Pause Awards 2021 is Open for Entries

Pause Awards 2021 opens for entries

Pause Awards is now accepting global entries! Enter before 16 July to take advantage of discounted Early Entry fees (A$265), and you can save yourself 20% off Standard Entry.

Pause Awards is the emerging business impact awards that celebrates innovation ecosystems around the world, by celebrating startup, scaleup and enterprise successes.

Our entry prices remain one of the most affordable in the tech and innovation world.

Standard Entry fees are A$325 and are ending on 24 September. You will save yourself an additional 20% in discount if you submit before Late Entry kicks in with A$395 per entry.

It pays off to enter early, before 16 July as you could be saving 40% in fees. Especially if you are planning on submitting more projects in various categories, Early Entry is your best option. 

This year the application process is simple. We are using Typeform and it only takes seven minutes to complete the application and pay. We are not getting you to sign up, just type in and send it off. You can try it now to see how it goes here.

2021 Categories

There are 22 categories in total this year, that’s double from last year. The categories are not industry specific and you don’t have to worry if you are B-Corp, NFP or startup for any categories. Pause Awards honours at scale from startups to enterprises and anyone in the ecosystem that delivers business impact. We have 4 new categories in Sustainability, 2 new for Creative, 2 new for Breakthroughs and 2 new for emerging business and individuals. Find more about categories.

New Sustainability Categories

This year we have introduced four sustainability categories across the board. These categories are awarding circular economy, ethics in business, clean energy, climate change, healthy environment, workplace culture projects that consciously reduce impact on the planet and leave positive social contribution. We hope you will appreciate and enter them.

Our Judges

Pause Awards judging panel comprise of 40 industry leaders, entrepreneurs, execs, journalists, founders, academics, creatives and investors from all over the globe. Past judge David Swan, Tech Editor at The Australian said “Pause Awards are a great way to discover and recognise talent”. We are looking for a few more judges from social good, ethics and sustainability to join this year’s awards. Please submit your expression of interest here if you would like to join.

Why Enter Pause Awards 2021?

Pause Awards are part of the world's leading festival for business and creativity, Pause Fest. We bring future builders and collaborators to propel the next gen forward. Our mission is ‘Designed for progress’ and we value people, passion and purpose. Pause Awards were born to discover and celebrate the next gen. Other award competitions don’t even have similar categories that we think are very necessary to acknowledge. Pause Fest and Awards have over eleven years of industry credibility. From this year we accept global entries and we have a new Awards Trophy designed by a secret artist or a studio, soon to be announced.

Shortlist entries will be published on our website and they will be provided promo kits for social media share. Winners will receive a beautiful handmade Award Trophy, that comes with a cost but it’s optional. We’ll also provide free certificates and promo kits too.

Cyan Taeed
2018 Winner of Unexpected Twist Award Cyan Ta'eed, Exec Dir/ Co-Founder, Envato, said “Well it a) made me laugh when I read it and b) made me feel a lot prouder than any other award I've received. I’m honoured”.

Last three years we’ve focused on Australian markets, but this year we are opening to the entire world to apply. We understand that there are almost no awards that are focused on startup to enterprise level out there and we aim to change that.

Important Dates and Fees

When you pay the Pause Awards entry fee you will automatically be considered for the award and be put forward to judges to vote. This year we are very excited to be redesigning the Awards Trophy which will have to come as extra cost, but it’s optional. We are aiming to hold our first physical Awards Night event because last year we couldn’t, but in case that is not possible again it will be online.

Our low entry prices are aimed at startups but also to stimulate established business and corporates to enter more projects. Check all important dates and prices here.

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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.

Send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need further assistance. This is how we can help you, so feel free to arrange a call or Zoom meeting to talk about your entries. Best of luck!