Innovation isn't the slick, stage managed and inevitable process that many award schemes make it out to be. In fact it's just the reverse - messy, unpredictable, uncertain and serendipitous. Just ask James Dyson why he went through 5,127 prototypes before coming up with the first successful bagless vacuum cleaner.
In recognition of this incenvenient but important truth, here at MT we've teamed up with our friends at London Business School to launch the Real Innovation Awards. Here is Prof Julian Birkinshaw, head of the Deloitte Institiute of Innovation and Entrpreneurship at LBS, explaining what makes the Real Innovation Awards so different and why you should enter.
There will be seven awards ranging from The Before its Time Award to the George Bernard Shaw Unreasonable Person Award and we would love to hear your suggestions. You can enter yourself, a colleague, friend or just someone or something that you think is a great example of innovation that deserves wider recognition.
The closing date for submissions is June 21st - so go on, enter now.
Those Real Innovation awards categories in full:
The MT/Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Real Innovation Awards - not just innovation as usual.