What is Innovate2Succeed?

Innovate2Succeed is a business support programme designed to help SMEs scale up through better innovation management.

Fully funded by Innovate UK and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), i2s provides up to seven days of tailored coaching to address barriers to growth

Specialists from Oxford Innovation Services help businesses to plan for the future, harness ideas, make better strategic and financial decisions, and understand how to manage innovation to deliver better results.

Does my business qualify?

Innovate2Succeed is available to SMEs that can demonstrate a high potential for growth through innovation.

Some eligibility rules apply so contact Oxford Innovation Services on 01865 261487 or to find out more.

How i2s is delivered

1. Analysis
One of our specialist innovation advisors works with you to identify the innovation challenges and opportunities in your organisation. Topics covered include strategic management, leadership, process improvements, business performance and innovation culture.
2. Action
An action plan is agreed with the advisor that sets out areas to work on that will help you harness your innovation management and commercialisation potential.
3. Delivery
Your business receives tailored coaching, delivered mostly face-to-face but also remotely, to help deliver the action plan.
4. Review
Your business works with our adviser to assess the results and plan next steps to sustain a commercialisation and growth culture

The diagnostic phase

Qualifying SMEs will receive full access to GROWTHmapper®, our in-depth and highly-respected diagnostic tool. Developed by Oxford Innovation Services to help businesses achieve their ambitions, it comprehensively assesses your innovation management capabilities and identifies where improvements can increase the likelihood of achieving your business plan.

GROWTHmapper® collects and analyses the insights of your management team to inform the coaching process, measure your progress and ensure that you stay ahead of the game.

How we can help

Topics for coaching could include:

  • Strategic management
  • Process improvement
  • Accessing international markets
  • Embedding entrepreneurship into business operations
  • Innovation culture
  • Investment readiness
  • Lean business practices
  • Protecting and exploiting ideas
  • Access to finance and investment
  • Innovation in selling, digital marketing and export capability

Our Team

Our team of innovation advisers, together with a specialist network of experts, will provide
you with the support you need to grow your business.



Business growth articles and publications from our team of advisers and experts.



Our friendly innovation advisors and specialists are ready to help you grow your business.

Email us at:
Call us on: 01865 261487


We have supported over 6,000 SMEs in the south from a wide variety of sectors.

Here are a few examples of the businesses we have helped with tailored and dedicated coaching, resulting in the adoption of innovative processes, cultures and products.


New Jobs


External Finance Raised


Businesses Assisted


Economic Growth (GVA)


"We’re excited to harness the knowledge and experience that OIS has built up over more than two decades to provide tailored support to existing and prospective customers".

Elaine Kearney, Innovation Advisor & Programme Manager