Studio Zao designed and ran a 6 months acceleration programme for deep-science and healthcare innovation students from 8 leading UK academic institutions, guiding 10 Ventures through MedTech Superconnector.


The MedTech SuperConnector (MTSC) is a consortium formed of 8 leading UK academic institutions (Imperial College London, Queen Mary University of London, Royal College of Art, Royal College of Music, Institute of Cancer Research, Royal Veterinary College, Buckinghamshire New University and The Francis Crick Institute).

MTSC exists to accelerate the commercialisation and adoption of academic, deep-science medical and healthcare innovations, supported by £5M of funding from the UK Government. The Challenge Accelerator is a 6-month acceleration programme that takes postdoctoral, PhD, and Master talents of any academic background from the consortium institutions with a passion for MTSC’s goals. Participants form venture teams with fellow researchers with complementary skills to work on early-stage ideas to tackle challenges in Mental Health and Wellbeing.


MTSC asked Studio Zao to help them with designing and delivering an end-to-end innovation programme over 6 months to develop 10 ventures from the 8 academic institutions.


We designed and delivered an end-to-end acceleration programme consisting of:

  • A 2-day Creation Hack
  • A 3-day Design Sprint
  • Multiple Lean Venture Building Workshops and Masterclasses
  • Ongoing Venture Development Coaching and Support
Creation Hack

A 2-day intensive hack process that ideated proposition concepts and formed 10 venture teams through fundamental Lean Startup principles. Teams went from ideation and validation to pitch, working through intensive customer problem discovery and validation.

Design Sprint

A 3-day sprint process aimed at deep-diving into customer pains and user journeys for rapid prototype development, user testing and MVP experimentation.

Lean Venture Building Workshops and Masterclasses

A series of targeted and hands-on workshops on:

  • Customer Discovery and Validation
  • Value Proposition Development
  • Pitching


Starting from 100+ individuals, we created and accelerated 10 startup venture teams focusing on a range of healthcare challenges from cancer support to digital addiction and clinical-trial efficiency.

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