Enhance your innovation capabilities to achieve business growth

Innovation is fundamental to the success of a business. With many owners looking for ways to grow their business, a tailored programme of innovation can provide you with the support required to achieve these goals.

Innovate 2 Succeed was delivered by the European Regional Development Funding (ERDF), this has now ceased and Innovate 2 Succeed is now a part of the Innovate UK and Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) family services.

It is a fully-funded programme designed to support ambitious SMEs that recognise innovation plays an integral role in their growth plans. The programme offers up to 7 days of tailored support from an Innovation Adviser and can support your senior team to address important areas of innovation management.

Delivered by Exemplas across the East of England, part of the University of Hertfordshire, we have experience of delivering quality business support services to over half a million SMEs.

Contact us to discuss the programme

How does the programme work?

Delivered through a tailored four step programme, the Innovate 2 Succeed programme provides eligible organisations with support from experienced innovation specialists.

Step 1: Analysis

A specialist Innovation Adviser will work with you to identify the innovation challenges, opportunities and growth areas in your organisation. Topics covered include strategic management, leadership, process improvements and innovation culture.

Step 2: Action

An Innovation Adviser will work with you to agree an action plan. This sets out how you can tackle barriers to developing a framework and culture which fully harnesses your innovation management and commercialisation.

Step 3: Delivery

Your business will receive tailored support through a bespoke package of modules, delivered mostly face-to-face but also remotely. This can include collaboration with organisations such as research centres, universities, finance and funding providers and other national programmes.

Step 4: Review

Your business will work with the adviser to carry out a full programme review, assessing the impact and planning next steps for sustainable commercialisation and growth.

Who is eligible?

This programme is designed for small to medium enterprises (SMEs) showing innovation and growth potential. Support is available to businesses based in Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

The programme is funded by Innovate UK and aims to increase the effectiveness in generating and commercially exploiting ideas of high growth, innovative SMEs, as well as those showing innovation potential but facing barriers to innovative performance. 

Delivered by Exemplas, part of the University of Hertfordshire, the UK's leading business-facing university, we work with an emerging generation of SME owners and managers to help them move from start up to sustainability.

Contact us to discuss the programme

Client success stories

Find out about SMEs who have benefited from our visionary support and guidance to help them grow and fulfill their potential

Read our latest case studies HERE


The Innovate 2 Succeed programme was organised, flexible and we found all of the tools, techniques and advice really useful. Our advisor was fantastic and very knowledgeable; they fully understood our business and were able to identify how we could improve in areas such as innovation and risk management. The advice and guidance we received were of great help to our business.

Nelson Nazareth

Managing Director, BioGene

Enquire now

To discuss the programme with one of our Innovation Advisers please complete the form below, give us a call on 0845 6419955 or email enterprise.europe@eeneast.org.uk