The new Pause Awards 2021 Trophy will be designed by WOODS BAGOT.

There will be a Standard and Grand Prix trophy to honour your excellence. Trophies will be sustainably produced.

We can't wait to see the final designs.


Woods Bagot is a multi-studio, cross disciplinary firm whose services in design, research, data analytics and consulting create People Architecture. Celebrating diversity across cultures, free from a signature style, People Architecture is about making an impact beyond design, creating a world where architecture is revered more for its service than its style. It is a conviction that the values of end users and the values of design are one and the same.

Operating from studios in 17 major cities around the world Woods Bagot designers place human experience at the centre of their design process to deliver engaging, future-oriented projects that respond to the way people actually use space, and which flexibly accommodate changes to come.

And now you have an incredible (mini) world of Woods Bagot to take back to your h-office.



Pause Awards will highlight new businesses and individuals that are building impactful futures in various industries. We’re looking for successful products, services, people, ideas and campaigns that are leaving a positive impact in society now for the better future.


Get Featured 👌
Get featured in Pause Award comms alongside winners, on our website and at the event.

New Opportunities 👀
Tell your success story to the world and get invited to speak at Pause Fest events or video Think Tanks.

Boost Your Brand 🏆
We’ll provide you with a promo kit and an optional designer trophy to help promote your victory to prospects, clients, and peers.

Global Access 🌎
No matter where you live, now you can enter Pause Awards from any country and city on the planet.

Challenge Yourself 💪
Compete with the best in class. Get noticed by business leaders and reviewed by over 40 global industry experts.

Build Credibility ⭐
Gain the Pause Fest stamp of approval for creating truly remarkable achievements.

2020 winner of Out of the Garage Award

2 Aug 2021 - Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey's digital payments platform Square has agreed to take over the Australian 'buy now, pay later' firm Afterpay. The $29bn (A$39bn; £21bn) deal is set to be Australia's biggest-ever buyout.

Read more via BBC


2020 winner of I Wish I’d Done That and Unexpected Twist Award

7 May 2021 - Sydney furniture company IsoKing made $3.6 million after COVID-19 launch, and now rolled out the full range of permanent furniture.

Read more via News


2020 winner of I Wish I’d Done That Award

28 Jun 2021 - Aussie add-water soap company, SINGLE USE AIN’T SEXY, opened its doors to investors last week - who have already pledged EOI for over a million dollars.

Read move via Ekko


2020 winner of Hammer Award

20 Oct 2020 - Aussie online ordering platform HungryHungry has scored $2 million in Series A funding, after the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated innovation in the hospitality sector, and led to a six-fold increase in orders through the platform.

Read more via SmartCompany


We go back to the future to discover our past winners have not stopped growing, transforming and innovating.


2019 winner of I Wish I’d Done That Award

26 Mar 2021 - Aussie social media startup Linktree has raised a huge US$45 million ($59.3 million) in Series B funding, as it continues its growth trajectory following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more via SmartCompany


2019 winner of Out of the Garage Award

24 Mar 2021 - Melbourne fintech Airwallex has topped up its Series D round by 50%, raising an extra US$100 million (A$130m) for a total of US$300m.

Read more via StartupDaily


2019 winner of Big Noise Award

7 Feb 2020 - While other neobanks have been making a show and dance about their deposit growth, Up founder Dom Pym told Business Insider Australia that his bank has been quietly raising the bar in the banking sector.

Read more via BusinessInsider


2020 winner of Hammer Award

3 June 2021 - The 'world's lightest' hardcase carry-on is, well, pretty damn light. And that's about it. You can have a skull emoji printed on it, though!

Read more via Mashable


2019 winner for Out of the Garage Award

16 Jul 2021 - After a rocky road to public trading, Aussie-born fitness empire F45 has finally listed, closing its first day trading on the New York Stock Exchange with a valuation of almost $2 billion.

Read more via SmartCompany


2018 winner of Unexpected Twist Award

29 Mar 2021 - Melbourne startup Envato has been named Australia’s top marketplace by Silicon Valley VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, and the 32nd best in the world — putting the Aussie business 12 spots above its ranking in the inaugural list last year.

Reward more via SmartCompany


2019 winner of Out of the Garage Award

Jul 20 2021 - Brisbane-based online corporate training marketplace Go1 is Australia’s newest unicorn startup after raising a whopping US$200 million (A$273m) series D, led by SoftBank.

Read more via StartupDaily


2020 winner of Hammer Award

26 Jan 2021 - Birchal, Australia's leading crowdfunding platform, reports on sector progress in 2020, q4 was the biggest ever. female founded firms raised more than year prior.

Read more via CrowdfundInsider



Even if you don’t end up as a winner, all shortlists will get Finalist Promo Kit in which there is everything you need to have to promote your entry.

Anyone credited on a winning entry will get a free digital Certificate and Winner Promo Kit to promote their winning entry.

Both winners a shortlists will be featured on our website and selected winner will be promoted in our newsletter at the time of announcement.

If you have sent us a good quality photo of yourself and you happen to win we’ll feature you in our promotions post awards and in 2022.

And there is a new Grand Prix award per category! Winners can purchase the sustainably made trophies and pick them up at the Awards Night.


...and by winning Pause Awards, you’ll also win:

The respect, even admiration, 
of your peers.
 Lustre to your profile.
Your clients will feel good about working with a top talent.
 You can buy a cool trophy to show your mum.
 Contribution to your company’s rankings.
 Stimulate and promote successful teams and internal culture.


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Our awards team can help. Whether you have a specific query or would like an advice, find out how to get in touch so we can help.

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