Innovation Award

This Award celebrates businesses that have developed new ways to benefit Greater London communities, whether by utilising their unique position to address an often-overlooked social issue, by challenging the way we think about an entrenched issue, or by finding new ways to achieve impact on a long-standing issue. The Award is for businesses that recognise the benefits of innovation – both as an important driver of sustainable social impact and for engaging their workforce. 


  • One or more of the following should be true of the initiative entered in this category:
    • Your initiative changes the way in which social impact is achieved in your chosen area/issue e.g. through collaborating with others.
    • Your initiative challenges others, people or organisations, to think and act in new ways about your chosen social area/issue.
    • Your initiative addresses a social issue rarely addressed by businesses.
  • This award is open to applications from private sector businesses and public bodies having an impact in Greater London. Businesses and public bodies may use this form to make an application for their own organisation or to nominate a third party business or public body. Charities, schools, community groups and social enterprises are not eligible to apply in this category but may nominate a business or public body.
  • The Lord Mayor's Dragon Awards recognise and celebrate organisations going beyond their core business product or service to have a social impact.   Applications will be disqualified if the initiative described is judged to form part or an extension of the organisation’s core commercial and/or delivery activities, e.g. a local authority providing a statutory service to the community or a business whose purpose is to broker employee volunteering.
  • Public bodies must be able to demonstrate that their project is outside of their normal business mandate.
  • The same initiative cannot be submitted in more than one category. All partners involved in the same initiative must decide which category it best fits into and submit one application to that category only.  
  • If your initiative was shortlisted in 2017 you can apply again with the same initiative (or another) in any category, however the judges will be looking for ways in which your initiative has developed over the past year.
  • If your initiative won an Award in (2017), it should not be entered in any category for three years following receiving the Award. For example, any initiative that won in 2017 should not be entered again until 2021.  When submitting in following years the initiative should have had substantial changes made to it since winning the Award. You may apply with a different initiative to this year's Dragon Awards. 

Examples of Innovation Award Initiatives (this list is not exhaustive): 

  • Programmes can include work such as using technology to scale a response to a problem.
  • Running programmes to support staff or people in the wider community who might be dealing with a social issue rarely addressed by businesses such as domestic abuse
  • Influencing other businesses in your supply chains to think in new ways about a social issue such as domestic violence by making research available to others and sharing learning so other businesses can benefit from it and replicate it.  

When making an application please follow the Innovation Award - Guidance and Scoring Card document where you will find further information about the Award and a guide on how to answer each question on the application form.