We shortlisted up to five entries for each of the six Real Innovation Awards categories and then our judging panel decided upon the winners.
A People’s Choice vote ran in parallel during the month of September.
The If At First You Don’t Succeed Award, for an individual or organisation who tried something that didn’t work out, but provided the stepping-stone for eventual success. Dubsmash fine-tuned its lip-synching app through constant iteration. It has now been downloaded by 100m people in 78 countries.
Follow Dubsmash on Twitter: @dubsmash
Joint winner: The If At First You Don’t Succeed Award. By completely reinventing its operating model the meals-on-wheels company turned near-disaster into ongoing success, pulling back from the brink to become an innovative sector leader.
Follow Hertfordshire Independent Living Service (HILS) on Twitter: @hertsindliving
The Masters of Reinvention Award, for Steve McGuirk who most successfully reinvented the company in the face of disruption to its business model.
McGuirk’s innovation – unpopular at first but successful – was to refocus his force away from traditional firefighting towards safety and prevention.
Follow Manchester Fire on Twitter: @manchesterfire
The Best Beats First Award, for an organisation that moved fast to dominate an emerging market category.
Former analyst William Shu criss-crossed London for 10 months on his scooter to launch Deliveroo with in-depth knowledge as well as an evolving routing algorithm.
Follow Deliveroo on Twitter: @deliveroo
The George Bernard Shaw Unreasonable Person Award, for an individual who stubbornly pursued an idea against the odds.
Embrace Innovations’ founder Jane Chen even moved to India in her quest to develop an affordable, non-electric incubator to save babies’ lives.
Follow Embrace Innovations on Twitter: @embraceinnov
The Alexander Fleming Serendipity Award, for a company that has capitalised on an accidental discovery.
Owner Andy Barr brilliantly spotted that his company’s high-end scallop trawling gear could be repurposed to recover nuclear sludge.
Follow Barnon on Twitter: @barrnon
The Harnessing the Winds of Change Award, for those who spot what’s round the corner just soon enough to take advantage of it.
One of the few European “unicorns”, BlaBlaCar’s ride-sharing platform soon became the transport platform of choice for social, cash-strapped millennials.
Follow BlaBlaCar on Twitter: @blablacar