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.

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?

Our clients

Innovation, our way

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

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.

Tony Markovski

Chief innovation officer

Part mad professor (he holds degrees in Engineering Physics and Medicine and has a Masters in Psychology) and part business growth specialist, Swedish-born Markovski has business acumen, creativity and a genuine love of people in spades.

After spending 15 years spearheading change at Google, Adobe, Bazaarvoice and WPP, he’s helping Plexal’s clients transform their businesses and build purpose-driven teams that ultimately results in measurable growth. A believer in the power of behavioural insights and good old-fashioned empathy, he understands that innovation is carried out by people first and foremost.

In short, the sort of person you want holding your hand as you propel forwards into the next industrial revolution.

Lydia Ragoonanan

Director, LORCA

Lydia Ragoonanan is the programme lead for the London Cyber Innovation Centre. She caught the bug to support collaboration between startups and large organisations during her four years at Nesta, where she designed and ran programmes to test and scale new social innovations.

Before working at Nesta, Lydia was the principal strategist at the New Zealand Transport agency where she wove behavioural insights approaches and user design into the fabric of the organisation. While at the Transport Agency, she was the Australasian representative on the World Road Forum’s funding and finance committee. And in past professional lives, she’s also been an internal auditor and a private secretary in the civil service.

In her spare time, Lydia enjoys the great outdoors, geeking out on podcasts and having adventures with her six-year-old daughter.

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.

Francesca Lavey

Head of innovation programmes

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 is running for Innovate UK to help scale the country’s top startups in the manufacturing and materials sector.

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

Russel Gundry

Head of innovation strategy

Russell blends the insight of 10+ years spent defining strategy and managing change, with in depth understanding of social research methods, design, and systems thinking. Russell has 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.

Russell facilitates the design of better, more integrated services around the needs of people; achieved by enabling an effective dialogue between stakeholders with very divergent perspectives and interests, and translating it into action.

Prashant Lagisetti

Innovation consultant

Prash’s combined background with corporates and startups has driven him towards his passion for understanding big challenges and finding innovative solutions.

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

We want to hear all about your hopes, dreams and what’s keeping you up at night.

Our Innovation Services team would love to have a starter conversation and show you around the Plexal workspace.

Or email us on connect@plexal.com