We work with industry and the government to solve their innovation challenges and collaborate with startups.

We combine our open innovation approach with a community of fast-growth startups to help enterprises and the government unlock the potential of technology.

From live testbeds and startup scouting to creating new technology, we’ve worked with some of the most influential government departments and global tech companies, including IBM, Amazon Web Services, the National Cyber Security Centre and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.

Get in touch if you’re ready to do things differently and we’ll build a solution that’s tailored to your needs.


Bring your innovation challenge to us and we’ll build a solution just for you.


Research and challenge definition, market mapping

Startup and partner scouting

Programme or solution design

Ecosystem creation and engagement

Build proof of concepts, pilots and products

Contracting and IP


From climate change to online attacks that can undermine democracy, society is facing threats that make collaboration non-negotiable.

We work with our government partners, helping them connect with innovators from the private sector.

We create the conditions that allow open collaboration to happen and enable startups and enterprises to build solutions together.


Startups are the lifeblood of innovation.

We’ll help you identify which startups you should talk to and we’ll build solutions with you.

We’ll cast our net wide when selecting partners for you, but select them carefully.

Plexal takes no equity or IP from you: we’re just here for the innovation.





We're helping IBM define its innovation challenges, partner with startups and develop proofs of concepts.

Telecoms challenge

Through a 12-week sprint, we're working with industry, SMEs and the government to diversify the UK's telecoms market and explore the role SMEs could play.

Greater Manchester Digital Security Hub (DiSH)

Plexal is designing the accelerator programme, which will support the growth of digital and cyber security startups.

Secure Connected Transport Challenge

Plexal, Zenzic and CCAV are securing our connected vehicle future. We’re working with startups to protect vehicles and data during platooning.


Plexal and the Information Commissioner's Office are inviting health organisations and healtech companies to take part in an industry consultation on privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs). Tell us what you think and shape the future of PETs.

NCSC For Startups

We're working with the National Cyber Security Centre to help startups develop, adapt or pivot cybersecurity solutions.

NCSC Investor Forum

We're helping investors access unique insights into emerging cyber challenges – and support startups that have been hand-picked by the NCSC.

Innovate Oman

The UK Oman Digital Hub has partnered with Plexal to launch Innovate Oman: an initiative that will help digital innovators develop solutions to the big tech challenges faced by the government and industry. Plexal and our partners will deliver hackathons, workshops, mentoring and accelerators.

Cyber Runway

We're helping entrepreneurs, startups, SMEs and scaleups fast track their growth.


We’re delivering the government-backed cybersecurity programme with partners like Lloyds Banking Group, Deloitte, the Centre for Secure Information Technologies and Dell Technologies.

LORCA Ignite

We turbocharged the growth of six LORCA graduates with LORCA Ignite: our scaleup programme.


We’ve delivered the OpenDoor inclusion accelerator and we're working with partners like Disability Rights UK and University College London to turbocharge the assistive technology sector.

Innovate UK Scaleup Pilot

We helped Innovate UK learn more about the sector-specific challenges companies face as they scale.

London RoadLab

We’ve delivered a mobility programme for Transport for London using a pioneering new innovation procurement process to reimagine roadworks in the capital.

London FreightLab

We're helping Transport for London and nine partners make the way goods move around London safer, cleaner and more efficient. We've helped them attract and identify the right cohort members to support.

Rapid Innovation Accelerator

Plexal’s been appointed by the UK Oman Digital Hub to work alongside Omani innovation development company AL JABR to tackle challenges created by the global pandemic.

Accessible Instruments Challenge

Our innovation team was tasked by Arts Council England to deliver a programme that would help uncover practical solutions that make it easier for disabled people to make music, and solve specific challenges when it comes to the supply of adaptive instruments to schools.


We’ll work closely with you to define the opportunity and put tight guardrails around our work so we keep our eye on your mission.


Launched: Centre for Digital Trade and Innovation

The world’s first centre dedicated to promoting an open digital trade system, which Plexal is supporting, has been launched today. The Centre for Digital Trade and Innovation will be a game-changer for the future of trade around the world.  Coordinated by the International Chamber of Commerce

How Plexal’s helping IBM build technology with SMEs with the Mission Technology Integrator

We’re excited to reveal more details about how Plexal has been working with global technology IBM. The government’s Integrated Review says that regaining technological advantage is a top priority, while

Andrew Roughan: problem solver, super connector and tech optimist  

Our CEO reflects on the role he should play when it comes to making the internet better, Plexal’s journey and what makes collaboration work. Catching up on the news on


Andrew Roughan
Chief Executive Officer

Saj Huq
Chief Commercial Officer

Dave Rowley
Director of Growth

Russell Gundry
Director of Innovation Strategy

Monika Radclyffe
Innovation Programme Director

Riz Noor
Interim Programme Director

Bruno Sussat
Director of Emerging Technologies

James Gayner
Director of Defence

Robert Kearney
Innovation Ecosystem Lead, Cheltenham

Emma Marshall
Innovation Ecosystem Lead, Manchester

Diane Gilbert
Innovation Ecosystem Lead, London

Jessica Moffatt-Owen
Innovation Lead

Graeme Reddiex
Innovation Lead

Alex Wakefield
Innovation Lead

Sam Brooks
Innovation Lead

Ruby Motabhoy 
Innovation Lead, Manchester

Ben Edginton-Thomas
Innovation Lead

Mike Blair
Innovation Consultant

Arutyun Arutyunyan
Innovation Consultant

Holly Smith
Innovation Consultant

Tom Horner
Innovation Consultant

James Lamb
Innovation Consultant

Mandeep Thandi
Innovation Consultant

Ashima Sangwan
Innovation Consultant

Winnie Yan
Project Manager

Ria Khan
Project Manager

Matt Miller
Innovation Associate

Alice Xiao
Innovation Associate

Lydia Kerin
Innovation Associate

Stuart Nelson
Innovation Associate

Rachel Britton
Innovation Associate

Alan Every
Innovation Associate

Maria Barr
Innovation Associate

Joe Howard
Innovation Associate

Emily Porter
Innovation Associate

Find Us

Plexal’s based at Here East: a tech campus in east London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. We’re a five-minute walk from Hackney Wick train station, or you can catch the free shuttle bus from Stratford train, underground and bus stations.


14 East Bay Lane, The Press Centre, Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 3BS


We’re open Monday-Friday from 6am-12am, Saturday - Sunday 10am-6pm