Be awarded for your brilliant ideas

Celebrate your proudest innovations in all their spontaneous glory.

by MT Staff
Last Updated: 25 Apr 2017

The romantic notion of The Big Idea™ and the visionary genius behind it remains a seductive concept in business. A conveniently linear narrative of flashing light bulbs, fast recognition and unimagined success.

Yet the real stories behind the innovations that shape our world rarely follow this sterile script. True innovation is often a chaotic blend of tenacity, bloody-mindedness and downright luck.

Groundbreaking ideas are more likely to emerge from collaboration and the work of unheralded heroes than a single architect. And innovation is driven as much by happenstance and threat as by moments of inspiration.

The Real Innovation Awards are a counterpoint to corporate cliché. They celebrate your great ideas as they really happen. They also recognise the often-unsung experts who help shape them.

It’s your chance to herald your smart innovations in all their tumultuous, haphazard glory without the pressure to crunch them into the type of sanitised, scarcely believable anecdotes favoured by other business awards.

Because when you separate fact from fantasy, the stories behind great innovations are often spontaneous, surprising and infinitely more inspiring.

It's time your company got the recognition it deserves, so enter now.

Six reasons why you should enter:

1. Get the market recognition your innovations and vision deserve

2. Give your unsung heroes the chance to step into the limelight

3. Enhance your reputation with current and potential clients

4. Get greater European and British recognition for your global brand

5. Join esteemed previous winners such as Deliveroo, DubSmash and BlaBlaCar

6. Enjoy extensive media coverage in the London Business School Review and Management Today, read by 150,000 of the biggest business brains

This year's categories are:

The If At First You Don’t Succeed Award

When dogged determination triumphs in the face of extreme difficulty

The Masters of Reinvention Award

Seeing off stiff competition by reinventing your business model or approach

The Best Beats First Award

For those excelling at being best (but not necessarily first) to market

The George Bernard Shaw Unreasonable Person Award

An individual who beats the odds with enormous tenacity and stubbornness

The Alexander Fleming Serendipity Award

Innovations that owe more to happy accident than great judgement

The Harnessing The Winds of Change Award

Ideas that successfully take advantage of a market’s direction of travel

What you said:

'A lot of what’s written by business schools and academia is very theoretical. In reality, innovation is much tougher,' Steve McGuirk, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service

'This award means a lot to us because it tells everyone that we have successfully innovated to take the company to the next level,' Yusuf Saban, chief of staff to CEO, Deliveroo

'As an Australian company, it’s very useful to gain greater recognition from Europe,' Paul Ostergaard, CEO and founder, Norwood Systems

'This is a special award for us because you normally receive prizes for technology or design, but this one is to do with our company and its stories,' Matteo Lai, CEO, Empatica

'There are no other awards that recognise the almost near-death experiences that true innovators go through,' Raghu Dharmaraju, Embrace Innovations

Don't delay – the deadline to enter this year's awards is 31 May.  If you're unsure whether you can enter, read the terms and conditions here


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