Our Innovation Support for Business (ISfB) programme is designed to drive and commercialise the innovative business ideas of Oxfordshire's SMEs and entrepreneurs.
ISfB Phase 2 is a £7.3m investment supporting Oxfordshire’s innovative entrepreneurs and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). We do this by assisting the development and commercialisation of innovative business ideas, as well as enhancing research and innovation infrastructure in Oxfordshire.
We also aim to promote business investment in research and innovation, as well as developing links between businesses and researchers.
We deliver the ISfB programme with partners from the University of Oxford, Cherwell District Council, Oxford City Council and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and offer a customisable portfolio of help for eligible entrepreneurs, start-ups and businesses to encourage innovation.
Our support includes:
- 'Go-create' grants
- 1:1 support - delivered via telephone / videocall
- Workshops, seminars and master classes - for the foreseeable future, we are looking to move future OxLEP-led events to 'digital platforms
- Access to equipment, expertise and resources
Further information on OxLEP Business can be found on its microsite.
This phase of the ISfB programme builds upon ISfB phase one funded by the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) between 2014 and 2015. The results of the evaluation of ISfB phase one can be found in a three-page management summary report and ISfB infographic: Head to our 'publications' section to review our innovation strategy.