We believe talent is the key lever for ROI

In today’s unpredictable business environment, established organisations need to innovate to remain relevant, competitive and profitable.

Forecasting the future is tough. To succeed in innovation, organisations master continuous, rapid experimentation and that requires two elements: the right people and practice.

We are a team of innovation strategists, product experts, designers and trainers who focus on helping organisations drive better, faster and more effective innovation from within, achieving step-changes in new sources of value and performance.

We focus on unlocking internal entrepreneurial talent within organisations and partnering with them to launch innovations — We call them intrapreneurs.

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Why we are different

People-centric

We put customers and intrapreneurs at the centre of what we do. We enable people to innovate for people.

Rapid and lean experimentation

We help you make strategic innovation bets and rapidly experiment on them to launch high-value propositions frugally and at speed.

Capabilities that last

We work with your talent to ensure they acquire the skills and mindsets needed to innovate repeatably and at scale.

Our people

We are strategists, designers, coaches, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and corporate innovation trainers.
We treasure diversity in people and in thinking.

Jamie Qiu | Studio Zao

Jamie Qiu

Managing Founding Partner

Davide Turi | Studio Zao

Davide Turi

Founding Partner

Davide Turi | Studio Zao

Chris Baker

Head of Programmes

Laia Bonet | Studio Zao

Laia Bonet

Business Development Manager

Peter Neyra | Studio Zao

Peter Neyra

Senior Programme Associate

Syed Rayyan | SZ

Syed Rayyan

Junior Programme Associate

Maria Martinez | SZ

Maria Martinez

Marketing Assistant

Manu Mossa | SZ

Manu Mossa

Admin & Accounting

Our advisors

Mark Hutchinson | Advisor

Mark Hutchinson

Non-executive Director

Steve Abramson | Advisor

Steve Abramson

Strategic Advisor

Teresa Kotlicka | Advisor

Teresa Kotlicka

People, Talent and Culture

What our clients say

“Working with Studio Zao was a real pleasure. Not only do they bring diverse and innovative strategic thinking but they also truly partnered with us, sharing insights and taking on feedback to co create a great output. They also understand the importance of talent together with innovation.”

What our clients say

Studio Zao took us through a strategic and immersive venture building process. It was insightful to see how the teams’ propositions transformed through customer engagement and validation, with three propositions going forward into pilots and a number of entrepreneurial talents recognised in the business.

“Working with Studio Zao was a real pleasure. Not only do they bring diverse and innovative strategic thinking but they also truly partnered with us, sharing insights and taking on feedback to co create a great output. They also understand the importance of talent together with innovation.”

Studio Zao 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.

“We hosted the most awesome global webinar with Studio Zao on “The Power of Intrapreneurship and Innovation” and it was an exciting journey of an intrapreneur, with practical tools and ideas, inspiring stories and an amazing passion for innovation.”

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