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Congratulations to the 2017 People's Choice winners!


 

People's Choice 2017

We shortlisted up to five entries for each of the six awards categories and the People's Choice vote ran during the month of September.

 

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The If At First You Don’t Succeed Award
Ritesh Agarwal, OYO. Agarwal originally founded a budget accommodation listings platform, before realising there was a greater demand for curated guest experiences and pivoting its business model to a managed marketplace for standardized hotels under the OYO brand.


Follow Ritesh Agarwal, OYO: @oyorooms

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The Masters of Reinvention Award
The jewellery brand CaratLane has changed the traditional jewellery business model entirely to offer its products more widely.


Follow CaratLane on Twitter: @CaratLane

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The Best Beats First Award
The IVF provider CREATE Fertility has innovated to maximise the chances of conception through natural techniques that are friendlier to the body, safer and more affordable than traditional methods.


Follow CREATE Fertility on Twitter: @CreateIVF

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The George Bernard Shaw Unreasonable Person Award
Sanjeev Gupta, Liberty House. Building on a bold “green steel” plan, Sanjeev Gupta, Liberty House, is revitalising the manufacturing of several metals that appeared doomed. He acquired a large chunk of Tata’s UK steel businesses.


Follow Liberty House on Twitter: @LibertyHouseGrp

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The Alexander Fleming Serendipity Award
Hire Space started out trying to help austerity-hit community halls gain extra income, but soon morphed into the UK’s go-to venue sourcing platform.


Follow Hire Space on Twitter: @HireSpace

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The Harnessing the Winds of Change Award
Paul Villiger, Villiger Entsorgungssysteme, saw the need for more efficient urban waste disposal and was quick to develop fully integrated waste solutions, including underground storage facilities and automated collection trucks.

For more information about Entsorgungssysteme AG, see: www.villiger.com

Judge's Choice 2017

The Judges’ Choice was decided by a panel of expert judges and the results were announced at the awards dinner on 2 November 2017.

 

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The If At First You Don’t Succeed Award
Ritesh Agarwal, OYO. Agarwal originally founded a budget accommodation listings platform, before realising there was a greater demand for curated guest experiences and pivoting its business model to a managed marketplace for standardized hotels under the OYO brand.


Follow Ritesh Agarwal, OYO: @oyorooms

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The Masters of Reinvention Award
Dong Energy. Founded in the early 1970s, the company then known as Dansk Naturgas was an oil and gas company. Renamed Ørsted in October 2017, DONG Energy is transformed, with three-quarters of its total capital employed within wind power.


Follow Ørsted on Twitter: @OrstedUK

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The Alexander Fleming Serendipity Award
Jeffry Weers is a man who is as dogged in his pursuit of scientific excellence as he is a fan of baseball. Bringing together these two interests produced a breakthrough in the treatment of chronic pulmonary disease, or COPD. Jeffry successfully commercialised the TOBI Podhaler which is today used in the treatment of cystic fibrosis.


Follow Jeffry on LinkedIn: Jeffry Weers

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The Harnessing the Winds of Change Award
Fever-Tree was founded by Charles Rolls and Tim Warrillow who set out to challenge the status quo and revolutionise a stagnant mixer category. Fever-Tree has today achieved a market cap of just over £2.5 billion while expanding their product range, which is now available in 65 markets globally.


Follow Fever-Tree on Twitter: @FeverTreeMixers

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The Best Beats First Award
There are more than 600 wine apps within the Apple App Store. With more than 25 million registered users, 25 million consumer reviews and 75 million ratings on 12 million wines, one app has quickly come to dominate the space, Vivino.


Follow Vivino on Twitter: @Vivino

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The George Bernard Shaw Unreasonable Person Award
FabLittleBag Inspiration came to Martha Silcott when faced with a familiar dilemma - should she flush her tampon, or wrap it in a tissue and find a bin? She envisaged an opaque, biodegradable disposal bag - the result was FabLittleBag. With stubbornness and huge determination, FabLittleBag is sold in leadings stores.


Follow FabLittleBag on Twitter: @FabLittleBag



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The George Bernard Shaw Unreasonable Person Award
euglena Mitsuru Izumo founded Japanese bio-venture firm euglena with one mission ‘Saving the World with euglena’. Stubbornness and passion have characterised Izumo’s approach to business. Today, euglena is used in beverages, healthy foods and cosmetics - even bio-fuel for public transport including aircraft.


Follow Mitsuru Izumo and euglena on Twitter: @euglena_jp