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We Are Studio Zao

We are an innovation studio on a mission to help organisations unleash entrepreneurial talent and launch innovative, game-changing propositions. We believe entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship can be harnessed to make the world a better place.

We work with clients across a range of industries, such as Sony Music EntertainmentEY, NHS, Pentland BrandsAptar Group and the Institute of Cancer Research, as well as the leading academic institutions like Imperial College London, University College London and the London School of Economics.

We also run the London Lean Startup Network and the Corporate Entrepreneurs London Community, an ecosystem of around 6,000 entrepreneurs, technologists, innovators, strategists and intrapreneurs.

Whether it’s formulating provable innovation strategies, designing immersive ideation sprints, delivering fast-paced design hacks or managing venture experiments and acceleration programmes, we like to work on projects that help people to live fuller lives and organisations to operate more meaningfully.

We’re a diverse bunch of no-nonsense individuals with an eclectic mix of passions (from music production and salsa dancing to improvised theatre). We care about what we do, how we do it and most importantly, why it matters.

If you do too, then get in touch.

Jamie Qiu

Jamie Qiu

Managing Founding Partner

Ex-Founder & Director of EY’s Startup Accelerator and Head of Open Innovation Ecosystems, Previously Managing Director of Startupbootcamp’s Fintech Accelerator, Dubai, City.AI Ambassador for London, Enterprise innovation strategist, startup advisor, venture-builder.

Davide Turi

Davide Turi

Founding Partner

Lean Startup Ambassadors for London, Venture Builder and Lean Entrepreneurship trainer at Wayra UK, Virgin Startup, Imperial College London, UCL, Mass Challenge, x3 times Entrepreneur (x1 exit). Previously led corporate innovation for 15 years for FTSE 100 companies.

Grant Vernon

Grant Vernon

Associate Director

Entrepreneurship and innovation trainer with 20 years of experience, delivering training across 39 countries to more than 3,000 startups and 10,000 corporate leaders, including Vodafone, BT, Telefonica, Google, GM, Microsoft and HP.

Sara Pintado

Sara Pintado

Marketing Associate

Experienced Project Manager with a strong focus in designing and leading educational programmes. Previously supported startups in developing their events, exhibitions and learning programmes.

Peter Neyra

Peter Neyra

Programme Associate

Founder of UCL’s innovation programme Moonshot Launchpad, active member of the London startup scene and co-founder of Entreprenable Business Academy, which provides financial education to entrepreneurs.

Laia Bonet

Laia Bonet

Operations Associate

Extensive background in large scale event operations management and hospitality. Previously facilitator of business growth and collaborations in the co-working industry.

Manu Mossa

Manu Mossa

Admin & Accounting

Pre-dot.com bubble long term startup experience in admin, office management and executive assistant positions, steered through cross-industries IPOs and exits.

What We Offer

A fast-paced, exciting and entrepreneurial environment where your potential will find the place to flourish.

Real support from across the team — personal growth is paramount for us, at any level.

Exciting projects able to positively impact society.

A variety of project roles for a diverse range of clients — from startups to multinational organisations, spanning a range of industries from Food to Music, and Healthcare to Manufacturing.

Some of Our Work

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