Real Innovation Awards: the line-up

27 shortlisted nominees. Six categories. Who will win? 

Real Innovation Awards vote now

Twenty-seven highly innovative individuals and companies have been shortlisted in six categories for this year’s Real Innovation Awards, providing a fascinating insight into today’s consumer pain points and tomorrow’s trends. 

From healthcare disruptors to energy providers, fintech start-ups to manufacturers, drinks companies to gaming apps – the shortlist features fresh-thinking people and companies that are successfully engaging in the business of innovation. Vote now in the People’s Choice awards

The full list of shortlisted nominees is as follows:

If At First You Don’t Succeed: Scottish Bioenergy; Achal Bakeri, Symphony Ltd; Ritesh Agarwal, OYO; Kathryn Minshew, The Muse

Masters of Reinvention
: CaratLane, Clockjack, DONG Energy, Foursquare, and National Geographic Society

Best Beats First
: Chobani, CREATE Fertility, Monzo, and Vivino

George Bernard Shaw Unreasonable Person Award
: Herman Mashaba, Black Like Me, Ian Locker, ZephIR Lidar, Martha Silcott, FabLittleBag, Mitsuru Izumo, Euglena, Sanjeev Gupta, and Liberty House

Alexander Fleming Serendipity Award
: Hire Space, Jeffry Weers, Respira Therapeutics, Petcube, and Sofar Sounds

Harnessing the Winds of Change Award
: DeepMind, Fever-Tree, Flixbus, Jack Dorsey, Square, Paul Villiger, and Villiger Entsorgungssysteme
This year’s judges include Sarah Wren MBE, CEO of Hertfordshire Independent Living Service (HILS). Wren won the If At First You Don’t Succeed award last year for transforming an ailing local service into a fighting fit social enterprise by radically changing its business model. 

Behind the scenes at the 2016 Real Innovation Awards: watch the film 

The awards were designed to highlight and celebrate how innovation really happens – a messy, laborious process that’s far removed from the popular notion of a lightbulb moment followed by instant success. 

The Real Innovation Awards is a collaboration between the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at London Business School (LBS) and Management Today

This year’s winners will be announced at a lavish awards ceremony at LBS on 2 November. A People’s Choice voting process runs in parallel: the public is invited to vote between now and 2 October.