• Oxford Innovation - Venturefest Oxford Partner

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Oxford Centre for Innovation, New Road, Oxford, OX1 1BY

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Oxford Innovation

Oxford Innovation has been making a positive difference for over thirty years. We identify businesses with growth potential and deliver the bespoke support that they need to scale-up through business coaching, incubation and access to investment. By improving commercial competency, businesses become more resilient, create jobs and generate wealth. The economic growth benefits both the businesses and their local communities.

Our team of business coaches is drawn from industry and they all share a common commitment to developing businesses and the people within them. They draw upon their own exceptional commercial achievements to build trusting relationships that allow us to explore the often deeply sensitive issues that are the key to unlocking the potential of the individuals and their businesses.

Our Innovation Centres create supportive communities of entrepreneurs that enable early-stage businesses to flourish and grow. Each Centre that we manage is financially sustainable and generates real economic outputs aligned to the objectives and goals of our Clients.

Our angel network, OION Ltd, plays a vital role in connecting ambitious businesses with experienced investors. The network focuses on enabling early stage high growth companies looking to raise equity investment rounds of between £80k and £1.5m across a broad range of sectors.


Jane Galsworthy - Oxford Innovation

Jane Galsworthy

Director of Development

Jane leads the development of business coaching and advisory scale-up programmes at Oxford Innovation. She specialises in designing effective delivery models, building partnerships and securing funding to create high quality business scale-ups programmes that make a positive difference to local economies. Over the last 5 years, Jane has led Oxford Innovation to secure over £50m of business support funding – this has been used to deliver bespoke coaching and advice to 7,000 high growth SMEs to strengthen internal capabilities, capture market opportunities  and generate over £400m GVA.

Prior to joining Oxford Innovation, Jane spent several years in chemical R&D in both academia and industry and also was a director of a consultancy specialising in innovation and enterprise policy. She has a deep understanding of the different spheres of policy, research and business and is passionate about bringing them together to create positive economic and societal improvements.

Jo Willett - Oxford Innovation

Jo Willett

Marketing and Business Development Director

Jo is a Division Board Director responsible for business development activity, setting up Innovation Centres from new builds to remodelling existing buildings, overseeing all business support provision and service delivery, as well as directing marketing activity, brand development and implementation. Jo also delivers consultancy to a range of public and private sector bodies on the development of Innovation Centres, including feasibility studies for new centres; undertaking site assessments, brand development, operating models and business plans to support funding bids. Most recently Jo led on supporting the University of West England, University of Essex, HCA (North Hampshire) and Belfast City Council in establishing Innovation Centres, from inception to operational centres.

Jo led the research project looking at business survival and growth across 15 centres over a 10 year period, which was published in July 2014, and presents at several national and international innovation / science park conferences each year.

Graham Thompson - Oxford Innovation

Graham Thompson

Strategy & Management Specialist

Work closely with SME businesses to help them identify their most critical barriers to growth. Help those businesses to overcome their barriers and deliver the growth they deserve. Graham has first-hand experience in Business Development, Sales and marketing, has launched new products, developed 3rd party International distribution channels and built profitable sales teams. He has designed and run sales training initiatives to improve the effectiveness of sales people.

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