In the lead up to the Big Pitch next week, the 10 finalists for this years 25k Awards were brought together to meet the winner of the 2013 innovation Founder Award. The winner was Dr Peter FitzGerald CBE from Randox Laboratories who shared some of his experiences of growing a global company from humble beginnings. His words of advice included maintaining a strong sense of self-belief, not letting the failures get you down, and making sure to think on a global scale.
The guest speaker was Ulster Rugby Captain and British and Irish Lion, Rory Best. Rory shared some of his experiences of being a player and captain in club and international rugby, and how proud he was to represent Ulster, Ireland and the Lions. He talked of the vision that Ulster Rugby has to be the best in the world, and how important it was that that vision was driven from the top. The buy-in of senior players, and the early visibility of progress helped ensure that the vision was shared by the entire organisation. On the subject of innovation, he described how training methods have changed in recent years due to the increased use of technology, particularly for tracking players movement and monitoring their performance.
Rory was kind enough to pose for a photo, and chat afterwards.