Real Innovation Awards 2017 - Winners

Real innovation takes grit, perseverance and a bit of luck. MT has once again teamed up with London Business School to celebrate the companies and people who have truly disrupted their markets.

The awards were designed to highlight and celebrate the real, messy business of innovation – a process that’s a world away from what most people imagine it to be.

Innovation is the wellspring of change. Without a constant supply of clever, creative and fresh ways of doing things, the engine of economic progress would grind to a halt.

Other awards for innovation tend to describe a simplified, sanitised and inaccurate view of the process. Yes, whizzy new products and visionary leadership are important, but they aren’t the whole story: real innovation is messy, uncertain and serendipitous. And so the Real Innovation Awards were born – an award scheme designed to showcase the authentic, haphazard and exciting business of real innovation and to identify and celebrate those people and organisations who exemplify the way it really works.

Real Innovation Awards 2017: The Alexander Fleming Serendipity winner

Physical chemist Jeff Weer invented the first and only dry-powder inhaled antibiotic for cystic fibrosis...

Real Innovation Awards 2017: The George Bernard Shaw Unreasonable Person joint winner

Mitsuro Izumo established the world's first mass outdoor cultivation of Euglena - a microscopic algae...

Real Innovation Awards 2017: The George Bernard Shaw Unreasonable Person joint winner

Martha Silcott had to develop the 'skin of two rhinos' to get her business off...

Real Innovation Awards 2017: Harnessing the Winds of Change winner

Charles Rolls and Tim Warrilow knew they could shake up the drinks market with a...

Real Innovation Awards 2017: The Masters of Reinvention winner

Formed in the early 70s, Danish giant DONG has dramatically ditched coal in favour of...

Real Innovation Awards 2017: The Best Beats First winner

With 25 million users, Vivino is hitting all the right notes as the world's most...

Real Innovation Awards 2017: People's choice winners

From an Indian online jewellery portal to Britain's top IVF clinics, these innovative companies won...

Real Innovation Awards 2017: If At First You Don't Succeed winner

Backed to the tune of $450m, OYO founder Ritesh Agarwal has created India's largest branded...