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BCG’s i2i Innovation Benchmarking Tool

Your innovation journey should start with a clear assessment of your organization’s innovation strengths and weaknesses. That’s what BCG’s innovation to impact (i2i) benchmarking tool provides.

BCG’s i2i benchmark reveals your relative strength on ten innovation system factors essential to innovation success. Seven factors describe the health of your innovation platforms—your innovation strategy plus the operating model and critical capabilities that support it. And three evaluate the specific practices that drive a portfolio of projects to maximum impact. Scoring is based on a best-practice maturity framework. Results can be compared against our innovation benchmark database of nearly 1,200 companies, including many of the world’s leading innovators.

The best innovators start with unique insights into valuable customer problems and then convert those insights into ideas for new products, services, and business models—at scale. Breakdowns in one or more of these ten areas lead to suboptimal performance. 

The i2i innovation benchmarking tool offers a concrete and actionable perspective of an organization’s performance across the ten factors:

Innovation Practices

  • Projects. Do you have best-practice project management capabilities?
  • Funnel. Is it the right shape—and well-balanced? 
  • Portfolio. Is it ambitious enough—and consistent with strategy?

Innovation Platforms

  • Ambition. Is it bold and backed with resources? 
  • Domains. Are you playing in the right spaces? 
  • Governance. Is it supporting or stifling innovation? 
  • Portfolio management. Is it supporting right, timely decision making? 
  • Organization and ecosystems. Is the setup right—and are the roles clear? 
  • Talent and culture. Do you put your very best talent on innovation? 
  • Idea-to-market fit. Are you able to move seamlessly from ideation to market?


Curious to see how you stack up against the competition and to chart a path to become a successful serial innovator? Contact us for more information on assessing your innovation journey.

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