Unleash Entrepreneurial Talent

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, how we do it and most importantly, 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 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 domains of innovation, because we believe in the power of open innovation and “blended” teams.


We believe entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship are forces for good, able to 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

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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

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AI & The Future Of Work: What's the role of entrepreneurial skills?

AI & The Future Of Work: What’s the role of entrepreneurial skills?

February 25 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

How is AI and emerging technologies impacting organisations? Come and join an evening discussion with Sony Music, IBM Ventures & UK GOVIn partnership with City.AI and Second Home, Studio Zao presents:Cars that drive themselves. Algorithms that make millions of trades in a day. Chatbots that respond to customer-service inquiries. These are just some of the powerful manifestations of how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming our lives and our workplaces.As AI increases in efficiency and improves our lives, it is said…

Imperial Food Hack, 26th-28th Feb 2020. New food products against Diabetes & Cardiovascular Diseases

Imperial Food Hack, 26th-28th Feb 2020. New food products against Diabetes & Cardiovascular Diseases

February 26 @ 8:00 am - February 29 @ 5:00 pm

48 hours to design, validate, plan & pitch ground-breaking food products Food Hack 2020 will bring together experts from across the food industry to bridge the gap between research and the market. Using Sprint & Lean Start Up methodology, multi-disciplinary teams will each design an innovative food proposition which harnesses the health benefits of a natural genetic variation in peas with the ultimate aim of preventing diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Begin the Hack with an early idea, and you will…

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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.