COVID-19 Innovation Hack

Our COVID-19 Innovation Hack is a rapid and targeted way to enable your organisation to bounce back with a clear direction, narrative and action plan to win in the face of real disruption.

4 Days – 100% remote

A sprint process that combines the best of a number of methodologies: Futures-Thinking, Design-Thinking, Lean Startup and entrepreneurial psychology.


Studio Zao Innovation

Corporate Innovation

Build commercially-viable new products, services and ventures to unlock additional avenues for market growth and change the game for your organisation.


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

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We care about what we do and why it matters


We run intensive, immersive and facilitated hacks aimed at rapidly creating and 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 Lean Startup, Design Thinking and Futures Thinking techniques to co-create the most impactful approach for you.


We bring in the brightest talent from our unique network of leading academic and industry organisations at the cutting edge of their innovation domains, because we believe in the power of open innovation and “blended” teams.


We believe entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship can bring about positive change by solving problems that matter. We believe in a future where everyone can embrace entrepreneurial principles to make a difference.

We have worked with

sony music
EY - innovation corporate accelerator studiozao
UCL university college london studiozao
imperial college london
institute of cancer research

“I would have no hesitation in recommending Studio Zao or using them again to manage and facilitate a complex innovation project. Our food research translation project was a new area for them, but they engaged and brought industrial partners together, and worked with us all the way through a complex journey involving academia, large and small business, running two successful workshops and hacks. This has given us a highly engaged network to back our bid for further UK Innovate funding.”

Prof. Gary FrostProfessor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Imperial College London

“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

“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)

“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 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)

“Working with Studio Zao has been a real pleasure. Not only do they bring diverse and innovative strategic thinking but they also truly partner with us, share insights and take on feedback to co-create a great output. They also understand the importance of talent in corporate innovation. I look forward to continuing to work with them on future projects.” 

David RileyVP People and Organisational Development, Sony Music Entertainment

“Studio Zao really helped accelerate my business with the seminar I attended in the summer – thank you!”

Anthea KolitsasLSE Generate Accelerator 2020 student

“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, (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. 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

“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

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Studio Zao

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.