Innovation services

To go boldly…

The Earth spins at about 1,000 miles an hour each day. But you don’t notice this because you, and everything else on the planet, is also spinning at the same, constant speed. Change is happening all around us, with new technology and societal trends tilting businesses off course in small and big ways.

We think companies that have a sense of purpose have the ability to be a force for good in the world, impacting on everything from how we power our cities to what we put in our bodies.

Innovation, our way

If you work with our innovation services team, you can expect us to listen, question and challenge you to find out what you really need. We’ll craft a completely bespoke programme and build an engine that delivers sustainable growth for your business in the long term.

We’ll focus on outcomes that are bold and audacious – but also achievable and tied to your goals. Are you ready?

Scale ideas across borders and within companies using our deep networks and partnerships

Empower individuals in your company to be innovators and drive genuine cultural change

Draw on the latest industry insights, trends and expert analysis

Forge connections and deep collaboration between corporates, academia, creatives and tech startups across sectors – innovation is borne out of diversity

Try, learn and iterate

Identify the right metrics so we really understand what’s working

Tap into the entrepreneurial creativity at Plexal, where tech startups are innovating in everything from AI, cybersecurity and the Internet of Things to data analytics, augmented reality and healthtech

Current projects

London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement

The London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement will focus on supporting later-stage innovators, helping them scale, make the right connections and meet the needs of industry.

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London RoadLab

During a 10-week programme you’ll get funds and expert advice to scale your solutions at real pilot sites together with TfL, Plexal and a consortium of some of the nation’s largest utilities providers.

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Innovate UK Scaleup Pilot

The pilot will focus on early-stage businesses in the materials, manufacturing, mobility, clean growth and infrastructure systems. As well as creating jobs and economic growth, these companies are defining what we make, the way we move people or goods and how we power our cities.

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Our clients

Rebels with a cause: meet our team

Our team of innovators has decades of experience in delivering revenue-generating innovation programmes, enabling organisation-wide cultural shifts and helping businesses plan for – and thrive on – change.

Francesca Lavey

Programme director (mobility)

Francesca specialises in making sense of the most important micro and macro trends while helping businesses respond to change and, if necessary, transform their entire strategy.

As head of innovation programmes, she’s responsible for delivering some of our highest-profile programmes, including a project Plexal ran for Innovate UK to understand the challenges faced by scaleups in specific sectors and London RoadLab: a project Plexal delivered for Transport for London.

She brings with her six years’ experience working across the business at Ernst & Young (EY), working in the Ventures team to reinvent the consulting business model, while solving some of the biggest market issues. Prior to that she worked closely with clients to help them identify and respond to the opportunities and threats created by disruptive and emerging technologies. Working closely with technology startups, scaleups and innovators, her work spanned everything from developing prototypes, products and platforms to horizon scanning, business strategy and crafting the right go-to-market approach

Russell Gundry

Head of innovation strategy

Russell blends the insight of 10+ years spent defining strategy and managing change with an in-depth understanding of social research methods, design, and systems thinking. He’s founded a service design business, worked with world leading healthcare technologies, held senior commissioning roles in the public sector and built a consulting career within Capgemini and GE Finnamore.

At Plexal, he’s leading our social inclusion work and is an advocate for designing action-oriented and user-centric programmes and solutions.

Saj Huq

LORCA programme director

Saj leads Cyber Innovation at Plexal and is the Programme Director for LORCA.

Prior to Plexal, he spent a number of years as a Management Consultant at Deloitte and PwC. He then moved into industry, leading strategic change at a PE-backed Property Finance firm where he helped them operationally scale towards achieving a UK Banking License, prepare for the incoming GDPR and improve their cyber and operational resilience in readiness for regulatory authorisation.

Saj started his career in the Royal Air Force, where he was a Commissioned Officer and Pilot. Outside of work, he is a keen runner; most frequently after his 2 young children, but also of the marathon variety too!

Tommy Ekman

Innovation lead

Tommy is an Innovation Lead at Plexal, where he works with large corporate clients to develop and deliver open innovation programmes. He is passionate about funding and building innovative businesses, projects and products from “an idea on a napkin” to successful ventures.

Before joining Plexal, Tommy worked at venture capital firm and accelerator BlueChilli, where he assisted in establishing their office and investment portfolio in Brisbane. He is an advisor to tech startups, has founded and driven his own business, and is a guest lecturer on entrepreneurship.

Prashant Lagisetti

Innovation lead

An entrepreneur himself, Prash is an innovation lead at Plexal – where he works with organisations to develop and deliver open innovation programmes. Whether he’s working with startups, corporates, academia, government organisations or a collaboration between them, he gains a deep understanding of their challenges before testing innovative solutions.

Before joining Plexal, Prash’s programme experience was developed by leading the running of the high-profile Arsenal Innovation Lab.

We’re a community of innovators and entrepreneurs, so we live and breath innovation every day

Plexal City, our innovation centre in east London, hosts up to 800 tech innovators who are building products to change the world.

Meet some of our community.

Contact us

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