For us these categories are ones with the most importance.

Awarding intrapreneurs with Inside Out Award is also a very significant category for honouring personal growth, leadership and development within the company. And finally Defiant Ones Award apart from the cool as hell name it carries as equal weight to it for all those that are breaking new grounds in tech.

Last year’s categories, together with brilliant new ones, are all available again for you to enter with a chance to get your success stories in front of an industry leading judging panel.

The top five most popular industries from Pause Awards 2020 were in Education, Financial, Consumer Goods, Design and Marketing and IT with Accelerators sharing fifth position. We also saw a whooping 15% rise of female entrepreneur winners last year, to claim 65% of total awards taken by women.

Airwallex won Out of the Garage, Linktree won I Wish I’d Done That and Up Bank snapped the Big Noise Award a couple of years ago at Pause Awards 2019

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This year we have a new Award Trophy design by an artist. We aim to work with a different artist or an agency each year, so this year’s trophies will be unique and collectable.

The Early Entry deadline for Pause Awards 2021 is 16 July. To get a 20% discount on the entry fees you should submit by midnight AEST (Australian time zone) on 16 July. The Standard Entry will save you an additional 20% and ends on 24 September on Midnight AEST.

And for those who like to wait until the last minute and pay the most, there is a Late Entry deadline ending on midnight 1 October AEST.

Pause Awards is awarding the impactful business worldwide and focusing on bettering the ecosystem by shining light on new businesses and individuals that are building impactful futures in various industries. First couple of years, the awards were internal and only last year we opened for external nominations with a fee. This year we are going global, and as an emerging awards program there is a lot of ambition behind what we do and who we award, and how.

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Filling out an entry form takes approximately 7 minutes, and you can do it here. For an awards overview please head to the awards page. Most answers to your questions can be found in the Pause Awards 2021 - Entry Kit which you should download from here.

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