Is Your Star going to Rise this Awards season?

by Charlie Gunnhingham

Awards are not for everyone, but can be a great way to get your message out and give you and your team a welcome boost.

One way to make yourself known, enhance your credibility and give a welcome lift to team morale is to win awards. But which ones should you enter?

Entering is reward in itself

OK, while some among us (cough – the Aussie cricket team) may have forgotten this bit, in many ways the ‘taking part’ is as important as ‘the win’.

What I mean is, if done properly and in the right spirit, you can derive benefits from just entering the awards as they can be a great way to:

  • galvanise the team
  • look back on what you’ve accomplished
  • check on your strategy (where are you going?)
  • receive feedback from industry peers and experts
  • network with high end business people

Win, lose or draw, if your head if screwed on right, you’re ahead.

Awards worth entering

This is not an exhaustive list, but here are some that I have personal knowledge about, in that I have either entered them myself as a startup and/or been a judge.

They are real, the judges and organisers take their jobs seriously, and winning them (or even just being made a finalist) can be quite a feather in your cap.

WAITTA Incite Awards

  • Longest running IT awards, now in its 28th year
  • entries have closed for 2019, Finalists announced 9th April 2019
  • winners are announced on a gala night at the Crown Perth in June
  • everyone in the ICT industry, including Ministers, government attends
  • Even if you’re not entering this year, get yourself along to the gala awards night, 14th June.

Business News Rising Stars 

  • 13th year of awarding fast growing WA companies
  • entries are now open – close 10 May 2019
  • entries are due mid May, $295 to enter (includes ticket to awards night)
  • winners announced in mid June at an evening cocktail event
  • past winners include Health Engine, SEQTA, Injury Connect, Nuheara…
  • high end networking with successful business people attend
  • some people go along to the cocktails night, just for the contacts to be made

 40 under 40

  • Been running since 2002
  • Many categories
  • Nominations for 2019 closed – 2020 will open in August 2019
  • Winners announced March

Telstra Business Awards

  • been running 27 years
  • Entries close 30 April
  • State run awards, with state winners progressing to nationals
  • New business award, small business award, various relevant categories…

Many people regard WAITTA, Rising Stars and Telstra as the trifecta

AIM WA Pinnacle Awards

  • Free entry
  • Nominations currently closed
  • Winners announced in March
  • Many categories

 Various Council run business awards

Here the quality varies, and it depends where you reside.These 3 are well run and cost effective:

Fremantle business awards ~ nominations close April 30th

Stirling business awards ~ nominations open mid April – mid June

Belmont business awards ~ nominations close Sept 25th


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