Frequently asked questions – AusMumpreneur Awards

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Frequently asked questions

Important dates

  • Nominations close – Thursday 30 June 2016
  • Round 1 voting starts Monday 4 July 2016
  • Round 1 voting ends Sunday 17 July 2016
  • Finalists in all categories announced Monday 25 July 2016
  • Round 2 voting starts Monday 25 July 2016
  • Round 2 voting ends Sunday 7 August 2016
  • Live judging in Melbourne Saturday 13 August 2016
  • Awards night presentations in Melbourne Sunday 14 August 2016

Can I enter more than one category?

Yes. Nominees are eligible to enter 2 categories: 1 judged category and 1 people’s choice category.

Do I have to be a member of The AusMumpreneur Network to be nominated?

No. Anyone can nominate or be nominated

Can I nominate my own business or does someone else have to nominate me?

Yes you can nominate your own business.

How do I nominate?

You can nominate your business or a business you love, by filling out the form at ausmumpreneur.com. You or the business owner you have nominated will then be sent an email with the link to complete the awards application form

When do nominations close?

Nominations close at midnight on Thursday 30 June 2016

Are there prizes?

Yes, the winner in each category receives $1000 in cash + over $2000 in prizes thanks to our event partners and sponsors.

Why is there an entry fee?

As the awards have grown each year we simply don’t have the time to do everything ourselves any more, and we decided if we were going to be able to keep these awards alive we would need to employ extra staff for the awards period. Some business awards cost up to $500 to enter, so we thought that $95 was a pretty affordable entry fee.  We knew some business owners would feel they couldn’t afford it, but we realised that perhaps those people would be better off applying next year or when their business was ready to pay the entry fee. The entry fee also includes access to the private community and a press release template (valued at $125) and $50 of your entry fee goes towards your awards and conference ticket.

How much does it cost to enter the awards?

It’s free to nominate but to enter your application there is an admin fee of $95 ($50 of this goes towards your awards and conference ticket) to help cover the costs of processing applications.  This fee also gives you access to networking with your fellow nominees in the private group as well as a press release template (valued at $125) for you to send to your local media. $2 from from every awards entry goes towards supporting the AusMumpreneur Scholarship program. The AusMumpreneur Scholarship program enables deserving mums in business to attend the AusMumpreneur Conference who would otherwise not have been able to afford to.

Do I have to display the awards banner on my website?

Yes. Displaying the banner and linking to www.Ausmumpreneur.com is a condition of entry.

When is the awards night and where is it being held?

The Awards are being held on Sunday 14 August 2016 at Melbourne Crown Casino.

How much are the tickets?

Tickets are $697.00 per person and includes Cocktail Party on Saturday 13 August, full day AusMumpreneur Conference and 3 course Awards dinner on Sunday 14 August.

Do I have to go to the awards?

Everyone is welcome to come along! This year live judging is being held in Melbourne on Saturday 13 August and all finalists in the judged categories are required to attend both the judging during the day on Saturday and the awards presentations on Sunday night in Melbourne. AusMumpreneur of the Year finalists are also required to be available in case of any media opportunities in Melbourne on Monday morning 15 August.

Should I contact my local media?

Yes. All nominees are encouraged to contact their local media and we will provide you with a media release template. Please let us know if someone runs your story. Finalists and winners must also be available for any media inquiries and interviews in the lead-up and following the AusMumpreneur Awards.

When does voting start?

There are two rounds of voting, the first round of voting begins at midday on Monday 4 July and ends at midnight on Sunday 17 July.  The top 10 people in each category go through to the final round. Votes are reset to zero and then the second round of voting begins at midday on Monday 25 August and ends at midnight on Sunday 7 August.

If my friends are too busy to vote, can I vote for them?

No. Only one vote per person is allowed, voting for anyone else or voting more than once is cheating and may result in your profile being paused or disqualification.

How are finalists selected?

In the judged categories finalists are selected by a panel of judges based on responses to questions.  The top 10 finalists are then required to be interviewed in Melbourne on Saturday 13 August and winners and place getters in each category are determined by a panel of 3 independent judges.

People’s Choice finalists are determined by the first round of public voting. The top ten nominees with the most votes in each category become finalists. Votes are then reset to zero for the final round of voting.

Do people’s choice finalists have interviews?

No. People’s choice finalists are selected from the 10 people with the most number of votes in each category at the end of the first round of voting. Votes are then reset to zero for the final round of voting. People’s Choice winners are the person in each category with the most votes at the end of the second round of voting.

During people’s choice voting is it ok to run promotions?

Yes. However we do ask that discounts, special offers, prizes etc are drawn randomly as a general thank you for support from ALL fans/customers/supporters rather than just those who have voted. AusMumpreneur takes no responsibility for any promotions held by any nominees, finalists or individuals.

If you have a general question that isn’t covered in this list, please post it as a new discussion in the awards group.

If your question is private please contact awards @ausmumpreneur.com

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