The Real Innovation Awards 2019

In each of the six categories there is a Judges' Choice winner, selected by a panel of expert judges, and a People’s Choice winner, made by public ballot, which ran in parallel to the judging in September.

The People’s Choice and Judges' Choice were revealed at the awards dinner on 14th November.

People’s Choice Award: Peter Janes, ShieldPay

Judges’ Choice Award: Fabien Mendez, Loggi

Making an omelette means cracking some eggs. Any successful project has a failure or two along the way, and equally most failures provide insights that can lead to success.

This award celebrates an individual or organisation who tried something that didn’t work out – but which provided the stepping-stone for a subsequently successful outcome.

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People’s Choice Award: Memrise

Judges’ Choice Award: Estonia’s e-Government Transformation

Incumbent firms always struggle with disruptive rivals because they don’t want to cannibalise their existing offerings or they are unable to rethink their existing way of working.


This award is for the organisation that most successfully reinvented itself when faced with a major challenge to its previously-successful business model.

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People’s Choice Award: Purplebricks

Judges’ Choice Award: Xero

First movers don’t always have the advantage. Sometimes the smart thing is to wait for the pioneers to take the initial risks, and to do the hard work in shaping a market.


This award is for the company that moved quickly to dominate an emerging market category, typically with a different and better business model than the first mover. 

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People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice Winner: Hugo Spowers Riversimple

Shaw said that progress depends on the unreasonable man (or woman) – the person who persists in shaping the world rather than letting it shape them.

This award is for an individual who has shown enormous tenacity and stubbornness in pursuing an idea, despite the difficulties encountered along the way.

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People’s Choice Award: Christian Mouysset, Tenzo

Judges’ Choice Award: Scrub Daddy

Fleming discovered penicillin essentially by accident, and indeed many other famous discoveries have been entirely serendipitous.

This award is for a person or organisation that built a thriving business on an idea that originated in the most unexpected or surprising way.

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People’s Choice Award: Wechat pay

Judges’ Choice Award: Zipline

Many successful innovations aren’t particularly novel, but succeed because they are carefully timed to coincide with other complementary developments: they harness the “winds of change.”

This award is for those who spot what’s just around the corner soon enough to take advantage of it.

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