Develop Intrapreneurship

Nurture entrepreneurial skills and mindsets in your people and teams to build a sustainable innovation capability and culture.

Grow Through Innovation

Build commercially-viable propositions to unlock new avenues for growth via our proven innovation methods.

Launch Game-Changing Ventures 

Validate transformative concepts to win investment and launch game-changing products, solutions or ventures.


Some of Our Work

We care about what we do and why it matters


We run intensive, immersive and facilitated sprints aimed at rapidly validating ideas while transforming the way participants think and work. We do it for real, on actual business challenges, not just simulated case study exercises.


We listen to you and tailor our design for you. No one-size-fits-all slideshows from the book. Instead, we adapt strategy, Lean Startup and Design Thinking techniques to co-create the most impactful approach for you.


We put the professional at the centre of the sprints, workshops and learning experiences that we deliver, because innovation starts with the individual, learning-through-doing, growing professionally to enable collective growth and intrapreneurship.


We make sure that innovation outcomes from our process can be sustained and impactful. We believe that becoming more entrepreneurial is a journey that takes continuous practice, which will make outcomes sustained over time to effect cultural change.

We have worked with

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imperial college london entrepreneurship
institute of cancer research entrepreneurship

“Studio Zao helped us identify consumer problems worth solving in order to design and deliver a rapid innovation sprint. They took us through a strategic and immersive venture building process, with 3 propositions going forward into pilots and a number of entrepreneurial talents recognised in the business”

Emily HaynesHead of Incubation, Pentland Brands (home to Speedo, Berghaus, Lacoste, Ellesse)

“If you want to better understand how to take an idea for a new product or service and make it real and are looking for a practical, hands-on approach, then Davide from Studio Zao is your guy. From programme design to delivery and coaching, Davide brings energy, passion and real-world knowledge and insights to everything he does.”

Ben Mumby-CroftDirector of Entrepreneurship, Imperial College London

“I wish I had attended a Studio Zao innovation sprint 30 years ago. It would have transformed the way I set up the business and avoided many of the disappointments – I would wholeheartedly recommend it”

Peter GrangerCambridge Researcher and Innovator

“Studio Zao’s expertise in the entrepreneurial process provided the structure and rigour needed for our teams to understand customer needs, develop value propositions and formulate their market validation plans. They have been instrumental in helping us design and facilitate our MedTech Challenge accelerator experiment.”

Hiten ThakarProgrammes Manager, MedTech SuperConnector

“For the first time I felt that taking a product or a service from an idea to a reality is actually something that I could do, and not limited to a selected few with a magic formulae”.

Andrea Guzzonifounder and CEO, Rentuu.com (backed by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, founder of easyJet and easyGroup)

“Studio Zao has organised an energising entrepreneurship bootcamp to help cancer researchers create new commercial opportunities based on their work. Overall feedback has been very positive, and it’s been great to hear attendees say that the bootcamp gave them courage to build their own company in the future”

Andy CarrBusiness Development Manager, Institute of Cancer Research

“Studio Zao’s program helped shape the direction of my career, opening my eyes to thinking like an entrepreneur and arming me with the tools & experience to create exciting business ventures”

Matt KennedyInnovation Solutions Lead, Pentland Brands (home to Speedo, Berghaus, Lacoste, Ellesse)

“Studio Zao facilitated an engaging Strategy Council Session for us, aligning 30+ TV industry senior members on the main advantages of the Lean Startup approach, and embedding members with TV-industry entrepreneurs so that they could reach consensus and identify innovative solutions to customer industry-wide challenges. Highly recommended!”

Richard Lindsay-DaviesCEO at DTG, Digital Television Group

Upcoming Opportunities

Side Hustles - Online Accelerator Programme with Pearson College London
Commercial Market Validation for Funded Early-Stage Startup Ventures (Remote)

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Innovation programmes that develop entrepreneurial capabilities, new products and ventures.

Lean Startup — Design Sprints — Accelerators — Intrapreneurship — Venture Building and Development — Business Entrepreneurship. Studio Zao helps organisations and founders to develop entrepreneurial capabilities while launching new products and ventures; designing and running innovation programmes, lean startup entrepreneurship training, venture sprints and acceleration programmes.