WE DEVELOP ENTREPRENEURIAL CAPABILITIES WHILE LAUNCHING NEW PRODUCTS AND VENTURES

Grow Through Innovation

Build commercially viable ventures to unlock new avenues for growth via our proven internal innovation process.

Unlock Entrepreneurial Talent

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

Launch Game-Changing Ventures 

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

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WHAT WE DO

For Organisations

Foster innovation and enable entrepreneurial talent via our intensive and immersive innovation programmes. We apply the startup mindset to turn great ideas into successful products or ventures that solve real business problems, aligned with your strategic objectives.

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For Founders

Transform your great idea into a viable new venture. We apply a proven venture building process that has helped 3,000+ entrepreneurs create 200+ new ventures, navigating through the uncertainty of early-stage entrepreneurship.

How We Do It

ADAPTIVE

We listen to you, identify your opportunities, 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 useful approach for you.

FAST

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, not just simulated case study exercises on businesses you don’t care about.

COLLECTIVE

We connect you with the brightest talent from leading universities and renowned institutions. We bring them into our process because we believe in the power of collective intelligence in “blended teams”.

PURPOSEFUL

Entrepreneurship is a force for good, able to bring about positive change by solving problems that matter. We believe in a future where everyone will embrace entrepreneurial principles to make a difference.

We have worked with

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“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

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Side Hustles | Craft Your Elevator Pitch Practical Workshop

January 21, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Come and learn how to boil down your idea into a concise elevator pitch to convince co-workers, executives, investors and prospect cofounder

Side Hustles | Craft Your Elevator Pitch

January 21, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Come and learn how to boil down your business idea into a concise pitch to convince executives, investors & prospective Co-founderOverviewBeing able to communicate your vision in a simple and compelling way is one of the most important tasks for founders.The "elevator pitch" concept reflects the idea that it should be possible to deliver the summary of your business venture in the time span of an elevator ride, say approximately thirty seconds. Once crafted, you can use it with a…

Side Hustles | Launch Your Business Idea

February 18, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Got a great startup idea?Create your action plan to make it happen.OverviewDo you have a great business idea but you don't know if it will work?Have you been playing with the idea for a while? Do you know where you want to get to but you don't know how to get there?Have you read about "Lean Startup" but you don't know how to put it into practice?The first steps to starting a business can feel confusing — having a clear…

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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.