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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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Vote for the 'If At First You Don’t Succeed' Award
Achal Bakeri, Symphony Limited
Kathryn Minshew, The Muse
Ritesh Agarwal, OYO
Scottish Bioenergy

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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Vote for the 'The Masters of Reinvention' Award
DONG Energy
National Geographic Society

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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Vote for the 'The Best Beats First' Award
CREATE Fertility

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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Vote for the 'The George Bernard Shaw Unreasonable Person Award'
Herman Mashaba, Black Like Me
Ian Locker, ZephIR Lidar
Martha Silcott, FabLittleBag
Mitsuru Izumo, euglena Co., Ltd.
Sanjeev Gupta, Liberty House

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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Vote for the 'Alexander Fleming Serendipity' Award
Hire Space
Jeffry Weers, Respira Therapeutics
Sofar Sounds

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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Vote for the 'Harnessing the Winds of Change' Award
Jack Dorsey, Square
Paul Villiger, Villiger Entsorgungssysteme

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