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About the awards

Entries for the 2016 Real Innovation Awards are closed. Sign up here to be notified when the 2017 nominations open. Find out who was shortlisted in 2016 and who the winners were.

It’s time for a radically different take on recognising innovation, and so we have teamed up with our friends at Management Today to bring you the brand new Management TodayDeloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Real Innovation Awards.




The awards are based on two fundamental convictions:


FIRSTLY Innovation is the wellspring of change, and that without a constant supply of clever, creative and fresh ways of doing things, the engine of economic progress would slowly but surely grind to a halt.


SECONDLY For such a vitally important process, innovation is singularly badly served by existing award programmes. These largely describe a simplified, sanitised and inaccurate view of what innovation actually is.


Yes, whizzy new products and visionary leadership are important, but they are not the whole story. Real innovation is much messier, more uncertain, and more serendipitous than most of the existing attempts to reward and recognise its key players would have us believe.


Hence, the MT/LBS Real Innovation Awards – an award scheme designed from the outset not only to showcase the authentic, haphazard and altogether more exciting business of real innovation, but also to identify and celebrate those people and organisations who exemplify the way innovation really works.


What’s in it for the winners


In a word – recognition. Winners will be feted by both Management Today and LBS, with an exclusive awards presentation ceremony to be held at London Business School and a special feature in Management Today – that’s 150,000 of the most grown up business readers around – plus appearances in LBS’s own journal London Business School Review. Not only that, MT will promote both winners and shortlisted entries online via stories on our must-read website, daily news bulletin and extensive social media feeds.


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Judging process

A shortlist of up to five entries is selected for each category. The panel of judges pick the category winners from the shortlisted entries. A public vote for the People’s Choice runs in parallel. The results of the public vote do not influence the judges’ decision but will appear in the post-award write-ups.

The 2016 judging panel included:


  • Matthew Gwyther, editor of Management Today 
  • Prof Julian Birkinshaw, professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at London Business School and academic director of the Deloitte Institute
  • Vimi Grewal-Carr, Managing Partner, Innovation and Delivery Models, Deloitte

Final judging panel


Read about the judging panel.

Judging criteria


All nominations are judged against the criteria set out in the Categories. All entries relate to innovations that have occurred within the last five years.